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Forget the Dolphins on Your Kona Snorkel Tours

Aloha from Kona Hawaii. As we’re starting to see things get back to “normal”, we are pleased to let all of you folks that are home day dreaming about your next awesome trip that we are here and ready for you.  We have amazing Kona snorkel tours ready to go for your ultimate snorkeling experience.

There are so many places in the world that are off limits now due to Covid 19. As a world traveler, there are many places I will not even think about going to for quite some time. Hawaii, especially the Big Island is an exception to the rule. As so today, June 8th, we have had no new cases on the island for well over a week now. I heard a statistic today that we were the safest county in the country. With no new cases and the economy opening back up again, why not come to Kona for the ultimate Kona snorkel tour.  

We have pristine reefs, which I think are the best in all of the Hawaiian islands. We have mantas, dolphins, whale sharks, pilot whales and hundreds of reef fish that see regularly. Most of the best snorkeling on island is within a couple of miles of the Honokohau harbor and the Keauhau harbors. The average water temp. is about 80 degrees year round with summer months getting up around 83 degrees. With warm air and water temp, and plenty of marine life, you need to experience a snorkel tour for yourself.

The morning we are generally focused on getting an early start to interact with Hawaiian spinner dolphin. This particular species of dolphin make their way towards the shoreline in the mornings. This is a safer place for them to “wind down” after a night of mating, eating and playing. They come in close to the shoreline to stay closer to shallow water so they can actively rest and be aware of predators. With a nice sandy bottom, they can see sharks coming long before it’s an issue. They are nocturnal , with opposite sleep patterns as humans. This is unfortunate, due to 85% of all human interactions are with dolphin are during the day. Captain Cook snorkeling tours are run primarily in the morning along the Kona coast, to beautiful Kealakekua Bay. There is not a good way to interact with these mammals without interrupting their sleep patterns. This is why it’s so important to book your Kona snorkel tours with a reputable company. It’s especially important to pick an operator with high safety and integrity standards. So in short, there is a difference between snorkel tour operators on the island. 

When looking into tours, how do you know who is the best operator?  It’s not always the biggest boat, or the one who serves the best food, or the prettiest boat. You don’t come on the boat for these reasons, or if you do, that’s a whole different blog. You come on the boat for the experience and the memories. The operator that focuses on safety, comfort, educating you on the what and why’s, as well as taking the time to give good and informative briefing to enhance the customers experience. This is the operator I recommend. For the best Kona snorkel tours on island, give Kona Snorkel Trips a try.  I recommend this operator for many of the above mentioned reasons. Kona Snorkel Trips is focused on the safety of the customer as well as the reef and marine life. All of the guides are life guard certified or carry a rescue diver or above certification. They are all well trained in marine life interaction and safety. There is a difference when choosing a local operator. I would look up Google reviews about the company as well. Although it’s impossible to make everyone happy all of the time, it’s pretty clear when you seek a company out and check out the customer reviews, you can get a pretty good picture who the most reputable operators are based on customer feedback.  

Another tip I can offer you concerning booking your snorkel tour with a local Kona company, is to book in advance of coming on island.  Under normal circumstances, the popular tours book up. The most popular tours are between the dolphin swims in the mornings and the manta swims in the evening. Both of these tours are incredible and are a staple here on island.  I would recommend at least one of these snorkel tours while here on the Big Island or both. These are two adventures you will not soon forget.  Both Kona snorkel tours are considered the top aquatic adventures in the world. We are lucky to have them here off the local coast in downtown Kona. 

One last piece of advise I can give you is to not seek out the cheapest operator. There’s a reason they are inexpensive. There is an old saying, “you get what you pay for”. This is inevitably true regarding water sport operators. It’s not that you necessarily need to book with the most expensive, but don’t go bargain basement either. This is a unique opportunity to experience an adventure of a lifetime. Pay a bit extra to ensure you have a great experience. It’s worth a few dollars more to experience these tours to the best ability of the operator possible. Two different people can book tours with different operators and get two very different results. Be the one with the positive result. The is almost always the operator who explains the experience in solid briefings, that goes over safety concerns and that takes the time to talk to the quests and builds a rapport with them. The operator that has the quality guides that are passionate about their job and making sure the customer has a memorable experience that keeps them coming back. Remember to book you Kona snorkel tours with Kona Snorkel Trips the next time you are looking for an adventure in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.

To save money book a combo package and get more bang for your buck.