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Glass-bottom Boat Reef Tour

Highlights
  • Tour the coral reefs just off the Big Island aboard a glass-bottom boat
  • Experience the magical underwater world of Hawaii without ever getting wet
  • Travel aboard a custom-built boat designed to glide over shallow reefs
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Glass-bottom Boat Reef Tour
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Glass-bottom Boat Reef Tour
US$53.58
Overview
Experience the rainbow-colored fish and bright corals beneath the waves without ever getting wet during this 50-minute glass-bottom boat trip from Kona. Climb aboard your 36-foot (10-meter) vessel (specially designed for floating above reefs) with an expert naturalist as you explore the incredible marine landscape of Hawaii. As you cruise you’ll observe Hawaii’s underwater coastline and admire fascinating creatures like dolphins, turtles and maybe even a seasonal whale or two.
What to Expect
Dive into the magical underwater world of Hawaii without ever leaving the boat during this 50-minute ride aboard a glass-bottomed vessel. This special ship offers a unique window into the wondrous mysteries and fascinating creatures that inhabit the Big Island’s shores and reefs.

Check in for your morning boat ride at Kailua Pier, climbing down into the viewing area of your totally custom-built 36-foot (10-meter) boat. Grab a seat on a cushioned couch alongside one of the boat’s four viewing windows and receive an introduction and overview of your trip from your on-board naturalist.

Cruise out into the mellow waters just off the Big Island as you admire some of this amazing coastline’s unique coral reefs. Your unique shallow-bottom boat can get right up to the edge of these amazing underwater wildlife areas, offering you the perfect view. As you gaze in amazement at the colorful fish and corals below, listen as your naturalist narrator shares a few insights into reefs and the ecological forces that shape them. Learn where some of Hawaii’s beautiful white sand comes from and get a peek “behind the curtain” of fish mating rituals.

Continue your ride by proceeding into deeper waters, allowing you views of an amazing underwater pinnacle and a chance to watch as the bottom quickly drops off into the deep ocean. As you ride, you might even have the chance to spot spinner dolphins and (depending on the season) humpback whales. And if you get tired for some reason of the views from below, turn your gaze toward the horizon, where you’ll be able to spot historic shoreline sights like Hulihee Palace, Mokuaikaua Church and Kamakahonu (where King Kamehameha I made his home in his final years), plus much more.

Finish your magical experience along Hawaii’s beautiful coast by traveling back to Kailua Pier.
Write a ReviewReviews (38)

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Family friendly and informative adventure for all ages!

Our tour guide was a wonderful host and did a wonderful job sharing her knowledge about the wildlife and ecology of the area. This was a great way for our 3 year old to experience the undersea life. Even the adults had a good time....More

Thank Hannastonemorris
Amy J, Narrator, crew and office staff at Kailua Bay Charters - Glassbottom Boat Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Mahalo for the kind review. We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed the tour.

Reviewed 4 July 2018
Great for Kids!

This short boat ride (about 1 hour) featured several glass windows in the bottom of the boat so that we could view fish, coral, and other undersea creatures in the shaded comfort of the slow-moving boat. It was a perfect alternative to snorkeling or diving...More

1  Thank jmbadger17
Amy J, Narrator, crew and office staff at Kailua Bay Charters - Glassbottom Boat Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are so happy that we were able to offer the folks in your group an opportunity to see the underwater world. Thank you for the great review!

Reviewed 11 June 2018
Amazing tour

This tour is not just for kids. We decided to take this tour as we do not scuba or dive and so glad we did as the amount of lovely different fish and beautiful coral was out of this world. Would recommend this tour to...More

Thank debbietaylor57
Amy J, Crew, Narrator and Office Staff at Kailua Bay Charters - Glassbottom Boat Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2018

We greatly appreciate your wonderful review. Thank you for recommending us.

Reviewed 6 June 2018
Wonderful experience

This meeting place was very easy to find. The lady that conducted the tour was extremely knowledge. It was very apparent that she loved what her does and was concerned that everyone had a good time. Seeing under the water at the fish and learning...More

Thank Pattie S
Amy J, Crew, Narrator and Office Staff at Kailua Bay Charters - Glassbottom Boat Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2018

Thank you for the wonderful review. We narrators really do love what we do, and I am glad it shows. It sounds like you had a great time and learned a thing or to as well. Mission accomplished!

Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile
We had a fum time

The lady was very knowledgeable of the fish names. It was cool seeing through the bottom. It was a ways down to see and some people got sick so I would recommend taking a drama pill before going on the tour. The owner built this...More

Thank Sarah B
Amy J, Crew, Narrator and Office Staff at Kailua Bay Charters - Glassbottom Boat Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2018

Thank you for the review. We are so glad to hear that you had a nice time!

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