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Our Most Popular Kona, Hawaii Snorkeling Trips

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Our Most Popular Kona, Hawaii Snorkeling Trips

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From $268 $227.80

Get the best of both worlds when you book a combo package. You’ll have a choice of morning charters to either join us on a visit to the famous Captain Cook Monument and snorkel in the iconic and pristine Kealakekua Bay OR skip the crowds to join on the Deluxe Morning Snorkel & Marine Life Encounter.  You’ll then join us to snorkel with the giant manta rays – the top night snorkel in the world – all while saving $$$!

From $999

We are available for private snorkel and swim tours of our incredible reef sites, whale watches, ash scatterings, or visiting Kona’s beautiful remote beaches. These trips are customizable to your preferences!

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Whale Watching Tours | Private Excursions | More Snorkel Trips

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5 Stars

Just got back from an amazing trip with these ladies! We saw 8 large manta rays up close and personal! This all female crew were fun, professional, informational and just a damn good time! Water was a bit choppy but never had a worry with these ladies! Felt safe and secure! Top notch! Got a great discount at the local Costco! There is no reason not to take a trip with this crew! Will do again!!

– Brett Van Deren, Google
5 Stars

Good direction's to the meeting spot, smooth check-in, delightful crew and captain, comfortable vessel, great time in the water, truly memorable experience. I recommend this operation especially if you want a smaller boat with more personalized attention. Jeanette, Reesa and Deanna were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. They take pride in giving excellent quality tours and providing a safe, fun and memorable experience. I highly recommend taking a tour from them if you’re interested in snorkeling with the manta rays!

– Caprice Van Deren, Google
5 stars

All female crew 😍 such wonderful examples for my daughter to see! We saw sooo many mantas and couldn’t be happier with our experience!

– its_allworth_it, Google
5 Stars

Took the whale watching tour. Saw a number of whales and dolphins. Liked the boat which is close to the water vs. the larger boats. The crew was very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended.

– Gary Sanders, Google
Great Snorkel trip!

Really enjoyed the morning snorkel trip! We saw spinner dolphins, whales, a turtle, Manta rays and an octopus! Snorkeling was clear and beautiful. Crew was attentive and knowledgeable. Great work Shelene and Andy!

– Alicia M, TripAdvisor

I would give them a million stars if i could!!! We got to see five manta rays that got within face touching distance! Followed by an incredibly smooth star gazing boat ride! Great people! 10/10 would recommend

– Oliver M, TripAdvisor
This is the Manta trip you deserve!

We did the night Manta trip and it was EPIC. The crew was amazing! They made sure we were safe and had a good time. They were professional and knowledgeable. And fun!! We saw so many Mantas! So close we could see right through them. I’ve never been so impressed by an excursion in my life. Captain Andy, Janelle and Resa were the best! Thank you for the memories of a lifetime.

– SuperDluxe, TripAdvisor
5 Stars

Great quality, great value, with captain and guides who are knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. We are a family of four with two teenage boys and all of us enjoyed the manta ray snorkeling adventure. We learned a lot, too!

– Renee Peters, Google
5 Stars

Did the morning snorkel trip as well as the night manta snorkel one. What a blast! Great crew and boat. Highly recommend!

– Gary Armstrong, Google

Make your Hawaii trip unforgettable!

If you’re going to come all this way to the Big Island of Hawaii, you might as well make it unforgettable! Kona Snorkel Trips specializes in simple, convenient, fun snorkeling tours, along with seasonal whale watching trips.

You’ll have plenty to brag about to your friends, family, and coworkers when you get home after one of our trips. Go home with a story you’ll be able to tell for the rest of your life: Schedule your tour today!

Kona snorkel trips is Hawaii’s highest rated and most reviewed snorkel company. We specialize in the best Kona snorkel tours available. Our passionate and friendly crew delivers once-in-a-lifetime experiences on a daily basis. Not convinced? Read our reviews! We specialize in providing personalized experiences not available on a larger boat.

