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Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions

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Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
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About Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions
Captain Zodiac has entertained guests for over 45 years on our exciting 24-foot Zodiac rafts. You will see the rugged coastline up close as you explore a sea cave and see exposed lava tubes, blowholes and archways. You will snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Kealakekua Bay Marine preserve viewing over 150 varieties of fish. You must keep a sharp eye out for pods of dolphins, whales and other marine mammals that come close to our rafts. The Zodiac ride is fast, fun and educational! You will hear about the Hawaiian history of the area, learn about marine life behaviors and learn the island’s geology.
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Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure
Winter is the most exciting time to be out on the water in Hawaii, as it’s the time of year when thousands of migrating humpback whales visit the islands. On this exciting Big Island whale watching tour, experience the thrill of traveling aboard a high-speed raft, and then seeing a whale swimming just in front of the boat. Though the boat will obey the federal laws and not approach within 100 feet (30 meters), it isn’t uncommon for the whale to decide to swim up under the boat!
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Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure
This Zodiac tour of Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve includes the opportunity to snorkel among the coral gardens. You’ll easily see tropical fish and other marine life in the crystal-clear waters, with a guide to lead the way. Beat the crowds with a midday rafting excursion that includes a picnic of deli sandwiches, Hawaiian fruits, juice, and more.
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5 hours
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My husband and I had a wonderful time with Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure. One of the highlights of our Big Island trip! Our Captain JC and guide, Rory were amazing! Both were knowledgeable about the island and helpful with getting us settled with snorkels....More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Oh my gosh!! This was more than we hoped for or expected. Captain Bryce was fantastic! 1st mate Regina as well! We saw breaching humpbacks. We saw pilot whales. We had spinner dolphins right at the edge of the boat. So incredible! The zodiac handled...More

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Spinner dolphins, pilot whales at 20 feet, and real natural coral; these are the treats that await. In terms of thrills, literally brace yourself to hang on as the Zodiac bounds over waves and makes 90 degree turns as you approach cliff-side breakers. Great crew...More

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Came on this tour as part of an Uncruise tour. Super snorkeling and great whale watching. Captain JT was great and had so much knowledge about history and geology and oceanography. Highly recommend

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed 3 days ago

From beginning to end, my wife and I had a great experience. Staff: The staff was extremely nice at the waiting area where you sign in and register. We got a little late due to traffic in the area and the staff was very nice...More

Date of experience: January 2020
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captainzodiac, Guest Relations Manager at Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

So happy that you two had such a great time and also took the time out of your vacation to review us. Captain Zodiac is very much a family and we are glad you felt taken care of each step of the way. Nice that...More

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Scenic05395659306
August 1, 2019|
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Response from AngelaMFamily | Reviewed this property |
We have gone out with Captain Zodiak several times. The focus is on snorkeling, which is always one of the highlights of our trip. They do give you a peek into caves and lava tubes and talk a little about the history, but... More
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debbieannjohnson
August 15, 2018|
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Response from Keydet1971 | Reviewed this property |
While somewhat challenging they provide a ladder and a rope to help pull you up into the raft.Also JC and Zoltan were observant and helpful as to any extra assistance anyone needed .They would help with physical assistance... More
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debbieannjohnson
August 15, 2018|
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Response from captainzodiac | Property representative |
We have a small 3 step ladder to get back on the Zodiac
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