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Sea Quest Hawaii

Unique Snorkeling Adventures in South Kona

Sea Quest Hawaii has been providing personal and exciting rafting and snorkeling adventures with an emphasis on exceptional customer service along the South Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii since 1987.

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Our Popular Kona Snorkel Tours


On our Kona snorkeling tours, you explore sea caves and lava tubes along the rugged Kona Coast and observe dolphins and whales in their natural habitat as your US Coast Guard licensed captain shares stories about the Big Island’s history, legends, and lore. For over 30 years, we have specialized in small group snorkel tours to provide our guests a unique and intimate snorkel adventure in one of the most mesmerizing and beautiful places on Earth.

Explore Kona Coast on Sea Quest Hawaii

We provide a memorable experience during your time with us– both aboard the boat and in the water. The trip out to the snorkel destinations are almost as fun as your time in the ocean! Learn everything that our knowledgeable captain and crew have to share about the Big Island and the marine life that inhabits its reefs.

Our daytime snorkels will get you up close and personal with the marine life that lives along Kona Coast in the tropical waters of Hawaii. This could be anything from hundreds of reef fish to Hawaiian sea turtles; if you’re lucky, you may even get to spot a pod of spinner dolphins or whales from afar!

With so much to explore, it can be hard to imagine how that will be packed into just a few hours! Our skilled ohana manning the Sea Quest Hawaii boat will undoubtedly make the most out of your time on the water with us. Just relax and let the ocean and marine life of the Big Island guide our adventure with you.

Dive With Manta Rays on Our Night Snorkel Tour

Our most popular tour is by far our Manta Ray Night Snorkel! Contrary to popular belief, this tour will allow you to just relax at the surface of the ocean while manta rays to barrel rolls underneath.

We will place you in the water with one of our incredible guides. From there you will hold onto our premium floatation device that lights up in order to attract phytoplankton to the water’s surface– therefore attracting the large, prehistoric looking Manta Rays as well.

If you are interested in embarking on the most incredible sea adventure of a lifetime, do yourself a favor and make sure that you book your night time manta ray snorkel tour for your Kona trip!

Enjoy a Private Kona Snorkel Tour Aboard our Boat

One of the best features of our snorkel tours are they are either completely private or extremely intimate. You will get the chance to befriend our captain and crew, talk story about the history and culture of the Big Island and the Pacific Ocean that surrounds Hawaii, as well as maximize your time in the water. 

Aside from getting away from the crowds of people both on the boat and in the water that many snorkel tours on Hawaii are subject to; when you book with Sea Quest Hawaii, our captain will have the ability to fulfill every item on your bucket list! Whether that is venturing to the most popular snorkel spots on Kona Coast or exploring hidden lava tubes, sea caves, and reefs. That is the luxury that a smaller boat and guest list provides for our valued customers.

Sea Quest Hawaii is Committed to Sustainable Tourism

Sea Quest’s stewardship of the South Kona Coast and the waters in which we operate has existed for decades

We envision and work to create a culture that protects and promotes a healthy ocean capable of sustaining life on the planet for years to come.

What do others think of Sea Quest?

Wow Wow Wow!

"The night snorkel was amazing! I was told not to get my hopes up & that they don’t always see Manta Rays, well we did, we had an amazing show! These giants did a graceful dance for us for 45 minutes. The staff was amazing, especially John & Captain Nick! The crew really made sure we were in the perfect spot & well taken care of... Please put this on your bucket list!"

– Amy Blalock Castilo

"Absolutely incredible manta snorkel tonight with Captain Manu as well as a great crew (thanks John!!!). What a wonderful company. Everyone is so friendly, fun, and knowledgeable. I’ve done many manta snorkels before and this was, hands down, the best experience. Do yourself a favor and do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s magical."

– Michael Olson-Brown
Best Guides Ever

"Kevin & Kelly our guides, 5-4-2018 were exceptional, knowledgeable, articulate, attentive and The absolute best tour guides ever! Our party of four all agreed this is the best time we’ve had in two weeks on the Big Island. Loved the morning Two Step snorkel, cave and coast line exploring, and Captain Cook snorkeling! Mahalo"

– Robyn Waltrip

"So much fun. Great snorkeling at kealakekua bay. We had a bit of rough water so honaunau stop was a bit murky and the southern stop was diverted and became a boat ride. Crew skylar and captain K were terrific. I would not recommend if you have back or joint issues zodiacs can put a beating on you, a little sore the morning but worth the adventure."

– Karen Macdonald
Above & Beyond

"Captain Lauren and first mate Skyler went above and beyond and even put themselves in danger to save my husbands life. My family is eternally grateful. You absolutely are our HEROS. You were there at the perfect time and you calm and professional at a time when I was unable to be. You saved my husbands life and we can never thank you enough!!!"

– Valerie Moreno
So Much Fun

"We did the 5 hour snorkeling strip with Skipper Lauren and Kye and it was awesome!!! We had so much fun and even learned a bunch of fun facts. Plus she makes the rides "fun". We are going on the Manta Ray dive tomorrow to end our vacation and I hope it's just as fun guys!!! :)"

– Brandon Merck
#1 In Our Book

"Sea Quest is the number one in our book! They were so awesome to us, they got my 17 year old severely Autistic son in the water with us, they made him feel so comfortable, it was his first time snorkeling. Much Mahalo! Any Ohana from Oahu and neighbor island this the place to go!"

– RockyandIzzy Jimenez
Incredibly Reassuring

"The manga ray night snorkel in Iona was amazing. We had 4 different manta rays come up to the boards for the feeding and they were inches away from us as they did the flips under water. The staff was great and incredibly reassuring and gave great information about everything that was going on."

– Ignacio Yanez

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