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Snorkel the famous Captain Cook Monument

Quick Details

Map Marker Location: Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay

Hour Glass Duration: 4 hours

Clock Trip Time: 8:30 a.m. –  12:30-1 p.m.


Per Person


Our Captain Cook Monument Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling tour is a fun, 3.5–4.5-hour adventure. It begins with an up-close-and-personal introduction to our natural underwater aquarium. It includes a coastal tour and snorkeling at the reef of Captain Cook Monument in gorgeous Kealakekua Bay. Captain Cook snorkeling features some of the most exotic sea life in the ocean.

Kona’s Greatest Treasure, Kealakekua Bay

Swim through the warm clear waters among schools of golden yellow tangs. Hover a few feet above the well-preserved rainbow-colored reef. It’s a perfect way to spend a day on your vacation to Kona, Hawaii and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Our day starts early in the morning when we gear up and get ready to slip into the warm waters off the Kona Coast. We move along the coast to the secluded and pristine Kealakekua Bay for some snorkeling fun. Kealakekua Bay is a marine sanctuary and home to the Captain Cook Monument. It is also widely considered to be one of the top snorkeling destinations in the world.

When you put your face in the water, you’ll be amazed at all the beautiful and colorful life that lives just beneath the surface. Get your camera ready to film bright schools of fish, octopus, eels, as well as see the different varieties of coral found in Hawaii. The marine life includes angelfish, lizard fish, schools of butterflyfish, and many other species.

Who Should Go On This Tour

The Kealakekua Bay snorkeling trip is a great adventure for couples, families, friends, and groups that want to get the most out of their Kona, Hawaii vacation. No snorkeling experience is necessary and children (ages 3+) are welcome, but basic swimming skills are required.  Those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

We set out on an exhilarating cruise along the Kona coast, keeping a watchful eye to observe the Hawaiian spinner dolphins in their natural habitat as they head to protective coves and bays to rest after a long night of hunting. We will then cruise out into the blue to search for other pelagic animals like bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, spotted dolphins – you just never know what the ocean will deliver – maybe even a whale shark!

Finally, we will continue down the coast to Kealakekua Bay, a marine sanctuary and home of the Captain Cook Monument. You will be snorkeling in one of the top-rated places in the world where you can expect to see numerous types of fish, beautiful coral, and many other underwater creatures.

On the way home, we will check out the sea caves made by old lava flows. Snacks and drinks are provided during this trip.

A few small details: 

  • Sunscreen must be reef safe.  It is illegal to use toxic sunscreen in the bay.
  • This is not a suitable activity for expectant mothers or those with back or neck issues.
  • Gratuity is not included in the price of the tour but tips are greatly appreciated.
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