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snorkeling on the Big Island Hawaii

If you are looking to plan the ultimate trip to the Big Island, snorkeling is probably already listed on your tropical bucket list. Hawaii is home to hundreds of native tropical marine creatures, most of whom frequent the reefs of Kona’s Coast.


While, arguably, you can just buy a mask and snorkel and jump into the water, you could be missing out on many more incredible sites doing that versus booking a quality snorkel tour; or reading about our suggestions for the best snorkel destinations on the Big Island!


Should I Book a Snorkel Tour on the Big Island?


Yes! A snorkeling tour is the absolute best way to get the most out of your time at any one of the Big Island’s gorgeous reefs! Not only will you get the chance to explore multiple different popular (and hidden) underwater destinations, but you will be in the trusted hands of the island’s marine experts, who captain the boats.


On a snorkel tour of Kona you will most likely explore both Captain Cook’s Monument and the Place of Refuge– that is one of the most popular tours at Dolphin Discoveries. Aside from the reefs, this tour will explore the underwater sea caves and lava tubes; something you would not be able to do on your own! A snorkel tour of the Big Island makes sure to pack in a lot of experiences and time in the water to make the most out of the trip.


Our Guide to Snorkeling on the Big Island


If you are planning a snorkel adventure while visiting the Big Island, you’ll notice that the same reefs or bays will keep coming up in your search. Captain Cook Monument, also known as Kealakekua Bay, is one of these popular destinations. The bay itself is accessible through driving and jumping in the water; however, it is quite big and you may find yourself swimming around for a while before finding the reef areas with the best activities.


Our recommendation when it comes to snorkeling on the Big Island is to first, book a snorkel tour with an accredited company. If you choose to hop on a boat, looking for the snorkeling excursion that leaves at a time fitting within your schedule is just as important as finding a trip that goes to the spots you enjoy and allows for the amount of time in the water that you are most comfortable with. If you are newer to snorkeling, you should look into a shorter trip, and if you are an expert, you may want to try one of the night snorkels where you may encounter manta rays.


Discover the Fascinating Marine Life of Hawaii Through a Snorkel Trip


No matter what type of snorkel experience you choose to embark on in Hawaii, you are sure to have a good time. Read our tips on how to make the most out of the experience and bear in mind some of the pros and cons of each option when it comes to planning your day on and in the water.


With hundreds of tropical marine creatures, there is no shortage of magic that you will encounter under the sea!