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Snorkeling Cruises & Tours

Snorkeling Cruises

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Explore the rich ocean waters and top snorkeling spots along Kona’s Gold Coast. Big Island snorkeling tours are the best way to experience tropical reefs and clear ocean waters. Swim with sea turtles and swim with wild dolphins as you cruise the coast to the best Hawaii snorkeling locations like Kealakekua Bay and Honaunau Bay. Enjoy a cruise on a comfortable catamaran or a thrilling, high-speed ride on a rigid inflatable raft to the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii.

Hawaii Activities has a great selection of top snorkel cruises in Hawaii. Find the best deals and discounts on Hawaii’s most popular snorkel tours. Book early as they sell out quickly! Cruise with Big Island’s top snorkel boats such as Fair Winds, Sea Paradise, Body Glove Cruises, Sea Quest and more.

Big Island snorkel tours range from a relaxed, easy day snorkeling at Captain Cook to exciting raft tours that explore the hidden gems of the Kona coast up close. To help you select the perfect option for you, check out this ultimate guide to book the best snorkeling tour on Big Island.


Frequently Asked Questions


Where is the best place to snorkel on Big Island?

The Big Island is home to many incredible snorkel locations. The best snorkeling spots on the Big Island are concentrated at the Kona Coast, also known as the Gold Coast for the large schools of yellow tang fish that call these reefs home.


What are the most popular snorkeling cruises on Big Island?


1. Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook Monument - Kealakekua Bay is one of the Big Island’s most popular snorkeling destinations. The bay is a marine sanctuary and is home to a large variety of tropical fish and other marine life. Top Kealakekua Bay Snorkel Cruises:

Fair Wind Morning Cruise from Keauhou Bay.

Sea Paradise Kealakekua Bay Snorkel & Red Hill from Keauhou Bay.

Sea Quest Ocean Rafting Snorkel & Sea Cave Adventure from Keauhou Bay.

Into the Blue Small Group Snorkel Tour from Honokohau Harbor.


2. Honaunau Bay - Also known as The Place of Refuge, Honaunau Bay is a protected marine sanctuary that is one of the best places to snorkel in Hawaii. Clear, calm waters and vibrant coral reefs make this an unforgettable snorkeling experience. Sea Quest has the best snorkeling tours to Honaunau Bay: Expedition South Kona 3-stop Snorkel and Premium Morning 2-Stop Snorkel.


3. Kohala Coast - Explore reefs less frequented to enjoy a truly unspoiled Big Island snorkeling experience. Enjoy vibrant, thriving reefs teeming with marine life. Top 3 Kohala Snorkel Cruises

Spirit of Aloha Waikoloa Snorkel

Kohala Snorkeling Cruise & Dolphin Watching Tour

Ocean Sports Waikoloa Snorkel


What is the best snorkel cruise for beginners?

Body Glove Cruises and Fair Winds are the most recommended snorkeling cruises for entry level snorkelers and beginners. They also have the most family friendly boats.


Which snorkel cruise has the most number of snorkel stops?

Journey 22 miles down the South Kona coastline and explore the historical coastline on the Sea Quest 3-stop Kona Snorkel and snorkel at 3 different snorkel site: Kealakekua Bay, Honaunau Bay and a secret location.


Which Big Island snorkel tours include lunch?

Many Snorkeling Tours on Big Island provide lunch while on the water, with options varying from a simple deli style lunch to BBQ Grilled burgers to Hawaiian style plate lunches. The following snorkel cruises include a lunch:

Fair Wind Morning Cruise - BBQ Burgers grilled onboard.

Hula Kai Kona Snorkel - BBQ Burgers & Chicken grilled onboard.

Body Glove Kona Snorkel Cruise - BBQ Burgers grilled onboard.

Sea Paradise Kealakekua Bay Snorkel & Red Hill - Deli Lunch Buffet.

Ocean Sports Waikoloa Snorkel - Deli Lunch Buffet.

Sea Quest 3-stop Kona Snorkel - Deli Lunch

Sea Quest 2-stop Kona Snorkel - Deli Lunch

Hawaii Nautical Luxury Snorkel Cruise- Choice of Deli Wrap or Bento Style Box Lunch


What is the Cheapest and Most Affordable snorkel cruise on Big Island?

