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Seafari & Discover 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


Per Person


Enjoy Kona’s most beautiful, local snorkeling spot. Our afternoon snorkeling trip takes place in Pawai Bay (pronounced Pa-vai) – ocean permitting – and is only accessible to guests by boat. This beautiful lava rock coastline is set aside for the use of native Hawaiian children, inaccessible to non-natives.

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 known as the most beautiful local spot 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.

Important Details 

  • 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
  • Non-swimmers can enjoy the dramatic and spectacular Kona coastline while relaxing in the sun
  • Those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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