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What Time of Day is Best for Kona Snorkel Tours

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What Time of Day is Best for Kona Snorkel Tours?

When it comes to Kona snorkel tours there are many different options available. While the ocean conditions are typically best in the morning when there is less wind there are tour options available throughout the day beginning early in the morning and going till late at night. When you plan your aquatic adventure time here on the big island of Hawaii you should be sure to take timing into account.

Kona Snorkel Trips is Hawaii’s top rated and most reviewed snorkel company. We specialize in fun! At Kona Snorkel Trips we offer tours 4 times a day. A Deluxe morning snorkel, an Afternoon snorkel and 2 Manta night snorkels one at sunset and the other later in the evening. As experts in the field we know when and where to snorkel depending on the time of the day. Check out the options below to see when you should go snorkeling on Big Island.


There are 4 Times of Day for doing Kona Snorkel Tours

Early morning Kona snorkel tours

Some of the best conditions are to be found in the morning hours. This is because there is typically very little wind at that time of day. This means that it’s going to be a much better experience when cruising around on the open ocean. This is possibly the best time to go hunting or large pelagic mammals. Looking for large pelagic mammals can be a very difficult task. There is a lot of emotion to cover and not a lot of animals out in this deep blue. This means it helps to have a very fast boat. The ocean warrior is a 44 foot ex-Navy seal loads. This boat has dual jet drive turbocharged engines that are high-performance. This means you can cover a lot of motion in a very short amount of time. This is possibly one of the best boat rides in Hawaii. Cruising the pelagic open ocean in this boat is not only a lot of fun it means you can find some of these amazing creatures. This charter typically leaves at 9 AM.


Morning Snorkeling Tour

Another great snorkeling for function is the deluxe morning Snorkel trip with Kona Snorkel Trips. These Kona snorkel tours leave from Honokohau harbor and visit one of the many nearby colorful REITs. This gives you the opportunity to see plentiful reef fish and all kinds of other ocean critters. Get out have a snack and pick another reef and stop back in to see some more amazing sites underwater. This is one of the most popular activities in Kona. Kona possesses some of why’s best reads so this is going to be one of the best experiences to be had in the morning hours.


Captain Cook Snorkeling Tour

Another great option is to go to Capt. Cook monument. The Captain Cook snorkeling tour great way to see animals in the ocean on one of Hawaii’s best reads while also seeing this historical site with a dramatic coastline. During well watching season you can also see whales along the way which is just icing on this amazing cake. Kona Snorkel Trips offers Captain Cook snorkeling tours regularly. This is one of those trips that is done best in the early hours of the day.


Open Ocean Safari

One of the coolest and most unique experiences. This is a great snorkel trip for anyone who wants a wild ride and even more wildlife. Click here to book.



Afternoon Snorkel tours

If you and your group don’t feel like getting up early in the morning an afternoon Snorkel tour is the best Kona snorkel tour for you! Have a bite for lunch and then head on down to the harbor where we meet up to go on this to our run and gun style quick Snorkel action adventure. This action-packed tour gets you out into the water on some of Kona’s most beautiful reefs and then back to the harbor so you still have plenty of time to get to happy hour! Along the way you may see whales dolphins or other large ocean creatures. On the reef you may see animals like Manta ray’s, monk seals, dolphins, spotted Eagle rays, eels, octopus, and many colorful reef fish. You’ll also see some of the interesting Reef structure Kona is known for. This is due to the islands volcanic nature. What a great quick and easy way to enjoy your trip while still getting the rest of the day to relax or pack in more activities.

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Evening boat tours

Want to spend even more time out on the water? You could do a dinner cruise Kona. There are some great boats out there that provide historic dinner cruises which include my ties at sunset with narration talking about the historic Kona coastline. This also includes dinner while on charter.

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Cruise along Kona’s beautiful coast while being wined and dined with music and a historical narration. If you’re lucky you may even see some whales! Click here to book now.


Manta Ray Snorkel

As the sun goes down the daytime reef fish go to bed and the creatures of the night come out. This includes Kona’s most famous in water activity. The Manta ray Snorkel Kona is the most popular activity in the water at night. Kona snorkel tours runs to Manta trips every night. The sunset Manta trip leaves the harbor around sunset so you get a beautiful view of the sun dipping below the horizon while cruising to the Manta ray night Snorkel site. This trip is great for those who want to have dinner after they see this exquisite site. You could also have an early dinner before the manta ray snorkel tour. Another option is the late-night manta ray snorkel. This is great because when you get to the manta ray snorkel site there are very few boats and people in the water. This means you could have the Manta ray’s all to yourself! You also have an opportunity to have dinner before the charter. This is a great way to bring your own fish chum should you feel sick. That’s a joke. Not necessarily a funny one.


Kona boat Snorkel tours

Of course you could always private charter your own Kona boat Snorkel tour. This means that you can leave at any time and come back at any time. The boat is yours to command! The crew will do as you bid. You want to go there and we will go there! This means you could have an early morning Snorkel tour, or a late night Snorkel tour, or a mid day Kona boat charter. The choice is yours! Our boat the orca can accommodate up to 18 snorkelers. But if you have a smaller group then the entire boat is yours regardless!

What time is the best time to do a Kona snorkel tours?

While the best time to snorkel Big Island is typically in the morning don’t let that hold you back! Getting in the water to do a Kona snorkel tours or can happen at any time of the day. You decide when is best for you. The reefs are always full of amazing animal life it simply up to you to decide when you want to partake. So give us a call now at (808)326-4774

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