5 Hour Captain Cook Snorkel


Timed to allow you to snorkel with less people at the bay!

Arrive to Kealakekua Bay midday when other morning tours have departed. We are able to provide you with a more intimate, less crowded snorkel experience. Kealakekua Bay is a marine preserve and the site of the Captain Cook Monument.  Includes a lunch, non-alcoholic drinks and all your snorkel gear.

This is the same great tour as the award-winning four-hour AM or PM adventure, but it is timed to allow you to snorkel with fewer people at the bay!

Kealakekua Bay is the best place to snorkel on the Big Island of Hawaii. With its crystal-clear, calm waters, guests to the Big Island naturally gravitate there.

Given the number of people in the bay in the early morning or late afternoon, we have designed this Kona snorkel tour to fall between those times, hence “beating the crowd.”

Upon arrival at the Kona Marina, guests will be briefed on the bay and snorkeling. They can stay in the water for as long as they like. The crew of the raft will have lunch ready for them when they get out of the water.

While eating lunch, the captain will talk about the history of Kealakekua Bay and why the Captain Cook monument was erected here. After, there will be additional time to jump back into the water for a little more snorkeling.

Once everyone is done snorkeling, the same, award-winning, coastal tour will begin. Sea caves, lava tubes, and blowholes! Spinner dolphins, manta rays, turtles, oh my!

Transportation is not included to get to this tour.

Time 10:00am
Check-in is at 9:45am
Duration 5 hours
Location Kona Marina

Please view the cancellation policy and restrictions.

Cancellation Policy

100% refundable if cancelled at least 72 hours before check-in. Changes or cancellations should be made through the modify or cancel buttons on your booking confirmation.

Last Minute Bookings

Please be aware that these bookings are subject to confirmation. If this is a same-day or next-day booking, there is a reasonable chance this will not be confirmed. For bookings that are confirmed, there will be no cancellations or refunds.


Due to the bouncy nature of our ride however, we do not allow any persons with back or neck problems or pregnant ladies

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- Oct 2019 -

Nicky L

We were incredibly lucky to spot this baby sea whale. We got to swim with her for 30 minutes, she was so curious and friendl! What an amazing experience. We snorkelled for 2 hours in the cove where the Captain Cook monument is. Captain C J told us all about the history of the Cook and then on the way home he showed us the geographical features of the lava. Very Interesting. Lunch and snacks were delicious and nothing was too much trouble , I highly recommend this company and the 5 hour tour

- May 2019 -


We signed up to do a 5 hour trip with 5 Hour Captain Cook Snorkel for the “Beat the crowds” tour, it was absolutely amazing! Our tour ladies, Drey (sp?) and Chris were so friendly and knowledgeable throughout the entire trip. We got to swim with two different pods of dolphins and neither time did we feel rushed, they were also great at giving tips for snorkelling such as where to look to see the most fish. I would definitely recommend and ask for them specifically!!

- Mar 2019 -


Captain Rick and First Mate Devonte were professional, helpful, chock full of knowledge and just plain fun to hang out with for our 5 hour trip. We saw Sperm and Pilot whales, Spinner dolphins, and the snorkeling was stunningly beautiful. We signed up for the 5 hour trip that included lots of stops for sight seeing, light lunch and 2 snorkel swims in Kealekekua Bay. Some recommendations for your planning. Take Bonine - the raft bounces, a lot. Seas were calm on the way to the Bay (Devonte called conditions the “Pacific Lake”) but on the way back things get choppy. Also apply lots of sunscreen and keep applying especially after getting out of the water. Biggest challenge that we thought we would face would be getting into the raft from the water but some coaching from Captain Rick and I was able to easily haul my 6’ 4” frame out with no problems. Really appreciate the strong safety oriented approach of our Captain and First Mate. Constantly keeping an eye on the ocean, slowing to inquire if a diver far out from shore was OK, checking all the time that we were holding on to grip points (and giving us small breaks to rest our hands from echoing), and maintaining safe distances from the shoreline and pounding surf (unlike a party boat that seemed to be tempting fate for as close as he was going to the shore). Just a fantastic day and a wonderful ending to our Kona week.