We stopped by the Kona Boys shop to book our kayak and snorkel tour. By having a flexible schedule, we were able to make an appointment for a Morning Magic tour that had only four other clients.
On the day of the tour we met our wonderful guide, Hiko, and the shore assistant near the Napo’opo’o wharf to launch the double kayaks. Our group slowly paddled across Kealakekua Bay while Hiko told us a few stories and pointed out a group of spinner dolphins. We then took turns landing the kayaks near the Captain Cook Monument and walked along a very short path to the monument. We were quickly off in the water snorkeling. Towards the end of our time in the water, large boats began offloading their snorkelers. However, even with them present it was not particularly crowded because most of those folks stayed very close to the large boats.
There is a great variety in water depth near the monument so you really see a broad spectrum of marine life, especially if you dive down to the deeper areas. I had a blast seeing the diverse types of corals, fishes, and even a lone manta ray.
Since I had my own gear, I cannot comment on the quality of masks or fins available for rent or purchase. However, I did enjoy the lunch included in my tour package. Drybags are also provided for the kayak trip, so feel free to bring anything you may not want to leave in your car. Inexperienced swimmers may also continue to use their lifejackets while snorkeling near the monument.
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