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Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Take a Kealakekua Bay snorkeling cruise, and depart from the waters of Keauhou Bay to scour the Kona coastline for dolphins, turtles or, even, whales in the winter months. Upon arrival in Kealakekua Bay, peer overboard at the crystal clear waters that teem with colorful reef fish. After receiving expert instruction and snorkeling equipment onboard, you'll jump in the water to experience some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island.
  • Snorkel cruise along Kealakekua Bay
  • Snorkeling adventure in the warm waters
  • Huge water silde
  • Dolphin spotting
  • Snacks, fruit and refreshments

What's Included

  • Fruit and snack
  • Use of inner tubes and other flotation devices
  • Use of snorkel equipment and underwater view boxes
  • Tax
  • Full bar
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 78-7130 Kaleiopapa St
    78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    Check in at the Fair Wind office located on Keauhou Bay. We board the boat promptly 10 minutes prior to departure. The vessel leaves on time and cannot come back to pick you up if you are late. **No refunds or reschedules will be provided for late arrivals.**

Departure Time

1:30 PM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Since this Kona snorkeling trip departs from the waters inside of Keauhou Bay, you’re treated to a tour of the Kona coastline before even arriving at Kealakekua Bay for some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling. On this leisurely motor along the coast, be on the lookout for pods of spinner dolphins that splash in the waters near shore, and, if you’re lucky, there’s even the chance they could swim right along and jump by the bow of boat.  

Once you arrive in Kealakekua Bay for 1.5 hours of snorkeling, the crew will assist you with snorkeling equipment and provide expert instruction for beginners. There’s also a selection of flotation devices if it’s easier to float than to swim. Once you’ve swam with the schools of reef fish and explored the colorful corals, return to the boat and splash in the water from the boat’s 15-foot (4.5-meter) water slide. Climb aboard from the very top deck, and drink in the panoramic view, and then go hurtling down towards the water where you’ll land with a smile and a splash.

You’ll also enjoy some onboard snacks such as a selection of tropical fruit, and, on the comfortable cruise back to Keauhou Bay, an assortment of beverages are available for purchase to bring the trip to a close.

Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides

Our office is located in Keauhou Bay, where Hawai'i's longest-reigning monarch, King Kamehameha III, was born.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve

The pristine tropical waters of Kealakekua Bay are considered the best snorkeling in all of Hawai'i! Captain Cook monument is located within the bay.

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
Operated by Fair Wind Cruises

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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The snorkel equipment is very easy to use and very comfortable.
this is my 3rd time doing this snorkel tour and it is always a great experience.
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Awesome adventure!
Whitney_F, Aug 2022
Beautiful location, great crew and the slides are so much fun! This is worth the price and they could even charge more! They also truly care about the environment and do everything they can to protect the environment.
This was by far, the best...
Jacki_B, Aug 2022
This was by far, the best snorkel experience our family has ever had! So many fish!! A turtle even swan by us! And seeing the whole pod of dolphins following the boat was just amazing!! Greatest day ever!!
A great snorkeling trip!!!
Clara_B, Aug 2022
The captain was very knowledgeable & pointed out interesting locations during our tour. The snorkeling area had lots of fish to see. The crew was very helpful.
Fun times in Kona
DIANA_S, Aug 2022
It has been hard for me, mobility wise, to do things that I have always done and love to do, snorkeling being one of the most loved things to do. With the help of the staff, who were happy to do it and you can tell, I was able to snorkel yesterday. Again thank you
Great!
jatbason, Aug 2022
Going snuba diving. It was an experience I would never forget. Also the slides and jumping off the high end of the boat was super fun!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Some of the most...
Beth_E, Aug 2022
Some of the most beautiful water I’ve seen! Feels like you are in a Sea World fish tank. Easy trip, fun crew, safe, & clean!
Snorkeling at Captain Cook
Anonymous, Aug 2022
Snorkeling with happy people including my family was the best part of the boat trip. Unfortunately it's no longer the same views, not so many fishes. Also sadly the corals are dieing. We should really protect the area . 🙏 Also pre covid this trip provided a variety of snacks. This time only one kind of chips and pineapple. Drinks used to be free now you pay.
Great!
mary_s, Aug 2022
Time in the water seeing all kinds of fish, great pineapple , nice help! We will book again in the future,
Perfect snorkel trip!
Curtis_L, Jul 2022
This was my kids first time snorkeling, and the crew made sure everyone knew how to safely have fun. We learned some history of the area and had lots of fish to see.
You won't be disappointed what so ever
Shannon_M, Jul 2022
5 of us adults and 9 kids went and had an incredible time. Water was beautiful, staff was awesome. Knew we'd have fun but never expected that much fun, probably the most awesome thing we've ever done.
Awesome
Cris_D, Jul 2022
Great adventure! Crew was awesome and helpful! We will definitely do this again in our next trip! Thanks!
We enjoyed riding the...
Charlene_J, Jul 2022
We enjoyed riding the boat and tubing in the water. We decided not to do the snorkeling because it was our first experience doing it and didn't feel comfortable after hearing the instruction. The ocean guides were excellent and patient with us. We appreciate being able to get out on the ocean and see the manta ray!
A fun time!
Carol_P, Jul 2022
Great experience! Clear water, great snorkeling. The crew was friendly and helpful. The boat was clean and well maintained. Recommended!
Great Snorkeling Trip
Randy_J, Jul 2022
We had 17 family members on the snorkeling trip and our 9 grandchildren loved it. The staff was so helpful especially with our little ones. We all loved it and will book with them again.
Family Fun
Sarah_T, Jul 2022
Great time snorkeling and relaxing boat ride. Crew was nice and fun. The bar and snacks were a nice touch to end the trip.
Snorkeling tour
Eugenia_R, Jul 2022
Great boat, the captain and crew was very nice and helpful. Had a great time would highly recommend. Saw a lot of fish.
Amazing.
John_C, Jul 2022
Watching the mats ray swim, eat and being so friendly was amazing. The crew was friendly, educated and very helpful.
Best Day Ever
Eileen_B, Jul 2022
The boat is clean with a well-trained staff. We had dolphin riding the waves as we headed south. We spotted a tiger shark, the captain said not to worry about him in the snorkeling area. Plenty of tropical fish in the refreshing Pacific surf. The view finder is a great help if you aren't a frequent snorkeler. Upon returning to the dock we were greeted by manta ray.
A must! Great for little ones!
Edith_V, Jul 2022
We had a great time. My grandson who is 8 loved it! I was nervous as he was not a strong swimmer but the crew had lots of floating devices and the water was calm ! Our 15 year old loved it! We saw lots of fishes and dolphins. The crew was amazing! Definitely would recommend this excursion! Thank you team!
Great experience!
Jessica_M, Jul 2022
We had a great time on our snorkel trip. There was plenty of snorkel and floaty options. The crew gave a quick demonstration of all the equipment. My kids were snorkeling for the first time and they figured it out really quickly. We saw lots of fish in the bay and we had plenty of time in the water. Any longer and the kids would’ve been over it. After, we all jumped off the dive platforms and tried out the slides. On the way back we were joined by a pod of spinner dolphins and later a bottle nose dolphin. They splashed around in the boat wake for quite a ways. It was incredible to watch. The experience was the highlight of our Big Island vacation.
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