Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour With Optional Honaunau Bay

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Discover colorful fish and coral reefs in Hawaiis crystal-clear waters on a snorkel tour that visits spectacular Kealakekua Bay, with trips to Honaunau Bay and other pristine locations included with optional upgrades. Explore sea caves and lava tubes along the Kona coast and keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles and whales as you cruise to the best snorkeling sites on the Big Island with your expert crew. Small-group tour with a maximum of 14 people allows for more individualized attention from your guide.


  • Family friendly
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Led by a local guide
  • Snorkel gear included

Know More about this tour

Make your own way to Keauhou Bay where you check in for your snorkeling tour. Your expert guide gets you outfitted with snorkel gear and provides a safety briefing before you set out by boat to nearby Kealakekua Bay.
At Kealakekua Bay, stop to snorkel at one of the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii. The bay has been protected as a marine sanctuary for more than 30 years and it typically features excellent water clarity. The sheltered bay provides a great place for beginners to gain confidence in the water, and the diversity of colorful fish and coral reef thrills novices and experienced snorkelers alike.
On the ocean, keep your eyes peeled for Hawaiian spinner dolphins, Pacific bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales who live year-round in these waters. If you visit in the winter, you might catch sight of humpback whales who migrate from Alaska to spend the winter in Hawaii, where they give birth to their calves.
Your guide shows you sea caves and lava tubes along the rugged Kona Coast. Your boat a rigid hull inflatable raft is designed to be narrow enough to enter many of the bigger caves along the waterline. You also see important Hawaiian historic landmarks such as the Captain Cook Monument, located at the site of the former Hawaiian village of Kaawaloa.

Choose from three tours detailed below in the Itinerary. All of the options visit Kealakekua Bay, and include bottled water and snacks, plus an expert captain and guide. Simply bring your own swimsuit, sunscreen, hat, towel and sense of adventure.

Inclusions for Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour With Optional Honaunau Bay

  • Snorkel equipment and flotation devices
  • Snacks
  • Transportation by boat
  • Lunch (with expedition option only)

Exclusions for Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour With Optional Honaunau Bay

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Express Cruise (3 hours):
Spend your time snorkeling in beautiful Kealakekua Bay during this 3-hour tour, including sea cave exploration along the coast. Novice snorkelers can gain confidence in the water and get acquainted with the gear in the calm sheltered bay. Several types of flotation devices are available if needed and your guide is happy to help with any questions. This is a great tour for beginning snorkelers.

Deluxe Cruise (4 hours):
On this 4-hour tour, start with snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay as in the above tour, then head to Honaunau Bay. Sheltered from ocean swell, Honaunau Bay has calm water with excellent visibility and several excellent snorkeling areas. Spinner dolphins and green sea turtles also enjoy the tranquil waters, so you have a good chance of spotting some bigger marine creatures in the bay. Honaunau Bay sits under a sacred Hawaiian site called Pu’u Honua o Honaunau, or The Place of Refuge at Honaunau. Learn from your guide about the traditional role of The Place of Refuge and gain insight into the sacred laws and powerful chiefs of old Hawaii.

Expedition Cruise with Lunch (5 hours):
Upgrade to the Expedition Cruise for the longest option that allows you to visit several top snorkeling sites along the south Kona coast. Snorkel in Kealakekua Bay and Honaunau Bay as noted in the previous tours, then go to a bonus third spot for yet more underwater delights. Look for larger marine wildlife on the ocean and explore the caves and lava tubes of the rocky coastline as part of your 35-mile (56-km) round-trip snorkeling cruise. The 5-hour tour includes a deli lunch along with snacks and bottled water, and uses a boat that is equipped with a sun shade.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 5 years

Pregnant women are not allowed on this tour

Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Great snorkeling trip included two neat stops, Michael offered interesting facts about marine life, Captain Bill very friendly, fun and entertaining. Took time to find dolphins. Not just your typical take you out and dump you in the water trip. Highly recommended.

  • 3 great snorkeling spots. Knowledgeable guide and boat captain who shared fun facts about the island, its history and the land formations. The 5 hour tour is perfect. We even got to see the dolphins spinning and flipping in the air. Captain Jenna made this a fun adventure.

  • We did the 4 hour tour - it was great. Captain Bill and Morgan made it even better

  • We had three stops to snorkel. The first two were OK, the third stop was GREAT. The boat ride included informational stops at sea caves and various formations with our guide providing history and background information. A wide variety of fish were seen during snorkeling, a manta ray about 10' was posing for pictures at one stop. On the ride back, Spinner dolphins came to show off their acrobatic skills and were jumping and spinning all around us. The boat was stopped so we could enjoy this natural show. Rather than stay on schedule, we hung out with the dolphins and got back a bit later than scheduled. If you enjoy snorkeling, you will have a great experience with this tour.

  • It was an awesome cruise. It would have been nice if Viator would have give us the name, address and phone number of the company that was doing the snorkeling! Had to call 3 companies to find this information!

  • Very good outing. They were helpful for beginners and the bay was gorgeous and clear for snorkeling! We saw so many beautiful fish. We also saw lots of waves crashing against the volcanic shoreline. All beautiful.

  • This snorkeling tour was AWESOME!!! Our captain was Laura and deck hand was Kai. Both were so GREAT. Really nice and super helpful. Laura was very, very knowledgeable about the area and marine life. Small boat and very bumpy ride which we liked but if you get seasick keep this in mind.

  • Loved every second of the trip. Lots of friendly chat from the guides and great diving locations. Beautiful reefs and amazing fish. Lucky to say I also got to swim with a turtle that came up from the reef for about 15 minutes! Big bucket list moment ticked off! Good, basic lunch, but that's all that's needed when swimming and traveling on a high speed boat!

  • Fabulous! Very knowledgeable crew, great sites, and bonus got to see bottlenose and spinner dolphins. Highly recommend this tour.

  • I loved it! The tour guide was awesome, I was scared, so he was patient and made sure I felt comfortable Captain Steve. The fish were so beautiful and tropical. I just wish I saw a turtle!

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