We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure

Select Date and Travellers
US$ 120.00
2 travellers
    What to Expect
    Teeming with vibrant marine life, the protected waters of Kealakekua Bay off the Kona coast make for an ideal snorkeling destination. Begin your adventure at Honokohau Marina just north of Kailua-Kona, where you’ll meet your captain and climb aboard a 24-foot (7-meter) inflatable Zodiac raft — an agile, rigid-hull vessel used by the US Coast Guard and Navy SEALs.

    As you cruise south along the beautiful Kona coastline, learn about the island’s fascinating history as your guide shares local facts and legends. See the Captain Cook monument, where the first European made contact with Hawaii, and keep an eye out for local marine life including spinner dolphins and humpback whales (during winter). Explore the Big Island’s volcanic history as your raft darts in and out of sea caves and past rocky lava tubes. 

    Slip on a provided snorkeling mask and fins and plunge into the warm, clear water to swim among schools of electric-colored fish and intricate coral gardens. After approximately 1.5 hours of snorkeling, climb back aboard the raft and refuel with a fresh Hawaiian snack and beverages (or picnic-style lunch on the 10 am departure).   

    Continue along the spectacular coastline back to the marina, where your 4- to 5-hour adventure concludes. 

    Please note: Due to the bumpy nature of the raft ride, this tour is not recommended for those with back or neck problems, or pregnant women.
    Show More
    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Rafting expedition
    • Use of snorkel equipment including masks and flotation devices
    • Picnic snack (Hawaiian fruits, potato chips, cookies, sodas, fruit juices and bottled water) offered on the 8:15 AM and 12:45PM tour grade
    • Beat the Crowd Mid-Day Tour offers deli sandwiches, chips, cookies, pineapple, fruit and soft drinks
    • Local taxes
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    Show More
    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 4 years
    • Pregnant women are not allowed on this tour
    • Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
    Reviews (185)
    Filter reviews
    143 results
    Traveller rating
    Traveller type
    Time of year
    Traveller rating
    Show reviews that mention
    All reviews captain rick pilot whales spinner dolphins lava tubes and caves james cook bumpy ride marine mammals hold on tight approximately miles wild ride beautiful fish hour trip dolphin watching fast boat super fun cruise ship a lot of fun
    Selected filters
    Updating list...
    1 - 5 of 143 reviews
    Reviewed 6 days ago

    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...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Nicky L
    captainzodiac, Guest Relations Manager at Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    It's incredibly lucky to get a chance to swim with a whale shark. Let alone one that was so friendly and inquisitive to the snorkelers in the water. We are glad you were able to make some amazing memories with us. We hope to see...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    We had the best captain experience on this raft trip. Captain Rick and Rory went out of their way to show a spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and fin wells even before getting to our snorkel location. Then they gave us a full length of time...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank jerues
    captainzodiac, Manager at Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you for the nice review! That is so cool that you ended up with Rick as your captain again! He and Rory will be very happy to hear that your experience was so great :)

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Amanda, Capt. Rick, and Will made my last day on the Big Island one for the books! From the booking process to the boat tour to the snorkeling, the 4-hour trip was one that I will always remember. Rick and Will were incredibly insightful, funny,...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank sellwithsara
    captainzodiac, Manager at Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review! We are happy to hear that the whole process was a positive experience for you. We will share your review with Amanda, Rick and Will which will make their day!

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We hit the trifecta out on our tour with Bryce and Devante. Not only did we get the spinner dolphins, but we found pilot whales and white tip sharks, too! They're both super knowledgeable not only about the island, but the marine life as well....More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank jbchapin
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Captain Rick & Devant ( exact Name not sure but Buddy from Bernd from Frankfurt) So many Fun, perfect Host, perfect Snorkeling Equipment,-> Great ! - a must ! We've booked onboard a cruise ship but the it was the best Excoursion off all we...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Anton D
    View more reviews
    Questions & Answers
    Ask a question
    Carol Anne F
    2 April 2019|
    AnswerShow all 3 answers
    Response from StrykerY3K | Reviewed this property |
    The zodiac boats are the right set up for you, fast and open. It's the slow and enclosed trips you need to avoid.
    Carol Anne F
    2 April 2019|
    AnswerShow all 2 answers
    Response from novacamp | Reviewed this property |
    Most of the time. This may not be for you because the motorized craft goes very fast, makes quick turns, and can be rough in choppy seas. Most of our group enjoyed the ride, but there was one person who was fighting... More
    10 July 2018|
    AnswerShow all 2 answers
    Response from PatieG2 | Reviewed this property |
    We did the early bird and it took most of the day and lunch snacks were provided. We saw reef sharks and a ton of beautiful fish. There was a crowd leaving as we arrived and one arriving about when we left. The only thing... More
    Key Details
    Why Book on TripAdvisor?
    • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
    • Low Price Guarantee
    • No Booking Fees
    • Secure Payments
    • 24/7 SupportCall: 000-0800-100-6999
    Travellers Also Viewed
    Captain Cook Snorkel & Sea Cave...
    18 Reviews
    from US$ 99.00*
    Kealakekua Bay Snorkel Cruise
    89 Reviews
    from US$ 98.29*
    Morning Deluxe Dolphin Swim...
    16 Reviews
    from US$ 170.00*
    Deluxe Sail & Snorkel Captain Cook...
    37 Reviews
    from US$ 141.82*
    Frequently bought together
    Kealakekua Bay and Wild Dolphin...
    148 Reviews
    from US$ 85.00*
    Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes...
    741 Reviews
    from US$ 186.46*
    Night Manta Ray Adventure -Guaranteed!
    371 Reviews
    from US$ 65.00*
    Island Breeze Luau on the Big Island
    173 Reviews
    from US$ 119.35*
    Night Manta Ray Adventure -Guaranteed!
    371 Reviews
    from US$ 65.00*
    Dolphin Dreaming - Dolphin Swim
    148 Reviews
    from US$ 145.17*
    Kealakekua Bay and Wild Dolphin...
    148 Reviews
    from US$ 85.00*
    Snorkel & Dolphin Watch Adventure...
    171 Reviews
    from US$ 142.23*