Sea Quest Hawaii
Scuba & Snorkelling • Swim with Dolphins • Boat Tours • Dolphin & Whale Watching • Nature & Wildlife Tours
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7:15 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:15 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:15 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:15 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:15 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:15 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:15 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:15 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Snorkel the most pristine reefs in Hawaii! Explore sea caves and lava tubes along the rugged Kona Coast and observe dolphins and whales in their natural habitat as your US Coast Guard licensed captain shares with you the rich history, legends, and lore of the Big Island of Hawaii. For over 30 years we have specialized in snorkel tours designed especially for small groups creating an intimate and unique snorkeling adventure in one of the most beautiful and diverse places on Earth.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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2022

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Daly H
5 contributions
Aug 2022
My wife and I went the Big Island of Hawaii for our honeymoon and were struggling to decide between some different snorkel tour options. We were very happy we went with Sea Quest. The boat was comfortable and not too crowded (our tour had 14 passengers). There was a roof on the boat so we had lots of shade from the sun. Our stuff was stored in bins under the seats to prevent it from getting wet while on the boat too.
Our hosts (Jasmin and Kevin) were very welcoming and informative during our trip. They took us to 3 very unique spots along the coast and pointed out wildlife to look for. Kevin slowed down the boat when he spotted sea turtles and dolphins near our boat. He also answered questions about sea life, and explained some of the history of the area.
Our tour left at 8:30 am and was roughly 5 hours with 3 of those hours dedicated to snorkeling. We were provided fresh fruit after our first stop, water at any time, and a boxed lunch of sandwiches, fruits, veggies, and bags of chips after our final snorkel stop. They also had canned juice available.
Overall, we were able to see incredible views of the coast line from the water while also seeing unique underwater life and enjoying a fun morning out on the ocean. We had a lot of fun and thoroughly enjoyed our tour.
We would highly recommend that you go with Sea Quest for your Hawaiian snorkel tour!
Written September 1, 2022
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j0siecat
5 contributions
Sep 2022
Booked the Deluxe Morning Adventure for my boyfriend and I on our recent trip to the Big Island. We chose Sea Quest specifically because they are sustainable tourism certified and that was important to us on our trip. This snorkeling trip was a blast, I was a little scared on the boat but our guide Brendan was so professional and accommodating that I got my sea legs in no time. The snorkeling at both locations was amazing, and a once in a life time experience. The additional sightseeing on the boat to the sea caves and lava tubes also made this activity feel super special and premium. This adventure was undoubtably one of the highlights of our trip and I highly recommend booking with Sea Quest.
Written September 13, 2022
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Skeeter1972
Sugar Land, TX44 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
We booked this snorkeling trip at the last minute because all the boat trips were booked. We weren’t sure about being on a raft but it was great! It was just our family of 4 so it was like a private trip. The snorkeling was so much fun. We loved hearing the story of Captain Cook. After the hour and 15 min of snorkeling, Captain Jill and Mike had us all a plate of delicious fruit, chips, cookies and juice. While eating, a large group of dolphins started swimming around the boat. It was a wonderful treat! We loved the personal trip and would highly recommend Sea Quest!
Written August 16, 2022
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Jason R
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Oct 2022
My wife and I did the Expedition South Kona tour on our recent trip and I cannot say enough about our guides/crew: Jill and Adam - They were fantastic! My wife had some issues with motion sickness and they took such great care of her providing ginger ale, water, and small snacks. The locations they take you to on the tour are excellent and you have roughly 45 minutes at each place to explore on your own while the crew keeps a watchful eye out for you. The boat was spacious enough to feel comfortable and they provided snorkel gear as well as pool noodles and de-fogger. They always explained which areas to go to for the best fish and where to seek out turtles etc. Along the way we made multiple stops at various sea caves, arches, lava tubes, and other formations while Jill explained in detail the history and geology of the area. Snacks are provided in the form of fruit, cookies, chips, juice and water, chocolates, and sandwich lunches and there was more than enough food for all. While we ate lunch at Kealakekua Bay/Captain Cook Monument we were treated to an entire pod of spinner dolphins - one doing the signature jump spin for us at the perfect moment.
