Big Island of Hawaii

4 Hour Captain Cook Bay Cruise

Big Island of Hawaii, USA
Kealakekua Bay Snorkel Tour
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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


There are few places in all of Hawaii more historic than Kealakekua Bay, as it's the spot where Captain Cook was killed in a skirmish with native Hawaiians, and the Hawaiian monarch, King Kamehameha III was born just a few miles away. The history aside, it's also one of the best places to snorkel on the Big Island of Hawaii, and you'll have the chance to experience the beauty on this snorkeling tour from Kona. Search for dolphins on the way to the bay while admiring the volcanic coast, and after scouring the red for coral and fish, climb aboard for a lunch that's served by the friendly crew.
  • Visit historic Kealakekua Bay
  • View Humpback whales in winter
  • Cruise the volcanic Kona coast
  • Lunch and snorkeling equipment included

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Light refreshments
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • For snorkeling option: Snorkeling gear, floatation device
  • Lunch (sandwiches, fresh fruit) -if any diet restrictions, please bring food specific to your needs.
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (NOT included in this tour. Please be sure to check-in at Honokohau Marina North Boat Ramp 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740)
  • GoPro rental (upon availability -call to reserve)

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Hang Loose Boat Tours
    74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    After turning into the harbor, TAKE the very first road to the RIGHT. Follow the road, pass Gentry's Kona Marine and a small gas station -Sea Store and Deli on the left, then TURN LEFT. As you drive in, you will see a small brown roof building to the right (restrooms). Meet crew under the pavilion.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your adventure begins by meeting your crew at the harbor in Kona. To save you the hassle of bringing lots of equipment with you; snorkeling gear, a floatation device, and lunch are all provided.

After getting on the boat, the trip begins with a ride into Kealakekua Bay. During your ride, you can learn all about Captain Cook, and the area’s link to Hawaiian royalty.

After getting to a great snorkeling spot—with an expert crew to take you to a place where marine life has been spotted before—you can hop off and go snorkeling. Look out for dolphins, coral reefs, and colorful fish along the way—and maybe even Humpback whales if it’s wintertime.

Then, round off your adventures with a delicious on-board lunch before a scenic journey back along the volcanic coast to the harbor.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off is NOT included. Please be sure to check-in at Honokohau Marina North Boat Ramp 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Service animals allowed
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide English and Japanese (upon availability)
  • Must be in good health and fit condition, must be able to climb a short ladder
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Must be comfortable in the water, be comfortable using floatation if needed (we have Ride Along option available for non-swimmers)
  • Not recommended for pregnant women in an advanced pregnancy
  • Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems or injuries within the last 3 years
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 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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The crew was really attentive and helpful. Everything was very organized. We saw dolphin and turtles while on the boat to the snorkel site. The snorkeling was outstanding. After we snorkelled for about an hour the crew served a nice lunch of sandwiches and fruit, then put out a water slide and a jumping platform. Stopped at several scenic sites on the way back. Highly recommend this trip.


