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Per Person $116 USD
Child (Ages 12 and under) $106 USD
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The guides for this tour are all certified naturalists. The crew think of their boats as magical, but it is truly the staff that makes them so.

Your adventure begins along the historic Kona coast. Enroute to Kealakekua Bay, your guide will share his knowledge of historical sites as you explore sea caves and lava tubes up close! Many birds make their homes in the pukas (small caves) on the pali (cliff) along the coastline and may be seen nesting.

You'll travel in custom-designed inflatable boats that are adventure crafts complete with biminis covering a portion of the boats. They are sized to keep the tours small and more personal, and also to allow for top quality viewing.

Upon arrival at the premier marine sanctuary at Captain Cook's Monument in Kealakekua Bay, you'll snorkel among reef fish, eels, turtles, and corals.

Next, we'll head out in search of dolphins and whales. You'll learn about these and other ocean wildlife while observing them in their natural habitat. If you're lucky enough to be here between December and April, there's a good chance you'll be able to see humpback whales as they migrate from Alaska to the warm waters of Hawaii.

Fortunately, it's possible to see other whales and dolphins all year long. Large pods of pilot whales, averaging 14' to 17' long and weighing well over a ton, are often found logging (or resting) in groups of 12 or more at the water's surface.

You'll also want to keep an eye out for Hawaiian spinner dolphins, the most playful and curious of the dolphins in the area. They are most visible in the morning as they return to the shore where they nurture their young.

With its small group size, exceptional crew, and breathtaking scenery, this experience will make you proclaim, "This is the best time I've had in Hawaii!"

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Sightseeing in an inflatable boat
  • Exploration of sea caves and lava tubes
  • Snorkel stop at Captain Cook's Monument
  • Whale and dolphin watching
  • A great afternoon ON and IN the water!

Days of Operation

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Departures (local time)

  • 12:15 PM (3 hrs) Check in is 12:15pm-allow 30 minutes to get here from the Kailua-Kona pier if arriving by ship

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

Taxi and Transfers Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• The price of this tour includes the use of snorkel gear, instruction, and swim aids, as well as snacks and fresh tropical fruit.
• Prescription masks are available, although you many not find them necessary unless you have a strong prescription.
• Please wear your swimsuit and bring a towel, sunscreen (no oils), a hat, an extra T-shirt, and a waterproof camera.
• The taxi ride to the starting point for this tour will take about 15-20 minutes and cost about $15 each way for up to 4 people.


• Tour requires a minimum of 2 participants.
• The minimum age for this tour is 8.
• This trip is not appropriate for pregnant women, seniors, or those with bad backs.
• Some ships tender in Kona. Please allow extra time for your disembarkation.