Written October 22, 2022
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SuzanneD_Oakland
Oakland, CA10 contributions
Mar 2022
Even with a big swell coming through, we had a great outing with Sea Quest - on the premium snorkel tour (2 sites). The zodiac is a sturdy boat, we appreciated the sun protection from the cover and the swiftness of the engines. The snorkel locations were well-protected. Capt Steve provide lots of great historical and geological information, which made the trip more meaningful - plus, he navigated and maneuvered the boat for a fun adventure! We'd definitely book with them again!
Written March 11, 2022
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brandyCfun
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May 2022
Where do I start! This company has fabulous customer service. We booked two trips with them (Night Manta Ray Snorkel Trip and Expedition South Kona). My husband called prior to our trip to confirm our RSVP's and was told we get a discount since we had booked two trips, so we immediately got a refund. You get reminder emails when you get closer to your trip. I really appreciated that. Then the first trip, we had the best experience on the Manta Ray night. Checkin process super easy, everyone friendly and overall seemed happy to be doing their job. Everyone was so friendly. Jasmine was one of the gal's in the water with us and gave so much info regarding the Manta Rays. I was not expecting that at all. She also ensured the non experience snorkelers in the group were watched closely. My husband got injured right before our next trip, I called to see if we could reschedule and spoke to Sierra and she was fantastic and got us rescheduled. She then called a couple days later checking on my husband. Wow!! Next trip was the Snorkel Trip. Capt. Brendon and Adam took care of us that day. They were so wonderful. Capt. Brendon was full of historical information and very engaging. Adam was so incredibly friendly and helpful with anything you need. Lunch was actually pretty good. If you want an exceptional trip with great people use Sea Quest, you won't be disappointed!
Written May 10, 2022
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Renee T
9 contributions
Dec 2021
The Sea Quest Crew did not dissappoint and in fact surpassed my expectations for one of the best experiences of my life, the night Manta Ray Tour!! Also, Brendon and Jasmine, were phenomanol guides for the Premium Snorkel Tour. Professional, informative and made us felt safe and taken care of the entire time. If you're on the Big Island, be sure to book with Sea Quest and if you book two different tours, you get a discount! Can't wait to come back and experience the ttours, again.
Written January 3, 2022
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Michelle D
Chicago, IL9 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
We did the AM Deluxe snorkel and the Night Manta Snorkel. Both tours were great. Captain Steve for the AM snorkel was super knowledgeable and had some fun stories - visiting the sea caves a nice added bonus. Night Manta snorkel was truly spectacular- and the smaller group size with Sea Quest was much appreciated. They also did a great job helping my son who was a little freaked out by the Mantas. And, it is clear that Sea Quest is trying to be a good environmental steward.
Written June 26, 2022
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Wendy
daphne9 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
We had an awesome time on this trip. One of the highlights of our time spent on Kona was the two excursions we booked with Sea Quest. Started off the morning with the early morning snorkeling trip and ended with the Manta Ray snorkeling. Both were exceptionally exciting. The Manta Ray at night snorkeling was the best part of my trip. Those gentle giants really put on a show for us. We probably had 8+ Manta Rays feeding around us. They were harmless to us as we just laid in the water with them. AMAZING to say the least. The morning snorkel was also very good. The captain and her 1st mate were very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of history about Hawaii. We saw several different species of wildlife on this trip with up close encounters. These are two things we did in Hawaii and I am glad we didn’t miss out. So, if you are looking for a great day on the water, do these excursions with Sea Quest. You won’t be disappointed.
Written November 16, 2022
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cathcart2022
1 contribution
Jun 2022
We had captain Brandon and his assistant Joe. We did the premium morning snokerling tour. It was a boat with a shade. The boat ride was awesome, fast across wavy ocean. The captain is a very knowledgeable tour guide, and at the same time is very skilled and safe at driving the boat. They took us to snorkeling at two different places, the second one was the captain cook monument. They gave us snacks throughout the trip, then lunch and chocolate for desert. They r very organized and made sure everyone was comfortable. Overall it was a fantastic trip. We would definitely take it again if we come back to the big island
Written June 24, 2022
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