Big Island of Hawaii

Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

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Afternoon Sail and Snorkel Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Sail up the scenic Kona coastline, getting views of ancient lava flows and verdant cliffs, and stopping at the Captain Cook Monument, on this afternoon sail in Kealakekua Bay. Slip into the water using the provided snorkeling gear to see vibrant schools of fish, living coral, and even pods of spinner dolphins. Learn about the area's underwater flora, fauna, and ecosystem through guided commentary.
  • Light snacks to keep you fueled up
  • Use of snorkel gear, boogie boards, and flotation devices
  • Use of reef-safe sunscreen
  • Follow a guide on a snorkel tour of the Captain Cook Monument

What's Included

  • Light Snacks (Chips, Fruit, Beverages)
  • Masks, Fins, Snorkels, Flotation Noodles
  • Snorkeling
  • Reef Safe Sunscreen
  • Snacks
  • Filtered Water
  • Gratuities not included but greatly appreciated
  • Alcoholic beverages are available onboard for additional charge with a credit card purchase only
  • Due to safety concerns we do not allow full face masks on our tours

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Keauhou Bay, Kahaluu-Keauhou, HI 96740, USA

    Check in location for Hoku Nui is at 1:45pm at Keauhou Bay located at the end of Kaleiopapa Street continuing past the boat ramps. You may park on Kaleiopapa Street. Do not check into any buildings. Hoku Nui is a 50 foot Catamaran with a blue sail bag. The boat departs Keauhou Bay at 2pm.

Start time

01:45 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Keauhou Bay

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

The Captain Cook Monument

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Advise Staff of any Dietary Restrictions 48 hrs prior to tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 44 travelers
Operated by Sea Paradise

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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Ann_J
Great crew. Smooth ride. Beautiful site both above and below the water. Would do it again and highly recommend it.

