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Steep drop-offs beckon just off Kona’s coast, the dominion of pelagic beasts—marlin and billfish some topping 1,000 lbs. Most journeys to catch one begin the 262-slip marina at Honokohau Harbor, just before the entrance to Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park. Nearly all of Kailua-Kona’s fishermen, independent sportfish tour operators as well as charter boats departing for scuba sites and popular manta and dolphin snorkeling adventures dock and depart from Honokohau Harbor.

The full-service marina also sports two noteworthy restaurants: Harbor House, a burger and beer joint with views of vessels from their open-air dining room, and Bite Me Fish Market Bar & Grill serving seafood delivered direct from the ocean to their door. ATMs, two full service restroom blocks with hot showers and a convenience store for snacks and sundries round out the facilities here.

Just behind the marina proper, a snaking road ends at a lava rock parking lot with a trail leading to a small beach with decent snorkeling and popular with area dog owners.

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74-380 Kealakehe Parkway, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA, 96740
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Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii
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Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii

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Have a unique Big Island experience snorkeling with manta rays on this tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll take a short cruise out to the manta site, where you’ll watch the beautiful Hawaiian sunset before dipping into the water to watch the manta rays up close. All necessary equipment will be provided for your excursion, as well as light refreshments and snacks to enjoy on board. Your tour will conclude at its original departure point. If you don't see manta rays on this excursion, book again for another night--no charge.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
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Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Big Island, Kona Manta Ray Night Snorkel- Small Group
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Big Island, Kona Manta Ray Night Snorkel- Small Group

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Summon your courage and plunge into the waters off Kailua-Kona to swim with manta rays. During this 2-hour tour during sunset or after dark, slip on the provided wet suit and snorkel gear and follow your expert instructor into the water. Watch as the enormous vegetarian animals, some with wingspans of 20 feet (6 meters), swim in graceful loops around you, taking in clouds of plankton for their evening meal. All gear and light snacks and refreshments are provided. Choose between sunset and evening snorkel tours; manta ray sightings are guaranteed or you can do a second outing for free.
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  • 2 hours
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$139.00
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Sunset Sail Experience at Kona from Honokohau
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Sunset Sail Experience at Kona from Honokohau

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Escape the hustle and bustle of Kona and round-out your day on the Big Island of Hawaii in style with a relaxing sunset cruise. Aboard a comfortable and spacious catamaran, take in the views as you sail along the Kona coastline and toast the sunset with an included beverage or two.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure

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Splash into the crystal-clear waters of Kealakekua Bay on this Big Island snorkeling adventure! Dart in and out of sea caves and explore the gorgeous Kona coastline in an agile Zodiac raft. Snorkel among colorful tropical fish, and keep an eye out for other marine life like whales, dolphins and sea turtles. Along the way, learn about the island’s geologic history and local legends from your expert guide, and see the spot where Captain Cook first landed in Hawaii.
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  • 4 hours
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Sailing by Catamaran on the Kona Coastlines
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Sailing by Catamaran on the Kona Coastlines

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Escape the hustle and bustle of land and soak up the sun and ocean breeze while taking in the sights of the Kona coastline on this sailing trip aboard a comfortable 53-foot catamaran. As you glide across the blue water, keep an eye out for marine wildlife such as dolphins and (during migratory season) humpback whales.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Charter: Customizable Big Island Boat Adventure

Private Charter: Customizable Big Island Boat Adventure

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The Kona coastline is an aquatic playground that's filled with possibility, whether it's snorkeling with manta rays, searching for dolphins, or watching whales in winter. For an exclusive, comfortable, and private way to explore the Kona coast, this rugged, catamaran-style boat is perfect for small group excursions—since the itinerary and activities are completely catered to only you and your group. Along with a professional, knowledgeable captain who can recommend fun-filled activities, experience a private charter in Kona that you and a group of up to 24 people are sure to never forget.
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  • 4 hours
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Ultimate Ocean Encounters Midday Snorkel

