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“Awesome snorkeling”

Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions
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$115.00*
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Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure
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$89.00*
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Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Captain Zodiac has entertained guests for over 42 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a must-do for families. This snorkeling cruise was awesome. The captain (Ken) and first mate (Jennifer) were excellent hosts for this tour. we were able to see whales, dolphins, and every sea creature imaginable. Also, its was very educational. Highly recommended!!!

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Reviewed April 4, 2013

We went on the Whale Watch this morning with Captain Jack. Great experience with 3 kids (12, 10 and 8). Loved the speed and most important we saw many humpback whales, spotted dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and spinner dolphins. We also saw a turtle as we came back into the bay. The crew is prepared with water, juice, cookies and chips - which our kids really appreciated. Amazing day - highly recommend!

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

This was our 2nd time on a Captain Zodiac trip and it's a trip I will do every time I'm lucky enough to get back to the Big Island. We opted to do the mid-day trip to avoid the large boats that visit Captain Cook and have more room to snorkel. Preston and Joi, our crew for the day, were so much fun and so knowledgeable about the area. We were lucky enough to see a few whales on the way down to the bay. The snorkeling at Captain Cook is awesome...the water is so calm and clear and there are so many fish to see. After a bit of snorkeling we returned to the boat for a light lunch, also good, then back to the water for more. While we were snorkeling a pod of dolphins swam in to the bay and we were literally swimming with them! They circled around several times and I can honestly say it was one of the coolest things ever! Definitely made the trip - my kids (ages 9 and 11) ranked it as the best thing we did all week. So much fun for all of us!

Thank illini001
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

This was a fantastic day! We went on the zodiac boat with our preteen kids and we all had an amazing time! The boat ride was so fun and the snorkelling even better! The bay where we snorkelled by Captain Cook's monument was lovely. Clear, calm water and lots of fish. Felt safe in the water. There were lots of snorkellers there. We saw some whales and lots of dolphins! The dolphins were playing and jumping by the boats! It was great. It was our favorite activity in Hawaii! Kona is also very lovely. Beautiful sun and beach. Fun to walk around to the shops, etc after the tour and enjoyed some 'Shaved Ice'!

Thank PaulaCanada4
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Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

We took this tour for whale watching. I loved every minute of this tour. Our captain took us everywhere to find the whales. They are incredible in there environment we saw lots of whales and dolphins and mana rays would do this tour again

1  Thank agypsy_12
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