Deluxe Morning Snorkel Adventure

Deluxe Morning Snorkel Adventure

Adult $128
Child Ages 5 to 11 $115

Duration: 4+ Hours
Ages: min age 5

Not Suitable For: Expectant mothers or those with back or neck issues

Snorkel Kealakekua Bay & Honaunau. Two spectacular and pristine snorkeling locations.


Take in the Big Island of Hawai’i as you haven’t before, and experience two of South Kona’s most precious treasures –Pu’uhonua O Honaunau and Kealakekua Bay. Listen as the captains relays stories detailing the rich cultural and geological history of the Island. Explore the sea caves, lava tubes, and see the diverse marine life that’s abundant off of the shores of Kona on this snorkel tour. Snack on tropical fruit, local chips, and chocolate covered macadamia nuts. With a maximum of only 14 guests per tour, the Deluxe Morning Adventure is a personal and unique snorkeling adventure not to be missed.

On our deluxe morning snorkel tour of Kona we will have more than one opportunity to drop into the water and explore an incredible reef! That means more chances to get up close and personal with hundreds of tropical fish, sea turtles, and maybe even a couple of dolphins should they come to explore our boat!

We treat each adventure out with care and excitement. Our goal is to give our guests the best possible experience while in the water while keeping them, as well as the natural marine world around them, safe.

Both Pu’uhonua O Honaunau and Kealakekua Bay are rich with culture and marine life. The Big Island is the youngest within the chain of major Hawaiian Islands and through that there is so much just at the surface to explore from the comparatively recent journey of the lava. For example, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau is protected by the “God of Life”, Lono. it is an extremely sacred place filled with not only lush reefs but important structures to Hawaiian history and culture. It is a place of reverence as much as it is beauty.

Kealakekua Bay also is an extremely important piece to Hawaiian history, outside of the beauty we will see on our snorkeling expedition. Famous for being the first place the westerners made extensive contact with the native Hawaiians, we are permitted to snorkel inside the bay which is also home to hundreds of tropical fish and other sea creatures.

As mentioned, the two main areas we will explore (Pu’uhonua O Honaunau and Kealakekua Bay) have a vibrant history and array of animals that live within their waters. Beyond that, our morning snorkel tour will explore the sea caves and lava tubes, carved out through the formation of the Big Island. Our trip out to the reefs are almost as fun as being in the water as spinner dolphins and humpback whales (when in season) are known to put on a show just off the bow of the boat. You may get to see breaches above the water or maybe even a baby whale calf learning to swim alongside its mother.

We make sure to make every aspect of this snorkeling tour enjoyable. You will get the chance to just sit back and relax enjoying local tropical snacks and juices while lounging aboard the vessel.

Big Island Snorkel Tour Features:
Snorkel Kealakekua Bay (Capt. Cook Monument)

Snorkel Honaunau Bay (Place of Refuge)

Tropical snacks, juice, and water

Explore sea caves and lava tubes

Watch for dolphins and whales

Departure Times:

Check-In 8:00 AM

Depart 8:15 AM

Return 12:15 PM

Parking location

78-7106 Kamehameha III Rd.
Kailua Kona, HI 96740

Expectant mothers are not eligible to participate in this activity
Individuals who experience regular back or neck pain are not eligible to participate in this activity.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Statement

We at Sea Quest Hawaii are constantly monitoring the circumstances surrounding the Novel Coronavirus/Covid-19 and are working in partnership with the County & State to ensure that you and your family are able to safely enjoy your snorkeling excursion along the South Kona Coast without worry. Having taken every precaution and utilizing the guidelines put in place by the Governor’s Coronavirus Management Team as well as the CDC and Department of Health, we have safely reopened as of July 2020.

We understand that you, your family, & friends have either chosen or are considering choosing Sea Quest and we do not take that lightly. To that aim, we have taken additional steps to enhance our already thorough and effective safety protocols. This includes supplemental sanitation with disinfectants approved by the CDC and FDA known to eliminate Covid-19. All surfaces on both the vessels and in the office and waiting area are thoroughly sanitized throughout the day, as is all the equipment including the vessels, wetsuits, and snorkeling gear. Modifications to limit contact have been implemented where and when possible including a contactless check in process. Masks are required upon arrival as are temperature checks for both guests and staff. We intend to keep these new procedures in place for the foreseeable future and will maintain our proactive approach to keep you as well as your Captains and crew safe and healthy.

At Sea Quest we believe that travel, family, and the ocean are central to the human experience and want to share that with you. We are committed to your safety and look forward to the opportunity to create experiences and memories for you and your loved ones that will last a lifetime. We understand and appreciate the trust you place in us when making a reservation. We welcome all questions and hope we have the pleasure of your company in the not too distant future.

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How many people will be on my tour?

Sea Quest Hawaii has always specialized in small groups on each of our tours. Now, to ensure physical distancing is possible, we have limited our tour group size to either half capacity or less for the protection of both our guests and staff. For example, our 33 passenger vessel has been limited to 14. Our 18 passenger vessel has been limited to 8, and so on. We recognize that without a sense of safety surrounding your excursion you will not be able to immerse yourself in the experience and that is what we aim to do- to create a safe and thoroughly enjoyable excursion in which you feel completely at ease to enjoy your surroundings, your guides, and all that the Kona Coast has to offer.


Is there a minimum number of participants on each tour?

During this unprecedented time of restricted travel, we are seeing lower numbers of travelers and excursion participants. As a rule, we require a minimum of 4 guests in order to confirm a tour. We will stay in touch with you regarding the status of your excursion should it not be confirmed. There are a few options available to you at that point and our team will happily assist you. Should you tour not confirm, you are entitled to a full refund.


What are the chances that the trip will be canceled due to poor weather or sea conditions?

