Water activity

Big Island: South Kona Snorkeling and Coastline Exploration

4.9 / 5

59 reviews

Activity provider: Sea Quest Hawaii

Big Island: South Kona Snorkeling and Coastline Exploration

Activity provider: Sea Quest Hawaii

From US$ 180.96 per person

Join a remarkable snorkeling tour onboard a rigid-hull inflatable with a canopy for shade. Discover 3 snorkeling sites and enjoy the beautiful coast and its array of sea caves and marine life.

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Duration 5 hours
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  • Snorkel in pristine Big Island waters and discover 3 unique reef sites
  • Encounter a diverse array of marine life in their natural habitat
  • Explore sea caves and lava tubes
  • Jet through crystal clear waters on a rigid-hulled inflatable vessel with shade cover to remote locations
  • Enjoy complimentary snacks and lunch
Full description
Prepare for a thrilling day exploring 3 unique snorkeling locations in South Kona with time to take a break from swimming for lunch with breathtaking views. Begin your snorkeling adventure by heading to the turquoise waters and vibrant reef of the 315-acre marine sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay, with your crew members highlighting interesting sights along the way. Once there, experience a vibrant reef filled with coral and schools of tropical fish. On occasion, even catch glimpses of spinner dolphins swimming nearby. After snorkeling, savor a gourmet deli lunch in the shade of the canopy with the monument to Captain Cook as a backdrop and the cliffs of the bay soaring above you. Next, jet off to a new location with visually spectacular snorkeling opportunities and cultural significance, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau, the “Place of Refuge.” Beautiful Honaunau Bay is fronted by large, smooth, and lava rock flats and fascinating gardens of coral.  For your third snorkeling stop, let your expert captain transport you a location that even island locals have yet to see. At this remote location, snorkel at a remote black sand beach, marvel at a stone arch, or maybe admire a spectacular lava rock formation created thousands of years ago. Explore sea caves and lava tubes in a safe, exciting, and maneuverable vessel designed to get you up close and personal with the coast. Rest assured that the local operator is proudly part of the Hawaii Ecotourism Association and seeks to create a culture protecting and promoting healthy oceans through many sustainability efforts.
  • 5-hour sightseeing and snorkeling tour
  • Snacks and lunch
  • Water and juice
  • Snorkeling gear and flotation devices
  • Towels
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuits
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Guests with back injuries and women that are pregnant are unable to take this tour
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 59 reviews

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Captain Brendon and Adam are a great team. We felt safe, learned Hawaiian history, visited many geological points of interest, laughed and snorkeled three very different reefs! We enjoyed the entire 5 hours. Their boat was comfortable and clean and even the lunch was tasty! Don’t miss this amazing day of beauty and fun!!

September 4, 2022

If you don’t like boating, this tour isn’t for you. Our tour was AMAZING and the vessel was smaller with a smaller group of people. The crew was phenomenal and informative, and the secret spot we went to was beautiful. Lunch was tasty and it was just such a fun wonderful trip. We saw so many creatures including a huge pod of bottle nose dolphins! 10/10 recommend.

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July 15, 2022

A very different experience from being on the big boats. We were a small group of friendly strangers. Two of the snorkeling spots we had to ourselves rather than being in people soup. The small boat can go where the big ones cannot. We were very well taken care of, and really enjoyed the whole experience. As a bonus we got to hang out and watch (at a proper distance) a pod of pilot whales, and later dolphins. Don't even think of doing this if you get seasick though, or if you can't manage getting up a swim ladder.

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May 30, 2022

Product ID: 174174