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On this 3.5-hour Big Island snorkeling cruise, experience the beauty of the Kohala coast from its colorful reefs to its beaches, as you scan the horizon for splashing dolphins or, in winter, humpback whales. In addition to colorful reef fish, there’s always the chance you could find Hawaiian green sea turtles while snorkeling the pristine coves. Enjoy the attentive, personalized service from your professional captain and crew, who also help serve you breakfast and lunch, and run the boat’s open bar.


  • 3.5-hour snorkel catamaran cruise along the Big Island's Kohala Coast
  • Visit several pristine snorkeling sites
  • Enjoy a light breakfast while learning about Hawaii's marine life from your expert crew
  • Be fitted for your provided snorkeling gear, ensuring a comfortable experience
  • Come face-to-face with green sea turtles, a variety of tropical fish and coral reefs
  • After snorkeling, eat lunch and enjoy the open bar on board!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Our local supplier customizes the snorkel location each day based on the best conditions for viewing wildlife. Also, sometimes the cruise doubles as a dolphin and whale-watching cruise!

What You Can Expect

Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast

Sail to snorkeling sites and black-sand beaches!

Your Big Island snorkeling cruise begins when you’re picked up from your Waikoloa area hotel, where you’ll drive to the port to board a catamaran for the comfortable cruise up the coast.

Depending upon conditions for the day, your professional captain will take you to some of the Big Island’s renowned snorkeling sites, whether it’s Puako, Turtle Bay, 6th Hole, Honoko’ope, Keawa’iki or Crystal Cove.

As you drink in the scenic coastal views, enjoy a breakfast of pastries and juice while the crew discusses marine life, and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales that could splash in front of the bow. The crew will also explain how to use the snorkel gear and some tips for once you’re in the water, and get you fitted with a mask, snorkel, and fins and help you with any adjustments.

When the boat has moored at the snorkeling site, jump in the water to scour the reef for turtles and tropical reef fish, and, depending upon the site for the day, swim ashore to walk along a hidden black-sand beach.

Once safely back aboard the boat, enjoy a tasty deli-style lunch as well as an open bar. On the way back to port, the captain might even let you steer and experience driving the boat, or you can simply relax with a drink on the deck as the breeze blows through your hair.

Customer Reviews

Karen P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This adventure was very far the most fun thing we did while we were there!

Andrew L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We very much enjoyed this tour! Whales, snorkeling and sailing -- what could be better?

Sue O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The snorkel tour was really good. The crew was very knowledgable about the island and the fish. We saw lots of beautiful fish and coral. We even saw whales very close to the boat! Unfortunately, we did not see any turtles. FYI - if you book a tour with this local tour operator, you get discounts on other tours, shops and restaurants in the area. Check out their web site. I wish we knew this in advance.

James C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great crew and wonderful experience. Boat was clean and well stocked. Got to see sea turtles and my daughter saw a reef shark! Highly recommend.

Seth G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had such an amazing time! The guides were a lot of fun, helpful and super nice. It was only my second time snorkeling and they made me feel very safe. I will highly recommend this to all of my friends. Thanks again!

Victor Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Beautiful spot to snorkel! The crew and the boat were great. Would go again!

Ann P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I already responded to this right after our trip. It was a fabulous snorkel trip. The captain and crew could not have been better

Jennifer T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

If you are looking for a fun, relaxing day of sailing and snorkeling, this is for you! The crew are fun, knowledgeable, and snorkel with you to ensure you see all the right spots. The fact that the crew are with you is also great for novice snorkelers. The catamaran was spacious and clean, and the open bar well-stocked.

Monte J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Service on the catamaran was awesome. It was the first time for me and I felt very safe. We saw eels, turtles, the state fish, and so much more.

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