After sailing down the beautiful Kona Coast on our spacious 45 foot trimaran, your snorkeling adventure will begin in the pristine waters and the vibrant reef of the Marine Sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay. “Hawaii the Big Island Revealed” guide book says, “snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay near the monument is perhaps the best you will find anywhere in the state.”
The Hokulani sets sail from Keauhou Bay at 8:30 am. Keep a watchful eye out for Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, Hawaiian Humpback Whales (seasonal Dec-April), and other marine life while you sail down the beautiful Kona Coast. As you enjoy your tropical style breakfast, entering Historic Kealakekua Bay, you will observe the World Famous Captain Cook Monument (sail time approx. 45 min.) Your snorkeling will begin in the pristine waters and the vibrant reef of the Marine Sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay. “Hawaii the Big Island Revealed” guide book says, “snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay near the monument is perhaps the best you will find anywhere in the state.” Make sure to bring an underwater camera to capture the colorful schools of fish, pods of spinner dolphins that are also commonly spotted in the bay, and the landscaped ledges of ancient lava flows. You will then have a moment for another breath taking view of the bay while you enjoy a sumptuous lunch with beverages. Exiting the bay, we set sail for “Red Hill” (weather permitting). The Red Hill area is home to unique underwater lava formations such as archways and lava tubes, and more snorkeling with schools of vibrant sea life. As your snorkel adventure comes to an end, we will set sail back to Keauhou Bay arriving by 1 pm (approx.), with majestic memories of your Sea Paradise trip that will last a lifetime.
Your captain will select the best snorkeling sites in Kealakekua Bay, as our friendly and professional crew members provide site briefings and historical facts. Our crew members will provide snorkel tips and basic instructions to guests of all ages and experience levels. Life jackets, floatation noodles, and viewfinder boards as well as masks, fins, and snorkels are provided aboard the Hokuhele. The crew members will help you enter and exit the water if needed and will provide fish identification cards. They will even take you on a guided snorkeling tour and have lunch ready when you have snorkeled up an appetite. Snorkel time is approximately one hour at each location.
Check-in at 8:00 am at the Sea Paradise store located at: 78-6831 Alii Drive Suite #144 Kailua Kona, Hi 96740 in the Keauhou Shopping Center. We will then issue your boarding passes and give you driving directions to meet the boat for departure at Keauhou Bay.
Return to Keauhou Bay at approx. 1 pm.
We have limited space to stow gear and keep it dry. Be sure to dress comfortably. Sea Paradise operates “shoe-less boats” so wear sandals or shoes that are easy to remove. We suggest you bring: swim wear, a cover-up, sunglasses, reef safe sunscreen, hat, towel, and camera. Gratuity is not included in the price of the tour but tips are greatly appreciated. Click on the following links to upload your favorite photos to us on social media. Instagram hashtag #seaparadisehawaii and Facebook.