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Terrific way to see Captain Cook's cove...
Walt_B, Apr 2024
Wonderful boat (almost brand new), personabale captain, friendly and helpful staff. Great food, lots of nice people on board. Great value for the money, would go again.
Amazing snorkeling and dolphins experience.
Julia_K, Apr 2024
Excellent crew that were so attentive and informative. We saw so many dolphins on the way out. Snorkeling was incredible. They had a platform to jump off and a slide when we were done snorkeling. Lunch was delicious sandwiches. Turkey, ham or roast beef on croissants and pineapple. Plenty of snacks and drinks. Then we saw another round of dolphins as we were getting ready to head back. Everyone had a great time. Totally recommend. We had a large group of 9 with our adult kids and 2 small grandchildren.
Crew was great helpful...
Cheryl_M, Apr 2024
Crew was great helpful friendly and funny Told us great stories and found us dolphin's they were great
Snorkeling near captain Cook monument
MarieFrance_B, Apr 2024
The members were very professionals. They wanted to be sure that everyone had a good time. The snacks were good and the atmosphere was really pleasant. Nice ride
Best experience
Lucy_P, Apr 2024
I did t do the snorkeling but my cousin did and let me tell the crew was the best best experience ever thank you
Yes! Definitely yes!!!
Heather_W, Apr 2024
Absolutely one of the best experiences we have ever done! The crew was amazing! Very knowledgeable, helpful and caring. You always felt safe and secure, and it was truly a must do! When else can you see mantas within inches of you!?! Refreshments were served, cocktails are available, a wetsuit top was provided, if you chill easy, you might want to bring full wetsuit! But soooooooo worth the cold!! I kind of hate to leave a positive review because I loved it and want to do it again without 5000 other people there!
Don’t miss this!
Maryellen_W, Apr 2024
The crew was really attentive and helpful. Everything was very organized. We saw dolphin and turtles while on the boat to the snorkel site. The snorkeling was outstanding. After we snorkelled for about an hour the crew served a nice lunch of sandwiches and fruit, then put out a water slide and a jumping platform. Stopped at several scenic sites on the way back. Highly recommend this trip.
Fantastic trip!
Terry_L, Apr 2024
The captain and crew were fantastic! Great music and food. The crew was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. I would definitely book with Hang Loose again!
Great time on the boat...
Craig_M, Apr 2024
Great time on the boat and in the water with the cool fish. Aidan and Kewami were fun guides. Snorkeled for almost 2 hours!
What a great experience...
Jim_D, Apr 2024
What a great experience and the guides were awesome. Fantastic views coming and going from the cove.
Jasmine_R, Apr 2024
Awesome experience Adan and kulani (I believe that was the names of our tour guides) were so nice and chill made us feel super comfortable since we took our toddler. Definitely recommend!
This is a must do
David_S, Apr 2024
We had a wonderful time on our snorkeling trip. This is a must do if you are looking to snorkel and go on a scenic boat ride. Our captain and his assistant were fantastic!
Great crew, nice boat, and saw dolphins
Rachel_B, Apr 2024
Great staff, easy check in, fantastic snorkeling and dolphin viewing! Crew was so funny and friendly. Boat is big enough to have have a restroom and warm rinse-off shower. Good for adults and older kids who are good swimmers, but did not have kid life jackets for swimming or kick boards as alternate to masks. There are inflatable type swimming vests if needed, but mostly just swimming w pool noodles worked fine.
Fun and informative snorkeling trip!
Barbara_P, Apr 2024
I love how they fit you with the snorkeling equipment as you enter the boat. There are snacks and water with a restroom as you enter on the boat. The boat ride was very informative at different photo spots along the way. Snorkeling was fun. They had noodles or floating devices available that helped snorkeling be more enjoyable. Lunch sandwiches, drinks and pineapple were delicious. There was a slide and jumping platform, too. A lot of fun and well worth the price!
Best snorkeling
Billiejo_B, Apr 2024
One of the best and most memorable trips we have ever taken! Simon and his team were amazing, even though we probably drove them nuts lol. Such a great adventure. It’s a must!
Best time ever!!
Tinotenda_M, Apr 2024
Simon and the crew were so awesome! The tour was well organized, the snacks and lunch was yummy and the music was great. The snorkeling was super (even for a non confident swimmer like me). We also saw spinner dolphins towards the end. On the way back we made some pit stops and learned a bit more about some of the areas close to the spot we snorkeled. Can’t recommend this experience enough for those trying to spend a day out by the water!
Super fun!
Rivka_V, Mar 2024
We had a great time! We saw dolphins, whales and turtles on the ride to and from the snorkel spot. Snorkeling was excellent and we had a blast jumping off the boat into the water!! The crew is really nice and had lots to share about local sites and Hawaiian lore.
Thank you Hang Loose!
Kenneth_R, Mar 2024
Such a great way to snorkel at a hard to access location. A quick trip and plenty of time to snorkel on location. The captain and crew were great!
Nolan was a great tour...
Sara_G, Mar 2024
Nolan was a great tour guide. He was so funny and ensured everyone was having a great experience. The boat was the perfect size. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
An awesome experience
Razvan_P, Mar 2024
The captain and the crew were really nice and maintained the party atmosphere throughout the trip. We did not feel rushed and we had a lot of fun.

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