Not a Typical Kona Snorkel Tour

We depart from Honokohau Marina located between town and Kona airport from our very own dock. You won’t have to struggle to find parking and board on the busy launch ramp like other operators require. Our meetup begins under a shade awning with a view of the beautiful harbor. If you look closely you may see a turtle or an eagle ray swimming along the surface. Your Kona snorkel tours begin with a briefing from our experienced and knowledgable crew. We’ll get you outfitted with your snorkel gear which includes mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit. Sometimes we also provide extra floatation depending on the trip and your requirements.

As we leave the harbor you may be treated by jumping spinner dolphins or during winter months whales tail slapping, blowing, and if you’re lucky breaching! Cruising along Kona’s rocky coastline reveals the freshness of the island as a volcano. The steep sides of our volcanic home means the reefs are abundant and close to the shore. Some of the best snorkeling in Hawaii is located in the Kona area. Our afternoon and morning snorkels highlight this magnificent feature not to be missed! All kona snorkel tours include clear water and pristine reefs teaming with colorful reef fish. If you’re lucky you may swim alongside one of our green sea turtles or spot a white tip reef shark sleeping under a ledge. Our reefs are also abnormally abundant with octopus and eels making for some unique encounters. Our crew will get you close to some of the best snorkeling Big Island has. You and your friends will have memories to last a lifetime.

If you’re looking for a Kona boat rental or private boat charter we got you covered! Our Kona boat the Orca is one of the best values in private charters available in Kona. It can accommodate up to 18 guests and can move quickly through the water to get you to where the action is. Private Kona snorkel tours include the manta ray snorkel in Kona, Captain Cook Snorkeling Tour, Afternoon reef snorkel, whale watching tour, or just a visit to one of Hawaii’s hidden pristine beaches so you can frolic in solitude.

Dedication to Safety & The Environment

Our crew is made up of passionate individuals that love the ocean and the animals that live there. Every one of our staff is lifeguard certified ensuring that we are prepared for any incident should it arise. We have outfitted our Kona boat the Orca with propeller guards and we are currently the only boat in Kona with them installed. This means any marine life that is swimming on or near the surface will be protected from our boat’s propellers. This is important because it is a common occurrence to spot dolphins, mantas, and other critters with propeller damage. We also carry state of the art rescue equipment on board and maintain our boat to the highest standards so you have a clean and reliable experience.

Our livelihood is intertwined with the ocean and so it only makes sense we would do our best to protect it. This means we require only reef safe sunscreen be used on board by our guests. This ensures the continued growth of our healthy corals. Come see the beauty of our reefs for yourself!

Personalized Experience

Joining Kona Snorkel Trips on a tour means you will be sure to receive a more exclusive experience that is catered to your enjoyment. We work hard to guarantee a good time! Our guides love what they do and this means you will love the time you spend aboard the boat with us. Because of our boats size, we are able to get you closer to the action for better viewing of Kona’s wild and unique marine life. This means better manta ray snorkel encounters, nicer reefs and a faster, safer experience. Just take a look at some of our thousands of reviews and you will se why we are the highest rated snorkel tour company in Hawaii.

If you want to kick up the personalization of your experience you can hire our Kona boat for the day and take a private tour. Our private tours mean you have full command of the boat to do with as you will. We will cater to you and your group’s needs so you can focus on what’s important. Having fun! Our Kona snorkel tours are suitable for most families and even younger kids.

Why Kona Snorkeling is the Best

If you’ve snorkeled anywhere in Hawaii you’ve probably had some unique and interesting experiences so why should you snorkel in Kona? Kona has very little sand because of the Big Island’s newness. This means the clarity of our water is much better on a n average day that on other islands. The lava also provides for some dramatic underwater features that you won’t see on other older islands. Arches, lava tubes, and caverns are abundant along the Kona coast. Add to this the history of the Captain Cook story=, the magnificence of the manta rays and the abundance of large marine life and you’ll see why Kona snorkeling tours are the pinnacle of snorkeling in Hawaii. So Join us on one of our Kona snorkel tours to see for yourself why you’re missing out on some of the best snorkeling in Hawaii with Hawaii’s top rated snorkel company Kona snorkel trips.