Reviews

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Great crew, nice boat, beautiful scenery
John_S, Apr 2024
Really Great crew, nice boat, beautiful scenery. That covers it! Adding more because there is a 100 character minimum.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Aloha John, Mahalo for your short and sweet review. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us, we hope to see you soon!
Must do!
Christina_T, Mar 2024
Great experience! We had a group of 14 and everyone raved about the trip. Crew was super organized, snacks and drinks were flowing, and the views were incredible.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Aloha, Thank you for trusting Sea Paradise with your party's ocean adventure! We're very pleased your party had an amazing time, and enjoyed the amenities we have to offer on our tours. Our crew appreciates your compliments of them, we hope to be apart of your next ocean adventure. Mahalo!
Great day on the ocean
Donald_C, Mar 2024
Seeing a school of mayonnaise, and the captain of the boat spent a lot of time, letting us observe fantastic experience
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Aloha Donald, Thank you for joining Sea Paradise for our afternoon Kealakekua adventure! We're pleased to know you had a great experience on our vessel. We hope to have you join us again! Mahalo!
Beautiful day and...
Brian_S, Mar 2024
Beautiful day and location. We were even lucky enough to see spinner dolphins & humpback whales on the sail out to the snorkeling area. Guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Mahalo Brian for your review of our afternoon snorkel tour. We are so pleased you enjoyed the crew, boat and all the special marine life. Hope you will return.
wow
Camille_H, Mar 2024
we saw so much wildlife on the way to the snorkel site. Shark, dolphins, flying fish and a whale. The trip was incredible even before we started snorkeling. Staff very helpful and warm
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Aloha, Thank you for sharing some of the incredible wildlife you came across on your tour! Our Sea Paradise ohana thanks you for your kind compliments towards our tour and crew. We hope to be apart of your next ocean adventures. Mahalo!
I liked the talks on both...
karla_j, Mar 2024
I liked the talks on both hawaiian history and captain cook history. I would have been happy with even more.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
So glad you enjoyed the talks on the tour. Hope you return again.
Traffic was insane to...
Adriana_R, Mar 2024
Traffic was insane to reach the pier. We were 5 minutes late, I called several times to let them know our ETA , we arrived at 2:05 pm and saw the sail far in the water, they didn’t wait. We left our Hilton hotel 50 earlier according to GPS we were going to arrive on time, then traffic change, an accident and we were late.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Aloha Adriana and Mahalo for taking the time to share your experience with us. Our check-in time is 1:45 pm and departure is 2:00 p.m. We do try to hold the boat as long as we possibly can for our guests who are late. If you have another day you'd like to join us in compensation for your missed tour, we'd love to invite you back out on an alternate if you are on island. Feel free to email us at info@seaparadise.com Mahalo and a hui hou!
Worth It
Ann_J, Feb 2024
Great crew. Smooth ride. Beautiful site both above and below the water. Would do it again and highly recommend it.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Aloha and Mahalo for taking the time to leave us a wonderful review. We hope you can join us in the future! Mahalo for choosing SeaParadise and Hui hou!
Great snorkelling...
Karen_J, Feb 2024
Great snorkelling location and staff were very safety focussed and helpful. Time spent snorkelling went by very quickly.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Aloha Karen, We are so happy you enjoyed snorkeling with us at Kealakekua Bay and hope you can join us for a longer snorkeling experience in the future. :) Maybe a Deluxe morning sail and snorkel where we go to two different snorkel sites :) Mahalo for choosing SeaParadise and A Hui Hou!
Wonderful boat, crew, location
Beth_D, Feb 2024
Fabulous time on a beautiful boat. Perfect location for fish. Saw whales and dolphins along the way. Crew was so fun and helpful. Loved it all!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Aloha Beth, We are so happy to hear you had a fun time out on the water! We hope to have the pleasure of seeing you in the near future!
Congrats! No More Shopping. You've Found the One to Go!
Ling_X, Feb 2024
No need to check on others. This is the one. All we can say about Sea Paradise is it's awesome. We had a big party of 12 family members and friends and everyone was so satisfied. In general, the sailing, service, and experience were all exceptional. The girls were friendly, caring, and knowledgeful. I was impressed of not only the smooth ride and instruction for sailing and snorkeling, but also the story telling and cultural appreciation. Of course you can look it up online about the story of the "Captain Cook Monument" and the sacred rituals of the native residents, but hearing the story and being part of the ritual make it much more than a snorkeling ride. They did it very well. Also a story of lost-and-found: after getting back to our vacation rental, I realized that I left my sunglasses on board which are my birthday gift and mean a lot to me. I called them at around in the evening, without hoping that I could get them back. Sometime you lose things, and sorry the lost-and-found is not a guarantee, especially when it comes to something that looks somewhat valuable, and there is nothing you could do if they just tell you "nope we didn't see anything sorry." The girl who picked up the call was a crew member and immediately acknowledged the finding of the sunglasses. In fact--which at the time of the call I did not know--they had already sent an email to us about the lost sunglasses. Since we had to head back to California the following day, I weren't able to pick them up so they offered to ship them to me later. They shipped the sunglasses on Monday and I got them on Wednesday. The sunglasses were well packed and they even put them in a blue silky gift bag. Not only I appreciated so much their honesty and willingness to help, but also more their caring. Story over, now standard items: - Tour guide: 5/5. As mentioned above, all instructions of safety, ride, snacks and drinks, snorkeling, protection of corrals, and culture elaborations are so clear and well organized. - Pickup details: 5/5. Check-in and parking instructions are clear and easy to follow. - Waiting time: 5/5. Very reasonable thanks to everything being very organized. - Value for money: 5/5. One