Big Island: Kealakekua Bay, Capt. Cook & Wild Dolphin Tour
- Duration: 4 hours
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Friendly, lively, and helpful crew and a great snorkel location. My kids were new to snorkeling and did great. My daughter lost a flipper which we had brought, and it didn’t float unfortunately. One of the crew dove and retrieved it! The boat ride out and back in was very enjoyable, and we had a dolphin swimming in front of the boat on the way back. It was a memorable experience. Snorkel gear is provided, but if you are bringing your own gear, keep in mind that full face masks are not allowed for safety reasons. We brought 2 and couldn’t use them.
This was probably the highlight of our trip. On the way out to snorkel we saw baby and mama Humpback Whales as well as several dolphins. The whales were only about 200 feet away and the dolphins came up within 30 feet of the boat. While my wife and our kids were snorkeling, my mom and I stayed on the boat and enjoyed the view, food and fully stocked bar. The weather was perfect and the crew was really great.
A beautiful way to spend an afternoon off the shores of The Big Island. The captain and crew are very friendly, informative and helpful with the snorkel dive. The snorkeling itself is fabulous off the shores by Captain Cook Monument with extremely clear water and loads of tropical fish. On the way back we were fortunate to see schools of spinner dolphins and a few distant whales.
The crew went out of their way to make sure that we saw a whale- we saw three! They were very knowledgeable and I felt confident in their abilities. I took many photos and had a lovely time. My only concern was that there were no bathrooms that we useable at the dock and the one on the boat was not working.
Snorkel site is beautiful, but tends o get crowded. Great fish, visibility is good, but the input of fresh water from springs tends to fuzz up the visibility sometimes.