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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 5 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.

Body Glove Kona Snorkel Cruise from Kailua-Kona Pier.


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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  1. No.1
    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

    5%
    OFF
    Daily
    4 - 5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  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

    5%
    OFF
    Daily
    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 USD74.46

    10%
    OFF
    Daily
    3.5 - 5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  4. Set out on a search for wild spinner dolphins! Kona’s first and original “Swim with Dolphins” Adventure! Spot and swim with wild dolphins on this 4 hr adventure with one of Kona’s most experienced dolphin tour company, Dolphin Discoveries!
    Special

    USD149.72

    5%
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    Daily
    4.5 hour(s) (morning)
  5. Embark on a fun Body Glove snorkel tour, Kona's most popular boat trip! Swim at the protected Red Hill marine sanctuary, teeming with sea life, and watch for spinner dolphins in transit, as sightings are guaranteed or you ride again free!
    Meal Provided
    Accessible

    USD149.19

    6%
    OFF
    Daily
    5 hour(s) (morning)
  6. Explore the uncharted waters of south of Keauhou Bay. Swim and snorkel in an untouched aquatic paradise only accessible by water on a luxury boat, Hula Kai!
    Meal Provided

    USD176.03

    5%
    OFF
    Daily
    5.5 hour(s) (morning)
  7. See diverse marine life in the warm tropical waters of the Big Island. The Spirit of Aloha catamaran offers you a wonderful and comfortable sailing experience on a Hawaiian snorkeling tour.

    USD146.76

    5%
    OFF
    Daily
    3.5 hour(s) (morning)
  8. Depart from Waikoloa Beach and discover the Big Island's most remote snorkeling spots filled with tropical fish and scenic views along the lush Kohala Coast. Includes snorkel lesson, picnic lunch, complimentary bar & tropical cocktails!
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    USD159.00

    Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat
    3.5 - 5 hour(s) (morning)
  9. Swim and snorkel at a pristine black sand beach! This unique beach snorkeling tour gives you the chance to see and swim with turtles on the Big Island. Beach snorkels are accessible and easy, making it perfect for first time snorkelers and children.

    USD123.96

    5%
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    Daily
    3.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  10. Embark on a dolphin watch adventure along the pristine Hilo coast. Skip the crowds and snorkel in the rarely-accessed marine world of Hilo! See green sea turtles, tropical fish, and colorful coral reefs. Available from April until December.

    USD149.66

    6%
    OFF
    Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri
    4 hour(s) (morning)
  11. Cruise the west coast of the Big Island with Aloha Dolphin Tours. Depart from Honokohau Harbor on a small-group tour that lets you spend the day in the waters of Kona. Avoid the crowds and see dolphins, reef fish, and turtles on this snorkeling tour!

    USD118.14

    Daily
    3.5 hour(s) (morning)
  12. 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 USD129.71

    Daily
    3.5 - 5.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  13. Ease into a day of relaxation aboard a luxury sailing yacht. This deluxe vessel will whisk you over stunningly blue water to premiere snorkeling and swimming.
    Meal Provided

    USD422.89

    Daily
    4.5 hour(s) (morning)
  14. See the best of Kona's waters with this family-friendly ocean activity combo package! Take on an undersea submarine tour to dive to 100 feet below, then snorkel among coral reef gardens and tropical fish at a marine sanctuary!
    Pick-up Provided

    USD260.66

    8%
    OFF
    Daily
    22.5 hour(s) - 2 day (morning, afternoon)
  15. 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

    Daily
    5 hour(s) (morning)
  16. Snorkel at Pawai Bay, a hidden snorkel spot less frequented on this small group (maximum 6 people), 2-hour snorkel sail from Kailua Pier. Set sail on a historically accurate double hulled Hawaiian sailing canoe for an authentic Big Island adventure!
    Accessible

    USD95.86

    5%
    OFF
    Daily
    2.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  17. 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

    USD159.41

    5%
    OFF
    Daily
    5.5 hour(s) (morning)
  18. Set out on a 4 hour, 2 stop snorkel cruise visiting Kealakekua Bay and Honaunau Bay, also known as Captain Cooks monument and the Place of Refuge. Enjoy pristine snorkeling conditions before watching for dolphins and whales on the cruise back.

    USD134.64

    5%
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    Daily
    4.5 hour(s) (morning)
  19. 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.

    USD106.33

    Daily
    3.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  20. Swim with dolphins in the calm clear waters of Kona. Your captain will take you on a journey of a lifetime as you embark on a cruise along the Kona coastline to snorkel among pods of Hawaiian spinner dolphin.

    USD149.35

    5%
    OFF
    Daily
    3.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)

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