1 hr
Duration
All Ages
Minimum Age
Big Island
Island
Kailua-Kona
City

Glass Bottom Reef Tour

Cruise along the coastline of Kailua Bay hovering within inches of the coral reef.

Enjoy a lively narration by a knowledgeable marine naturalist as you take in the beauty above and below the ocean’s surface. An eco-tour that is fun for all ages!

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION 75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua Kona, HI 96740

All tours depart from the Kailua-Kona Pier, located in front of the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive promptly 15-30 minutes before your adventure.
WHAT TO BRING Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You might want to wear sunscreen, although all glass bottom viewing is covered. Don’t forget your camera!
WHATS INCLUDED Our boat was designed to allow us access to very shallow water, sometimes just a few feet deep, where you will view more colors than in deeper water. You will see, close up and personal, a myriad of beautiful tropical fish, a wide variety of corals, and many other sea creatures that inhabit the reef and the bay. It is not unusual for us to find a friendly pod of the local Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins. If you have already been snorkeling, this is a great way to learn about what you saw and ask questions. Our narrators are knowledgeable and offer fascinating information about the coral reef ecosystem and other related subjects.
CANCELLATION POLICY
Customers will receive a full refund with 24 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund 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.
Glass Bottom Reef Tour
Adults
Ages 12+
$50
Children
Under 12 years old
$25

This adventure is operated by Kona Glass Bottom Boat Tours

How much do the tours cost?
We maintain our reputation for being the ‘most value for your money’ excursion in Kona. Adults are $50, and children under 12 are $25.

What should I wear? What should I bring?
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You might want to wear sunscreen, although all glass bottom viewing is covered. Don’t forget your camera!

What will we see?
Our boat was designed to allow us access to very shallow water, sometimes just a few feet deep, where you will view more colors than in deeper water. You will see, close up and personal, a myriad of beautiful tropical fish, a wide variety of corals, and many other sea creatures that inhabit the reef and the bay. It is not unusual for us to find a friendly pod of the local Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins. If you have already been snorkeling, this is a great way to learn about what you saw and ask questions. Our narrators are knowledgeable and offer fascinating information about the coral reef ecosystem and other related subjects.

Are the tours appropriate for young children?
Yes, people of all ages will enjoy it. The boat is very safe for children. The vast majority of our younger passengers love the trip!

How long is the tour?
Just about an hour.

When are your regular departure times?
Our typical schedule is as follows: Monday: 11:00, Tuesday: 9:45 & 11:00, Wednesday: 12:30, Thursday: 9:45 & 11:00, Friday: 11:00, Saturday: 9:45 & 11:00. We also offer special charters, this schedule is quite flexible so give us a call if you would like to arrange a specific departure time and/or duration.

Will I get seasick?
Most passengers do not get sick, however, as with any boat trip, the possibility is there. The beauty of our tour is that you are not stuck on a boat for an extended period if you should feel uncomfortable.

Can we charter your boat for private use?
Yes!! We are available for just about anything including sunsets, parties, memorials, dolphin viewing, seasonal whale watching…. we can arrange a caterer, or you can bring your own goodies. Our view boxes can convert to tables for dining or pupus.

Boat Info

How many passengers do you carry?
We limit our trips to 24 passengers. This ensures that everyone has a great view while seated on our comfortable cushioned benches. Every seat is a “window” seat with a view of the glass bottom, and you are welcome to move around the boat as you please and can go up forward to the bow for sun and photography.

Are the tours wheelchair accessible?
We cannot accommodate wheelchair-confined guests. Our boarding ramp has one small step, and the ramp is about 4’ long. Once you board our boat, there are 4 regular size steps with handrails, down to the deck. Guests using canes and walkers usually have no problem boarding.

Do you have a restroom onboard?
Yes, we do.