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Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure

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    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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    All reviews captain rick pilot whales spinner dolphins lava tubes and caves beautiful fish hold on tight bumpy ride hour trip marine mammals approximately miles wild ride captain cook a lot of fun super fun bottle nosed dolphins dolphin watching great trip
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    Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

    Rick a Amanda were Great. It was a fin experience and would highly recommend. Make sure you are sea worthy, not a good idea if you get sea sick.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Nina C
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Great customer service ~ from scheduling the trip, to checking in and being greeted by a beautiful dog, Ziggy, to the two crewman who took us out - WOW, WOW, WOW! This is definitely the highlight of our family trip to Kona this time ......More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank MitchReviews2015
    captainzodiac, Front Office Manager at Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Mahalo for coming out with us!! We are glad our crew members were able to give an exhilarating ride and we could contribute to a memorable vacation for your family. Next time your on island stop by the office I'm sure Ziggy would love another...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    the trip was ok. if I would have know that this boat was going to be a rough ride I wouldn't have booked it. it was a 40 minute ride back and forth sitting on the side of the raft hanging on for your life...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank janellsc41
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    My family and I went on the captain zodiac tour during our visit to Kona in July. We have two young girls 10 and 12. We did this tour before when we didn’t have kids and wanted the kids to experience it. It was just...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Crockette21
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Captain Rick and Devonte are the BEST!!! They were able to get my non-ambulatory son in the boat and into/out of the water so he could experience this! That alone would make this momma's heart smile! But they went farther and encourage a non-swimmer on...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank LoriW1318
    captainzodiac, Manager at Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Mahalo for the nice review! We are so happy that Rick and Devante were able to help your son experience our adventure and make his momma smile :)

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    Carol Anne F
    April 1, 2019|
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    Response from StrykerY3K | Reviewed this property |
    The zodiac boats are the right set up for you, fast and open. It's the slow and enclosed trips you need to avoid.
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    Carol Anne F
    April 1, 2019|
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    Response from novacamp | Reviewed this property |
    Most of the time. This may not be for you because the motorized craft goes very fast, makes quick turns, and can be rough in choppy seas. Most of our group enjoyed the ride, but there was one person who was fighting... More
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    landryclan
    July 9, 2018|
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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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