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Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay provided by Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions

Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay

Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay
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About
Skim across the waves on an exciting Big Island Zodiac tour to Kealakekua Bay, site of the Captain Cook monument and Hawaii's finest marine sanctuary. Snorkel with a rainbow of tropical fish among beautiful coral gardens in the bay's clear, crystal waters. Enjoy the delightful picnic snack provided before you head out again. Our Zodiac rafts allow us to hug the shoreline and get into areas where other boats can't. Join us to explore vast sea caves, lava tubes and the rugged beauty of the coastline.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • This is the original rafting company of Hawai'i, with our family run office set up for checking in each of our excursions. Our office allows indoor seating, air conditioning, convenient restrooms, reef safe sunscreen, children entertainment, souvenir shopping and one fluffy friendly golden retriever, if you are missing yours back home.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • This is the original rafting company of Hawai'i, with our family run office set up for checking in each of our excursions. Our office allows indoor seating, air conditioning, convenient restrooms, reef safe sunscreen, children entertainment, souvenir shopping and one fluffy friendly golden retriever, if you are missing yours back home.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3196P2
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Snorkel masks, fins and flotation devices
  • Turkey sandwiches (vegan and vegetarian upon request)
  • Snack on chips, cookies, soft drinks and water
  • Reef Safe Sunscreen available in the office before the trip
  • Extra time to view resident marine mammals like dolphins and whales
  • We no longer offer single use plastic bottles, please bring a reusable water bottle
Exclusions
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Gratuities
Duration
5h
Departure details
  • Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA Captain Zodiac is located at 74-425 Kealakehe Parkway, suite #16. We are in the Honokohau Marina and small boat harbor located approximately 5 miles south of the Kona Airport and approximately 2 miles north of the town of Kailua-Kona. Meet at our office in the Gentry's Kona Marina parking lot.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems
  • We apologize ahead of time but due to the bouncy nature, pregnant individuals are not allowed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 112 travellers
Inclusions
  • Snorkel masks, fins and flotation devices
  • Turkey sandwiches (vegan and vegetarian upon request)
  • Snack on chips, cookies, soft drinks and water
  • Reef Safe Sunscreen available in the office before the trip
  • Extra time to view resident marine mammals like dolphins and whales
  • We no longer offer single use plastic bottles, please bring a reusable water bottle
Exclusions
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA Captain Zodiac is located at 74-425 Kealakehe Parkway, suite #16. We are in the Honokohau Marina and small boat harbor located approximately 5 miles south of the Kona Airport and approximately 2 miles north of the town of Kailua-Kona. Meet at our office in the Gentry's Kona Marina parking lot.
Duration
5h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems
  • We apologize ahead of time but due to the bouncy nature, pregnant individuals are not allowed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 112 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
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Christine
3 contributions
Christine and Rick. Fl baby!!
Nov 2021 • Couples
Jay and Davante were amazing…Knowledgeable, friendly, attentive!! Definitely recommend. Thank you guys!
Written 30 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Caroline S
1 contribution
Great day with Captain Rick!
Nov 2021 • Family
Our family of 12 (including 6 kids - ages 9-14) had a great day with Captain Rick and First Mate, Nathan. Water was perfect, great spots for snorkeling - we even caught a glimpse of eagle spotted ray, a pod of dolphins, and cliff divers. Captain Rick was very informative during the boat ride and helped us beat the snorkeling crowds. Would highly recommend!
Written 23 November 2021
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Mylene R
San Francisco, CA16 contributions
Amazing Day of Snorkeling
Nov 2021
Amazing snorkeling trip. Relaxed and not crowded. A bonus was the Captain JC’s knowledge of the history and geology of the area and the extra time he took to show us various features in the geography. Never felt rushed - very accommodating and friendly!
Written 2 November 2021
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megan
Clearwater, FL4 contributions
Best snorkeling trip
The tour guides go above and beyond to make sure you have a great time. Before we even got to the snorkeling site we got to see dolphins, whales and sea turtles. The snorkeling was absolutely incredible. At the end of the trip they take you back along the shoreline and explain some of historically significant sites. There’s lots to see and you get plenty of time to snorkel. We will take this trip every time we come back to Hawaii.
Written 31 October 2021
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judy22
virginia22 contributions
Fast ride with lots of snorkel time
The ride was super fast and exhilarating! Took us to some remote sites, friendly guides, very funny and hands off: They let us Snorkel for as long as we want and even gave early snacks when I was really hungry. Thx deron and Elliot
Written 27 October 2021
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Captain Z
Thanks for getting out on the water with us and taking time to leave some feedback! We are always happy to adjust to our guests wants/needs so it is great to hear your crew did just that. Come snorkel again anytime!
Written 30 October 2021
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Patty M
Windham, NH5 contributions
A must see trip!!
Oct 2021 • Couples
This trip was amazing and I would highly recommend it! Captain Rick and Devante were the best! They were knowledgeable and entertaining! They shared their knowledge along the way and the snorkeling was awesome! The zodiac ride was so much fun, much better than a slow ride! I would HIGHLY Recommend this trip and especially this crew!!
Written 17 October 2021
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Captain Z
Thanks for taking the time to let others know! We absolutely love our Beat the Crowd trip and never get tired of hearing that others love it too.
Written 18 October 2021
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Nathan H
Bowling Green, KY12 contributions
Fantastic trip!
