5 hrs
Minimum Age
Big Island

Beat the Crowd Snorkeling Adventure

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Perfect timing to beat the crowds at one of the most popular snorkeling spots in Hawaii.

Our destination is Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve and the site of the Captain Cook Monument. This area is one of Hawaii’s premier snorkel spots with incredible visibility and calm conditions.


Same great tour as the award-winning 4-hour AM or PM adventure, but timed to allow you to snorkel with fewer people at the bay!

Kealakekua Bay is the best place to snorkel on the Big Island of Hawaii. With its crystal clear calm waters, guests to the Big Island naturally gravitate there. With upwards of 300-400 people in the early morning or late afternoon, we have designed this tour to be in Kealakekua between those times, hence “beating the crowd”.

Upon arrival at the bay, guests will be briefed on the bay and snorkeling. They can stay in the water for as long as they like. The crew of the raft will have lunch ready for them when they get out of the water. While eating lunch, the captain will talk about the history of Kealakekua Bay and why the Captain Cook monument was erected here. After, there will be additional time to jump back into the water for a little more snorkeling.

Once everyone is done snorkeling, the same, award-winning, coastal tour will begin. Sea caves, lava tubes, and blow holes! Spinner dolphins, manta rays, turtles, oh my!

Due to the bouncy nature of our ride, however, we do not allow any persons with back or neck problems or pregnant ladies.

What’s Included

All snorkel gear, high-quality silicone masks, Rx masks, fins, float boards or vests, and detailed instructions.
We also include a light deli lunch sandwich (dietary restrictions upon request), chips, cookies, fresh local pineapple, bottled water, and soft drinks.

Big Island Snorkeling Adventure
Ages 4 – 12

We have a 48-hour cancellation policy. Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 48 hours notice of cancellation. For parties of 6 or more, we have a 72-hour cancellation policy. Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.

What’s the difference between the 4-hour & 5-hour adventure?

They are virtually the same great tour, but the 5-hour is a little longer and lunch is included. We do leave a little later on the 5-hour so we get to Kealakekua Bay when there are fewer people.

Will I get seasick?

These small, fast-moving boats have a tendency to cause less seasickness than other types of boats. However, as a precautionary measure, motion sickness medicine taken the night before the adventure solves all worries.

Is snorkeling better in the morning than in the afternoon?

Because Kona has some of the calmest waters in the state year-round, the waters are beautiful all day. What we typically see in the morning, we also see in the afternoon. The mornings do typically have more blue skies than in the afternoon, but sometimes the clouds are welcomed extra protection from sunburn.

I’m pregnant. Can I go on the tours? I’ve had back and neck problems in the past. Can I go?

Due to the sometimes bouncy nature of our ride, people with bad backs, older people who are frail, and children under 5 years old are not to take our tour. Also, we do not allow pregnant women on our tours.

Are the boats covered?

No, because that takes away from the “raft” experience! Wear sunscreen and a hat and you will be loving it! We also are able to get under the sea caves BECAUSE we do not have a covered raft! (We now have one boat that has a small cover on it.  Please us know if that is your preference.)

Big Island Snorkeling Beat The Crowd Adventure