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Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure

  • Raft and snorkel adventure on Kealakekua Bay
  • Visit Kealakekua Bay and the Captain Cook monument
  • Fantastic coastal views
Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure
From US$120.00
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10am Beat the Crowd TourMost Popular
Beat the crowd 5-hour tour departing at 10am.
8:15am Departure
Departs at 8:15am
12:45pm Departure
Departs at 12:45pm; Check-in is 12:30pm
Splash into the crystal-clear waters of Kealakekua Bay on this Big Island snorkeling adventure! Dart in and out of sea caves and explore the gorgeous Kona coastline in an agile Zodiac raft. Snorkel among colorful tropical fish, and keep an eye out for other marine life like whales, dolphins and sea turtles. Along the way, learn about the island’s geologic history and local legends from your expert guide, and see the spot where Captain Cook first landed in Hawaii.
What to Expect
Teeming with vibrant marine life, the protected waters of Kealakekua Bay off the Kona coast make for an ideal snorkeling destination. Begin your adventure at Honokohau Marina just north of Kailua-Kona, where you’ll meet your captain and climb aboard a 24-foot (7-meter) inflatable Zodiac raft — an agile, rigid-hull vessel used by the US Coast Guard and Navy SEALs.

As you cruise south along the beautiful Kona coastline, learn about the island’s fascinating history as your guide shares local facts and legends. See the Captain Cook monument, where the first European made contact with Hawaii, and keep an eye out for local marine life including spinner dolphins and humpback whales (during winter). Explore the Big Island’s volcanic history as your raft darts in and out of sea caves and past rocky lava tubes. 

Slip on a provided snorkeling mask and fins and plunge into the warm, clear water to swim among schools of electric-colored fish and intricate coral gardens. After approximately 1.5 hours of snorkeling, climb back aboard the raft and refuel with a fresh Hawaiian snack and beverages (or picnic-style lunch on the 10 am departure).   

Continue along the spectacular coastline back to the marina, where your 4- to 5-hour adventure concludes. 

Please note: Due to the bumpy nature of the raft ride, this tour is not recommended for those with back or neck problems, or pregnant women.
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Reviewed 2 days ago
First Class Experience

The crew, the boat, the equipment, the location, ALL first class. Super informative tour of the area, the raft was an absolute BLAST to ride in. On the ride out to our snorkeling location we we're surrounded by pilot whales & spinning dolphins. AWESOME Adventure!

Thank ktm810
Reviewed 1 week ago
Zodiac Tour

We had a group of 7. The boys ages 10-14 really enjoyed the raft. It is bumpy so be prepared. The guides Joe and Bryce did a great job of showing the sites and giving a background story on the way to the snorkeling. We...More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
5 hour beat the crowd trip was a great time.

We booked this for a birthday trip. 14 of us in the raft, kids and adults alike. Right out in the bay we came upon a school of spinner dolphins that we watched in the sleep state for a bit of time. This was followed...More

Thank laluna31
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Kealakekua Bay Snorkel

Last minute adder to our family trip in Hawaii, we were lucky!! What a beautiful place to snorkel, we are from the caribbean, but this snorkeling was exquisite. A lot of different variety of fish in a small spot. At the end we were sent...More

Thank Joachim C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Great snorkeling!

We did a 5 hour raft, dolphin, snorkeling tour yesterday. Captain Rick and Sierra made the experience fun and chill. You’re on a zodiac raft so expect a bumpy ride! This is NOT a lay-out-on-the-deck/booze-cruise kind of an excursion. When the boat is moving, you...More

Thank ppspdx
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Response from Patie G | Reviewed this property |
We did the early bird and it took most of the day and lunch snacks were provided. We saw reef sharks and a ton of beautiful fish. There was a crowd leaving as we arrived and one arriving about when we left. The only thing... More
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