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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

Loved it!

2021/11/11 Couples Kara

Lunch was delicious and the boat is amazing! The size is awesome and it is super clean! We loved the snorkel and the crew was extremely knowledgeable as well as helpful assisting me in the water!

Great snorkeling trip! Marginal food.

2021/11/07 Families Jim

The boat and crew were great! The snorkeling equipment was first class. We didn't see that much wildlife at the two stops. A lot of small fish. The second stop was better. Didn't notice in the sign-up that the BBQ wa... more

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Just the crew alone makes the experience worth every penny!

2021/09/01 Families with Young Children Leslie

Captain Tony and his crew were so wonderful! They were funny and so informative. I would definitely do it again! They were so sweet to our two year old who was part of the snorkeling also. Make sure you take cash to tip ... more

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Can't wait to do it again!

2021/08/30 Families with Young Children Vincents

So much fun. The location was beautiful, the crew was friendly and the service was great...oh and the plant based menu was delicious. Seeing dolphins made the day. I learned that orcas pass through Hawaiian waters and... more

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Amazing adventure

2021/08/23 Couples Sarah h

It was an amazing snorkeling adventure. My husband and I have never gone snorkeling the crew was amazing. They were helpful and very funny. I suggest doing this. You get to see many different types of animals and sights

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!

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.