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The marine sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay ranks among Hawaii’s most scenic spots for snorkeling, swimming, and hiking. The beautiful bay, home to spinner dolphins and backed by green mountain slopes, was the site where Captain James Cook landed—and was later killed—on the Big Island in 1779, forever altering the history and culture of the archipelago.

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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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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

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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.
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  • 3 hours
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Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour

Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour

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Take a Kealakekua Bay snorkeling cruise, and depart from the waters of Keauhou Bay to scour the Kona coastline for dolphins, turtles or, even, whales in the winter months. Upon arrival in Kealakekua Bay, peer overboard at the crystal clear waters that teem with colorful reef fish. After receiving expert instruction and snorkeling equipment onboard, you'll jump in the water to experience some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Morning Kealakekua Snorkel Tour

Morning Kealakekua Snorkel Tour

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Casually cruise the Kona coastline and snorkel with tropical marine life, as you splash in the waters of Kealakekua Bay on this deluxe Kona snorkeling cruise. Snorkeling equipment is provided on board, and professional instruction makes this Big Island snorkeling cruise a fun-filled family adventure. On the cruise between shore and the snorkeling site, keep your eyes peeled for spinner dolphins, turtles or even manta rays, and enjoy views of volcanic formations along the Kona coast.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Kealakekua Bay: Captain Cook Reef Snorkel - Navy SEAL Boat, 14 Guest Max!

Kealakekua Bay: Captain Cook Reef Snorkel - Navy SEAL Boat, 14 Guest Max!

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14 guest max, no large crowds! Snorkel coral reef at Captain Cooks Monument in Kealakekua Bay & check out Sea Caves along the coastline by boat! ( Zodiac Navy Seal Speed Boat sitting on the RIB ) For the adventurous adrenalin riders ONLY ( this boat ride / ocean can be rough, bumpy & choppy on rare occasions) this is not a slow cruise boat, please don't come us if you feel you'll have a negative experience, feel free to cancel with us after booking. Aloha! This is not a big tourist boat crammed up with 30 to 100 people! Snacks, drinks & gear are free. Tour time is NOT EXACT (3-4 hours) why? Weather conditions, how long you snorkel, ETC.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Morning Reef Snorkel

Morning Reef Snorkel

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Enjoy two Hawaiian underwater adventures for the price of one with this 4-hour combination dolphin-swimming encounter and snorkeling trip. Start by exploring the 600+ species of marine life like sea turtles, coral and tropical fish that call the reefs of Kealakekua Bay home. Then meet up with a local pod of wild spinner dolphins for an optional swimming session. A trip choice without the dolphin swimming portion is also available.
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  • 4 hours
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Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay

Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay

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Journey back in time — when ancient, powerful Kings ruled the rugged, fertile land of the Hawaiian Islands — on this 3-hour dinner cruise to Kealakekua Bay. Travel 12 miles down the Kona Coast to the Captain Cook monument. Learn the many secrets of the Big Island as a local historian points out more than 50 points of interest along the way.
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  • 3 hours
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Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)
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Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)

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In terms of history, scenery, and marine life, there isn’t anywhere on the Big Island of Hawaii that compares to Kealakekua Bay. This protected cove on the island’s west shore is where Captain Cook met his end, and today a memorial stands at the bay to honor the famous explorer. On this guided Big Island kayaking tour, hear the history of Captain Cook as well as surrounding temples, and, after paddling past rugged sea cliffs and caves, snorkel and swim in the clear waters of this Marine Life Conservation District.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

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Ensure you find some of the best snorkeling sites in Hawaii on this sail and snorkel adventure leaving from Keauhou Bay Pier. Set sail along the Kona coastline toward the Captain Cook Monument, where your adventure begins. Jump into the clear water to explore the vibrant reef of the marine sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay, which is home to schools of colorful fish and pods of spinner dolphins. Your tour includes breakfast, lunch, and equipment such as snorkeling gear and boogie boards.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

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Set sail down the Kona coastline aboard a trimaran, arriving in the Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve for an afternoon of snorkeling. Splash into the turquoise waters near the Captain Cook Monument, and search for pods of spinner dolphins that frequent the bay. All equipment is provided along with light snacks and reef-safe sunscreen to make the trip convenient.
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  • 3 hours
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

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This half-day boat cruise takes you to the two best snorkeling sites in Kealakekua Bay: The reef beneath Captain Cook's monument and the underwater lava formations of Red Hill. In addition to breakfast and lunch, your guides provide all necessary equipment, basic snorkeling tips, and identification charts to help you spot fish and dolphins in their natural habitat. Don’t forget your camera—the route showcases sweeping views of the Kona coastline.
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  • 4 hours 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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Guided Outrigger Canoe Tour in Kealakekua Bay