good thing is they do give you sufficient time to snorkel there. Most people went back to the boat themselves after having a great enough time. Snacks and non-alcohol beverages are included and there are a lot. Again, the culture elaboration is a plus and is outstanding among all sail rides I have been on. - What I loved: In addition to all good things above, I have to note that Sea Paradise has the best detail management among all such sailings I have had. E.g. 1, before boarding, they will collect your shoes and slippers and secure them in boxes off board to provide a better walking and sitting experience for everyone. After the ride, they have put everyone's shoes along the boarding bridge. E.g. 2, at the snorkeling site, before you go into the water, they will help check your mask's tightness and make sure the straw works and goggles are fog resistant. - Tips for travelers: As you know, you will need to bring your own towels. Try to bring more unique ones, especially if the ones from your hotel or vacation rental are not. Due to limited storage space on board, you will put your belongings with others' in the center console. Some got confused at disembarking about which towels were theirs / whether those in hand were theirs. Also make sure to book early! We were also very interested in the Manta Ray Night Snorkeling but unfortunately when we decided to go, they were sold out for our last night on the island. It would be so nice to ride with them for that adventure. We had to turn to a different company for the Manta Ray. It was good but in no way a perfect experience as with Sea Paradise. If we had the option, we would definitely stick with Sea Paradise and we will absolutely come back.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
So happy you and your family had such a memorable time on our afternoon tour. We are so pleased you enjoyed every aspect of the tour. Please return again for another memorable experience with Sea Paradise. Aloha!
Gorgeous day with an...
Julie_F, Feb 2024
Gorgeous day with an amazing crew. Saw many beautiful colorful fish as well as whales and playful dolphins!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Aloha Julie, Mahalo for joining us for another beautiful day on the water, we hope you'll think of us on your next visit to the Big Island!
The Catamaran was nice...
Ryan_R, Feb 2024
The Catamaran was nice and comfortable. Our total group wasn’t very large so it wasn’t crowded. Crew was awesome. Very knowledgeable and interactive made the experience fun and enjoyable. Highly recommend
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Mahalo Ryan for your excellent review of our Afternoon Snorkel tour. We are so pleased you had a great time on our boat and with our crew. Aloha!
5 Star Fun
Robert_C, Feb 2024
First of all the vessel was incredible, the staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. I had never snorkeled before and have been very hesitant to try, they took the time to get me comfortable and talk me through the process and what to expect. It was wonderful
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Aloha Robert, We are so happy to hear you had a wonderful experience in the company of our crew for your first snorkel. We are so happy you were able to join us viewing the beautiful underwater life of Kealakekua Bay! We you'll think of us on future visits to the Big Island :)
Very nice tour
Linda_J, Jan 2024
What a great crew and beautiful boat. The snorkeling wasn't as abundant with fish as we had hoped but it was still very enjoyable, plus we spotted whales, dolphins abd a manta ray.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Aloha Linda, Mahalo Nui Loa for joining us for the afternoon. It isn't everyday we spot whales, dolphins and manta rays all in one trip, that sounds incredible! We hope to see you for more adventures. A Hui Hou and safe travels!
Snorkeling on the big isle
Andrew_S, Jan 2024
Great trip! Crew was outstanding! Great spot for snorkeling. The equipment provided was great. I don’t often do reviews, but this trip was great. Highly recommend
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Aloha Andrew, Mahalo for the wonderful recommendation. We are thrilled to hear of your feedback & hope to have the pleasure of creating some more memories with you in the near future!
The whole show
Gretchen_S, Jan 2024
First we saw some flying fish; thousands of them! Then we soon saw whales and they showed us tails, flukes and demonstrated breeches. The snorkeling was great and after we got in the boat, we saw two manta rays near us. Then on the return we spotted another whale and this time we were able to pull up and maintain the same speed as the whale as it did all of the above dozens and dozens of times. It is the best whale experience I have ever had and the crew said it was very unusual too. We felt honored! This was not a whale watching tour but we got one anyway!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Mahalo Gretchen for your excellent review of our Afternoon Snorkel tour. We are so pleased you had such a memorable experience with seeing all kinds of marine life. Hope you return again in the future. Aloha!
BOOK IT!
Torie_Z, Jan 2024
Fantastic tour! The crew was amazing. The tour went far beyond just snorkeling! We were whale watching, manta ray spotting, and honoring Hawaiian culture through chanting and gifting. Thank you!!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Aloha Torie, Mahalo for choosing Sea Paradise for your snorkeling adventures. We love to share our "Aloha", we are so glad you joined. We hope to see you for more adventures soon!
Great afternoon. Wonderful crew and plenty of room on boat for personal space or to meet someone new and visit.
Brenda_D, Jan 2024
Enjoying the time with family. Calming boat ride and awakening dive in the water to watch the magnificent fish and creatures in the sea.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Aloha Brenda, Thanks for joining us! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with your family out on the water, we hope have the pleasure of seeing you all in the near future!
Great snorkeling
MariaElena_H, Jan 2024
The snorkeling point was absolutely fantastic . During the boat ride over, we were fortunate enough to come across some whales. The crew was very friendly and shared some history and culture along the way.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Aloha Maria, Our Sea Paradise ohana thanks you for coming along our afteroon snorkeling tour. Your tour is definitely one of the lucky ones to have experienced those stunning whales! We're pleased to hear you enjoyed the educational portions, just as much as the activity itself. Mahalo for choosing us, we hope to have you join us on your next ocean adventure. Mahalo!
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