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Discover Local Pawai Afternoon Reef Snorkel

Skip the crowds at Kealakekua Bay and discover our stunning local sites!

Quick Details

Map Marker Departure Location: Honokohau Harbor in Kona, Hawaii

Hour Glass Duration: 2 hours

Clock Trip Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m

Info Not Suitable For: Non-swimmers, expectant mothers, or those with regular back or neck issues

Info Inclusions: Mask, snorkel, fins, additional flotation


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Visit one of Kona’s most beautiful and exclusive local snorkeling spots, only accessible by boat.  Only a handful of visitors get to snorkel here each day, and you could be one of them! Our afternoon snorkeling trip takes place in Pawai Bay (pronounced Pa-vai) – ocean permitting.  This beautiful lava rock coastline is set aside for the use of native Hawaiian children, inaccessible to non-natives from shore.

Cancellations within 48 hours of departure are non-refundable.

Important Details 

  • For safety, basic swimming skills are required to enter the water
  • Expectant mothers or those with regular back or neck issues are not permitted on this tour due to the adventurous nature of our retired Navy SEAL boat
  • We do not recommend our vessel for those 75 and older due to the adventurous nature of our retired Navy SEAL boat
  • You must be in good physical and mental health
  • Non-swimmers can enjoy the dramatic and spectacular Kona coastline while relaxing in the sun
  • An adult must accompany those under 18 years of age, but 3 or older at all times
  • For safety, you must be able to converse in English

a man flying through the air while riding a wave in the ocean

We are fortunate to be able to moor in the bay and share the beautiful shallow reef wildlife and educational briefings with guests about the wildlife we encounter. This secluded location is a true local gem and is known as one of the most beautiful local snorkel spots in Kona.

Just after boarding, we depart Kona’s harbor, keeping a watchful eye out for *Hawaiian spinner dolphins in their natural habitat. Jump in the water to snorkel Kona’s most beautiful local snorkel spot at Pawai, where massive schools of fish, lava rock arches, and gorgeous reefs await discovery.

You’ll spend less time on the boat and more time in the water.  Plus, it’s likely you’ll have the whole area to yourself.  Kealakekua Bay can get crowded so why not spend the time exploring some of Kona’s local reefs.

*Please note that the spinner dolphins and whales are protected under the marine mammal act and we can only observe from the designated distance.  If dolphins try to engage we have to take evasive measures to disengage from them.