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Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure

  • Raft and snorkel adventure on Kealakekua Bay
  • Visit Kealakekua Bay and the Captain Cook monument
  • Fantastic coastal views
Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure
From $115.00
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10am Beat the Crowd TourMost Popular
Beat the crowd 5-hour tour departing at 10am.
From $135.00
8:15am Departure
Departs at 8:15am
From $115.00
12:45pm Departure
Departs at 12:45pm; Check-in is 12:30pm
From $115.00
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.
What to Expect
Teeming with vibrant marine life, the protected waters of Kealakekua Bay off the Kona coast make for an ideal snorkeling destination. Begin your adventure at Honokohau Marina just north of Kailua-Kona, where you’ll meet your captain and climb aboard a 24-foot (7-meter) inflatable Zodiac raft — an agile, rigid-hull vessel used by the US Coast Guard and Navy SEALs.

As you cruise south along the beautiful Kona coastline, learn about the island’s fascinating history as your guide shares local facts and legends. See the Captain Cook monument, where the first European made contact with Hawaii, and keep an eye out for local marine life including spinner dolphins and humpback whales (during winter). Explore the Big Island’s volcanic history as your raft darts in and out of sea caves and past rocky lava tubes. 

Slip on a provided snorkeling mask and fins and plunge into the warm, clear water to swim among schools of electric-colored fish and intricate coral gardens. After approximately 1.5 hours of snorkeling, climb back aboard the raft and refuel with a fresh Hawaiian snack and beverages (or picnic-style lunch on the 10 am departure).   

Continue along the spectacular coastline back to the marina, where your 4- to 5-hour adventure concludes. 

Please note: Due to the bumpy nature of the raft ride, this tour is not recommended for those with back or neck problems, or pregnant women.
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Reviews (125)
1 - 5 of 77 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Experiencing a hidden gem in Hawai'i

I was part of a tour group that had the pleasure of riding along with this amazing company. The captain and first mate made me feel at ease when getting into the water for the first time (I do not know how to swim, nor...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank quinkyA07
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Snorkel trip to Kealakekua Bay

My husband and I took the 5 hour Captain Zodiac raft trip to Kealakekua Bay yesterday. We have done similar trips on past visits to the Big Island of Hawaii. This was by far the best snorkeling and raft trip experience. Our Captain Colin was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JuliefromWA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Snorkeling heaven

30 minute Zodiac ride out was fun. Then we got into the water and were surrounded by fish. Some of the best snorkeling ever. Capt. Billy and crew were great.

Thank pgdtug
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile
Swim this way

If you find yourself in Kona and want a truly great experience head to Captain Zodiac for a snorkel adventure to swim with the Hawaiian spinner dolphins. The crew works their butts off to get you near pods of dolphins so you can get a...More

1  Thank Scotty1948
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile
Perfect day!

My partner and I took this excursion with Captain Rick and Devonte. They were fantastic guides. Attentive to the needs of all on board. They gave great history and we’re enthusiastic and entertaining. We got lucky with the wildlife! Saw pilot whales and spinner dolphins...More

1  Thank JefferyK96
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Response from PatieG2 | Reviewed this property |
We did the early bird and it took most of the day and lunch snacks were provided. We saw reef sharks and a ton of beautiful fish. There was a crowd leaving as we arrived and one arriving about when we left. The only thing... More
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