5 hrs
Minimum Age
Big Island

Pelagic Wildlife Adventure

Big Island Wildlife Excursion

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Join us for a unique experience of a lifetime where we venture into the unknown! Enjoy a morning wildlife-watching tour with our experienced Naturalist captains and crew, who share a passion & respect for the ocean and its inhabitants. Kona is one of the few unique coastlines in the world with numerous species of wildlife year-round. We have the opportunity to encounter 17 different resident whale & dolphin species, turtles, sharks, Hawaiian Monk seals, various species of birds and much more. Experience our military grade Zodiac Hurricanes – the same boats used by Navy seals as we explore the diverse habitat provided by Hawaii’s deep underwater geography, an ocean safari for the true adventure seeker!

We highly encourage our guests to bring cameras along for their photographic experience and the opportunity to become valuable contributors to citizen science along with Captain Zodiac. This is not a snorkeling excursion, however, we recommend wearing swimsuits if the opportunity arises to jump in the water. As this is a marine wildlife-watching tour, we cannot guarantee encounters, however, with the abundance of year-round ocean residents, the chance of no sighting is low. There is a minimum of 6 passengers, if the minimum is not met on a specific day, we will move your reservation to another date. In the unlikely event that we cannot run a trip due to weather conditions, the minimum not met and the inability to reschedule, you will be fully refunded.

Pelagic Wildlife 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. 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.)

Pelagic Wildlife Adventure