Your morning Big Island snorkeling tour begins with a sail down the beautiful Kona Coast on the Hoku Nui, our spacious 50 foot catamaran. We’ll stop in the pristine waters of world-famous Kealakekua Bay. This marine sanctuary is one of the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii, with clear blue waters and a vibrant reef to explore.
The Hoku Nui sets sail from Keauhou Bay at 8:30 am. As we sail down the Kona Coast, enjoy a tropical-style breakfast while you keep an eye out for Humpback Whales, from Dec-April, and Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, year-round.
Approximately 45-minutes later, we’ll enter Historic Kealakekua Bay, where you’ll spot the World Famous Captain Cook Monument. “Hawaii the Big Island Revealed” guidebook says, “snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay near the monument is perhaps the best you will find anywhere in the state.” Bring an underwater camera to capture the colorful schools of fish and sea life swimming through the vibrant reef and ancient lava flows.
Enjoy the view over lunch as we exit the bay and set sail for “Red Hill” (weather permitting). Snorkeling in the Red Hill area gives you another perspective, with schools of sea life swimming through underwater lava archways and lava tubes. Then it’s back to Keauhou Bay, arriving by approximately 1 pm. While your Hawaii snorkel adventure has come to an end, your memories will last a lifetime.
Your captain selects the best snorkeling sites in Kealakekua Bay and our friendly crew members provide site briefings, historical facts, snorkel tips and safety instructions to guests of all ages and experience levels. Masks, fins, snorkels, and floatation noodles are provided aboard the Hoku Nui.
Our professional crew will guide you in the water and can also provide you with fish identification cards. Lunch will be ready after you’ve snorkeled up an appetite. Snorkel time is approximately one hour at each location.
Our tropical-style continental breakfast and lunch includes fresh island fruits, pastries, and muffins. Sandwich selections, potato chips and assorted cookies for dessert are also included. (menu items may vary)
Complimentary beverages include variety of Hawaiian Sun juices, green tea, regular, and diet soft drinks.
We have a bar on board stocked with Beer, Wine, Tropical Cocktails, and Mixed Drinks available for purchase.
Please sign your waivers for each guest (link found in your confirmation e-mail) and check in near the boat at Keauhou Bay located at the pier at the end of Kaleiopapa Street, Kailua Kona, HI 96740. Please do not check in at any buildings. Public restrooms are located on the east side of Kaleiopapa Street near the end parking lot. Restrooms are also onboard our vessel. Parking is limited at the pier. Free parking is available along Kaleiopapa St. Please check in with crew in blue shirts 15 minutes prior to departure at the end of the pier and allow 3-5 minutes to walk from your vehicle to the boat.The boat sets sail from Keauhou Bay at 8:30 AM and returns at approximately 1:00 PM.
Check-in: 8:15 am Location: Keauhou Bay (Departure & Return) Keauhou Bay located at the pier at the end of Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 Trip Time: 8:30 am to 1:00 pmMedical and Health Information
Dress comfortably for your Kona snorkeling tour. Bring swimwear, a cover-up, sunglasses, reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, towel, and camera. Note that we have limited space to stow gear and keep it dry. Sea Paradise operates “shoe-less boats,” so wear sandals or slippers that are easy to remove. Gratuity is not included in the price of the tour, but tips are greatly appreciated. Upload your favorite photos to us on Instagram or Facebook and hashtag #seaparadisehawaii.
Adults: $165 + Tax & Fees
Children: $110 + Tax & Fees
Toddlers 4 & Under: $55 + Tax & Fees
YOUR SAILING AND SNORKELING ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE!