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“Perfect Family Outing”

Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Captain Zodiac has entertained guests for over 42 years on our exciting 24-foot Zodiac rafts. You will see the rugged coastline up close as you explore a sea cave and see exposed lava tubes, blowholes and archways. You will snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Kealakekua Bay Marine preserve viewing over 150 varieties of fish. You must keep a sharp eye out for pods of dolphins, whales and other marine mammals that come close to our rafts. The Zodiac ride is fast, fun and educational! You will hear about the Hawaiian history of the area, learn about marine life behaviors and learn the island’s geology.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We recently took the Captain Zodiac snorkeling tour from Kailua-Kona. What a perfect morning. Our pilot was Sean. Our guide Shannon. They made the experience something we will remember and treasure for a very long time.
Not only were they professional, they were enthusiastic and caring. Every person in the raft received individual attention and help. It did not matter whether you were a seasoned snorkeler or a novice, you were treated equally. What a rare and wonderful talent these people have.
We saw wonderful reef fish. We were given great advice about where to to and what to look for. Sean's narration on the way back was extraordinary, his humor and intelligence a perfect compliment to the scenery and wildlife.
Way to go Captain Zodiac!

Thank Tootsie64
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We had a blast. Best snorkeling I have ever done!! Shannon and Shane were fabulous hosts- keeping it fun, educational and safe! Yumky fruit snack after the snorkeling really hit the spot. This is a must do in Kona!

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

I don't know if it's normal, but our party of 5 had the whole zodiac boat to ourselves which was awesome. The dolphins were right outside the harbor so less than 20 mins after leaving the dock we were in the water with dolphins!

The captain knew how to predict the movement of the pod and just told us to not chase them and if they wanted to visit they would. He place us near their path and they came VERY close. One circled me and looked at me. I could hear them before I saw them. We just stayed still and they would pass by on all sides.

Since we were a small group it was much better view. A little later larger groups came nearby and it was much more hectic. We had had about 3 snorkels with the dolphins so we decided that we should give them a break. The captain had some soda and drinks on board for us. We snorkeled a little over the reef before heading back in.

Thank Jessica B
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

I didn't do snorkeling for a long time. After this, I started doing it everywhere i go! It was that amazing. The water was so beautiful, light navy blue, i didn't expect that many fish, it's not like Caribbean. Fish is bright and numerous species! The captain and life guard made it so much fun with their personal stories. I don't remember their names, but life guard was originally from New York, with many improvisational jokes! And it just went beautifully, not just more than expected, but better than it ever can be! Early morning pick up at Kailua-Kona Pier, dolphins right away sailing with us. then we speed up and go to a perfect location near the Cook monument, Kealakekua bay, sea caves, lava tubes. Most fun snorkeling experience i had! Don't forget the sun screen!

Thank Karaoshkin
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