Water activity

Big Island: South Kona Snorkeling and Coastline Exploration

4.9 / 5

23 reviews

Big Island: South Kona Snorkeling and Coastline Exploration

From US$ 167.89 per person

Set sail on a remarkable half-day snorkeling tour through clear turquoise waters with lunch onboard your charter. Explore 3 pristine South Kona sites boasting magical sea caves, lava tubes, and marine life such as dolphins, turtles, and whales.

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Duration 5 hours
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  • Snorkel in pristine Big Island waters and discover 3 unique reef sites
  • Encounter a diverse array of marine life in their natural habitat
  • Explore sea caves and lava tubes
  • Jet through crystal clear waters on a rigid-hulled inflatable vessel with shade cover to remote locations
  • Enjoy complimentary snacks and lunch
Full description
Prepare for a thrilling day exploring 3 unique snorkeling locations in South Kona with time to take a break from swimming for lunch with breathtaking views. Begin your snorkeling adventure by heading to the turquoise waters and vibrant reef of the 315-acre marine sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay, with your crew members highlighting interesting sights along the way. Once there, experience a vibrant reef filled with coral and schools of tropical fish. On occasion, even catch glimpses of spinner dolphins swimming nearby. After snorkeling, savor a gourmet deli lunch in the shade of the canopy with the monument to Captain Cook as a backdrop and the cliffs of the bay soaring above you. Next, jet off to a new location with visually spectacular snorkeling opportunities and cultural significance, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau, the “Place of Refuge.” Beautiful Honaunau Bay is fronted by large, smooth, and lava rock flats and fascinating gardens of coral.  For your third snorkeling stop, let your expert captain transport you a location that even island locals have yet to see. At this remote location, snorkel at a remote black sand beach, marvel at a stone arch, or maybe admire a spectacular lava rock formation created thousands of years ago. Explore sea caves and lava tubes in a safe, exciting, and maneuverable vessel designed to get you up close and personal with the coast. Rest assured that the local operator is proudly part of the Hawaii Ecotourism Association and seeks to create a culture protecting and promoting healthy oceans through many sustainability efforts.
  • 5-hour sightseeing and snorkeling tour
  • Snacks and lunch
  • Water and juice
  • Snorkeling gear and flotation devices
  • Towels
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuits
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Sea Quest check-in 78-7138 Kaleiopapa St Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour is due to start.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Guests with back injuries and women that are pregnant are unable to take this tour
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 23 reviews

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Excellent trip. Easy to find, friendly staff, and great snorkeling locations. We doubled up on the 3td location, after the 2nd stop was too cloudy from the surf churning up sediment. In addition to the snorkeling, our Captain gave a grest tour with stops at blow holes, caves, and large lava tubes. This was all interspersed with interesting bits of history, local anecdotes, and a genuine sense of humor. Plenty of water on board, and the snack and lunch weren't exotic, but fit exactly what was needed. Highly recommended.

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November 4, 2021

We had SUCH a blast on this tour! The crew was laid back, yet very safety conscious. They went out of their way to help me get into the water slowly using the ladder, and we’re helpful at each stop. Both Dave and Zach were extremely knowledgeable about the sights and the various marine life we encountered. Snacks and lunch were fresh and delicious – such a treat! It was also great to be on a smaller boat where we could (literally) get to know everyone on board. Truly, this was a wonderful experience.

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September 17, 2021

When I booked the trip I saw a nice big boat with staircases that lead into the water. When we got to the boat, it was a large pontoon style with ladders on the back. My wife is slightly disabled and had issues with the ladder. If you book here, please verify what boat you are booking.

June 11, 2021

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