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The first time I went snorkeling on the Big Island of Hawaii I couldn't believe my eyes.

Snorkeling Excursions on "The Big Island" of Hawaii

There are 67 products in this category that range in price from $37.33 to $1187.90.

Actually, I wasn't expecting to snorkel at the time. I love to long distance swim and I asked the concierge, at my hotel where I might find a good beach to swim for distance.

She misunderstood me and sent me to a spot that was somewhat rocky with an occasional reef. I didn't notice at first the underwater reef terrain. I warmed up on the beach, adjusted my goggles, waded into the water and then made my first lunge into the underwater world of the "Big Island".

I almost jumped right back out again. I just couldn't believe what I was seeing. It was as though I had just jumped into an aquarium. I had never before seen so many fish of so many sizes and colors in one place in my life. It was absolutely fabulous I spent the next half hour just marveling at the underwater sights.

The Big Island of Hawaii has a number of different boats that offer snorkeling. Many of them cruise the coast off Kona down to Captain Cook. Most of the boats offer morning and afternoon trips and one trip even offers "night snorkeling" to see the giant Manta Rays. Whichever one you choose you won't be disappointed.

The Big Island of Hawaii is simply the best spot I have found for snorkeling and the very best spots are the ones that are found by taking the boats in Hawaii's snorkel fleet. Many of these places are found on the open ocean side of the reefs where the best accessibility is from a boat. This is one activity that is a "must" on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Some of the best locations to snorkel in the Big Island of Hawaii are:


  • The Kohala Coastline

  • Kealakekua Bay

  • Pawai Bay Off The Kona Coast


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$37.33 - $79.90
(7 Reviews, 5 Stars)

Sometimes referred to as the butterflies of the sea, these graceful animals are a sight that must be seen in person. Manta rays are beautiful sea creatures that live in warm tropical waters. Their side…

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$89.90 - $89.90
(4 Reviews, 5 Stars)

This trip combines snorkeling at the largest coral reef on the Big Island and paddling along beautiful Hawaiian beaches. Our destination is the Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay. Enjoy great snorkeling…

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$101.90
(3 Reviews, 5 Stars)

Weather permitting, you will head north looking for dolphins and get in the water for a once in a lifetime encounter. This is nothing like seeing them in captivity. You will be able to see them up close…

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$135.00
(3 Reviews, 5 Stars)

Go snorkeling aboard the Fair Wind II. This 4 hour cruise includes 2 hours of snorkeling at Captain Cooks Monument in Kealakekua Bay. Snorkel gear and instruction are provided. In addition, the boat…

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$79.90
(3 Reviews, 5 Stars)

This tour usually departs around 5:00pm, arriving at the manta ray site in about 45 minutes. You can snorkel a bit before you watch an amazing sunset from the boat. Snacks, fresh island fruit, soda, juice…

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$121.90
(2 Reviews, 5 Stars)

Cruise the coastline and explore sea caves and other historical areas where ancient Hawaiians made history and created legends that are still being told to Hawaiian children and tourists who visit year…

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$108.90
(2 Reviews, 5 Stars)

Your journey will start with a Hawaiian ceremony to greet the day, then it's off to the adventure of a lifetime-- a morning swim with the dolphins. They love to ride the bow wake of the boat. After…

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$99.00
(2 Reviews, 5 Stars)

We start our evening departing from Honokohau harbor on our comfortable U.S. Coast Guard certified vessel. The Wicked Wahine is a custom-built 29 foot power boat. She has comfortable padded seating for…

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$117.90
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Journey in a new raft, Kamanu Elua, to the beautiful and historical Kealakekua Bay for some fun snorkeling. This tour includes your snorkel equipment, noodles and life vests. Enjoy a light tropical lunch…

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$124.90
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Your snorkeling adventure will begin in the pristine waters and the vibrant reef of the marine sanctuary at Kealakekua Bay, near the Captain Cook monument. This is perhaps the best snorkeling spot you…

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$79.90 - $118.90
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Travel south 10 miles, to the best snorkel spot of the day with Body Glove. Snorkel locations are weather dependent and can include Fantasy Reef, Red Hill, Turtle Heaven or Dolphin Cove. You will have…

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$119.90
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Sail "Kona Ttyle" southward down the west coast of the Big Island with highlighted pauses along the way for frequent dolphin and flying fish sightings and visit magical locations with profound histories.…

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$165.90
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

The Kona is our most popular tour and features the opportunity to see spinner dolphins and a wide variety of untouched sea life while snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay, a pristine marine reserve. Hawaii Oceanic…

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$107.90
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Four hour adventure to cruise and explore the historic Kona Coast. View sea caves and lava tubes en route to Captain Cook's Monument at Kealakekua Bay. Guests will snorkel at this premier marine sanctuary…

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$106.90
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

This is a MUST DO while in Hawaii. It's a great opportunity to see manta rays feeding and interacting with other ocean creatures under the neon lights. You will be able to snorkel and get close to these…

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$129.00
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Join Wahine Charters on their custom-built 29 foot US Coast Guard Certified vessel and explore 14 miles of Kona's beautiful and historical coastline on the way to the Captain Cook monument. The monument…

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$93.90
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Come out for a magical evening on the ocean. This tour departs in time so that you can be on the ocean for the sunset. Departure times may change with the seasons. As you motor out from Honokohau Harbor…

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$79.90
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

This tour usually departs around 5:00pm, arriving at the manta ray site in about 45 minutes. You can snorkel a bit before you watch an amazing sunset from the boat. Snacks, fresh island fruit, soda, juice,…

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$108.90
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Explore the Big Island's Kona coast on a 24 foot zodiac inflatable boat. Sights will include sea caves and grottos, dolphins, manta rays and turtles. Stop to snorkel at the famous Captain Cook Monument…

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$99.00
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Join Wahine Charters for a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the graceful nighttime ballet of Kona's giant manta rays. Kona is the only location on the planet where you can get in the water…

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$79.90
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Three hour adventures cruise to explore the historic Kona Coast, sea caves and lava tubes en route to Kealakekua Bay. Guests will snorkel at this premier marine sanctuary viewing many species of fish,…

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$85.00
(5 Reviews, 4.8 Stars)

Once you have been fitted for your wet suit and snorkel gear, you'll head north to Garden Eel Cove, where over 27 manta rays frequent. The manta rays are an amazing species with a wing span of up to…

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$79.90
(4 Reviews, 4.5 Stars)

Get out on the ocean for a sunset sail. Take in the panoramic sunset views and see the light changing colors on the mountains behind you. This trip includes two hours of real sailing. There will also…

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$96.90
(2 Reviews, 4.5 Stars)

Explore the Big Island's Kona Coast on a 24' Zodiac Inflatable raft. Sights will include sea caves and grottos, dolphins, manta rays and turtles. Stop to snorkel at Captain Cooks Monument in Kealakekua…

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$79.00
(2 Reviews, 4.5 Stars)

Come and enjoy a scenic coastal cruise to Kealakekua Bay, keep your eye out for spinner dolphins, they often come by the boat to entertain the passengers. Set out on a special afternoon cruise and enjoy…

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$106.90 - $114.90
(2 Reviews, 4.5 Stars)

Join us for an incredible encounter with the Kona Manta Rays. This world famous dive/snorkel trip has been featured on numerous Travel, National Geographic and Discovery Channel programs. The Hawaiian…

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$85.00
(3 Reviews, 3 Stars)

Travel 17 miles south to Kealakekua Bay, home of the Captain Cook monument. Along the way, stop at historical sites and hear local legends and see points of interest. Your captain will watch for whales…

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$79.90
(1 Review, 3 Stars)

Three hour trip to snorkel at Captain Cook's monument for over an hour. Fresh fruit, island chips, cookies, water and tropical juices will be served. All snorkel gear and equipment are provided. Explore…

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$1050.00

Join Wahine Charters for your customized private charter. The crew of Wahine Charters loves to fish, swim with dolphins, snorkel coral reefs and help others discover what the oceans of Hawaii have to offer.…

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$1187.90

Our most popular tour is this 6 hour fishing and snorkel combo. Fish for the big fish or smaller game fish like ono or stripped marlin on light tackle (when in season) for approximately 4 - 5 hours, and…

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$175.90 - $1042.90

One of the most exhilarating excursions a visitor to Kona can experience is a snorkeling encounter with dolphins. These dolphin encounters are designed to place you in the water in the vicinity of a pod…

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$1050.00

The Private Explorer Charter Boat Tour is for a small group or family that want the charter boat all to themselves. At Hawaii Oceanic we specialize in making the boat yours for the whole morning, where…

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$160.00

Ride a real Navy Special Warfare assault boat. This is a fast adventure boat ride and snorkel trip to remote and secluded areas of the Kona coast and may include some close encounters with animals. Leave…

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$124.90

This adventure is focused on finding the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins and/or Spotted Dolphins and spending quality time with them. You will get to interact with the dolphins while learning about them and…

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$149.00

Take this 5 hour cruise and enjoy 2 unique snorkel destinations along the Kona Coast aboard Fair Wind's newest vessel, the Hula Kai. Includes snorkel gear and instruction, a continental breakfast and…

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$109.90

Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the Kona Coast. This fast paced adventure aboard a brand new custom built 37' catamaran provides spectacular views with up close encounters with dolphins…

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$135.90

Spend your morning snorkeling and swimming with dolphins! Your divemaster will guide and instruct a small group of guests along the deep waters of Kona coasts pristine reefs to swim with dolphins and…

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$165.90

Cruise the beautiful Kona Coast in search of the Spinner Dolphins that will entertain you as they launch themselves out of the water into the air doing thrilling spins and flips. Your swim guide will give…

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$84.90

Three and one half hour snorkel trip to Pawai Bay, which is a protected area on private land that's located on the Kona Coast. Enjoy real sailing on Kona's only sailing catamaran. Snorkel amidst…

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$84.90

Join us for a deluxe morning snorkel trip to Pawai Bay, a protected area on private land, located on the Kona Coast. Enjoy real sailing on Kona's only sailing catamaran. Snorkel and see rainbow colored…

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$88.90 - $88.90

Go to remote destinations on a boat and take in the scenery both in and out of the water. You never know when you might encounter a pod of dolphins or a manta ray. Combine that with hundreds of species…

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$120.00

Ride a REAL Navy SEAL assault boat on this ocean adventure to famous Captain Cook's monument in Kealakekua Bay. Your destination is a short trip on this fast boat which means you'll have more time…

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$119.00

Visit Manta Village, located near the Sheraton Keauhou. Manta rays are simply big and beautiful, with no teeth, stingers or barbs. Their wingspans can exceed 15 feet in width. These gentle giants visit…

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$121.90

Sail for about 45 minutes along the beautiful Kona coast to historic Kealakekua Bay. Your captain will select the best snorkeling sites for the day and your friendly and professional crew members provide…

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$103.90 - $129.90

From April thru November you get a chance to swim with dolphins in Kona Hawaii on this exciting tour aboard the Mai Kai. Enjoy a personal experience with the ocean and its wild life including Green Sea…

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$117.90

Take a five hour trip in rigid hull inflatable boats to the remote area between Keauhou Bay and the Place of Refuge. Leave from Keauhou Bay Pier and expect a fun run down to Honaunau Bay, with 40 minutes…

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$119.00

Join Wahine Charters as we cruise the beautiful Kona coastline and look for Hawaii's friendly spinner dolphins. It's not uncommon to encounter both the spotted dolphins and the bottlenose dolphins…

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$107.90

Enjoy a beautiful Hawaiian sunset aboard the Hokulani, as you sail from Keauhou Bay into the setting sun (sailing times vary according to sunset). After sunset we drop sail and head for the World Famous…

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$101.90

Take a four hour trip in a rigid hull inflatable boat to the remote area between Keauhou Bay and Place of Refuge. Leave from Keauhou Bay Pier and expect a fun ride down to Honaunau Bay at Place of Refuge,…

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$91.90 - $121.90

On this night adventure you will have a close and personal experience with the giant Manta Rays of Kona Hawaii. When you arrive at the snorkeling spot you wait until night falls, and then you slip into…

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$121.90

This trip is for guests looking to experience more of Hawaii's history and natural beauty. The captain and crew are equipped to answer your questions and love sharing the history and legends of the…

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$121.90

Enjoy this three hour snorkel and whale watching expedition that takes you along the Kohala Coast, the Big Island's only designated National Marine Humpback Whale Sanctuary and well known calving…

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$126.90

Come join in an unforgettable adventure into the amazing world of the Hawaiian spinner dolphins. Your journey begins at the Honokohau Marina, where you head up the coastline in search of one of many pods…

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$75.00 - $124.90

A wonderful tour whether you are a first-time diver, recreational diver or advanced diver. There are over 80 snorkeling sites along the Kona Coast of the Big Island for our guides to choose from. You…

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$88.90

This could possibly be the highlight of your vacation. It is the most famous dive in the Hawaiian Islands. Rated as one of the top ten dives in the world, it is often described as surreal. The tour is…

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$106.90

Cruise along the Kona coastline to the sacred waters of Kealakekua Bay, where you will immerse yourself in the wildlife. Your Captain and crew will point out places of interest and you might even see…

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$70.90

Your captain will select the best snorkeling site of the day, in Kealakekua Bay, and your friendly and professional crew members will provide site briefings and historical facts along with snorkel tips…

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$91.90

Enjoy a morning of sunshine, motor out to a secluded snorkel site along the Kohala Coast, receive a short briefing and get geared up, descend on Winona's easy access "Stairway to the Sea" directly into…

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$91.90

Snorkeling with Manta Rays at night is a magical experience. No Snorkeling Experience is Required! Hawaii Oceanic will give you a premium vantage position to experience the Manta Magic on the Kona Coast,…

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$89.90

This is a great trip and Kona is one of the few places in the world that you can have this amazing experience! Since Mantas are attracted by bright lights our flashlights attract these gentle giants after…

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$96.90
(1 Review, 2 Stars)

Get the best view possible of the famous Kona sunsets as you sail to Keauhou Bay to snorkel with giant manta rays. State of the art engineered light boards are the best that the industry has to offer.…

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$75.00 - $600.00

Build your own perfect trip, starting when you wish. Sunset, dinner, snorkel, whale watch, relax -- you name the itinerary. We will help craft the outing based on your wishes.

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$116.90 - $495.00

Join in as we guide you to this special snorkeling destination - historic Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook Monument where state of Hawaii permits are required. See where the famous circumnavigator and explorer…

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$300.00

Sail to Kealakekua Bay and enjoy the scenic and historic Kona coastline. Snorkel Kealakekua's underwater marine sanctuary, in view of the Captain Cook Monument. See dolphins and turtles year round. During…

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$225.00

Hawaii Nautical takes you on an unparalleled yacht to experience the beauty and grandeur of the Kona coast and its most bejeweled underwater treasures at stunning snorkeling bays along the historic Kona…

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$143.90

Dolphin Discoveries is very excited to bring you a super 5 hour ocean expedition tour focusing on Kona's best snorkel sites, shoreline exploration and wildlife encounters! You will have plenty of time…

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$89.90

The Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook Monument Snorkel Tour offers calm waters, remarkable snorkeling and brightly colored tropical fish and coral gardens are the feature most commonly enjoyed here. Sightings…

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