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Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay provided by Hang Loose Boat Tours

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Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
Updated 16/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
If you feel sick, please stay home. Travelers to Hawaii require test for COVID-19 or self quarantine for 14 days after the arrival. Please, let us stay open and obey the rules. Mahalo!
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Updated 16/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Set out from Kailua-Kona for a half-day snorkeling tour to Kealakekua Bay, one of the top snorkeling destinations on the Big Island. Look for dolphins and other marine life in the wild, and then use the provided snorkeling gear upon arrival in Kealakekua Bay. This tour is suitable for all levels of experience and includes a picnic lunch.
  • Half-day snorkeling and dolphin tour to Kealakekua Bay from Kona
  • See wild dolphins, tropical fish, and a coral reef up close
  • Learn about the wildlife and history of the Big Island
  • Includes snacks, drinks, picnic lunch, use of snorkeling gear, and guide
What to Expect
Make your own way to Honokohau Harbor to board your catamaran. Your guide provides snorkeling gear and a safety briefing as your boat travels along the volcanic Kona coast to Kealakekua Bay. Keep an eye out for wild dolphins and perhaps whales (seasonal) along the way. Hear from your guide about the marine animals and history of Kealakekua Bay, which was the birthplace of the Hawaiian monarch, King Kamehameha III, and the burial place of 18th-century explorer Captain Cook. When you reach Kealakekua Bay, hop in the warm water for snorkeling at a coral reef loaded with tropical fish. Your tour includes a picnic lunch served on board the boat, snorkeling instruction, and use of snorkeling gear. Be sure to bring swim gear, dry clothing, towel, and sun protection. Your tour ends with return to the harbor in Kona.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Bottled water
  • Light refreshments
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Lunch (sandwiches, fresh fruit) -if any diet restrictions, please bring food specific to your needs.
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (NOT included in this tour. Please be sure to check-in at Honokohau Marina North Boat Ramp 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740)
  • GoPro rental (upon availability -call to reserve)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off is NOT included. Please be sure to check-in at Honokohau Marina North Boat Ramp 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide English and Japanese (upon availability)
  • Must be in good health and fit condition, must be able to climb a short ladder
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Must be comfortable in the water, be comfortable using floatation if needed (we have Ride Along option available for non-swimmers)
  • Not recommended for pregnant women in an advanced pregnancy
  • Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems or injuries within the last 3 years
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
Bart D wrote a review Dec 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We are a family of five with teens. We have snorkeled before, but this boat tour was the best. As with every boat tour you have no guarantee, but we saw whales and dolphins. If the dolphins are close enough and they show interest Hang-Loose will let you swim with them. We were
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Date of experience: December 2020
Lindsey H wrote a review Oct 2020
1 contribution2 helpful votes
I recently did the morning dolphin swim that also goes to the bay where you can snorkel. The dolphin swim was definitely in the top 3 experiences of my life. We saw 3 pods of 15 dolphins in the water. I am a good swimmer so I was able to swim right along side them, it was pretty
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Kimberly M wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution3 helpful votes
It awesome!! We live on the island and was great to see the island from a boat view. The crew was very polite and informative. The swimming and snorkeling was the best!!
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Date of experience: March 2020
2 Helpful votes
BoardingPass727054 wrote a review Feb 2020
5 contributions2 helpful votes
Great experience. I'm a single mom traveling with my teen kids and we had a great time. Jacob and Adam were approachable, friendly, professional, and very attentive to everyone on board. There was even a translator who worked for the tour company for a Japanese couple on board,
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Date of experience: February 2020
2 Helpful votes
Extraordinary563549 wrote a review Feb 2020
20 contributions4 helpful votes
We ended up on this tour when the one we had booked with a different company had canceled. The crew was very nice. Gave some nice history about the Hawaiian coastline at the end of the tour. When we saw the boat we were going to be on we were disappointed. We have been
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Date of experience: February 2020
About the operator

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By: Hang Loose Boat Tours
Manta Ray Night Dive
Last night we went on the night Manta Ray dive with Hang Loose Tours on their boat Kona. The crew was great, very f
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Life changing experience! You will remember this forever!
I did not expect manta rays to come so close to us as we dived at night with our diving company Aquatic Life Compan
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Amazing experience from start to finish.
This is by far a must if you are visiting the big island. According to our guides, this is the only place in the wo
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Mantas in your face!
This beat my expectations, I was in the water with about 9-10 mantas who swam as close as two inches from my face.
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Great experience, just a little packed on the line
The night ride to the snorkel site was fun and chill, made even more enjoyable by the crew's hospitality and jokes.
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Excursion was lacking....
I travel a lot and take a lot of excursions, and I am usally quite pleased with the trips, but this excursion was l
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Amazing Experience
Crew was amazing with all skill levels! They made sure everyone had a great time. Bring something warm to wear for
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Fabulous trip
The guides are friendly, very helpful, and fun. Should be 10 stars. Saw at least 4 Manta rays for quite a while.
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Must Do: Manta Ray Night Snorkel
We went on the Nighttime Manta Snorkel with Hang Loose Boat Tours and it was so much fun! Simon, Kelly, and Jacob p
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Obviously it was amazing 🤩
It was amazing! The crew is great..esp Simon..we messed up our dates for the captain cook tour and he was kind enou
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Excellent Whale watching experience
Our boat Captain Simon was very knowledgeable & friendly- with a good sense of humor - necessary I’m sure to deal w
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Amazing whale watching and dolphin swim
This was one of the most epic experiences with this company. Not only were we able to spot whales but we were also
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Dem big whales
Even though I got motion sickness, it was well worth it! Simon and his crew were so helpful and full of ocean life
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Awesome Experiences
The Manta ray experience with this company exceeded my expectations. The staff was professional, time efficient and
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Must do!!
The night time manta ray snorkeling trip is a must do on your trip to the big island!! We have travelled to over 4
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Key Details
  • Honokohau Marina & Small Boat Harbor, Hang Loose Boat Tours, and 1 more
  • Duration: 4h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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