Captain Cook Snorkel Exclusive
Cleaning and safety practices
- Snorkeling Kealakekua Bay at the Captain Cook monument
- Exploration of sea caves, blowholes & lava tubes
- Spotting a wide array of marine life over & underwater
- Crystal clear, warm waters along gorgeous coastline
- A high-speed raft getting you to the fun faster
Captain Snorkel Exclusive
With the world-renowned and historic destination of Kealakekua Bay just minutes from our point of departure, the Captain Cook Exclusive is a personal, exciting, and efficient way to see the Bay named one of the world’s best snorkeling locations. Kealakekua Bay is a 315-acre marine sanctuary that boasts incredibly protected waters year round making it the best place in Hawaii for beginning snorkelers.
After a full hour of snorkeling in the crystal clear waters directly in front of the monument to Captain James Cook, you make your way back to Keauhou Bay along the South Kona coastline. Your Captain maneuvers our custom-made vessels into the sea caves at the base of Hualalai, hugging the coast and detailing the culturally significant and geologically fascinating features along the way. Watch for dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and even herds of thousands of goats! If you plan on snorkeling while in Hawaii and want to see what few do, this is the tour for you.
What's included, what's not
Know Before You Book
- Children 4 and younger are not allowed.
- If you are pregnant you should not take part.
- If you have back, neck, lower back, joint, or muscular problems you should carefully consider whether to participate.
- Maximum group size is 14 people.
- You must be able to swim on your own.
- You do not need previous snorkeling experience.
- Flotation devices are available.
- If you have limited mobility you should not take part.
- Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
What you can expect
Explore some of Hawaii's calmest waters during a 3-hour snorkeling trip complete with sea caves, lava tubes, and spectacular marine life. With guidance from a US Coast Guard-licensed captain, encounter wildlife up close in a Marine Life Conservation District perfect for snorkeling.
Embark from the south shores of Kona and keep an eye out for lively nai’a (Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins), honu (Hawaiian sea turtles), and—depending on the season—pods of kohola (whales). The small-group tour allows you to cruise through sea caves, along cliffs and coastline, passing blowholes, cinder cones, and lava tubes. Along the way your captain espouses Big Island history, local marine trivia, and points out striking landmarks along the coast.
Arrive at the Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook Monument, a Marine Life Conservation District and where the first western explorer made contact with Hawaii. Hop into the warm Hawaiian water and explore the coral reef wall, dramatically dropping from 10 feet (3 m) to 130 feet (40 m). Often described as an “aquarium-like experience,” the Kealakekua Bay is home to a vast array of marine life, including turtles, eels, clown fish, and the humuhumunukunukuapua'a, the Hawaiian state fish.
After an hour in the water, return to the boat and bask in the sun's warmth as you enjoy some light snacks and beverages.
Cleaning and safety practices
Enhanced cleanliness measures
- High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
- Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
- Vehicles and venues kept vacant between travelers
- Contactless ticket redemption
- Social distancing measures in place
- Protective shields in place at main contact areas
- Personal protective equipment worn by staff
- Temperature checks given to staff
- Temperature checks available
- Masks required
- Hand sanitizer provided
- Individually wrapped food options available
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