Big Island of Hawaii

Snorkel Tour to Captain Cook Monument Kailua-Kona, Big Island

Badge of ExcellenceKailua-Kona, United States
Afternoon Captain Cook Snorkel
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Explore the waters off the coast of Hawaii during a small-group snorkeling excursion from Kailua-Kona. Board an inflatable boat and enjoy easy transportation to Captain Cook's Monument at Kealakekua Bay for approximately an hour of snorkeling time. Plus, view the sea caves and lava tubes along the scenic Kona coast and catch sight of dolphins and humpback whales, depending on the season.
  • Snorkel Kealakekua Bay with provided equipment
  • Catch sight of dolphins and humpback whales, depending on the season
  • Snacks and beverages included in the price of your snorkeling tour
  • Unobstructed views of the scenic Kona coastline from the water

What's Included

  • Sightseeing along coast of sea caves & lava tubes
  • Historical narration of Captain Cook's fate at Kealakekua Bay
  • Snacks, fruit, juices and bottled water
  • Flotation Aids
  • Gratuities for your crew always appreciated
  • Please bring towel and cover-up
  • Use reef safe sunscreen (zinc based is recommended- no oxybenzone and octinoxate. lotion, no spray)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 787100 Kaleiopapa St
    787100 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    We launch from the boat ramp dock at KEAUHOU BAY, KAILUA-KONA. Parking is on the street. Walk past boat trailer parking to boat ramp. Look to your right for our crew checking in guests at picnic table next to restrooms. Always allow 20-30 minutes’ drive time from airport or downtown Kailua- Kona.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for child under 6
  • Must be comfortable swimming
  • Electronic Waiver required to be signed prior to tour
  • Must be under 285 lbs
  • Must be able to climb up a metal ladder to get back in the boat
  • Our vessels are RHIBS (zodiac style boats; seating is on a pontoon).
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • We have full discretion to refuse service to guests based on attire, behavior, physical fitness & condition
  • Restroom facilities not available on boat
  • Not recommended for travelers with neck problems
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Allison_C
Shelly was an outstanding guide. He gave us over an hour to snorkel and was knowledgeable and accommodating to our groups interests. We had an amazing time and are wanting to come back to do the night manta ray tour. We saw dolphins, a humpback whale and lots of fish as well as a manta ray on our way back in. Highly recommend this tour! A must do while in Kona.