Ultimate Ocean Encounters Midday Snorkel

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The Kona Coast is one of the most popular destinations for snorkellers in Hawaii, known for its vibrant coral reefs and abundance of marine life. With this tour, set sail for a 3-hour excursion, and enjoy two stops to swim and snorkel. Snorkeling gear and instruction are provided, and your guide will point out the best spots, so you can maximize your chance of spotting spinner dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and schools of tropical fish.
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  • 3 hours
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Night Swim with Manta Rays in Kona, Hawaii

Night Swim with Manta Rays in Kona, Hawaii

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Hawaii boasts some of the world's best snorkeling and this excursion takes you on a night swim with manta rays. Join a small group in Kona and venture out to sea just after sunset. Then don your snorkel gear and get in the water to come face to face with these gentle giants. Enjoy plenty of time in the water with the rays before heading back to shore.
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  • 3 hours
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Wild Dolphin Encounter, Sea Caves & Captain Cook Snorkel
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Wild Dolphin Encounter, Sea Caves & Captain Cook Snorkel

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Snorkel in Kealakekua Bay and visit the sea caves during an aqua adventure from Kailua-Kona. Board a boat in Honokohau Harbor to meet your local captain and crew. With a group of 16 people or fewer, travel to a marine life conservation area in Kealakekua Bay, stopping at local landmarks and listening to interesting commentary from your captain on the way. If conditions allow, enter the sea caves, unusual rock formations only accessible by water. Dive in wearing the provided snorkel equipment and look for pods of friendly spinner dolphins, sea turtles, and native tropical fish. Lunch, refreshments, and use of all snorkeling equipment are included.
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  • 3 hours
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Pelagic Wildlife Excursion
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Pelagic Wildlife Excursion

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Whale season is never over for Captain Zodiac. Join us for a unique experience of a lifetime where we venture into the unknown! Enjoy a morning wildlife watching tour with our experienced Naturalist captains and crew, who share a passion & respect for the ocean and its inhabitants. Kona is one of the few unique coastlines in the world with numerous species of wildlife year-round. We have the opportunity to encounter 17 different resident whale & dolphin species, turtles, sharks, Hawaiian Monk seals, various species of birds and much more. Experience our military grade Zodiac Hurricanes – the same boats used by Navy seals as we explore the diverse habitat provided by Hawaii’s deep underwater geography, an ocean safari for the true adventure seeker!
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  • 4 hours
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Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay
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Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay

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Kealakekua Bay is one of Hawaii's best marine sanctuaries, which means it is often crowded with visitors. This snorkeling tour lets you avoid the crowds by taking you out onto the bay in a Zodiac raft, which can reach the places bigger boats can't go. Once in the water, you can explore the marine life-filled world beneath the bay's crystal-clear water.
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  • 5 hours
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Whale Watching On The Big Island

Whale Watching On The Big Island

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Hawaii’s Big Island is home to migrating pods of humpback whales, which often breach as they build up energy for their northward migration. This narrated tour brings you to some of the best viewing grounds via 24-person catamaran. You’re able to hear the whales singing through the provided hydrophones. The tour provider guarantees whale sightings or the next trip is free.
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  • 3 hours
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Sailing and Snorkeling Experience in Kona with Lunch
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Sailing and Snorkeling Experience in Kona with Lunch

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The dramatic sea cliffs and black and white sand beaches of the Kona Coast make a magnificent backdrop for a boat cruise. On this tour, set sail on board a 53-foot catamaran and look out for dolphins, sea turtles, and migrating whales. Dive in to swim and snorkel, then tuck into lunch onboard and admire the views as you glide along the coast.
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  • 3 hours
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$172.85
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Kona Sport-Fishing Large Group Private Charter Full Day

Kona Sport-Fishing Large Group Private Charter Full Day

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Set sail along Hawaii’s Kona Coast and try your luck fishing for blue and striped marlin, spearfish, bigeye tuna, and ono. With this full-day private boat charter, enjoy a personalized experience and an itinerary tailored to your preferences and the daily conditions. Maximize your chances of reeling in a big catch with expert tips, and soak up the scenery as you cruise along the coast.
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  • 8 hours
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Kona Sport-Fishing Private Large Group Charter Half Day

