The Big Island's Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, site of the Captain Cook Monument, is home to arguably the best snorkeling in Hawaii. That means that it often gets busy. This small-group tour is timed to avoid the crowds and is limited to 12 passengers, making it quicker to get on and off the boat and allowing for more time snorkeling on the coral reef.
Small-group tour (maximum 12 people): Promises a more personal experience
Big Island snorkeling tour timed to avoid crowds at Kealakekua Bay
Small group size means that everyone can spend longer snorkeling
Marine wildlife spotting opportunities, including spinner dolphins and whales
Use of Snorkelling equipment
Bring your own towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and waterproof camera
Meeting And Pickup
78-7138 Kaleiopapa St
78-7138 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Meet us near the boat ramp at Keauhou Harbor.
This activity ends back at the meeting point.
What To Expect
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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
Must be able to swim without the assistance of a floatation device.
Maximum weight of 280 pounds per traveler.
Not recommended for travelers with neck problems
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travellers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
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.
The small group snorkel trip was perfect. There were 12 people total plus crew. The crew were friendly, knowledgeable and really enjoyable to be with. The weather was great. We saw beautiful fish. My husband and I had a great experience.
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Loved the small group experience!
Richard_D, Sept 2023
The best part of our experience was that if felt like a private snorkeling trip. We left early with a 6 person small group to where the memorial for Captain Cook was. We were the only ones there so we could snorkel all over the place without bumping into anyone else. Our guides were very helpful. They were watching all of us in the event we had any trouble, which I appreciated. The water was clear and we saw beautiful fish like parrot fish, yellow fish and black striped fish and some other fish that were black with a neon blue stripe along the fin to name a few. I saw an eel and red and black sea urchins too. The only thing that would have been better was to see more fish!
Great snorkel adventure.
Adam_H, Aug 2023
Our group had an awesome time. We lucked out and spent the first hour of the tour following a whale shark a few miles off the coast. Even the guides were pumped about seeing this as it is exceptionally rare. Spent the second half of the tour in a nice calm bay watching a lot of fish off a reef. This was my first time doing a smaller snorkel boat vs a larger catamaran and I found it quite enjoyable to be able to quickly get to the action and customize your trip to your groups liking.
Not to be missed!
Ian_L, Aug 2023
We had an overcast day but the snorkelling was still amazing. The amount of fish and the variety too was incredible. The water was warm and clear. Hawaii Oceanic would be my go to choice if I were to do this experience again. A small boat with 8 of us, 2 families of 4, which made for a very pleasant experience. Easy parking, lots and lots of free spaces in a picturesque small harbour. There is a lovely place to eat nearby at the golf club too afterwards, with good food and views (food reasonably priced for Hawaii's normally expensive norms).
Great scuba experience
Roberto_O, Aug 2023
One of the best snorkeling experiences. The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. The trip involved snorkeling and a very pleasant trip around the coastline. Would definitely repeat ig I get the chance.
Our captain (Kenna) and...
Julie_O, Aug 2023
Our captain (Kenna) and guide (Jada) were awesome. The fish were beautiful and plentiful. We recommend the morning tour. It definitely got crowded as we were leaving.
Excellent Snorkeling, well run experience.
Judy_M, July 2023
Great snorkeling experience! We had a very entertaining team of 2 driving us and getting everything ready for us before and after our snorkeling. Those two really made this outing memorable. Kealakekua Bay was exceptional, and our driver got us there before the crowds. We also enjoyed a couple of brief history lessons on the way back.
Small group experience
Gabrielle_E, July 2023
Loved having a small group and being able to stay out in the water for a long time. Our guides were great.
Nathan_M, July 2023
Our family had a great start to our vacation. Jordan and Peña were excellent tour guides. Jordan was extremely helpful with our seven year old. The meeting point was easy to find. They pointed out things of interest that we might be interested in doing during our stay. Snorkeling was good even on an overcast day. I would highly recommend this tour.
Great spot and tour
Kristin_F, July 2023
Wonderful time, saw so many fish. The boat was safe, equipment was good, staff was friendly. This is a great way to spend time in Hawaii.
Captain Cook Reef Experience
Peter_E, June 2023
The tour operators did a 5 star experience. The Captain Cook reef was excellent up to 15 feet deep after that depth the coral was completely dead.
Gina_B, May 2023
We enjoyed the small group setting and snorkeling in a coral reef for the first time! Our tour guides were very knowledgeable about the land and also included tours of the Pele rock formation and the bird cove. Would recommend to anyone wanting to experience both snorkeling and seeing the beauty of the coastline!
Not comfortable with open waters? This crew will make sure that you still have fun while battling your fears.
Ravi_M, Apr 2023
It was an extraordinary experience. The crew on the boat, the captain and all the lifeguards Patrick, Laura, josh, Lucas everyone was wonderful - they knew how to have fun, they were supremely patient, kind and caring. They showcased their wisdom and experience with such humility and with the intention to ensure everyone on board has the best experience. Highly recommend this activity, especially for folks unsure of their swimming abilities because the crew really takes care of you - immaterial of your level of comfort in water. Heartfelt thank you to all of them.
What are you waiting for ..,
Clifford_G, Apr 2023
Fantastic trip with Capt & his mate! Well organised, felt safe and passed on good tips & knowledge to make sure we all got the best of the time. Under the water is stunning and full of colour and amazing activity.
Anne_M, Apr 2023
We were a little late to the dock and it was really difficult to find parking.. So go early! However, Eric and Bob were very patient and waited. They taught us to snorkel well. It was beautiful! The boat ride was choppy so watch out if you get seasick.
Had the whole boat to...
Aaron_K, Mar 2023
Had the whole boat to ourselves. It was great! The guides were fantastic and shared a lot about the island.
Claudia_R, Mar 2023
My son and I took the snorkeling trip and it was amazing! The weather was perfect, the water was clear and qe even saw a babh whale! The crew were very knowledgeable,kind and helpful. They took their their time to tell us about the historical sites. Being in a small group is so much better than a large group. I definitely recommend them!
Morgan_F, Feb 2023
My friend and I were able to book this snorkeling experience one day in advance. It was very nice to be in a small group of 10 people. The entire experience was breathtaking. The boat ride to the captain cook monument, the snorkeling, and the ride back. We saw some beautiful scenery, fish, and coral. We learned a little history. Felt very safe the entire time. We would definitely do it again!
A great afternoon in the bay
Harry_W, Feb 2023
The snorkeling was amazing with very good visibility and plenty of colourful fish. The crew were very friendly and professional.
Highly highly recommend
Glenn_l, Jan 2023
Awesome experience. We were the first ones in the bay and had it to ourselves for ~1 hour before the larger tours clogged up the water and scared the fish away. Fun boat ride and great snorkelling guidance.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Such an amazing experience when we're the first boat to arrive at Kealakekua Bay. Thank you for your feedback!
tcd101, Nov 2022
The boat ride was fantastic and the snorkeling even better. Our guides were helpful and kind. Captain Cooks is a must see on the Big Island.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thank you for your feedback!
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