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

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Surround yourself with beautiful scenery, dolphins and the occasional humpback whale as you paddle a kayak in picturesque Kealakekua Bay! This narrated Big Island tour will take you through a marine life conservation district on your way to the Captain Cook Monument at Kaawaloa Point. Along the way, your guide will highlight Hawaiian temples, burial caves, sea cliffs and much more. When you reach the monument, go for a hike, enjoy lunch or a snack and dive into the clear blue waters for an unforgettable snorkeling experience.
  • Snorkel and kayak the best spots in Kealakekua Bay, led by a guide
  • Lunch or snack included, depending on tour length selected
  • Spot dolphins year-round and humpback whales in season
  • All necessary kayaking and snorkeling equipment included
What to Expect
Having chosen the tour length that works for you, meet your guide at the selected time in the town of Honalo. After a safety briefing, board your kayak and head out toward the Captain Cook Monument and Kealakekua Bay. While paddling, listen as your guide points out and explains the coast's features, from the towering sea cliffs of Pali Kapu o Keoua to Napoopoo Beach, and the ancient remnants of Kaawaloa village. Keep an eye out for Hawaiian spinner dolphins splashing and leaping by the shore. In winter, you may also spot humpback whales breaching in the distance. Upon arrival at the Captain Cook monument, pull your kayak up on the shore and embark upon a scenic hike before snorkeling in the waters of Kealakekua Bay. Enjoy lunch or a snack by the monument (depending on tour selected) before paddling back to Napoopoo Landing where your tour concludes.
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Important Information
Departure Point
82-5674 Kahau Pl, Captain Cook, HI 96704, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local guide
  • Lunch on 5-hour tour; snacks on 3.5-hour tour
  • All necessary equipment
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please note your lunch choice in the special requirements box at check-out: roast beef, turkey, ham or veggie (if tour with lunch option selected)
  • For safety reasons, you MUST provide contact information in the Special Requirements box at check-out
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed yesterday

Iwa was incredible! He was patient with our novice kayaking and snorkeling skills, and was very knowledgeable of the history of the area. This is a MUST DO on the big island!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Mike N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The booking process was easy and secure via the company's website and the location is easy to find. When we arrived for our trip, Jamal greeted us with a friendly smile and made sure we had the right equipment while teaching us the history of...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 5 August 2019

The guides were awesome and the equipment was good.The kayaking was more difficult than anticipated for my wife and daughters of 16, 13, and 10 years. We made it back and forth, but they were wore out from the rowing on the return. It would...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Ty K
Reviewed 17 July 2019 via mobile

If you are coming to Hawaii this is the place to get the bang for your buck! We had a party of three, and we all loved every part of this experience. We started by kayaking with our lively and well educated guide Jamal, he...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Amy T
Reviewed 7 July 2019

Make sure you take water shoes and sunscreen. Two activities in one great price. The afternoon tour might be less crowded than the morning tour.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Oziel V
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It depends how rough the water is, experience kayaking is helpful but the guide will teach you the basics.
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