4 hrs
Minimum Age
Big Island

Big Island Snorkeling Adventure

Award Winning Kealakekua Bay Raft & Snorkel

For over four decades, our Captains have introduced visitors to an array of nature’s secret wonders that can only be experienced in a Zodiac. The small group atmosphere of our expedition allows for a personal and intimate tour.

The sounds of the sea provide the background as your Naturalist Captain “talks story” about Hawaiian folklore and history. Frequent sightings of dolphins, manta rays, turtles and other marine life add to the adventure as you zip across the waves on this exhilarating and fun expedition. The quick moving and agile Zodiac boats provide excitement that has made them recognized worldwide as the best way to explore the marine environment.

Only the Zodiacs can get close to the many lava tubes, sea caves, sea grottos and wave powered blow holes. You will learn how the island was formed as the Captains share their knowledge about the geology of the island’s lava flows.

Our destination is Kealakekua Bay, which is a National Marine Park and the site of the Captain Cook Monument. This area is one of Hawaii’s premier snorkel spots with incredible visibility and calm conditions. All snorkel gear, high quality silicone masks, Rx masks, fins, float boards and detailed instruction will be provided. Kealakekua Bay is full of Hawaiian history and the events will be recounted by the crew while you enjoy our tropical snack of fresh pineapple, fruits, chips, cookies and assortment of refreshing soft drinks.

What’s Included

All snorkel gear, high quality silicone masks, Rx masks, fins, float boards or vests and detailed instruction

Please note that due to the bouncy nature of our ride we do not allow any persons with back or neck problems or ladies that are pregnant on the tour.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Wednesdays Only: Kailua Pier, Kaahumanu Pl, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive promptly 15-30 minutes before your adventure.
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. If any circumstance due to COVID-19 will prevent you from joining us, please let us know as soon as possible. As long as we know before your tour date, you will not be charged. 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.
Big Island Snorkeling Adventure
Ages 4 – 12

Wednesdays Only:

This adventure is operated by Captain Zodiac

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.)