Kayak & Snorkel Kealakekua Bay – Morning or Afternoon
Kayak Kealakekua Bay & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument
Walk the path of a famous circumnavigator and explorer James Cook and visit the site of historic Ka`awaloa village and Hawaiian royalty on this Kealakekua Bay kayak tour. No experience is necessary and beginners and children are welcome. Just choose between our morning and afternoon tours!
This tour features a relaxed paddle across beautiful and protected Kealakekua Bay, amazing snorkeling in the calm waters of Captain Cook Monument, and the chance of seeing wonderful Hawaiian spinner dolphins along the route.
The Deluxe Kayak Kealakekua Bay & Snorkel Tours include: Wide, stable, open-deck tandem kayaks are used and you’ll appreciate our quality mask, snorkel, and fins. Bottled water and drinks and snacks are also included, so there’s no need to bring a lunch.
Sightings of Marine Life: Hawaiian spinner dolphins are seen on over half our tours and humpback whales are seen in the winter. Green sea turtles are always a treat to watch and are frequent visitors to the area. The snorkeling at the Captain Cook monument is remarkable! Brightly colored tropical fish and coral gardens are the features most commonly enjoyed here.
State of Hawaii permits (included) are required to land and snorkel. We do not touch or engage the dolphins in the water and ensure that we do not disturb their fragile ecosystem.
Book your Kealakekua Bay kayak and snorkel tour online today!
Solo travelers Note: The booking calendar only accepts singles bookings after a tour date has at least 2 persons booked. The booking calendar will show a single booking to select when the minimum has already been met.
Tour Meeting Location:
82-6038 Puuhonua Rd,
Captain Cook, HI 96704
|Kayak & Snorkel Kealakekua Bay
Non-refundable, and cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is guaranteed at the event. Activity may be canceled by the seller due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event due to severe weather at the scheduled tour time, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event or receive a refund. Trips may also be canceled if the minimum guest numbers for the day of your trip are not met. When minimum numbers are not met, guests receive full refunds.
What’s Included on the trips?
All trips include snorkeling gear, drinks & snacks, life jackets, & instruction. Paddlers travel on tandem (two-man) kayaks. (Single kayaks are not available for guests). Guests paddle for about 30-40 minutes continuously to reach the snorkeling area. Snorkeling time is typically between 1 to 1.5 hours combined.
We use sit-on-top Tandem Kayaks which are about 13′ long and about 3′ wide. The maximum weight of each paddler is limited to 275 pounds with a combined weight not exceeding 450 pounds per kayaks.” Exceeding our weight limitations will result in your kayak becoming much more difficult to balance and more likely to capsize. Capsizing is common on kayaks but it is again more difficult for a larger person to reenter the kayak after capsizing.
Are single kayaks available to paddle?
No. All paddlers will travel in tandem (2 people) kayaks. If groups have odd numbers they will be paired with other guests.
Is there a weight limit?
Yes. Each kayak paddler must be less than 275 pounds. The combined weight of both guests per tandem kayak cannot exceed 450 pounds. Exceeding our weight limitations will result in your kayak becoming much more difficult to balance and more likely to capsize.
Capsizing is common on kayaks but it is more difficult for a larger person to reenter the kayak after capsizing. If you exceed our weight limitations we do not recommend you take a kayak tour unless you are an experienced ocean paddler.
We have an alternative activity that would be great for you – our 34′ RHIB goes twice daily to the same snorkeling destination without the risks of multiple capsizing in a kayak. Go to www.captaincooksnorkelingcruises.com to learn more about essentially the same snorkeling experience without the tippy kayak.
Do I need kayaking or snorkeling experience?
Kayak or snorkeling experience is not required. However, since this is a group tour all guests are expected to keep up with the guide while paddling. Some beginners do not understand how hard they must paddle to keep the kayak moving and not slow the progress of the groups arrival. Guides encourage and can give paddlers tips to improve, but it is the guests responsibility to adjust their effort to meet minimum paddling speed requirements.”
How long do we paddle?
Each direction is about 35 – 40 minutes of continuous paddling. It can be strenuous and a difficult paddle for the young, elderly and adults with less than average strength and endurance.”
Please consider booking our motorboat snorkeling adventure at Captain Cook Snorkeling Cruises if you have any doubts about your strength or ability for a paddling trip. We have an alternative activity that would be great for you – our 34′ RHIB goes twice daily to the same snorkeling destination without the risks of multiple capsizing in a kayak.
What ages can go on the kayak trip?
We recommend ages 6 to 76 with the understanding younger guests (6-10) typically are marginal paddlers and require a strong paddling adult in each kayak to paddle for both themselves and the child. Elderly guests must be in good physical condition and have the strength to keep up with the pace of the group and be paired with a stronger paddler”.
What should I bring aboard the kayak?
The trip is for about 4 hours: Wear a hat, sunglasses, long sleeve shirt or cover-up is recommended, reef-safe sunscreen, reef or tennis shoes & swimsuit. (Flip flop sandals are a poor choice since the landing area is rocky). Small towels are good to bring but there is not much room in the kayak storage bag and towels often get wet on the trip across.
Also, bring a waterproof camera and tip for the guide.
Will I see dolphins or whales?
Typically the Hawaiian Spinner dolphins are seen alone or in pods on about 70% of our trips. We observe them from a distance and follow “best practices” in an effort to provide the dolphins with a safe and undisturbed home. The dolphins are seen in the bay throughout the year.