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Experience a Voyage Through History With Our  Captain Cook Snorkel Tour!

Unveil the Legacy of Captain Cook with Dolphin Discoveries

Noted as one of the most beautiful snorkeling destinations in the world, our Captain Cook Snorkel Tour will take you through the reefs that populate Kealakekua Bay. You are sure to come face to face with plenty of tropical fish whose colors span the entire rainbow.

Our Captain Cook Snorkel Tour offers a 1 hour chance to dive into the warm waters of the Kona Coast. This means even greater chances of seeing amazing Honu (sea turtles), fish, and if you’re lucky, some other rare marine life that might cruise by.

One of the most spectacular sights to see on your venture to Kealakekua Bay is a possible glimpse of dolphins or whales, that may be playing in the waters or breaching off the side of the boat.

If you are looking for an unforgettable experience for your friends and family, you can’t go wrong with this wonderful day out on the water.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: What Makes Our Captain Cook Snorkeling Tour Special?

Historical Significance of Captain Cook’s Monument

Captain Cook Monument is by far and away one of the most significant sites as it pertains to Hawaii’s modern history. Before it was named for the British colonialist who was slain there, it remained as a sacred site to Hawaiian natives– something that is still upheld to this day. Aside from the history that shrouds the edge of Kealakekua Bay, this site is also home to the most incredible array of marine life, found anywhere around Hawaii.

The captain leading the Dolphin Discoveries Captain Cook Snorkel Tour is not just a local expert in the unique and diverse marine life of the Big Island; they can also answer questions and offer historical and cultural insights, explaining why this area holds such significance in Hawaiian history.

Snorkel the Most Popular and Beautiful Spot in all of Hawaii, Kealakekua Bay

Hawaii is home to some of the most biologically diverse sea life. Apart from that, there is a whole host of marine creatures that are native only to the Hawaiian Islands. This means that you can expect some amazing views from both above deck and below water.

Some things that you may see while snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay on our Captain Cook Snorkel Tour are reef fish like parrotfish, pufferfish, sunfish, and triggerfish, alongside eels, crabs, and other sea creatures and crustaceans, and on occasion, sea turtles (Honu).

Learn Cultural Insights From Our Expert Guides While Snorkeling in Kona at Captain Cook!

We touch on some of the historical significance of the Captain Cook Monument and Kealakekua Bay as a whole. Aside from the contention between the British colonists and Native Hawaiians which culminated in the death of Captain Cook. Your guide aboard the boat tour will be able to take you through the greater history of the bay, the details of its sanctity within Native Hawaiian culture, and how it all loops together into the plea for ecological preservation of the area, not only to protect the wildlife, but the habitat for generations to come.

Your guide aboard the Dolphin Discoveries Captain Cook Snorkel Tour will be able to answer any questions and provide a local insight to all these points, all while weaving in an incredible amount of fun both in the water and on the boat.

Join Us for a Day of Exploration and Snorkeling Near Captain Cook!

Itinerary of the Captain Cook Snorkel Tour

We offer three different times to meet your schedule. Each snorkel tour is 3-hours long. These trips provide the longest snorkeling times at Kealakekua Bay with an average of 1 hour of actual snorkeling time. Just like on our longer trips, this adventure has 100’s of different varieties of tropical fish along with an occasional “Honu” (Hawaiian green sea turtle) or local dolphins.

Your Captain will share Hawaiian History and get you up and personal with sea caves and lava tubes. Water, juice, fruit and snacks are provided on all snorkel trips.

If you are new to or have never snorkeled before this is the ideal choice! Particularly good for families with younger children or snorkelers who aren’t certain if they are “seaworthy” enough for one of our longer trips.

Snorkeling Gear and Safety Measures for your Captain Cook Snorkel

Your Captain Cook Snorkel Tour crew aboard Dolphin Discoveries will be in charge of providing you with proper fitting masks and snorkels, as well as flotation aids if needed. However, at Dolphin Discoveries we take safety very seriously. Our captain and crew are experts in providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our guests, but it is up to the participants to pay attention to our guides both in and out of the water, as well as knowing your own limits and swimming skill.

Captain Cook Snorkel Tour: Booking Information

Reserve Your Spot on the Best Captain Cook Snorkeling Tour

Booking our Captain Cook snorkel has never been easier, just refer to the booking calendar on this page to see our available dates as well as the prices associated with them. We offer 3 times (listed below) that all have their own advantages and appeal to those wishing to join us on this incredible experience.

8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (check in for tour is 7am): This snorkel trip beats the crowds to Kealakekua Bay, home of the Captain Cook Monument. We are often the first boat in the bay and our guests get time to enjoy the reef with limited interruption.

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (check in for tour is 10:30am): This snorkel trip is designed for those who want a later start and enjoy the warmest part of the day. With the sun fully overhead, you’ll get to see the reef at its most vibrant at Kealakekua Bay.

12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (check in for tour is 11:30am): This Captain Cook snorkeling trip is geared for those who want to escape the crowds. This lazy afternoon snorkel leaves the dock for a more relaxed adventure to the best snorkel spot along the coast, Kealakekua Bay.