Kona Sport-Fishing Private Large Group Charter Half Day

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Go on a half-day sport fishing excursion on the Big Island. This large-group charter is led by a knowledgeable captain and crew equipped with all the gear you’ll need to reel in yellow fin tuna, big eye tuna, striped marlin, ono, spearfish, or mahi-mahi. Enjoy a fun and relaxing outing that’s perfect for the whole family—even those who just kick back on the deck and soak up the sun.
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  • 4 hours
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Kona Sport-Fishing Large Group Private Charter - 6 Hours

Kona Sport-Fishing Large Group Private Charter - 6 Hours

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Head out to the ocean from the coast of Kona with this six-hour charter trip, suitable to those who are seasoned at fishing and newbies to the sport alike. You'll have a captain and crew on board to help you out and if fishing isn't really your thing, you are welcome to just sit back and enjoy the ride.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$2,046.53
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What people are saying about Honokohau-Harbor tours and tickets

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Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii
"Really cool experience. The crew did everything possible for us to see manta rays. Captain lawerance was great. It would be scary if not a confident person in open water."..."
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Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
"This was the most incredible experience I have ever had in my life! I Highly recommend Simon and his crew, they were awesome and made this trip so memorable. A must see!"..."
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Big Island, Kona Manta Ray Night Snorkel- Small Group
"Seeing the manta rays was one of the most unusual, amazing things I’ve ever done. The guides were great at Finding and attracting the mantas."..."
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Sunset Sail Experience at Kona from Honokohau
"We had a wonderful time during our sunset sail. Captain Mike, Chelsea, and Luis were courteous and professional. We had an amazing sunset on the west and beautiful rainbow on the east of Hualalai, and we were greeted by energetic dolphins. I highly recommend this excursion when in Kona."..."
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure
"Crew was great, fun, and lively. Opted for this over a catamaran. Smaller and more flexible allowed us to see some awesome caves, turtles, and about 50 dolphins. The water was so clear and the snorkel was amazing. I would totally do this again with my family. Highly recommend!!!!"..."
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Sailing by Catamaran on the Kona Coastlines
"The crew is really helpful. I can't climb steps, they carried me on their shoulders and made sure I was seated comfortably. Thanks guys"..."
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Private Charter: Customizable Big Island Boat Adventure
"Simon and Kenney were stellar navigators. Their knowledge of the coastline and underwater sea life was enlightening."..."
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Ultimate Ocean Encounters Midday Snorkel
"I loved the excursion; the crew was terrific, funny, friendly. I did get motion sickness, but I still got to see fish and sea turtles. I would go again, this time with Dramamine."..."
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Night Swim with Manta Rays in Kona, Hawaii
"Friendly considerate crew and really fun time. They were very thoughtful when my son got seasick. Definitely recommend."..."
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Wild Dolphin Encounter, Sea Caves & Captain Cook Snorkel
"Great experience! Snorkeling was amazing. Crew was fun and experienced. We saw dolphins playing. I highly recommend this excursion!"..."
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Pelagic Wildlife Excursion
"First trip for us. Everything we hoped for and more! Darren was a great captain. Mia was super helpful! Very professional and fun!"..."
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Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay
"Darren shared so much with us - the end of the world, Pele, how to search for and protect wildlife. We really enjoyed learning so much about the island."..."
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Whale Watching On The Big Island
"Being on a boat on such a beautiful day, with a great speedy view on deck and seeing a few of the humpbacks for a couple hours, plus sightings of spinners and manta rays."..."
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Sailing and Snorkeling Experience in Kona with Lunch
"Very pleasant trip with friendly and accommodating crew. We came across a pod of dolphins which was amazing!"..."
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Kona Sport-Fishing Large Group Private Charter - 6 Hours
"Our family spent the day with Capt Taylor and deck hand Nakai (sp?)... it was a great day! The kids got to reel in reef fish and see dolphins, and the guys were hooked into 3 mahi mahi at the same time!! So exciting!! Landed 2 of the 3!"..."
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