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Snorkel at Kealakekua Bay
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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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Latest reviews of Snorkel at Kealakekua Bay

Great cruise!

2021/07/23 Families Jen B

Great crew, gorgeous day for a sail. Plenty of flying fish, dolphin sightings and even a few whales!

Best snorkel ever

2021/07/23 Couples Sydnie

Brendan and Morgan were lovely, great story tellers and funny jokes. Overall 11/10 cannot recommend enough

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2021/07/18 Families with Young Children Paul Miller

Great trip. Our captain Liam, aka sweet onion, and Shay were the perfect host. They were funny, informative, helpful and the perfect host. Went to 2 great snorkeling spots, sea caves and saw dolphins. They also provi... more

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Worth the money!!

2021/07/12 Families Melissa Wheelock

This was definitely a highlight of our trip!
Captain Morgan and his crew were awesome. They made sure we had the best experience; anchoring the boat away from the larger boats packed with fellow snorkelers whenever poss... more

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Snorkeling adventure!

2021/07/10 Couples Amanda

My husband and I had a great time. He was 12 weeks out from recovering from a pelvic reconstruction surgery and the staff were so accommodating! He enjoyed the boat ride and made it into the water for one snorkel spot! I... more

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The highlight of our Big Island trip!

2021/07/08 Families MJUm

We stumbled upon Zodiac Rafting after getting declined at two other places but everyone in our group said they would have regretted going with anyone else!

First of all, they have all COVID safety measures in place. ... more

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Snorkel at Kealakekua Bay (Top Big Island Attractions), Big Island tours & activities, fun things to do in Big Island | HawaiiActivities.com
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.