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South Kona Snorkel Expedition

Three snorkeling locations in one sparkling Kona day journey 22 miles down south.

Quick Details

Child (5-11)
Private charter options available! Please call direct to book.

Explore the Black Sand Beaches of South Kona

Perhaps you’ll visit a black sand beach and have it all to yourselves. Maybe a stone arch or a spectacular lava rock formation formed thousands of years ago by a young Mt. Hualalai. Pilot whales as long as your boat swimming alongside you, Hawaiian spinner dolphins playing in your wake. The diverse marine life abounds on this South Kona tour.

The Expedition South Kona includes culturally significant and visually spectacular snorkeling in locations such as Pu’uhonua O Honaunau and Kealakekua Bay, the pathway of the Gods. Enjoy lunch in the shade of the canopy within view of the monument to Captain Cook, with the cliffs of the bay soaring above you. On this Kona snorkeling tour, you explore the Southern coast of the Big Island and see things the majority of people who visit our sacred Island do not.

What There is to Discover on a South Kona Snorkel Tour

South Kona is home to a wide array of unique plant and animal life. Beyond the lush reefs lining the Kona’s coastline and bays, there are lava tubes and sea caves that dot the Big Island’s marine landscape. When you book a Kona snorkel trip with us, you create your invitation for a day of adventure. Our tour of South Kona is special as it combines the thrill of discovery and a boat ride, with ample time in the water; allowing you to explore both above and below the water’s surface.

On our trip out to the reefs, depending on the time of year, you could see humpback whales, spinner dolphin pods, honu, and so much more from the boat’s deck! If that sounds like a fun adventure to you– be sure to save your spot aboard.

The Marine Life You Will See on a South Kona Snorkel Tour

While we quickly touched on some of the sea creatures you may get to see from aboard the boat while we make our way to Kealakekua and Pu’uhonua O Honaunau Bay; you’re probably wondering what plants and animals inhabit the reefs that we will be visiting on this 5 hour adventure.

There are hundreds of tropical fish and marine life that live among the coral in Kona, you may get to see a large variety upon entering the water and swimming around. Some of the most populous native Hawaiian reef fish are the triggerfish, parrotfish, and the bluefin jack.

What’s great about booking your snorkeling tour of South Kona with a trusted local guide is that you have a crew aboard the boat who contain a wealth of marine knowledge. If you have any questions about the underwater environment and its inhabitants, be sure to ask your captain!

Fun for Everyone! Hawaii’s Underwater World Discovered by Snorkeling in South Kona

What’s great about the reefs that we will travel to during our South Kona snorkel trip, is that they are perfect for relative beginners and families! Unlike other areas of the Big Island, and Hawaii in general, the Bays that we will be exploring are relatively sheltered and shallow. This means that you have less of a current or natural obstructions that may make learning to use a mask, snorkel, and fins for the first time– incredibly difficult. While we do need the confirmation that everyone in your party can swim and will abide by the safety procedures and guidelines that the crew provides, there is solace in knowing that we won’t be venturing into treacherous waters.

Should impending weather and ocean conditions arise that would jeopardize the safety of our snorkel excursion, there will be immediate action and precautions put into place.

While we can’t guarantee exactly what you’ll see, what the weather or ocean will be like, or if any marine animals choose to swim up to us, we will help you in making memories that last a lifetime aboard our boat.

Lunch Options

Turkey sandwich
Whole Wheat Bread, Deli Turkey slices, Tomato, Lettuce, Swiss Cheese

Tuna sandwich
Whole Wheat Bread, Tuna Salad, Mayonnaise, Tomato, Lettuce

Roast Beef sandwich
Whole Wheat Bread, Deli Roast Beef slices, Tomato, Lettuce, Swiss Cheese

Ham sandwich
Whole Wheat Bread, Deli Ham slices, Tomato, Lettuce, Swiss Cheese

Veggie sandwich
Whole Wheat Bread, Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumbers, Sprouts, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Balsamic Drizzle

Garden salad
Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumbers, Carrots, Olives

* All lunches include mustard & mayonnaise packets on the side, Hawaiian Style single serving chips, and Island Style fresh fruit platter.


  • Expectant mothers are not eligible to participate in this activity
  • Individuals who experience regular back or neck pain are not eligible to participate in this activity

Departure Times

  • Check-In 8:15 AM
  • Depart 8:30 AM
  • Return 1:30 PM