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Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay provided by Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions

Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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A note from Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay
Due to current travel restrictions, all guests must show proof of a negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours prior to boarding your plane as well as your second test taken at arrival. If no test, show evidence of your arrival to Hawaii Island at least 14 days prior to the day of your tour.
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Updated 16/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Skim across the waves on an exciting Big Island Zodiac tour to Kealakekua Bay, site of the Captain Cook monument and Hawaii's finest marine sanctuary. Snorkel with a rainbow of tropical fish among beautiful coral gardens in the bay's clear, crystal waters. Enjoy the delightful picnic snack provided before you head out again. Our Zodiac rafts allow us to hug the shoreline and get into areas where other boats can't. Join us to explore vast sea caves, lava tubes and the rugged beauty of the coastline.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Honokohau Small Boat Harbor
    Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA
    Captain Zodiac is located in the Honokohau Marina and small boat harbor located approximately 5 miles south of the Kona Airport (3rd traffic light) and approximately 2 miles north of the town of Kailua-Kona ( 2nd traffic light). The harbor entrance (Kealakehe Street) can be found by looking for a sign on the highway marked "HONOKOHAU MARINA" between mile markers 97 and 98. After turning onto Kealakehe Street make your first right and look for a mall with a blue tile roof. Our office is the first in the mall on the right.
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    Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Honokohau Marina & Small Boat Harbor
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 3
    Kailua-Kona
    Stop: 30 minutes
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    Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve
    Stop: 90 minutes
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    The Captain Cook Monument
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
    Stop: 90 minutes
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    Kailua-Kona
    Stop: 45 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    Honokohau Small Boat Harbor
    Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA
    Captain Zodiac is located in the Honokohau Marina and small boat harbor located approximately 5 miles south of the Kona Airport (3rd traffic light) and approximately 2 miles north of the town of Kailua-Kona ( 2nd traffic light). The harbor entrance (Kealakehe Street) can be found by looking for a sign on the highway marked "HONOKOHAU MARINA" between mile markers 97 and 98. After turning onto Kealakehe Street make your first right and look for a mall with a blue tile roof. Our office is the first in the mall on the right.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA
Duration
5h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Snorkel masks, fins and flotation devices
  • Turkey sandwiches (vegan and vegetarian upon request)
  • Snack on chips, cookies, soft drinks and water
  • Reef Safe Sunscreen available in the office before the trip
  • Extra time to view resident marine mammals like dolphins and whales
  • We no longer offer single use plastic bottles, please bring a reusable water bottle
Exclusions
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems
  • We apologize ahead of time but due to the bouncy nature, pregnant individuals are not allowed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 112 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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amyb3332016 wrote a review Mar 2020
San Francisco, California6 contributions
I was originally signed up for an afternoon snorkeling tour in Kealakekua and got switched to the Beat the Crowd tour. I'm so happy I did. Captain Rick was our captain and guide (it was a small group). On the ride down, we saw a couple humpback whales. When we arrived at
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from captainzodiac, Guest Relations Manager at Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay
Responded 28 Mar 2020
It’s not called the Beat the crowd tour for nothing!! The timing really takes into account the usually company tour times and makes use of their departure from the bay. Giving us plenty time to explore and snorkel without all the other companies around. We are happy that you didn’t feel rushed and felt the difference. We really tried to take the guest experience into account when making this trip. Glad you had a great time with us and hope you come back on another vacation. Aloha
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HnD wrote a review Mar 2020
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Captains Rick and Ashley were amazing. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We seen a whale in the distance and Captain Rick did his best to catch up to it, although it wasn't part of the package. The entire group appreciated his effort and it made the experience so much more
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from captainzodiac, Guest Relations Manager at Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay
Responded 28 Mar 2020
We appreciate your words for our captain and crew. We are glad they made the most of the marine mammals that frequent our waters here seasonally. Hope to have you again. Aloha and Mahalo
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vicnks wrote a review Mar 2020
Wichita, KS44 contributions17 helpful votes
Today we had the best trip with captain rick and will! They even engaged our teenagers 15 and 18! This was my husband’s and I second trip and just as great as the first 2 years ago! Thanks lol Kansas!
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David B wrote a review Feb 2020
Custer, South Dakota4 contributions
If you want an adventurous, informative, and fun excursion take this tour. Included in our tour: humpback whales, spinner dolphins, and great snorkeling. Captain Rick provided an unforgettable tour!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from captainzodiac, Manager at Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay
Responded 29 Feb 2020
Aloha David, thank you for the review! We are happy to hear that your experience was an uforgettable, fun time :)
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usrey wrote a review Feb 2020
Sacramento, California4 contributions
Staff were excellent! The boat was nice and size of the group was perfect. I loved that we were down on the water and this helps a ton with avoiding seasickness. the food served is good and plentiful. the staff had lots of knowledge on the area and where to go once in the water
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from captainzodiac, Guest Relations Manager at Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay
Responded 28 Feb 2020
Our rafts are really good to help fight seasickness. If the water is rough then it is a bouncy ride but if you want a bit more calm and cautious ride sit towards the rear of the boat. We can't control the ocean conditions but we can help move anyone around the boat for a bit of a smoother ride. We would love to have your family out again!!
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Captain Zodiac’s Sea Adventure
We had a great experience on July 9th, 2020. The tour guide, Captain Philip (and his daughter Allie) were very know
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Loes H
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Uncomfortable whale watching trip
Yes, this experience is advertised as more 'bumpy/fun/fast', but honestly I thought it was very uncomfortable for a
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dswierk
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Words can not explain!
We visited Kona aboard the NCL Pride of America. Originally we weren't sure what to do while on the island since we
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J6407SPjenniferh
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Great Whale Watching Experience
Although it was late in the season (March), we still managed to see some humpback whale mothers with their calves,
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amyb3332016
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Whales, mantas and dolphins, oh my!
We had a great excursion, led by Captain Rick and Devonte. On our way up the coast, we saw an unbelievable line of
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paodlegames
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Favorite family adventure!!!
With 4 teens in tow we headed out on a Zodiak to Kealakekua with Captain Rick. The hospitality and knowledge were e
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bmsehlke
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Great experience!
Went on a whale watching tour this morning with a group of 11 (my family of 5 and another family of 6 we travel wit
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562taryne
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Whale watching
What a wonderful experience. Captain Rick and the amazing Amanda were funny and informative. The boat ride was so f
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amycV7570EF
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A must do!!
Captain Ashley and Captain JC made the trip so much fun. They knew exactly where to go and we saw a mamma cow and
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V6158KYdavidj
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Kona
Capt. Rick and the amazing Amanda were phenomenal! Great time, highly recommend it! Aloha and mahalo!
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vashtis2017
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Awesome Whales
Captain Rick and Amanda where terrific- He captained the boat masterfully We saw mom and calf and then breaching wh
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Mindy M
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Blast
This was a blast. it is a little rough so I wouldn't recommend for anyone older or totally out of shape. The spots
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inloveafter40
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Don't miss this!
If you want a great adventure, this is a must. Rick and Will know what they are doing and made sure we saw as many
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Shannonpc4
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Wonderful experience...worth every penny!
We took two different trips with Zodiac. The first day, we did the Whale Watching (booked through TripAdvisor). On
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dorkeycorky
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Highlight of our trip
Recently went on a short trip to Kona and the trip was such a bust. All of our activities: diving, snorkeling, and
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