Big Island of Hawaii

Glass-bottom Boat Reef Tour

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Glassbottom Boat Reef Tour in Kona
  • 50 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Experience the rainbow-colored fish and bright corals beneath the waves without ever getting wet during this glass-bottom boat trip from Kona. Climb aboard your 36-foot (10-meter) vessel (specially designed for floating above reefs) with an expert naturalist as you explore the incredible marine landscape of Hawaii. As you cruise, observe Hawaii’s underwater coastline and admire fascinating creatures like dolphins, turtles and maybe even a seasonal whale or two.
  • Tour the coral reefs just off the Big Island aboard a glass-bottom boat
  • Experience the magical underwater world of Hawaii without ever getting wet
  • Travel aboard a custom-built boat designed to glide over shallow reefs
  • Admire rainbow-colored tropical fish, beautiful coral, dolphins, and humpback whales
  • Learn about the geology and ecology of Hawaii
  • Perfect trip for families and children
  • Great way to experience Hawaii's marine life

What's Included

  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Soda/Pop
  • Restroom on board
  • Food and drinks, but cold water is available

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 6598 Kaahumanu Pl, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    Meet the boat midway down the Kailua-Kona pier on Hawaii Island (The Big Island) 15 minutes prior to departure. It is located near the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha Hotel (75-5660 Palani Rd 96740) a good place to park! Budget 10 min to park and walk to the boat. Look for blue & yellow flags.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Dive into the magical underwater world of Hawaii without ever leaving the boat during this ride aboard a glass-bottomed vessel. This special ship offers a unique window into the wondrous mysteries and fascinating creatures that inhabit the Big Island’s shores and reefs.

Check in for your morning boat ride at Kailua Pier, climbing down into the viewing area of your totally custom-built 36-foot (10-meter) boat. Grab a seat on a cushioned couch alongside one of the boat’s four viewing windows and receive an introduction and overview of your trip from your on-board naturalist.

Cruise out into the mellow waters just off the Big Island as you admire some of this amazing coastline’s unique coral reefs. Your unique shallow-bottom boat can get right up to the edge of these amazing underwater wildlife areas, offering you the perfect view. As you gaze in amazement at the colorful fish and corals below, listen as your naturalist narrator shares a few insights into reefs and the ecological forces that shape them. Learn where some of Hawaii’s beautiful white sand comes from and get a peek “behind the curtain” of fish mating rituals.

Continue your ride by proceeding into deeper waters, allowing you views of an amazing underwater pinnacle and a chance to watch as the bottom quickly drops off into the deep ocean. As you ride, you might even have the chance to spot spinner dolphins and (depending on the season) humpback whales. And if you get tired for some reason of the views from below, turn your gaze toward the horizon, where you’ll be able to spot historic shoreline sights like Hulihee Palace, Mokuaikaua Church and Kamakahonu (where King Kamehameha I made his home in his final years), plus much more.

Finish your magical experience along Hawaii’s beautiful coast by traveling back to Kailua Pier.

Kona Glassbottom Boat - Kailua Bay Charter Co.

50 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Departs from Kailua Pier, on the Big Island of Hawaii. The pier is adjacent to the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, 75-5660 Palani Rd., Kailua-Kona, HI. You may park in this lot.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Check in at the boat 10 minutes prior to departure
  • Insure you budget 10 minutes to park and walk to the boarding location.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Meet the boat midway down pier on left side. Look for blue and yellow flags on boat mast.
  • Service animals allowed
  • This tour requires reconfirmation with the local supplier
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult (Two children/infants max per one adult)
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The boat will leave at the time of departure so please be on time.
  • Not recommended for those extremely prone to sea sickness
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 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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Jane_H
Brittany was a great guide, making sure we saw as many sea creatures as possible. It was a beautiful clear day with fantastic visibility.

