Exploring the Big Island’s Kona Coast on Captain Zodiac’s 24-foot “RIBs” is the experience of a lifetime! For 38 years, Captain Zodiac has introduced visitors to an array of natrure’s secret wonders that can only be experienced in a Zodiac Raft. The small group atmosphere of our expedition allows for a personal and intimate tour. Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve, site of the Captain Cook monument. These highly maneuverable, military Zodiacs can get you close up to the many lava tubes, sea caves and blow holes of this rugged coastline. Keep a sharp eye, for you will see and encounter pods of Hawaiian spinner dolphins, sea turtles and (from December to April) humpback whales! Your captains/naturalists will tell stories of Hawaiian history and culture, island geology, and many marine species that you will encounter.
Captain Zodiac Rafting Adventures' newest tours is an awesome 5-hour midday excursion. Arriving in Kealakekua Bay when other morning tours are departing allows for far fewer people in the bay and a much more exclusive snorkeling experience. Departing in the late morning from Honokohau, venture along the coastline towards Kealakekua Bay.
Along the way there may be close up experiences with pods of spinner dolphins and perhaps pilot whales, bottle nose dolphins, manta rays and (from December to April) even Humpback Whales! Kealakekua Bay is a marine preserve with hundreds of variets of fish and coral. its calm and clear waters offer 100+ feet visibility. It is also the sites of the Captain Cook Monument commemorating the first contact with Europeans. You will learn about the rich Hawaiian history of this area.
After snorkeling enjoy a box lunch and fresh fruit.
On the way back, visit some of the sea caves, view archways cut from the rugged lava and perhaps see a blowhole in action.