We'll be in Waikaloa next month and are looking for recommendations for a snorkeling boat tour trip. In previous discussions and in reading the "Top Questions" i've heard positive reviews of Jack's, but according to their web site they only have a night manta ray snorkel, and a dolphin/whale watching snorkel and from what I've read the dolphin snorkels aren't really a good idea as they disturb the dolphins. We do plan a night manta snorkel trip, but I'd like to first do a day trip.
We're a family of four with two boys ages 11 and 14, everyone but me is a very good swimmer. However we've never snorkeled. Our goal is to find a good boat trip that can get us out into the ocean a bit, and provide some lessons that we can then use to snorkel on our own the rest of the week.
I've been looking at ships like the sea quest and fair wind down in Keauhou bay and these look like great trips, but they are bit of a hike from Waikaloa. Are there any similar operations in Kohala that folks would recommend. Our ideal trip is around 3-4 hours, with snacks, a bathroom (for the wife), and instructions for new snorkelers (as well as a life vest for me)!
Thanks in advance.