Guided Outrigger Canoe Tour in Kealakekua Bay

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Skip the usual boat tours and embark upon a Hawaiian style kayak adventure in a traditional outrigger canoe. These double-hull canoes are known for providing stability and smooth rides; all the better to experience Kealakekua Bay with minimal exertion. Learn about the history of the bay, one of the most sacred in Hawaii; its mysterious caves, and how people lived there, from guides whose families are connected to the area.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Kona's Deluxe Snorkel - Beat the Crowds to Captain Cook and Place of Refuge

Kona's Deluxe Snorkel - Beat the Crowds to Captain Cook and Place of Refuge

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It’s common to spot green sea turtles and spinner dolphins while snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay. This snorkel tour departs Keauhou Bay in the morning to avoid the crowds. Explore the coral gardens with a guide who points out the Captain Cook Monument and Place of Refuge. A tropical lunch, snacks, and beverages are served.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kona Coast Snorkel Tour
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Kona Coast Snorkel Tour

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Make your boat ride a luxurious experience on this snorkeling tour to the South Kona coast. Theater-style seating, arm and headrests, and both a delicious plant-based breakfast and lunch ensure a comfortable cruise. High-quality snorkel gear for sighting tropical aquatic life while snorkeling off the remote South Kona coast is provided
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  • 5 hours
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Experience Our Honey Farm And Beekeeping Tour
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Experience Our Honey Farm And Beekeeping Tour

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Go behind-the-scenes of a traditional honey farm while in Hawaii and discover the secrets of delicious Hawaiian honey. Get an up-close look at the hives from a secure viewing area, meet the beekeepers, and learn all about the honey-making process from managing the hives to harvesting the honey. Sample a range of raw organic honey and perhaps pick up some unique souvenirs, such as homemade honey or beeswax products.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
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Premium Morning Snorkel

Premium Morning Snorkel

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The South Kona Coast is dotted with sandy beaches, lava-formed sea caves, and colorful fishing villages. On this tour, set sail on a morning cruise around Kealakekua Bay and Honaunau Bay, and admire the scenic coastline from the water. Along the way, spot landmarks such as the Captain Cook Monument, relax onboard the shaded deck, and dive in to swim and snorkel in the Pacific.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Kona Shore Excursion: Wild Dolphin - Reefs -Sea Caves -Kealakekua Bay Snorkel

Kona Shore Excursion: Wild Dolphin - Reefs -Sea Caves -Kealakekua Bay Snorkel

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Make the most of your time in port on this Kona shore excursion timed to your cruise's arrival and departure. Get picked up from the port and head out on a sailing adventure to the Captain Cook Monument and Kealkeaua Bay where you can snorkel, swim, and explore caves and lava tubes. Expect to see spinner dolphins, sea turtles, colorful fish, and ancient reefs. Lunch, snacks, and use of snorkeling gear are all included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Luxury Dolphin Sail and Kona Snorkel

Luxury Dolphin Sail and Kona Snorkel

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Take the ultimate snorkeling and sailing trip along the Kona Coast during this 4-hour luxury yacht trip with a small group. Explore the stunning beaches and bays of the Big Island aboard a high-end boat, stopping at top snorkel sites and spotting marine life like dolphins, turtles, and whales. Unlimited refreshments, plus snorkel gear and a tasty picnic- or bento-style lunch are also included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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CAPTAIN COOK SNORKELING CRUISES 8:45am SNORKEL & DOLPHIN TOUR - Kealakekua Bay

CAPTAIN COOK SNORKELING CRUISES 8:45am SNORKEL & DOLPHIN TOUR - Kealakekua Bay

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Sail along the rugged Kona coast and enjoy a dip in the refreshing waters during this morning cruise. Board your vessel and take in the beautiful coastal scenery as you venture out to the reef system. Then, don your snorkel gear and explore under the sea in search of colorful coral reefs and tropical fish.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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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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Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphins in Kealakekua Bay, Big Island (5 Hr)
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Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphins in Kealakekua Bay, Big Island (5 Hr)

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The rocky coves, vibrant coral reefs, and glittering waters of Kealakekua Bay are among Hawaii's most visited destinations. With this tour, admire the views from the water as you paddle around the bay by kayak. See the Captain Cook Monument, look out for Hawaiian spinner dolphins, and stop to swim and snorkel along the corals.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm
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Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm

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There’s much more to the Big Island of Hawaii than volcanoes, waterfalls and luaus, and on this informative tour of the South Kona region, you’ll learn the sacred history of this shoreline and sample the local honey and famous Kona coffee. With the help of a knowledgeable guide, you’ll visit petroglyphs, look for green sea turtles and visit sacred Hawaiian temples. Even better: you'll hear the legends, mythology and lore of ancient Hawaii through today. This tour is capped at 15 people, so you’re ensured a personalized experience.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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What people are saying about Kealakekua-Bay tours and tickets

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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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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
"Great experience everyone was so nice and knowledgeable. The crew is very passionate and they took good care of us which made the experience so great."..."
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Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour
"My family enjoyed the wonderful boat ride with some historical areas pointed out by the crew. The snorkeling was fun and beautiful, all our expectations were met. We will definitely return. I especially liked the steps in and out of the water. Perfect for people who can't climb ladders. I think everyone should experience this!"..."
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Morning Kealakekua Snorkel Tour
"Perfect day snorkeling very family friendly some first timers .excellent crew. Clean boat . Great foods .. perfect day"..."
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Kealakekua Bay: Captain Cook Reef Snorkel - Navy SEAL Boat, 14 Guest Max!
"The crew was a lot of fun and were very friendly. The captain did a lot of karaoke and danced to the music playing which made it a fun boat ride. We got plenty of snorkeling time and the bay was absolutely beautiful. I will definitely do this again the next time I’m in town."..."
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Morning Reef Snorkel
"Our family of five had a marvelous time! Kind and helpful guides who knew just where to take us and captured some great go pro video of turtles we saw that they shared with us. A highlight of the trip."..."
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Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
"We had an amazing time on this dinner cruise! The view was amazing and so was the food! The staff was so nice and friendly me and my husband did this on our hunny moon and we loved it! Shout out to Johnny! Thank you for taking this photo of us and for taking care of us while on this trip!😊"..."
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Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)
"The was an amazing experience! Would recommend going! The reef had so many beautiful fish was so beautiful"..."
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
"Beautiful day for the cruise, calm water, the boat was beautiful and the crew was fantastic. Enjoyed the day"..."
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
"We had a great time. My three year old had so much fun dancing and playing on the boat. The crew was very helpful and knowledgeable. It was so much fun"..."
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
"Snorkeling in Captain Cook cove. The variety of fish was incredible Boat was gorgeous and well maintained. Staff friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful."..."
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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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Guided Outrigger Canoe Tour in Kealakekua Bay
"Peter our guide had some great stories of the island. I’m not a strong swimmer but felt very comfortable in the outrigger. Nothing like a regular canoe. Snorkeling was amazing. We we’re blessed to see a sea turtle. Highly recommend! We all had a blast."..."
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Kona's Deluxe Snorkel - Beat the Crowds to Captain Cook and Place of Refuge
"Ki was a great captain - super friendly and knowledgeable and really gave us a non rushed tour. Snorkeling was great, found dolphins and got to see some pretty cool lava caves which was unexpected!"..."
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Kona Coast Snorkel Tour
"We have been snorkeling many times, and never enjoyed it as much as with the folds at Fairway. The staff was friendly and competent, and the boat was sparkling-clean. We felt safe and pampered the entire time. I would recommend this tour to everyone, and look forward to booking it again on our next Hawaiian trip."..."
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Experience Our Honey Farm And Beekeeping Tour
"Joel the beekeeper did an outstanding job 👏to explain the life cycle and importance of bees. Truly exceeded my expectations!! Thank honey samples provided at the end was great. Well worth the time."..."
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Premium Morning Snorkel
"We had an amazing time. Brendan and Jaz were great, we saw a lot of fish on a beautiful day and had a nice return trip checking out a bunch of cliffside caves. I would recommend this small boat snorkel trip over the others. Great job!"..."
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Kona Shore Excursion: Wild Dolphin - Reefs -Sea Caves -Kealakekua Bay Snorkel
"Scott and the other tour guide were courteous and humorous. We enjoyed of trip. We will do it again the next time we travel to the Big Island"..."
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Luxury Dolphin Sail and Kona Snorkel
"Best experience of our visit to Hawaii! Captain Brooke and Liz are awesome. Exceeded our high expectations"..."
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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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CAPTAIN COOK SNORKELING CRUISES 8:45am SNORKEL & DOLPHIN TOUR - Kealakekua Bay
"Enjoyable three hours. Great snorkelling spot, complete with Spinner Dolphins and eels. Top guides, too!"..."
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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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Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphins in Kealakekua Bay, Big Island (5 Hr)
"Awesome guide! So knowledgeable and experienced! A true Hawaiian experience guided by the King of Kealakekua Bay!!"..."
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Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm
"Had great time on this tour. Derek and other guides on van friendly and gave great education. Loved the bee stop"..."
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