Fair Wind Morning Cruise Afternoon Cruise and Kona Snorkel Tour on a Traditional Hawaii Sailing Canoe are the most affordable snorkel cruises in Waikiki.


Big Island Snorkel Boat Sizes:

There are snorkel boats of all sizes on Big Island, knowing the difference when choosing is the best way to ensure you have the most enjoyable experience.

Large Boats (51 - 100 pax) - Fair Winds, Body Glove Cruises, Hula Kai - These boats are all very large catamarans that provide a very smooth and stable ride and offer the most amenities and comforts on board. These are the most friendly to snorkelers of all skill levels.

Medium Boats (30 - 50 pax) - Ocean Sports, Spirit of Aloha, Sea Paradise, Ocean Encounters - Enjoy the same amenities and comforts as many of the larger boats but with a smaller crowd.

Small Boats (6 - 29 pax) - Sea Quest, Into the Blue, Dolphin Discoveries, Captain Zodiac, Wahine Charters, Eka Canoes, Hilo Ocean Adventures. Enjoy a small crowd size and more personalized service aboard these Big Island snorkel adventures. Enjoy an exciting ride splashing through the waves along the scenic Kona coast waves on an Ocean Raft snorkel adventure or sail to your snorkel destination in a Hawaiian sailing canoe.

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Latest reviews of Snorkeling Cruises

Hilo Ocean Adventures - Black Sand Beach Snorkel Tour at Sea Turtle Lagoon

Great snorkel and guide.

2022/08/10 Families Tim H

It was a rainy warm trip but had a lot of fun. Devon was a great guide and although we did not see any turtles we saw plenty of fish and coral. Also learned a lot about the local area and history. Very helpful for gettin... more

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Sea Quest Kealakekua Bay Snorkel Tour & Rafting Sea Cave Expedition

Great adventure

2022/07/30 Families with Young Children Steve

The whole crew was outstanding. So helpful, knowledgeable, courteous, personable. We had a great time. Thanks so much to Seaquest!!! Highly recommend.

Sea Paradise Red Hill & Kealakekua Bay Snorkel Cruise from Keauhou Bay

Great crew!

2022/07/11 Families with Young Children Reif family

Friendly, attentive and courteous crew! Good selection of beverages and fresh fruits and snacks were good (kid friendly). I liked that I saw the crew wiping down all the rails and high touch surfaces after the last group... more

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Spirit of Aloha Waikoloa Marine Life Snorkel Cruise with Picnic Lunch & 2 Drinks

Great experience

2022/07/07 Couples Jane

It was a beautiful day and the crew was friendly and funny. Gear was provided and they had snacks available before lunch. The guava juice was especially delicious.

The swim itself was fantastic. There were so many col... more

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No Wiki Luxury Sailing Catamaran Snorkel Sail

A wonderful experience with outstanding hosts!

2022/07/05 Couples Ricky McKinney

A wonderful experience with outstanding hosts. The privacy and attention to detail was unbelievable. The lunch lacked greens/salad that we thought would be included. Snorkeling was less than expected visually. Overall th... more

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Sea Quest Kealakekua Bay Snorkel Tour & Rafting Sea Cave Expedition

Turtles and Dolphins!

2022/07/01 Couples Ashton H

We got to see a turtle and a pod of like 15 dolphins we learned were currently in a half conscious state and they can basically auto-swim!
Boat was a little crowded with the kids on board. Would prefer an option with ad... more

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Snorkeling Cruises (Snorkeling Cruises & Tours), Big Island tours & activities, fun things to do in Big Island | HawaiiActivities.com
Explore the rich ocean waters and top snorkeling spots along Kona’s Gold Coast. Big Island snorkeling tours are the best way to experience tropical reefs and clear ocean waters. Swim with sea turtles and swim with wild dolphins as you cruise the coast to the best Hawaii snorkeling locations like Kealakekua Bay and Honaunau Bay. Enjoy a cruise on a comfortable catamaran or a thrilling, high-speed ride on a rigid inflatable raft to the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii.