Snorkel Cruise

Overview & Activity Comparison


Teaming with tropical fish, lively coral, diverse marine life including turtles, dolphins, manta rays, and whales, the clear, warm, and typically calm waters off the west side of the Big Island are an aquarium to be explored by snorkeling. While some good spots can be found right off the beach, many of the prime spots are only accessible by boat. A boat cruise combines excellent snorkeling spots with a memorable half day out on the water, including friendly and attentive crew and guides, water activities, and refreshments, as well as all the amenities for a comfortable and safe experience.
Guidebook Reviews

Big Island Revealed Guidebook:

Hawaii features a dazzling variety of fish, and the Kona side offers some of the best snorkeling in the state. The Big Island is a snorkeler's paradise.

Lonely Planet Guidebook:

Coming to Hawaii and not snorkeling is like climbing the Eiffel Tower and closing your eyes -- the most bright and beautiful underwater city lies at your feet with magnificent coral reefs

Fodor's Guidebook:

A favorite pastime on the Big Island, snorkeling is perhaps one of the easiest and most enjoyable water activities for visitors

Activity Comparison

The below table outlines the key differences between our snorkeling cruises. Please visit the individual pages for all the details and to book.
Activity 1
Off the Kona Coast
Activity 2
Off the Kohala Coast
Departure Location Kailua Pier in downtown Kona
(35-45 min from Waikoloa)
(30-60 min from Kona)
Time of Day 8 am - 12:30 pm 10:30 am - 1:30 pm (Dec-Apr); 9-12 (Apr-Nov)
Duration 4.5 hours 3 hours
Snorkel Stop Red Hill (less crowded than Kealakekua) 1-2 prime locations off Kohala Coast
Boat Size & Type 65’ power catamaran 50-65’ sailing catamaran
Water slide & high dive Yes No
Restrooms onboard 3 1
  • Continental breakfast
  • BBQ lunch
  • Cash bar

  • Deli lunch
  • Complimentary bar
Included Amenities
All include snorkeling gear
  • Sea view boards
  • Tubes & flotation devices
  • Dolphin sighting guarantee
  • Marine life briefing
  • Flotation devices
  • Guided tour of reef
Additional Amenities
Available at extra cost
  • Scuba
    (intro or certified)
Price Age 18+: $148
Age 6-17: $88
Age 5 & under: Free
Age 13+: $148
Age 6-12: $74
Age 5 & under: Free
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