Zodiac Raft And Snorkel Adventure - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
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  • Departure Details :
    Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Skim across the waves on an exciting Big Island Zodiac tour to Kealakekua Bay, site of the Captain Cook monument and Hawaii's finest marine sanctuary. Snorkel with a rainbow of tropical fish among beautiful coral gardens in the bay's clear, crystal waters. Enjoy the delightful picnic snack provided before you head out again, exploring vast sea caves, lava tubes and the rugged beauty of the coastline.

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Departing from Honokohau Marina located 3 miles (4.8km) north of Kailua-Kona, your captain will entertain you with Hawaiian folklore and Kona history as your Big Island Zodiac tour takes you along the scenic Kona coast. Keep a lookout for spinner dolphins, green sea turtles, manta rays, humpback whales (during the winter months) and other marine life that are often encountered on the expedition.

Explore lava tubes and sea caves as you travel the inaccessible shores with spectacular views of the remote coastline. Marvel at the incredible geology as your captain entertains you with narration and excites you with skillful driving in rafts used by the Navy seals and the U.S. Coast Guard. Snorkel among beautiful tropical fish living in the coral gardens (approx. 1.5 hours) before snacking on a tasty Hawaiian snack in the marine sanctuary. Learn about the geology of the island as you venture into sea caves and past lava tubes.

The Rigid Hull Inflatable Zodiac vessels used are 24 feet (7 meters) in length, powered by twin outboard motors to produce a quick moving and highly maneuverable ride. The rafts are perfect for exploring the shallow coves, sea caves and lava tubes located along this coastline. Each boat can hold up to 16 passengers.

Due to the bouncy nature of the ride, the Big Island Zodiac tour is not recommended for those with back or neck problems, or pregnant women. The Kona Coast has the calmest water and the fast-moving Zodiac is the least likely vessel to cause seasickness.


Rafting expedition

Use of snorkel equipment including masks and flotation devices

Picnic snack (Hawaiian fruits, potato chips, cookies, sodas, fruit juices and bottled water) offered on the 8:15 AM and 12:45PM tour grade

Beat the Crowd Mid-Day Tour offers deli sandwiches, chips, cookies, pineapple, fruit and soft drinks

Local taxes



Hotel pick up and drop off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 4 years

Pregnant women are not allowed on this tour

Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems

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  • 10-Sep-2019

    This was the most fun my family had on our trip. My 13, 11, and 7 year old loved this adventure. Amanda and Bryce made it even better with their humor and knowledge of Hawaii culture. We saw whales, snorkeled, and took a dip in the middle of the pacific! Only advice I can give, is don’t jump in with your sunglasses on. If you’re in Kona, you have to check this out and make sure you ask for Amanda and Bryce!

  • 01-Apr-2019

    JC and Davante showed us a great time. Being in the Zodiac allowed us to get up close to a whale shark. Something you can’t do on the bigger boats.

  • 24-Jul-2018

    Such a fun ride on the way to snorkeling! The guide went out of his way to help us spot whales on the way that is not on the agenda Lunch was good, boat driver was asweome I hightly recommend this one!

  • 01-Nov-2017

    We go every year with our grandchildren. This was our fourth trip. Its always fun and we always see dolphins.

  • 27-Nov-2016

    What an incredible experience! Captain Collin and Sharon were great. We saw two types of dolphins and some whales along the way. The snorkeling was impressive too. We got waaaaay more for our money! Highly recommend Zodiac tours!

  • 18-Sep-2016

    Very good few hrs. Worth doing

  • 09-Sep-2016

    Rick and Buddha were our guides, and are skilled, intimately knowledgable, and ridiculously funny. We saw things the other boats missed like resting baby sharks and Rick made sure we got to Captain Cook before the ret of the boats so we had unfettered access and perfectly transparent water. The people in our boat were clearly having a LOT more fun than the other tours as well. This was our first activity of the vacation and was a great kickoff. The Zodiac is enormous fun, like a motorcycle!

  • 08-Sep-2016

    Was a good Adventure the Guide was perfect

  • 18-Jul-2016

    Only good things to say about this tour. Had a great time!

  • 15-Jul-2016

    Very good, but some things were not as anticipated. Chris was great, snorkeling was great! I thought caves were played up too much...not really caves imo. I pictured going inside them. It is really just a cliff side. Food should be more than chips and fruit. Add something like a half sandwich per person. Good trip in general, but don't sell it as caves...

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