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Kailua-Kona, United States
Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

There are few places in all of Hawaii more historic than Kealakekua Bay, as it's the spot where Captain Cook was killed in a skirmish with native Hawaiians, and the Hawaiian monarch, King Kamehameha III was born just a few miles away. The history aside, it's also one of the best places to snorkel on the Big Island of Hawaii, and you'll have the chance to experience the beauty on this snorkeling tour from Kona. Search for dolphins on the way to the bay while admiring the volcanic coast, and after scouring the red for coral and fish, climb aboard for a lunch that's served by the friendly crew.
  • Visit historic Kealakekua Bay
  • View Humpback whales in winter
  • Cruise the volcanic Kona coast
  • Lunch and snorkeling equipment included
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Bottled water
Light refreshments
Snacks
Professional guide
For snorkeling option: Snorkeling gear, floatation device
Lunch (sandwiches, fresh fruit) -if any diet restrictions, please bring food specific to your needs.
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off (NOT included in this tour. Please be sure to check-in at Honokohau Marina North Boat Ramp 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740)
GoPro rental (upon availability -call to reserve)
74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy , 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

After turning into the harbor, TAKE the very first road to the RIGHT. Follow the road, pass Gentry's Kona Marine and a small gas station -Sea Store and Deli on the left, then TURN LEFT. As you drive in, you will see a small brown roof building to the right (restrooms). Meet crew under the pavilion.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off is NOT included. Please be sure to check-in at Honokohau Marina North Boat Ramp 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide English and Japanese (upon availability)
  • Must be in good health and fit condition, must be able to climb a short ladder
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Must be comfortable in the water, be comfortable using floatation if needed (we have Ride Along option available for non-swimmers)
  • Not recommended for pregnant women in an advanced pregnancy
  • Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems or injuries within the last 3 years
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hang Loose Boat Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay .

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  • "Don't take any other snorkel tour dolphin trip, this one blows them out of the water." See review
  • "A must to add to your to-do list on Big Island!" See review
  • "This is the second time that I have taken this excursion, and it’s truly worth every penny." See review

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See the tangs and the...
Kara_G
, Dec 2021
See the tangs and the parrot fish. The water was amazing with great visibility. The lunch was very good too.
star-5
Great crew and good time.
Judith_C
, Nov 2021
Captain Jacob and his crew were awesome. Very friendly and informative. Great location to snorkel with the family.
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Awesome snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay!
Adina_A
, Nov 2021
Awesome snorkeling and great views of the coast. Well organized and friendly staff. Really fun experience!
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Totally worth it!
Mashhood_A
, Nov 2021
Amazing crew, great ride. Sawn dozens of dolphins, great snorkeling, tour and information about the history and landmarks along the coast. With warm bath on the boat after snorkeling and food and drinks, loved the experience!
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Captain Cook
Arma_J
, Nov 2021
Great experience. Crew was very professional, and friendly.. offered to take pictures for us. Captain cook snorkeling was really fun and we saw lots of colorful fish, water was warm,.. Captain Jakob and his crew were great. I highly recommend booking with hang loose tour. Great job guys
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Great experience. Would recommend.
Bruce_B
, Nov 2021
Very friendly and entertaining staff. Made the trip fun. Snorkeling was excellent, water clear and tons of fish.
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Super FUN trip!!!
Zsuzsa_G
, Nov 2021
From the beginning to the very end, it was an absolutely amazing experience. The Captain (Simon) and the Adam (Jesus) made the trip to an unforgettable experience. Their humor and personality with the knowledge and experience were beyond our expectations. Highly recommended!!!
star-5
Wonderful snorkeling experience
Susan_S
, Nov 2021
This was a great snorkeling and boating adventure! Highly recommend. The staff was very helpful, fun and courteous.
2 travelers found this review helpful
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Great time
Sean_H
, Oct 2021
Great snorkeling. We saw eels, puffer fish, sharks, and tons of other beautiful fish and coral. The boat ride was beautiful. Lunch was delicious. Guides were kind and knowledgeable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Amazing
Jenell_S
, Oct 2021
Wow! This was definitely worth it. The snorkeling spot was beautiful and clear and there were so many different kinds of fish in the reef. Didn’t see any turtles or dolphins in the captain cook area, but we saw two different kinds of dolphins on the journey to the reef! When leaving the Barbour, we saw at least 20 spinner dolphins and they played and swam around our boat. Simon made sure to stay in that spot until they left the area so we could all take plenty of videos and pictures. Then on the way, a few bottlenose dolphins decided to make an appearance and Simon made waves by going in circles and the dolphins jumped in and out in the waves so we could see them! It was so amazing and that alone made it worth the price and time. Will definitely do this again next time we are in Hawaii!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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