Big Island of Hawaii

Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay

Kailua-Kona, United States
Kealakekua Bay Snorkel Tour

From $116.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


There are few places in all of Hawaii more historic than Kealakekua Bay, as it's the spot where Captain Cook was killed in a skirmish with native Hawaiians, and the Hawaiian monarch, King Kamehameha III was born just a few miles away. The history aside, it's also one of the best places to snorkel on the Big Island of Hawaii, and you'll have the chance to experience the beauty on this snorkeling tour from Kona. Search for dolphins on the way to the bay while admiring the volcanic coast, and after scouring the red for coral and fish, climb aboard for a lunch that's served by the friendly crew.
  • Visit historic Kealakekua Bay
  • View Humpback whales in winter
  • Cruise the volcanic Kona coast
  • Lunch and snorkeling equipment included

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Light refreshments
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • For snorkeling option: Snorkeling gear, floatation device
  • 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)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy
    74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    After turning into the harbor, TAKE the very first road to the RIGHT. Follow the road, pass Gentry's Kona Marine and a small gas station -Sea Store and Deli on the left, then TURN LEFT. As you drive in, you will see a small brown roof building to the right (restrooms). Meet crew under the pavilion.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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
  • Service animals allowed
  • 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
  • Travelers 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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We had an awesome experience with this tour. The staff was very accommodating and also fun! They provided a lot of information along the way to the destination as well made some extra stops on the way back to the marina. Would highly recommend.


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Outstanding Boat Ride and Snorkeling adventure
Joseph_K, Sep 2023
Awesome Crew, fun tour, excellent snorkeling adventure! We had the added bonus of Spinner Dolphins along side the boat on our trip back. We highly recommend this morning boat ride!
Great trip
Michelle_D, Sep 2023
Crew was great. Enjoyed their personality knowledge and humor. Recommend this snorkeling trip it was like swimming in an aquarium
Don’t buy it
vanessa_P, Sep 2023
do not buy it they are liars in what they say. I was on a cruise and due to ship issues I called in advance and they never refunded my money.
Great crew and adventure at an affordable price.
Tabatha_H, Sep 2023
This was an amazing adventure for the price it was so much more than I expected. From beginning to the end id pick this trip over any of the others. The boat was clean and the crew was very funny and friendly. We did the no swimming and swimming/snorkel experience and for the price had an amazing time. We were first in the cove and the time slot was the best time to go out since it became very crowded the later you got there.
Beautiful and fun Hawaiian Experience!
Janae_W, Sep 2023
Great crew! We saw Dolphins and learned a lot about the history of Captain Cook and the island! The snorkeling was beautiful and even the sandwiches were amazing! Would definitely recommend!
Very enjoyable.
Lynda_W, Sep 2023
Beautiful water, waves cliff and history of the area. Crew was very attentive, friendly and accommodating. Oh, plus the food was good too!
Amazing company and crews
Barbara_V, Sep 2023
The crew is amazing!! This is our 2nd time doing an adventure with Hang Loose because we loved them so much on our first trip in January we chose them over others when we came back to Kona.
Great time! Would recommend to all!
Michelle_H, Sep 2023
Couldn’t believe how many different types of fish were swimming with us! Tour guides we funny and informative.
Would recommend and revisit!
Jessica_H, Sep 2023
The crew was fantastic! They kept the trip fun and up beat. They were knowledgeable of the area, not just the tour but the island in general. Beautiful water and sea life. This was great, thank you so much.
Will do it again
Chanida_T, Sep 2023
We had the great time . Jacob was great and other crews member were very helpful and fun to do the activity with. The location was a perfect spot to see variety of fishes. Highly recommended!!
Book with Hang Loose!
Brendan_M, Aug 2023
Great friendly staff, efficient trip, nice lunch but most importantly amazing snorkeling! We had a great day. The water slide and jump were added bonuses for our little ones!
Captain cook sonerkling
Yash_D, Aug 2023
Love the entire staff. They're quite friendly and loving people. They took care of all small things that can ruin your snorkeling experience like having Vaseline to seal face cover if you have mustache and prescription glass cover for my wife. Love it. Keep it up the good work.
Great experience, exactly what we were hoping for.
Jeff_G, Aug 2023
Great experience, great crew. Water was clear and warm, lots of fish. Jacob was a great captain. Tour guides where funny, entertaining and knowledgeable.
Great snorkeling tour
Christopher_R, Aug 2023
We had a great tour! The crew was fun and knowledgeable. The snorkeling was fantastic! Highly recommended!!
Carlos_c, Aug 2023
Great Time, Jacob was awesome 🤙 Super Clean and Friendly… Great Food And Very Helpful. Will Most Definitely Come Again!
beautiful and fun experience.
ZhiLei_S, Aug 2023
Captain Cook is a beautiful cove for snorkelling, and our tour guide / cook / life guard / lawyer / and therapist Aiden (which are all roles he gave himself) was simply the best.
Don't miss out!
Steve_C, Aug 2023
The location was the best snorkling on the Big Island thus far! Yellow Tang's, Angel's, Butterfly's, Spotted Dog Fish, Trigger's, Convict's and others. And they are big! Staff was easy going and fun, along with good music!
Great experience ! Highly recommend
Angela_G, Aug 2023
We loved this excursion ! The crew were organized , fun, informative and engaging. The boat was clean, the equipment Was in good shape . Snorkeling experience was fun, and my son loved swimming off the boat afterwards , off the slides.
Epic snorkeling adventure
Denise_P, Aug 2023
Captain Brice and the crew were super funny and very nice. Snorkeling was perfect. We loved the boat ride and learning the history as well as the Pele lava flow and lava tubes.
Lifetime memories
Shellie_R, Aug 2023
My husband and I were on vacation and his first snorkeling experience years ago was not very good. I decided to try again. Simon and the crew were awesome and made the trip to the bay fun. The snorkeling was fantastic and my husband had an amazing time. I might have created a monster. :) Thank you for a great experience and a lifetime memory.

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