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Our original tour that we have been operating for over 30 years.
2 Spectacular, Pristine Locations to Snorkel in Kona!
Adventure down the Southern Kona Coast on our fleet of covered boats for everyone’s comfort. Snorkel the pristine Puʻuhonua O Honaunau (The Place of Refuge) and Kealakekua Bay (Captain Cooks Monument) on this 4.5 hour adventure. Our Captain and Crew will share the history and culturally significant sites as we journey the coastline, along with the geographically fascinating features of lava tubes and sea caves. Take advantage of our later start time and spend the day at two of the world’s magnificent bays.
Our premium snorkel tour is the adventure of a lifetime! We make it a point to in depth explore two of the world’s most incredible marine life habitats. On your way out to Kealakekua Bay (Captain Cook’s Monument), our captain will give a rich backstory to the area, the fascinating ecological facts of the reefs, and the cultural impact that the bay has had in Hawaiian history as it has come into contact with westerners.
Kealakekua Bay was the first place of extensive contact between Native Hawaiians and western explorers. This troubled relationship has laid ground to many aspects of Hawaiian life going into the 19th century until the present. While the human-history of this landmark may be a point of contention, there is no denying that the life beneath the ocean surface is one of beauty.
On our premium snorkel tour, you will get the chance to dive into the warm tropical waters and come face to face with the native Hawaiian marine life which includes hundreds of types of tropical fish as well as the more elusive Hawaiian sea turtles and spinner dolphins– if you’re lucky.
No matter what time of year it may be, Kealakekua Bay is sure to excite! Join us on our exploration and discover all the wonders of the world under the sea.
Like Kealakekua Bay, Honaunau Bay is a sacred place in relation to Hawaiian history. This place of reverence was said to be where defeated warriors, and civilians found refuge in ancient Hawaiian times. The most common spot to lay anchor and snorkel in the bay is fondly known as “Two Step Beach”. Contrary to popular belief, there are marked off, sacred areas within the bay where it is prohibited to snorkel; we will be adhering to guidelines while still delivering on the most exciting drop off for our guests. There are lush reefs within the bay that do not venture into these restricted areas; these reefs are known to have a plethora of tropical fish who both live and swim around throughout the day.
During our time out on the water and cruising within the bay we may also enjoy the plentiful historic monuments that sit above the water and along the shore. Again, our captain and crew are extremely knowledgeable about the different aspects of this bay and would be delighted to let you in on their historical and cultural significance!
Beyond the excitement that is exploring the reefs of Honaunau and Kealakekua Bay, there is so much more to this premium snorkel adventure that time in the water! Our experienced and knowledgeable captain and crew are dedicated to creating the most inclusive experience for our valued guests. We will explore the hidden sea caves and lava tubes along the Kona Coastline, share the complicated and important history of both bays and their relevance to Hawaiian culture, and if you’re lucky, we will be entertained by a show put on by Hawaii’s own spinner dolphins during our trek both out and back from the snorkeling spots.
There is no shortage of excitement when it comes to your experience aboard Sea Quest Hawaii. If you want the chance to explore all the most popular as well as secretive sites that the island has to offer, be sure to snag your spot on our Premium Morning Snorkel Tour today!
Inclusions: Snorkel gear, prescription masks, flotation devices, snacks, lunch, shade, nonalcoholic beverages.
Whole Wheat Bread, Deli Turkey slices, Tomato, Lettuce, Swiss Cheese
Whole Wheat Bread, Tuna Salad, Mayonnaise, Tomato, Lettuce
Roast Beef sandwich
Whole Wheat Bread, Deli Roast Beef slices, Tomato, Lettuce, Swiss Cheese
Whole Wheat Bread, Deli Ham slices, Tomato, Lettuce, Swiss Cheese
Whole Wheat Bread, Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumbers, Sprouts, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Balsamic Drizzle
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
All changes to and/or cancellations of a reservation must be made 48 hours before the tour start time.
Customers will also receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.