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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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    Availability varies by date for all activities.

  1. No.1
    Enjoy total privacy by booking an exclusive charter for a luxury catamaran departing from Honokohau Harbor. Set sail for prime snorkeling at Kona or Kealakekua Bay on this luxury charter from Kona. Shared and private options available.

    From USD422.89

    4.5 - 5.5 hour(s) (morning)
  2. No.2
    Enjoy rafting along the lava tubes and sea caves of the Kona Coast in a small, 14-person raft. You'll be taken to Honaunau Bay (Place of Refuge) and beautiful Kealakekua Bay to snorkel among the vibrant and diverse marine life of Hawaii!
    Meal Provided

    From USD105.56

    3.5 - 5.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  3. No.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. Enjoy the calm and clear waters of a Marine Life Conservation District.
    Meal Provided

    From USD82.73

    3.5 - 5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  4. Catapult down a water slide into the pristine waters of Big Island's Kealakekua Bay! Sail out on the Fair Wind II and enjoy snorkeling and diving in Hawaii's crystal clear waters! Depart in the morning or afternoon to explore Hawaii's waters.
    Meal Provided

    From USD105.18

    4 - 5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  5. Take a private boat out into the volcanic coast of Kona & swim at a secluded beach. Enjoy cruising on the boat, snorkeling, or just exploring at your own pace.


    3.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  6. 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.


    4.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  7. Embark on a 4.5 hour ocean raft snorkel adventure and explore the pristine waters of Honaunau Bay and Kealakekua Bay. Snorkel among tropical fish and corals, see dolphins and sea caves along the Kona coast. Deli-style lunch included.
    Meal Provided

    From USD152.95

    5 hour(s) (morning)
  8. 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 USD135.11

    4.5 - 5.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  9. 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!


    4.5 hour(s) (morning)
  10. Perfect for families, this 3 hour snorkel cruise takes you to the pristine waters of Kealakekua Bay, home to a colorful array of tropical marine life and affords you more time in the water to get comfortable and enjoy this incredible snorkel spot.


    3 - 3.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  11. Discover what makes Kona special on this 5 hour, 3 stop snorkeling adventure! Snorkel the Place of Refuge, Captain Cook Monument and one more secret spot! Go fast, splash through the waves! Getting to the snorkel spots is half the fun with Sea Quest.
    Meal Provided


    5.5 hour(s) (morning)
  12. Go on an afternoon sea cave adventure in Kealakekua Bay and visit the famous Captain Cook Monument in the waters of Kona. Departing from Honokohau Harbor, see the some of the best coral reefs and marine life in Hawaii with Aloha Dolphin Tours.


    3.5 hour(s) (afternoon)

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