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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Adventure

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Hawaii, United States

  • Activities

    Adventure, Boat Tour, Kayaking, Sightseeing, Snorkeling

  • Price
    $50 USD per person
  • Duration

    2-4 hours with no time limit

  • Avg Distance

    2 miles

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Monday-Sunday 7am-6pm

  • Starting Location

    Grama's Beach on Kahauloa Road boat ramp

  • Price Includes

    Kayaks and gear: life jackets, seats, paddles, permits, and dry bags. We also do a small informational orientation with a life guard certified guide to ensure safety and to explain how you can do this adventure on your own.

  • Notes

    Extras - free parking, friendly customer service, scenic outlooks on drive down to Kealakekua Bay, stop the car to take pictures. You may see spinner dolphins, but they are wild so there is no guaranteed. Another wonderful experience is meeting the locals, they welcome everyone with open arms and lots of Aloha. To ensure everyone's safety, there is staff that will assist you with any questions you may have and getting in and out of the ocean safely.

Highlights

  • Kayak tours are among the most marine intensive of all the ocean activities available to you on the Big Island. You generally can choose a single or a double kayak and your snorkeling adventures off! The kayaks will be some of the most rewarding to be found on any of the Hawaiian islands and this adventure is a must do thing to do on the Big Island so make your reservations today.
  • Kayaking on the Big Island is not just for adults. Children enjoy this immensely and it's great a great recreational experience for the whole family. Mornings are generally the best times to kayak off the Big Island as the seas are generally the calmest and the sea life is more active.
  • Famous Captain Cook monument to see a variety of colorful tropical fish, vast coral reefs, with an abundance of sea life.
  • Free parking, friendly customer service, scenic outlooks on drive down to Kealakekua Bay, stop the car to take pictures. You may see spinner dolphins, but they are wild so there is no guaranteed. Another wonderful experience is meeting the locals, they welcome everyone with open arms and lots of Aloha. To ensure everyone's safety, there is staff that will assist you with any questions you may have and getting in and out of the ocean safely.
  • Kayaks are available down there, there is no need to pick up or unload any kayaks, staff is there to assist you before entering the water.

Guide

Trip Info

Kealakekua Bay is located on the Kona coast of the island of Hawaii about 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona Settled over a thousand years ago, the surrounding area contains many archaeological and historical sites such as religious temples, and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the island of Hawaii. The bay is a marine life conservation district, a very popular and the best destination for kayaking and snorkeling in Hawaii.

Kayak tours are among the most marine intensive of all the ocean activities available to you on the Big Island. You generally can choose a single or a double kayak and your snorkeling adventures off! The kayaks will be some of the most rewarding to be found on any of the Hawaiian islands and this adventure is a must do thing to do on the Big Island so make your reservations today. Are you somebody who wants to do something very close to nature? One of the best ways to get a first hand perspective on Hawaii’s marine life is by taking a kayak trip. Kayaks are small sit on top paddle boats that are very maneuverable and can be navigated through very shallow waters. This allows the paddler to be able to access spots that often times are very difficult to access if not impassable for larger, motor driven boats.

This trip combines snorkeling in the largest coral reef on the Big Island and paddling along beautiful Hawaiian beaches. Tour destination is Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay. Great snorkeling, with views of coral gardens and lots of tropical fish. Spinner dolphins are regularly seen as are humpback whales during whale season. Getting to the snorkel site should be as much fun as snorkeling; you will paddle to the area by sea kayak. The paddle is about a mile long and takes 25-30 minutes for the inexperienced kayak adventurer. Very popular with newly weds, beginners, or for discriminating paddlers wishing for personal attention and a quieter atmosphere. Trips are tailored to guest interests and abilities and is suitable for ages 7-70. Beginners are welcome, rated as an easy to moderate kayak. Bring a picnic lunch and some drinks and spend the day relaxing and snorkeling on the wonderful reef next to the monument. You won’t be alone – this is one of the most popular snorkeling spots on the Big Island.

Snorkel Route – Follow the shallow reef to the right of the famous Captain Cook monument to see a variety of colorful tropical fish, vast coral reefs, with an abundance of sea life.

Directions – Take Route 11 South from Kailua-Kona until the Kealakekua turn-off (Hwy 160) at the 110.5 mile marker. Turn right and continue 4 miles down the hill. As the road curves back to the right, you can see a fantastic view of the Kealakekua Bay ahead of you. The road leads all the way down to the bay and ends at the Kealakekua Bay parking lot.

Water Entry / Exit – Kayaks are available down there, there is no need to pick up or unload any kayaks, staff is there to assist you before entering the water.

Packing List: Be sure to bring your snorkel gear, sunscreen, a hat or sun glasses, a water proof camera, water, snacks or lunch, and lots of sunblock! A small cooler can be strapped in if needed. If you don’t have any snorkel gear we can provide you with the proper equipment to enjoy your adventure, please let us know so we can better fit your needs.

Snorkel Route – Turn east towards the monument as you enter the water. The best snorkeling is the area in front of and east or to the right of the monument. These Hawaiian waters are crystal clear with 100 ft. visibility. You will see lots of colorful fish. The vibrant reef stretches out to beyond 80 feet in depth. Investigate the drop off at 30 ft. depth not far from the shore.

Extras – Crystal clear water; shaded area for picnic; historic monument; abundance of sea life; possible sea turtle, dolphin, and whale sightings; shallow reef offers excellent snorkeling conditions for any one.

Ticket Types: Single, Double or Triple Kayak 2-4 hour guided adventure, or Single Guided Adventure unlimited

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