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Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

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
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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)
74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy , 74-425 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.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Service animals allowed
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hang Loose Boat Tours
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 answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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star-5
Best part of the trip!
Camille_G
, Aug 2022
It was such an incredible experience! The crew were amazing, the lunch provided was great. I took my 3 and 7 year old kids and they had a blast. Book it you won't regret it! Read the instructions and advisements. You should be comfortable around water.
star-5
Amazing!!
BARBARA_B
, Aug 2022
I highly recommend taking this tour!! Simon and crew were exceptional. The lunch was delicious. We saw spinner dolphins which was so worth the trip. The music was great and the whole relaxed vibe of this tour was exactly what our family was looking for. First time snorkeling for our family, so definitely a memorable trip.
star-5
Dolphins and tropical 🐠
Kenneth_M
, Aug 2022
Great location and great crew Lots of Dolphins and beautiful reef 🪸 ………………… It was an Amazing Day out with Simon and his crew.
star-5
Highly recommend
ArvindK
, Aug 2022
Such a fun boat ride and experienced crew who made snorkeling fun and safe for my young kids. We has an amazing time and saw beautiful fishes on the reef and even dolphins!
star-5
Definitely worth it.
Melissa_T
, Aug 2022
The guides did an amazing job. The beautiful scenery was my favorite. Snorkeling was a lot of fun too.
star-5
Alas! We saw spinner dolphins!
nicole_V
, Aug 2022
The silver bullet gets you there! All fun no fluff snorkel boating experience. Food Delicious and unpretentious. Staff was hospitable!
star-5
Awesome location to go...
Timothy_A
, Aug 2022
Awesome location to go snorkeling we got to see different fishes and the Dolphins recommended for everybody
star-5
Perfect captain cooks adventure
Barry_W
, Aug 2022
The captain was funny entertaining and very informative. I would go again because of him. The crew was excellent and there were dolphins and lots of beautiful fish and scenery.
star-5
Snorkeling at the Captain...
Ari_W
, Aug 2022
Snorkeling at the Captain Cook monument as a family was amazing! My 5yr old and my 13yr old were able to snorkel. Family memories were made🤗
star-5
Great trip and will do it again with this company/ship/crew.
TatNg
, Aug 2022
Awesome experience. Captain Simon was fun and friendly. Watch his backflips from the upper deck! The crew (Aiden and Kawami) were awesome. Best snorkeling trip we ever had including some famous places like great barrier reefs. The vessels was big and comfortable. I was fearful of getting seasick but I had no problem at all. Captain Simon had also stop and let us see dolphins and manta ray when they were spotted on the ocean.
star-5
Supreme fun trip!
Matt_L
, Aug 2022
Amazing from start to finish! Captain Simon is truly a supreme entertainer, and his crew are great. Wonderful trip all around. Great gear, yummy lunch, great tunes. We did the morning trip.
star-5
Awesome Experience!
Adam_C
, Aug 2022
The snorkeling was great. They were very patient and friendly even with poor swimmers. Plus we spotted manta rays and spinner dolphins.
star-5
Great for entire family
Vishal_B
, Aug 2022
The crew is awesome 😎 Really enjoyed the snorkeling experience and the refreshments onboard were great.
star-5
Awesome excursion and boar crew
Ameet_K
, Aug 2022
Amazing trip and kudos to Simon and crew. What a fun relaxing trip that was so well organized. Lots of good food fun humor and yes amazing snorkeling.
star-5
Capt cook tour
Jamie_S
, Aug 2022
We had an awesome time. My underwater camera died so I didn’t get pictures of the fish but we plan on going back. The crew is really fun too. I usually go in the morning tours but it was booked and I actually went on the 1230 tour and it really paid off. As what about to leave a bunch of dolphins surrounded the boat. They were beautiful to look at and we got great pictures. That was a bonus to the tour😁
star-5
Hang Loose is the perfect guided tour in Kona
stephanie_c
, Aug 2022
This snorkel trip was excellent! Great location, equipment. The guides were awesome.....fun, knowledgeable and safe! I would highly recommend the hang loose snorkel team! Thank you!
star-5
Best snorkeling trip!
Gina_F
, Aug 2022
Simon was very friendly as well as his 3 crew members. They were helpful, the boat ride was interesting, the lunch served was nice and the spot we snorkeled was just great! I have been on many boat cruises before and this was the friendliest and best one yet!
star-5
Fun Tour to Captain Cook
Yvonne_L
, Aug 2022
This tour starts out with a 45 minute boat ride to Captain Cook. We saw many playful dolphins and flying ship on our way there which was a pleasant surprise! When we got to Captain Cook, we had plenty of time for snorkeling, and the snacks and refreshments were perfect, as snorkeling can be pretty tiring. Our captain, Simon, was very knowledgeable and fun, and he also drove the ship to a couple of noteworthy spots on our way back. This tour was very fun, and I highly recommend doing this tour over kayaking there or hiking there yourself!
star-5
Great tour, great crew
Joachim_K
, Jul 2022
Simon and his crew were very entertaining and took good care of their guests. We felt very comfortable on their boat. Dolphins were spotted and the snorkeling in front of Captain Cook's monument was great. Jumps into the water from the anchored boat were possible and short stops with interesting stories about manta rays, landscape and history
star-5
Awesome Experience!
Kristen_R
, Jul 2022
The whole trip was a blast! The crew was attentive, the pineapple & sandwiches were fantastic, and they kept everything so fun the entire time!! Nothing but good things to say - we laughed so much and we were all thrilled to kick off our Hawaii vacation with this as our first outing! Highly recommend this tour group!

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