The island of Hawai'i is known for its diverse landscape, but is also home to pristine marine life and incredible snorkel sites. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned snorkeler, there are several places to witness the magnificent harmonization of manta rays (hahalua), green sea turtles (hona), spinner dolphins (nai'a) and hundreds of tropical fish. Here are some of the top rated snorkeling tours on the Big Island. Mahalo!
Note: please be respectful of marine life by wearing reef-safe sunscreen and not touching or removing any coral. We all want to keep Hawai’i reefs and marine life to remain healthy and beautiful for decades to come. Mahalo!
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkel & Rafting Sea Cave Expedition (Keauhou Bay)
Keauhou Bay Pier
Raft by lava tubes and sea caves to Honaunau Bay and Kealakekua Bay where you can enjoy ninety minutes of snorkeling among the marine life. A shorter version of the morning tour, this cruise also includes views of historical landmarks like Kuamo’o Battlefield and the Royal Holua Slide.
Sea Paradise Manta Ray Village Swim & Night Snorkel (Keauhou Bay)
Keauhou Bay Pier
Snorkel with manta rays (Hahalua) at “Manta Ray Village” under the moonlight. This quick catamaran ride takes off at Keauhou Bay to catch the sunset and brings you to a cove just off the coast. All necessary snorkeling equipment is provided, along with hot cocoa after the tour to enjoy on the trip back to shore.
Dolphin Discovery - Kona’s Original Swim w/ Dolphins Tour (Keauhou)
On this four-hour adventure, be ready to witness (and possibly swim with) Hawaiian spinner dolphins in their natural habitat. Dolphin Discovery has 20 years of experience observing and interacting with spinner dolphins. This tour does not disturb the natural behaviors of spinner dolphins and gives them the space they need to rest, nurse, and enjoy their day close to the warm shore. You are guaranteed to see these magnificent and cheerful animals.
Captain Cook Adventure - Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling & Dolphin Watching
This leisurely trip is perfect for beginners. Set sail for Kealakekua Bay and swim alongside turtles, tropical fish and possibly spinner dolphins too! This tour includes beverages, snacks, and snorkeling equipment.