For this spectacular Big Island kayaking adventure, choose from either a 3.5-hour or 5-hour snorkeling tour, where you’ll explore the shoreline and experience the beauty of Kealakekua Bay. The trip begins at Napoopoo Landing, where you’ll meet your guide and learn kayaking safety, before setting out towards the Captain Cook Monument and Kealakekua Bay.
As you paddle the clear, protected waters, keep an eye out for Hawaiian spinner dolphins as they splash and leap by the shore. In winter, it’s common to see humpback whales as they spout and breach in the distance. Throughout the paddle, your local guide will explain the features you see along the coast, from towering sea cliffs or Pali o Kapu o Keoua to Napo’opo’o Beach and the ancient remnants of Kawa’aloa village.
When you eventually arrive at the Captain Cook monument, you’ll pull your kayak up on the shore and prepare for the scenic hike, and spend two hours snorkeling the waters of Kealakekua Bay. You’ll enjoy lunch by the monument, soaking in the views. If you opt for the shorter, 3.5-hour paddle, the snorkeling time is only one hour and lunch is swapped for a snack.
On both the 3.5- and 5-hour options, the tour ends with a guided paddle back to Napoopoo Landing.