This is very rare as the Kona Coast is blessed with the best weather, least rain, and calmest seas in the state. The occasional gloomy sky can quickly turn sunny as well. For this reason, should the need arise, Sea Quest reserves the right to determine whether or not the trip will be canceled at the scheduled time of departure. If the trip is canceled, you may reschedule for a later date (subject to availability) or receive a refund.



Where is the third snorkel spot on the Expedition South Kona tour?

In addition to Kealakekua Bay and Honaunau, we have selected several secluded snorkeling locations for the third spot on our Expedition South Kona tour. These snorkel sights are less protected than Kealakekua and Honaunau; therefore, your captain selects the third snorkel sight on the day of the tour based on the prevailing conditions. Regardless of the location the captain selects that day, you’ll know you will be in areas typically not snorkeled by any other tour companies and that you wouldn’t have visited any other way.


What happens if it is cloudy or rainy on the day of our tour?

Along with ample sunshine, the islands are also blessed with abundant daily rainfall, which nourishes the lushness and creates the erosive force that continues to shape all the fascinating geology. Most of the island’s waterfalls are sustained only by rainfall, and misty showers often delight passengers with rainbows along the tour. Usually, our typical high cumulus clouds and precipitation do not diminish the quality of your tour, but instead give it dimension and add other exciting facets to your experience. However, if the pilot determines that prevailing visibility, cloud cover, or wind speeds do not allow for a good air tour, or if it is not safe to fly, we will of course cancel the flight. Because weather conditions can change dramatically day to day and hour by hour, we often cannot make a determination about your flight prior to your check‐in time.


What about bathrooms?

There are no bathrooms on board for our trips; however, we like to say we have the world’s largest restroom available. With that in mind, we suggest you plan ahead and use the facilities near our check-in location before you depart. Once onboard, your first opportunity to get into the water will be approximately 30-40 minutes into the trip.



What is your cancellation policy?

All changes to and/or cancellations of a reservation must be made 48 hours before the tour start time.

Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows and cancelations within 48 hours to the tour will be charged the full price. Guests wanting to reschedule within 48 hours will incur a rebook fee of 75% of the regular tour price.

Customers will receive a full refund in the case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.



Can I bring my own snorkel gear?

If you have equipment that you are comfortable with, feel free to bring it if you like! The snorkel gear we keep onboard is excellent- silicone masks, dry snorkels with purge valves, etc. For your protection, we sanitize the equipment after each use. There is no discount for providing your own equipment.


What if I have never snorkeled before?

If you have never snorkeled before we will you show me how


I'm not a strong swimmer and my wife doesn't swim at all. Is this something we can do?

Definitely! All you do to snorkel is float on the surface and look down at the beauty below. You might be surprised at how buoyant you are in salt water. It’s quite different than a lake or a pool. We also have plenty of flotation devices such as snorkel vests and foam pool noodles for extra floatation to put you at ease so that you can enjoy the view. Standing on the ladder is a great place to start. Once you feel comfortable, you can paddle off. However, this does not apply to either the Night Manta Experience or the Dolphin Encounter. Both of these tours require that you be a strong swimmer with snorkeling experience. Feel free to call us to elaborate.



I'm a vegetarian. What do your snacks include?

The snacks we serve on our tours vary by trip, but none include meat. The EXPEDITION SOUTH KONA tours serve a deli lunch which includes a sandwich that does include meat. With advance notice, we can easily order a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free lunch. We also offer juices and water for your refreshment. For your safety, Sea Quest is a non-alcoholic adventure.



What about shade?

The MANTA RAIV and LILIKOI both offer shade and are typically used on our EXPEDITION SOUTH KONA snorkel tours, but on occasion may also be used on our other snorkel tours. Our other rafts do not have a canopy which increases the number of caves we can explore along the coast. We suggest our guests bring along and apply beforehand a waterproof and environmentally friendly sunscreen, or wearing a rash guard or paddle shirt. We have both available for purchase. For some guests, a hat might be a good idea too. Just make sure it won’t blow off and end up in the ocean. If you take the proper precautions, you can easily avoid overexposure. Kona weather typically is cloudy in the afternoon, so those who are very concerned will often choose our three-hour CAPTAIN COOK EXPRESS.


Can I bring a regular camera?

Yes. This is not white water rafting. Some people even bring video cameras! That said, Sea Quest rents GoPro cameras at our check-in location. You may reserve one ahead of time when you make your reservation on our website!


Milwaukee, WI
wrote a review May 2021
Fantastic day!
Wonderful experience. Friendly, informative and helpful crew...captain Kevin, Jasmine and Ariel. Would definitely recommend this tour. Pool noodles are also on board for those who’d like them. I used one and it just allowed for a more relaxed floaty experience for a non-athletic 62 year old woman such as myself. My husband and I had a great time.

Debba H
Lancaster, NY
wrote a review May 2021
We are a couple in our late 50s. We did the morning snorkel tour with Chelsea and Jill. The trip was incredible. The snorkeling was amazing. We have snorkeled in many places and this was by far the most colorful and widest variety of fish we've ever seen. Our captain and her first mate were super friendly, helpful, patient, and very knowledgeable of history of the area and the coast. We had the privilege of seeing three different species of dolphins close to the boat and for a very long period of time. The coast is rugged and beautiful, full of sea caves and lava rock. The water is amazingly blue and clear. Both snorkel's locations were very calm and easy. They provided wonderful masks that did not fog up, and a pool noodle to help you stay afloat. The tour is done from a large raft and was a very small crowd of only nine people. I loved that part!! Plenty of bottled water, juice and snacks are provided. The girls could not have done more friendly or accommodating. They made the entire experience perfect ...we loved every minute of it!! And as a sidebar SEAQUEST did a good maintaining covid safety for its guests