Unless you like to go out with tons of tourists and kids ... here's an intimate way of exploring the Kona Coasts best snorkeling sites with terrific local guides. We took the South Kona expedition with Captain Liam and Sarah, his assistant. Aside from the fact that you will quickly be on a first name basis with your hosts, you'll also get to know your fellow snorkelers very quickly. The Zodiac-style boats used by Sea Quest hold upwards of 12 passengers including your captain and 1st mate. That's plenty for a wonderful and very personal experience. We saw a huge number of pilot whales who came right up to the boat and entertained us. Spinner dolphins were seen but not harassed by thie highly professional captain and crew. Snorkeling included the most important sites plus a 3rd location by a black sand beach. There, to our amazement were scores of sea turtles feeding. It was a humbling experience to see these fascinating animals. Again, we kept our distance (more than 5 feet away). All snorkeling equipment is provided and a nice deli lunch (turkey/roast beef sandwiches and chips), fresh fruit, bottled water, juices and yest, lots of chocolate covered Mac nuts round out a perfect experience. You will marvel at the landscape as seen from the water (including some exciting sea cave encounters). This is a wonderful experience for anyone experienced or even a 1st time snorkeler. You will have a terrific 5hr. trip and have plenty of photos to show for it. Don't forget to lather up with sunblock before jumping on the boat and be sure you get good directions to the Sea Quest location as it is not all that easy to find at first. You'll have a wonderful time!