Great experience! Captain JC was very personable and knowledgeable of the history and geography of the area. Highly recommend.
Written 9 October 2021
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Captain Z
Thank you for your kind words. We hope to see you the next time you return to the big island. We will let JC know that he’s pleased yet another customer. Mahalo. from the Captain Zodiac team.
Written 10 October 2021
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Kristin C
1 contribution
Best snorkeling
Oct 2021 • Friends
Best snorkeling trip ever! Captin Rick was AMAZING! Super funny, very knowledgeable and a great fruit cutter. Highly recommended!
Written 5 October 2021
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Tish
Yorktown Heights, NY351 contributions
Epic!
Sep 2021
Best tour ever! Captain Rick and Devante were awesome. Fun, informative and respectful of the Hawaiian land. On the way out we saw a turtle sunning on the rocks by the docks. Then we stopped to see dolphins all around the boat, riding in its waves and sides. Got to the snorkeling spot and enjoyed lots of fish in a fairly quiet cove. But wait, it gets better. Just as we are planning to leave a pod of dolphins come in to the cove and we were swimming with dolphins for a good 15 minutes. Best day ever!!! Enjoyed making the stops, learning about the area (and it's influence on Moana) but swimming with the dolphins was Epic. Hey Devante, we were hoping to buy you a MaiTai at Kona Grill!
Written 24 September 2021
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Captain Z
Fun, informative, and respectful are definitely what we are always striving for! I am glad that you were able to experience that. The Beat the Crowd trip is a definitely a favorite but it's not everyday that the dolphins decide to swim into the snorkel site!
Written 4 October 2021
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Steve O
33 contributions
Fun and informative snorkel trip to Captain Cook
Our family greatly enjoyed the 5 hour beat the crowds snorkel trip. Captain Rick and Maya were friendly informative hosts. On the way out we saw a basking turtle and joined a pod of Spinner Dolphin. The boat trip is fast and fun with stops to get a bit of history and key landmarks from Captain Rick. It was about 45 minute boat trip to Captain Cook including the stops. We did beat the crowds and for awhile were the only group boat in the bay. The bay is large with plenty of snorkel room and the clearest water conditions allowing you to clearly see the many species of colorful fish. Note we did not see any “large” fish, turtles or dolphin in the bay. We did see some eels. With the 5 hour trip you get plenty of snorkel time. On the trip back we stopped a couple times to view and hear about some other historical landmarks and blowholes/rock formations.
Great experience and well worth the cost. We would happily do this trip again!
Written 16 September 2021
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Captain Z
That privacy in the bay is what makes our Beat the Crowd tour so worth it! I'm glad to hear Rick and Maya showed you a great time, they're very friendly! The history of Captain Cook and the entire coastline is fascinating.
Written 21 September 2021
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By: Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions
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Kona Zodiac Adventure Tour
I would highly recommend a Kona Zodiac Adventure tour with Captain Rick as your captain if possible. We were able t
adelaL3541CW
adelaL3541CW
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Awesome adventure.
As first time experiencing snorkeling, my wife and I didn't know what to expect. We were extremely happy with our
crr1652
crr1652
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SO MUCH FUN!!!
Captain Rick and first mate Nathan made the trip so enjoyable with their knowledge, humor and concern the entire fa
hoho92649
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Rough Going on a Raft-
I didn’t realize we were going to be on a raft and in the middle of the ocean as we flew across the way to get to t
JimMcGfromKona
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What a fun day on the ocean!
What a fun trip! Cheery check-in right near the boat launch, and off we went. Our skipper gave us a quick run-thro
Natalie_H_801SLC
Natalie_H_801SLC
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Early morning private ride
We did a private rental for 5 hours. On the way to snorkeling we chatted with Rick and Devante (highly entertaining
johndI3110RG
johndI3110RG
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Outstanding Experience!
Thanks Rick and Maya for an outstanding experience! We saw pilot whales, spinner dolphins and oceanic white tipped
GeoRexJac
GeoRexJac
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Great snorkeling and site seeing.
Great time with Captain Rick. Snorkeling was wonderful. 8 am start got us to Kealakekua Bay before 9 AM. Going and
Amyandfamily2015
Amyandfamily2015
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This is a MUST do adventure!
This is hands down is the best snorkeling adventures I have been on in Hawaii! In the first 10 minutes we saw turt
lisa c
lisa c
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Great Hosts and Great trip!!!
Captain Chuck and newly Captain Elliot were fantastic hosts. We loved the zodiac ride, snorkeling and learning abou
Matt R
Matt R
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TOUR IS A MUST IF YOU'RE NEAR KONA!!!!!
Excellent, excellent tour company. From the hospitality experienced the moment we walked in their storefront as clu
Richardclimber4648
Richardclimber4648
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Best snorkel Adventure I've ever been on
Captain JC and first mate Maya we're amazing so friendly Captain JC has so much information about the island and di
BBear7
BBear7
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4 hours of mind blowing fun!
We did a private group Zodiac 4 hour snorkel tour to Captain Cook area and had an unbelievable time. Our Captain De
SeaCKC
SeaCKC
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Great trip! Great crew.
Excellent trip. Great snorkeling and Captain Chuck and Mia were great hosts. Will do this again when we return to K
amybI2396KG
amybI2396KG
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Do it!!!!
Had the MOST fun. Better than expected (and thought it was going to be amazing!) Deron is AMAZING!!! Thank you!!!
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