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Saw a lot of fish.
Matthew_H, Apr 2024
The views of the reef were great. Saw a lot of fish. The guide was good. Overall exceeded expectations.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Aloha! We're so glad our tour exceeded your expectations and that you enjoyed the stunning reef views and variety of fish. 🐠 Mahalo for joining us!
Nice Time
Steven_O, Apr 2024
Great time, nice easy ride, and got fantastic views of fish and local sealife! We loved the commentary (including groaner jokes) from our crew! Not as good a view as you'll get snorkeling, but much easier - and dryer - time!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Aloha! Thanks for the kind words about the tour and crew. We're happy you enjoyed the underwater views and commentary, dry and easy! 😄🌊 Mahalo!
Nice Tour of the Harbor.
David_K, Apr 2024
Nice boat and enthusiastic crew saw lots of small colorful fish. Wish we could have seen some larger species.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hey there! 🌞 Thanks for riding with us and sharing your thoughts. Glad the colorful fish put on a good show, even if the big guys were feeling a bit shy. 🐟 We appreciate you joining us out there! Mahalo!
Family Fun
LaGina_S, Apr 2024
My granddaughter enjoyed it very much. It was fun to see her so excited. I however got pretty sea sick. It was nice they had ginger and gingerale to offer. I noticed I wasn't the only one!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Aloha! We're delighted your granddaughter had such an exciting time on the tour! 🐠 We're sorry to hear about your seasickness though. It can happen to many folks out on the water. We're glad the ginger helped provide some relief. Mahalo for joining us!
Awesome experience
Robier_A, Apr 2024
It was an awesome experience my family and i had a great time thanks again to the captain and the host.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Aloha! We're stoked you and your ohana had a good experience! 🐟 Thanks for the kind words about our crew. Mahalo!
A pleasant little experience
Jaime_M, Apr 2024
I wish more of the boat was glass bottom. But the host was very knowledgeable and funny. They provided drinks and umbrellas. The boat also has a covering and windows so you get a breeze. The seats are comfortable and it was very roomy. It was a comfortable little ride.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Aloha Jaime! Thanks for cruising with us and sharing your thoughts – we're glad you had a comfortable and enjoyable experience! 😎 Mahalo!
Great tour of the reefs
Tina_W, Apr 2024
We thoroughly enjoyed the glassbottom boat tour. The naturalist onboard was wonderful and made the tour fun. Highly recommend especially if you have young kids.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Aloha! ☀️ We're so happy your family had a good time on the tour. 🐠 Mahalo!
Great experience for kids and non snorkelers/swimmers
Olga_K, Mar 2024
Great experience, especially for kids or people that don't snorkel. Each group had their own seating and little glass window at the bottom to look at the fish. You see lots of corals and fish. the guides very also funny and informative. I found the price to be very reasonable. One recommendation is for you to enjoy it better take some motion sickness meds, the boat is small and you feel it rocking. Otherwise, highly recommended.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Aloha! ☀️ We're thrilled to hear that you found our tour to be such a great value and an enjoyable experience for all! 🐠 Mahalo for the awesome review and helpful tip about the motion sickness meds!
Great outing to see reefs and fish
Lynn_H, Mar 2024
Saw lots of fish and had dolphins swim along side our boat. Crew were excellent and tried to make sure everyone was feeling ok and having a good time. The boat is relatively small so can bounce around quite a bit with the wind.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Aloha! 🌊 So happy to hear you enjoyed the tour! Your kind review means the world to us! 🐬 Mahalo from the Kona Glass Bottom Boat crew!
Easy excursion
Rachel_H, Mar 2024
Seeing the fish was pretty cool! The guides were very knowledgeable about the area. Not strenuous at all.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Aloha! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, we're happy you had a good time! Mahalo! 🌴
Great tour
Jolie_H, Mar 2024
This was a fantastic tour. Everyone working for the tour was wonderful, so much personality and so sweet. Our guide Natalie was fantastic, she made sure everyone was able to get a good view, told us tons of information, and pointed out every type of fish she could to make sure we all saw as much as possible. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a chance to see some beautiful fish and learn about the reefs off Kona.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
🌊 Aloha! Your glowing review totally made our day! It's wonderful that you enjoyed the experience and got to discover the beauty beneath the waves. 🐠 Mahalo! Best regards.
Glass Bottom boat experience
WaiLingChai, Mar 2024
Captain Tara and guide, Brittany were both amazing and knowledgeable. They made it super fun! Check in was easy.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Aloha! ☀️ We are so happy you enjoyed the experience! Your kind words mean the world to us! 🌊 Mahalo!
Glass Bottom Boat-Kona
Elizabeth_B, Mar 2024
Really fun! Both the captain and the narrator work hard to ensure you see 3 different reefs and lots of fish! The boat is an amazing result of their own work; best glass bottom boat I’ve ever done.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Aloha Elizabeth! We appreciate your kind words and review. We're happy you enjoyed the experience. Mahalo!🐠
A must do while on the big island.
Jane_H, Mar 2024
Brittany was a great guide, making sure we saw as many sea creatures as possible. It was a beautiful clear day with fantastic visibility.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Aloha Jane! Mahalo for the awesome review and shout-out to Brittany. We're glad you had a good time!🌞
Superb!
Jessica_R, Mar 2024
Excellent!! Amy was our tour guide and was great! Very informative! The water was beautiful and the weather was perfect!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for the kind words. So happy we met your expectations. Your review is appreciated!
Thank you
Megan_R, Mar 2024
We unfortunately missed our boat, however the management was very understanding and quickly offered to reschedule us with no added fees. We appreciate their understanding us getting lost.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Aloha!🌺Mahalo Megan for the kind words and review. Glad we could help with the rescheduling. Hope you enjoyed Kona's marine beauty aboard the Marian.🌊
Fun Boat
Susan_C, Feb 2024
Great fun. Amy was great with facts and humor. Loved the boat and the story how it was built in her yard. Enjoyed seeing Kona from the water. We also got to see a whale.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Aloha! We're so happy you enjoyed the tour with Amy and the unique story of the Marian. Thank you for sharing your experience with us, we really appreciate it!
Lots of Fish!!
Deb_W, Feb 2024
Very fun. Knowledgeable staff who went out of their way to make it fun and a learning experience. Were very accommodating with our group.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Aloha! Mahalo for your kind words and thank you for your review. Delighted to hear our staff made your group's adventure memorable. Warm regards from the Kona Glassbottom Boat team! 🌊🐠
Great way to share the fish with young children!
Edward_B, Feb 2024
The glass bottom boat was a unique way to share the fish in the reefs with young children and their parents. Our guide had a personal story to share about the boat and was extremely knowledgeable and humorous in her sharing.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Aloha! Happy to hear the young ones and adults alike enjoyed discovering the reef with us. Mahalo for sharing this experience! 🐠 Warm regards from the Kona Glassbottom Boat team.
The best!!!
Kristyn_D, Feb 2024
Highly recommend!! It was amazing! And the guides are so nice and are very funny and enjoyable! The views are amazing and the reefs are so cool!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Aloha! Thank you for sharing your experience. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us and appreciated the beauty of the reefs. Warmest regards from all of us at Kona Glassbottom Boat. 🌺
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