• Location: Honalo, Hawaii
  • Duration: Flexible
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In terms of history, scenery, and marine life, there isn’t anywhere on the Big Island of Hawaii that compares to Kealakekua Bay. This protected cove on the island’s west shore is where Captain Cook met his end, and today a memorial stands at the bay to honor the famous explorer. On this guided Big Island kayaking tour, hear the history of Captain Cook as well as surrounding temples, and, after paddling past rugged sea cliffs and caves, you'll snorkel and swim in the clear waters of this Marine Life Conservation District.


  • Kayak and snorkeling tour in Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island
  • An unforgettable Hawaiian adventure!
  • Kayak through the bay to Captain Cook Monument with your local guide
  • Spot Hawaiian spinner dolphins and humpback whales
  • Snorkel in the clear blue water
  • 5-hour tour includes lunch; 3.5-hour tour includes snacks

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What You Can Expect

Snorkel, Kayak and Dolphin Experience in the Big Island’s Kealakekua Bay

Snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay

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.

Customer Reviews

HansPeter B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Our tour guide Matt was amazing extremely informative and professional and helpful. Even though we were first time kayakers, and perhaps too old and out of shape to do this tour, he was patient and kind..even when we flipped the kayak!! It was definitely worth the sore muscles I know I'll be feeling

Lauren L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was the highlight of our trip to Hawaii. Jamal and Matt were fantastic. The kayak trip was fun and the snorkeling was amazing. Highly recommend this tour.

Adam G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our guide was great! The snorkeling was amazing! Don’t be fooled by the simple store front this is a great tour and a fun work out!

John N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Jamal was amazing and educated us on the history of Captain Cook Monument and the protected bay in which we snorkeled. He also gave us lots of local travel tips for the rest of the Big Island! The snorkeling was perfect and a lot easier then I thought first timer Let me warn you though, the kayaking is no joke- Kayak 1.5 miles each way to get to the bay but definetly worth it!!!

Douglas N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Jamal was wonderful! Very knowledgeable about the area. He pointed out all the right things and the dolphins and the fish and the coral. We felt very safe with him. From start to finish he was wonderful! If you are going out on this experience, be sure to get Jamal!

Gregory T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

My wife and I had a great time on this excursion. Dolphins swam in front of our kayak as we made our way to the snorkeling area, Jamal and Nova were great guides, providing expert guidance and knowledge of Hawaiian history and customs, along with advice on the use of a kayak. Fabulous time !!

Jeffrey L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great adventure. Jameel was a great guude, lots of fun and very safety conscious. Nice challenge to kayak across the bay. Then snacks and plenty of time in the water to see an amazing coral reef and SO many tropical fish. All gear provided except towels and prescription goggles......had to rent those elsewhere ahead of tine.

sally s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Brian and Dempsey were superb. Very knowledgeable about the history of the region and about the marine life. They made me feel very comfortable even though I am a little afraid of water. I will do this again if I go back to the area.

Dorothy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was the most awesome part of our trip - both of the guides Brian and Jamal were exceptional. I felt a little hesitant and they were very patient and talked me through until I felt comfortable enough. I recommend this to everyone!

Clinton W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a great time kayaking and snorkeling in the Kealakekua Bay! Our guides, Brian and Jamal, were very helpful in making the experience safe and enjoyable. The snorkeling area was great, clear water with beautiful coral and fish. We had freedom to explore the reef area. We were pleased with the lunch and were provided with plenty of water. We would recommend this tour to others.

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