Kealakekua Bay, located 13 miles south of Kailua-Kona, is a pristine marine sanctuary and preservation site filled with colorful marine life and coral. Tucked along this bay are ancient religious temples and also the historic monument where world explorer Captain James Cook met his fate. Archaeological sites are only accessible by rugged foot paths or by kayak. Go explore the history of Kealakekua and its underwater beauty through these tours featuring this stunning and sacred bay.
Tips for visiting Kealakekua Bay:
- Tours to Kealakekua Bay depart from four locations: Honokohau Harbor, Kailua-Kona Pier, Keauhou Bay and Napoopoo Pier.
- Dining options vary by tour from simple deli roll-up sandwiches to freshly grilled BBQ burgers and hot dogs on the boat deck.
- Due to the nature of the boat experience, visiting the bay by zodiac boat or ocean raft (inflatable speed boat) is not recommended for young children, pregnant women or people with heart, neck or joint problems.
- Since Kealakekua Bay is a nature preserve, touching marine life or coral or standing on coral gardens is against the law.
- Hiking the trail to the Captain Cook monument at Kealakekua Bay is strenuous and should only be attempted if you are physically fit and know where to go.
- Access to the Captain Cook monument from the ocean side is permitted by Guided Kayak & Snorkel Tour at Kealakekua Bay & Captain Cook Monument . Boats visiting the bay are not allowed to access the monument from the shore.

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  1. Catapult down a water slide into the pristine waters of the Big Island's Kealakekua Bay, and enjoy snorkeling and diving in Hawaii's crystal clear waters!
    Meal Provided

    From USD98.05

    Daily
    4 - 5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  2. A romantic and historical sunset dinner cruise that will capture your imagination and reveal many secrets of the Big Island!
    Meal Provided
    Accessible

    USD137.63

    Daily
    3.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  3. Head to the Captain Cook Monument and explore the island's finest snorkel spots on a sail at a marine sanctuary filled with tropical fish, coral reefs and more.
    Meal Provided
    Special

    From USD78.41

    5%
    OFF
    Daily
    3.5 - 5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  4. Discover Big Island dolphins while you snorkel in the famed Kealakekua Bay! Enjoy epic coral gardens and passive-swimming with the resident dolphin pods.

    From USD144.67

    Daily
    4.5 - 5.5 hour(s) (morning)
  5. Kayak to Kealakekua Bay, morning or afternoon, and snorkel with tropical fish, dolphins, over coral gardens and visit the Captain Cook Monument with this permitted guide.

    USD109.11

    Daily
    4.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  6. Take a private boat out into the volcanic coast of Kona, and enjoy snorkeling, dolphin watching, sport fishing, or just exploring at your own pace.
    Meal Provided

    USD857.33

    Daily
    4 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  7. Swim and snorkel among wild Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins on a semi-private (six passengers) ocean rafting expedition to the Kealakekua Bay Marine Sanctuary.

    USD170.00

    Daily
    4 hour(s) (morning)
  8. Enjoy rafting along Kona Coast's ancient lava tubes and sea caves and snorkel at Honaunau Bay (Place of Refuge) and beautiful Kealakekua Bay!
    Meal Provided

    From USD94.31

    Daily
    3.5 - 5.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  9. Look for playful dolphins as you raft to snorkel the pristine marine sanctuary at Capt.Cook's Monument, Kealakekua Bay and Place of Refuge!

    From USD95.37

    Daily
    3.5 - 4.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  10. Experience the Big Island's remote Kona Coast on a speedy 24-foot, Zodiac ocean raft and snorkel nature's secret wonders at Kealakekua Bay!
    Meal Provided

    From USD110.00

    Daily
    3.5 - 5.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  11. Cruise the west coast of the Big Island, stopping along the way to snorkel, fish and explore the lava formations of Kealakekua Bay in this small group tour.
    Meal Provided

    From USD85.73

    Daily
    4 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  12. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, experience an aquatic adventure as you swim with Spinner Dolphins before snorkeling the coral reefs along the Kona coast!
    Special

    USD144.68

    Daily
    4.5 hour(s) (morning)
  13. Cruise the west coast of the Big Island, searching for dolphins and stopping along the way to snorkel and explore. See humpback whales in the winter months!
    Meal Provided

    From USD85.73

    Daily
    2 - 4 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  14. Enjoy total privacy by booking an exclusive charter for a luxury catamaran departing from Honokohau Harbor. Set sail for prime snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay.
    Meal Provided

    From USD584.10

    Daily
    5.5 hour(s) (morning)
  15. Head out on an aquatic journey of a lifetime as your captain takes you on a snorkeling cruise to the famous Captain Cook Monument and popular Kealakekua Bay.
    Meal Provided

    USD148.96

    Daily
    4.5 hour(s) (morning)
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