Kealakekua and Captain Cook Snorkel Tour

(2 customer reviews)


Prices vary based on availability and range from $129 to $159.

Home to one of the most healthy reefs in the world, Kealakekua Bay is a must-see snorkeling destination for visitors to the Big Island. Aboard the 28-foot “Orca” this half-day tour explores the coastal waters from Kona south to the Captain Cook monument at Kealakekua Bay. Guests will take in the stunning scenery of the Big Island as they zip through the calm Kona waters, looking for dolphins and whales. After some time exploring the reef at Kealakekua Bay, this tour checks out sea caves formed by old lava flows.


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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.

What’s Included

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!



Nearby Areas:
Kona • Waikoloa • Captain Cook


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2 reviews for Kealakekua and Captain Cook Snorkel Tour

  1. PitStopJunky

    I was so glad to have booked this snorkel tour. We got to see so much ocean life! I followed an eel for 10 minutes as it swam below me next to the reef! It didn’t seem to care that I was there and just kept cruising until it found the right hole. Kealakekua is a magic spot to snorkel. I saw some people trying to swim it, but it’s far. Do the boat.

  2. Kenneth Pascual

    This was the best snorkeling I’ve ever had. period

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