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morning reef snorkel

Ocean Encounters - Morning Reef Snorkel

Departing from Honokohau Harbor just north of Kailua-Kona, this fun snorkel cruise takes you to Makalawena, one of the best snorkel spots on the Big Island. En route keep an eye out for Hawaiian spinner dolphins. Once you arrive at this remote bay, it's time to jump into the water. The pristine waters are home to hundreds of species of fish and a spectacular coral reef. Snorkel with tropical reef fish and keep your eye out for turtles.

If you have never snorkeled before, no need to worry. The Ocean Encounters crew specializes in first-time snorkelers. Their first mates will snorkel with you until you feel comfortable on your own. This snorkel cruise includes all snorkel gear and flotation devices.

Tour Highlights:

  • Cruise along the Kohala Coast and enjoy scenic shoreline views
  • Snorkel at Makalawena, home to a wide variety of tropical fish and an amazing coral reef

Tour Inclusions:

  • Snorkel gear (mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit if necessary, flotation devices)
  • Light snacks
  • Beverages of soda and water
The Boat:
  • 46 ft. vessel
  • Big and roomy with a restroom, plenty of shaded areas
  • Big swim step and extra sturdy ladder so you can get out of the water easily
  • Inside cabin and upstairs seating
Please note: The snorkel location may change due to weather and sea conditions.
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Where and When:
Tour time: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Check in at 8:00 am at the Honokohau Marina, 74-425 Kealakehe Parkway, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 View Map
(For GPS users please note there is more than one Kealakehe!)
Directions for Honokohau Marina & Check-In:
Check in at the Bite Me Logo Store - The Marina is 5 miles south of Kona airport and 3 or 4 miles north of Kailua-Kona. At the traffic light intersection, take Kealakehe Parkway from the highway (Hwy 19) towards the ocean. You'll see the sailboat masts from the highway and there's a sign for Honokohau Marina. Take that road lined with coconut palms and go Right at your first opportunity. Immediately on your left is a blue building complex with its own parking lot; our office is right by the flagpole.
There are no specific restrictions for this activity.
Special Notes:
Snorkel location may change due to weather and sea conditions.
Operation Days:
4 hours
Ocean Encounters
Big Island
37 passengers