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Kealakekua Bay

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Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
+1 808-328-8775
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USD 99.79*
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Snorkel, Kayak and Dolphin Experience in the Big Island’s Kealakekua Bay
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Dolphin Encounter and Kealakekua Bay Reef Snorkel
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkel and Coastal Adventure
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Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
+1 808-328-8775
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Go early before the large boats come. You can paddle around and snorkel as long as you like. Nice reef.

Thank maxandma
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw spinner dolphins swimming and leaping out of the water, beautiful green sea turtles, and amazing coral and undersea landscapes. The water is crystal clear and very refreshing. So much history in this beautiful place and such a perfect place to snorkel. The drop...More

Thank JuliePrins
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a couple of afternoons in Kealakekua Bay- one day spent snorkeling with gorgeous fish and sea turtles & one fabulous day kayaking and both were amazing!! Such a beautiful preserve! Friendly helpful locals to rent kayaks from - one of them even took...More

1  Thank 517wendya
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We rented a kayak and hired a guide out of Kona Boys. We were in Hawai'i the week before Memorial day so it was slow for all the outfitters. We ended up with a private kayak tour! We arrived at the monument before all the...More

1  Thank BobD2H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kealakekua Bay was our destination when we rented a boat from Kona Boat Rentals. After a brisk hour boat ride down the coast we motored in to the bay. It is a no wake, no anchor zone so if you want to snorkel from a...More

1  Thank Chris K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is beautiful, with very colorful fish and dolphin! Several kayaking and snorkling trips are offered. With Adventures in Paradise is who we chose!! A wonderful energetic historian of the island was our guide!!

Thank Frank J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As part of a dolphin tour, had opportunity to enjoy great snorkeling at the location, including a 15 minutes of dolphin pod circling the boat.

Thank ua01682
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful snorkeling here but watch out for a rainstorm. The wave crashed me into the lava rocks and I have the scars to prove it.

Thank 132Karen132
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You don't need an expensive tour to encounter the dolphins and to snorkel Captain Cook. We used Kona Kayak to kayak to the monument to snorkel and then to encounter and swim in the bay with the dolphins. This was a very inexpensive adventure and...More

2  Thank 933DLove
Reviewed 20 May 2017

While on an excursion with Marylou's Tours we stopped at Kealakekua Bay and had a wonderful time. This is Hawaii! This was an amazing stop on our excursion. This is a great location to snorkel. The water and the views were outstanding. I highly recommend...More

1  Thank garda19
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Hi, i'm planning to visit either Hawaii island or Maui. Which island has the more beautiful beach for snorkeling? i'd love to see wild sea turtles, dolphins and many beautiful fish... I'd highly appreciate your advice :) Thank you.
7 June 2017|
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Response from Penny37357 | Reviewed this property |
We traveled only to the Big Island because we wanted adventure and to stay as the locals in vacation rental homes, not the typical Hawaii experience in resorts and drinks on the beach, etc. For this, the big island is... More
Hi, I would love to do a tour of some description with snorkeling and sightseeing of caption cook and the dolphins ect but im finding it difficult to find anyone that would let a 1yr old come, (obviously accompanied buy 2 adults) Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thank you
18 May 2017|
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Response from Keith A | Reviewed this property |
Rent a car, drive to the "Place of Refuge", Puuhonua O Honauna Park. It costs $5 to park. Just outside the entrance to the park there is good snorkelling off the beach. It's free and the same tour company that will charge... More
Jeri C
are there snorkeling excursions to the kealakekua Bay area. if so, any recommendations.
12 March 2017|
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Response from Brandy7318 | Reviewed this property |
There are several snorkeling tours to the area. It gets very busy by mid morning. We went on a tour with Adventures in Paradise which has permits to allow kayaks to land on shore at the Captain Cook Monument which is a... More