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Purtee Family 2024
Gina_P, Feb 2024
Amazing experience can’t wait to do it again. Such a beautiful cruise to the monument we even saw a whale on the ride over.
Awesome snorkeling adventures
Brian_K, Feb 2024
Very knowledgeable and friendly crew. Announced themselves in a professional manner and answered questions to the best of their abilities. We saw humpback whales jumping and playing, captain stopped and let us enjoy the sight!
New fish adventure
kenneth_o, Feb 2024
Excellent snorkelling trip knowledgable crew and interesting info given out. Amazing fish to be seen.
Loved it
Kaylee_B, Feb 2024
Amazing! Boat ride was fun, captain j was very patient, helpful, nice and informative. Spent some extra time looking for whales, we saw a few! And saw caves. Water was warm. So many diff types of fish within a foot of you. Huge area to explore. Not that many people either.
Best snorkel tour!
Tess_K, Feb 2024
Captain Josh was a great guide! the snorkeling was incredible and we even saw humpback whales on the way out. great experience!!
Awesome small group snorkel excursion.
DeAnn_H, Feb 2024
This was a great small group snorkel tour. It’s early morning but you beat the other boats to the captain cook snorkel site. We were able to view some whales on the way to the snorkel sites. Josh and Seth did a great job and we had plenty of snorkel time in each location.
Fantastic!
Tiffany_W, Jan 2024
Our captain was Josh and his first mate was Pam and they made the experience wonderful! We saw several whales on our way out and he always stopped to let us watch them! Snorkeling the bay was amazing! So much to see! We took the 7am and it wasn’t crowded! I also had a younger kid who didn’t want to stay in the water the whole time and they let her get on and off the boat as much as she needed. They were just great!
10/10 Guides, animal watching and snorkeling on fast fun navy boat
Ashley_C, Jan 2024
We had the most magical experience! Robert and Captain Josh were the best guides! We saw whales, dolphins, and learned lots of cultural history along the Captain Cook coastline! The snorkeling was exceptional as well! I especially loved taking the navy raft- as it is best for cruising through the winter waves! Second time on this tour and will definitely do it again with visiting friends/relatives.
Great tour guides!
Mark_M, Jan 2024
What an amazing tour! Our tour guides were so helpful and nice! We had issues with our own snorkel gear and we ended up using the tour snorkel gear. They set us up quickly and we were able to enjoy our tour without choking and swallowing water. Made the difference in having a great time! Thank you!
Captain Shelly, Seth and Doc were a great team that took care of everything with a great excurion.
Chris_T, Jan 2024
Coral and the many kinds of beautiful fish and other sea life!! I highly recommend this trip for all people who love to swim!
More than just snorkeling!
Holly_M, Jan 2024
This trip was one of our favorites while visiting the island! The crew was excellent, and we enjoyed not just snorkeling, but seeing some whales, dolphins, and getting some history/tour of the coastline. It was a GREAT trip and we would do it again in an instant. I highly recommend it!
Fantastic
Dean_O, Jan 2024
This was one of the best snorkel trips I have been on. Very fun to see everything at a slow pace and tour guides had us feeling very safe and comfortable. I would highly recommend this tour if you want to see the sea life.
Capt Cook's Snorkeling and Whale watching 2023
Raj_D, Dec 2023
The snorkeling in the beautiful reef and lagoon was a lot of fun, and we were lucky to spot 3 whales, one of whom breached quite close (about 300+ feet away). Shelly's history lesson and humor were quite illuminating, including Capt. Cook's tragic end, lava tunes, caves, etc. Thank you!
Tons of fish... great captian and crew!
Richard_B, Dec 2023
Captain was knowledgeable. Crew very helpful. We loved the fact that there was mo music and no alcohol. Wonder experience! Thank you!
Great experience
Michael_M, Dec 2023
Loved the snorkeling. Everyone was gracious, informative and helpful. They emphasized safety and we loved every minute.
Snorkeling in Paradise
Anastasia_B, Dec 2023
Had a fabulous time. Brent was a great tour guide and captain. Would recommend to anyone! Saw a variety of fish and even spinner dolphins on our way back in.
Excellent
Natalie_M, Dec 2023
We love Dolphin Discoveries. The boat is fast and comfortable. My mother was able to easily board and climb the ladder after snorkeling. The guides are kind and competent. They offer a discount of 20% if you book a second tour the same week- but you can’t get that using third party apps. Best to call to book the next one. The smaller boat is nice, instead of the big cattle boats. This kind of boat doesn’t slam so hard into the waves and is smooth.
Snorkle adventure
Fionnuala_W, Dec 2023
Great host and Captain, very informative and friendly. Plenty of time to snorkle. Fresh fruit, snacks and beverages were much appreciated.
Snorkel tour extraordinare!
Allison_C, Nov 2023
Shelly was an outstanding guide. He gave us over an hour to snorkel and was knowledgeable and accommodating to our groups interests. We had an amazing time and are wanting to come back to do the night manta ray tour. We saw dolphins, a humpback whale and lots of fish as well as a manta ray on our way back in. Highly recommend this tour! A must do while in Kona.
Beautiful Bay of Colors
Vicki_T, Nov 2023
After checking out of our resort, we had hours of time to kill before our flight to the mainland. We decided to go snorkeling since our only other time had been a bust. We traveled to the area and there were so many species of fish there. It was sad seeing how badly the coral has deteriorated over the years. But it was nice to see it coming back. There were many little creatures attached to the coral and many colorful fish. We need to be very careful of what we use for sunscreens and also how we interact with the coral. Look but only with our eyes, not our hands or fins.
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