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Climb aboard the 28’ “Orca” for an exciting ride and spend a day in the ocean. Departing Kona, this tour moves south along the coast, exploring Kona’s nooks and crannies and taking in the sights of the massive Mauna Loa volcano to the east. As you explore the coastal waters, keep an eye out for spinner dolphins, which are frequently spotted offshore. Before arriving at your snorkeling destination, you’ll zip out into the blue to look for other ocean mammals like bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales, and on the way back, check out sea caves created by old lava flows.
Once you arrive at Kealakekua Bay, you’ll be immersed in a wild aquarium. Kealakekua Bay is home to the Captain Cook monument and is highly regarded as one of the most preserved reefs in the world. It is easily one of the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii and is home to schools of vibrant fish, coral reefs, and other sea critters like turtles, rays, and eels.
Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are provided during the tour. Basic snorkel instruction is provided, as well as all the necessary gear for snorkeling, such as masks, fins, and flotation.
What to Bring
Show up to the dock in your swimsuit so you can spend more time on the ocean! The Orca is shaded, but hats, sunglasses, and UV shirts are a must. Sunscreen is an absolute necessity, but before boarding make sure it is reef-safe. Reef-safe sunscreen is the only sunscreen permitted in Kealakekua Bay. Lastly, don’t forget a waterproof camera!
Kona • Waikoloa • Captain Cook
Kealakekua and Captain Cook Snorkel Tour Photos