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boats_kona_seaquest_boxboats_kona_fairwind_boxKEALAKEKUA BAY is a blue water marine preserve, known for abundance, biodiversity, coral cover, and some of the best Kona snorkeling. Boat entry puts you next to a sheer lava wall with prolific fish traffic. Just past the point is Captain Cook’s monument. It’s a great snorkel trip & fun boat ride with dolphin watching, breakfast & BBQ lunch.

Kona Snorkel Trips | Kealakekua Bay

Fair Wind II

The Fairwind II visits one of my, Snorkel Bob’s, favorite reefs in Hawaii, Kealakekua Bay (Captain Cook—what a guy). The deluxe 4-1/2 hour lunch cruise departs Keauhou Harbor with a tropical breakfast and 2-1/2 hours of snorkeling. Then it’s BBQ on-board and a no-host bar, gluten-free available upon request. This is the only boat permitted to moor at Kealakekua, so the reef is less abused than a troubled teen from Hollywood High. The reef is prolific with my, SB’s, little bitty fish buddies, who are sure to be your friends too, given 1/2 a chance. The 60’ cat has EZ water access, fresh water showers, a 15-foot water slide, a high-dive platform, ample shade and complimentary reef safe sunscreen. Limited availability for snuba, pay an additional $75 direct on-board boat, must reserve with Snorkel Bob’s in advance. 

Kealakekua AM trips require a minimum 24 hour advance booking: disembarkment & transport is too late for 9AM trip departure from Keauhou Harbor. Call Snorkel Bob’s Kona stores for advance reservations between 8AM-5PM Hawaii time the day before. Ask about afternoon trip options if AM Captain Cook’s is unavailable: (808)329-0770 or (808)885-9499.

Adult $160.14
Child (4-12) $98.29
3 & under $32.02
*72 hr. cancellation policy for groups of 10 pax or more

9-1:30 Daily

Muffins, pastries, fresh organic fruit, Kona coffee, herb tea and juice. BBQ lunch with burgers (meat or veggie), pasta salad, fresh pineaple, spuds and fruit juice. Gluten-free options available with advance request. No-host bar.

Keauhou Bay, Main Dock

Sea Quest Rafting

Sea Quest runs hard-hull rubber boats, 2-6 people on the smaller vessel and up to 12 on the bigger one. The 4-hour AM tour to Captain Cook’s and Place of Refuge is $120.03/adults and $98.60/kids 5-12. Randie’s small-group format makes for a better outing. Drinks & snax included. Rafts allow sea cave and lava tube penetration. This trip goes to 2 world-class snorkeling sites– Honaunau Bay (Place of Refuge), followed by Kealakekua Bay.

Adult $128.93
Child (5-12) $103.14

8 AM-12 PM Daily

Includes fruit, chips, soda and juice.

Keauhou Bay, Main Dock

*No pregnant women, bad backs/necks, or recent surgeries due to health risks riding raft.

Kona Manta Night Snorkel

Be amazed

Kona Manta Night Snorkel

Kamanu Charters

This is a great adventure for all ages, with snorkelers ages 4-90. Floating and breathing air through a tube is all that’s required in this Kona snorkeling adventure. Captain John calls around daily and often travels to multiple sites to find the best manta action. His primary vessel is a 36′ sailing catamaran, with an occasional ride on his rigid hull raft. Gear up at the manta site and watch sunset before communing with the rays. Jump overboard, grab hold of the float, and watch the divers around the “campfire” as they flash their dive lights to attract plankton. The mantas feed on plankton, offering an up close & personal manta experience. If you’re lucky, you may meet Big Bertha, with her 16′ wingspan, an A+++! 

$95 per person.

All tour prices are subject to change as of Jan. 1, 2019. Confirmations for those tours dates booked after Jan. 1 will reflect any price changes.

5 – 8:30 PM Daily.

Includes wetsuit tops, snax & soda. Beer & wine available for purchase post-snorkel, bring ID.

South side Honokohau Harbor, 4:30 PM Check-in.

Save $5 Per Seat

Kona Manta Night Snorkel

Anelakai Hawaiian Double-Hull Canoe

The Big Island of Hawaii is the hub of manta ray activity, if it’s mantas you want to see. The Anelakai manta night snorkel is a unique Hawaii adventure and SB Snorkel Consultant favorite. Paddle a traditional Hawaiian double-hull canoe & snorkel with mantas–a steersman and guide make it a breeze. The 10 minute guided paddle from shore allows maximum manta snorkel time and quiet, personal communion with the rays. 2 canoes, 2 crew per boat, only 6 passengers max. Catch sunset on the early evening tour. Lights between canoes attract plankton & mantas, with time for observation before getting in the water. A bar on the canoes and ankle floats make manta watching EZ, no swimming required. Ages 4 years & up. This is not a strenuous paddle, no experience required. Young kids and non-swimmers may stay onboard the canoes and see mantas. True aloha here with Holly, Iko & the Anelakai ohana (family).

$113.54 per person.

Mon.-Sat., no Sundays. 2 tour times daily, trip time 1-1/2 hours.

June-August: 7 PM & 8:45 PM
Sept. & Oct: 6:30 PM & 8:15 PM
Nov-Jan: 6 PM & 8 PM
Feb. & March: 6:30 PM & 8:15 PM
April & May: 6:45 PM & 8:30 PM

Includes wetsuit tops & ankle floats (shorty wetsuits for kids).

Keahou Bay, Kona, Big Island. Check-in 30 minutes prior to tour.

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