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Island of Hawaii Water Activities

With more miles of coastline than any other Hawaiian island, the island of Hawaii is a haven for marine life. The calm and clear waters of Kona are shielded from the winds by Maunaloa, making it a perfect place to snorkel, scuba dive or go on a manta ray dive at night. These waters are full of interesting marine life from honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) to deep-sea game fish—which makes Kona a popular destination for sports fishing. Of course you’ll also find kohola (whales) that visit every winter, as well as the sperm whales, pygmies and false killer whales that are here year-round.

If you’re not interested in kayaking, surfing or parasailing, the beautiful beaches of the island of Hawaii are a great place to simply relax and dip your toes in the sparkling water. But if you are exploring Hawaii’s underwater world, remember how fragile the ocean environment is and malama kai (take care of the ocean). More than a quarter of the sea life present in Hawaii is found nowhere else in the world so please don’t touch the living coral or the animals and plants surrounding it. Even though the honu look friendly, remember they are an endangered species and touching them could harm them. Have fun in the water, but with all marine life, keep a respectful distance—for their safety and yours.

Water Adventures

Water Activities

Fishing

The Island of Hawaii offers plenty of opportunities for sport fishermen from around the world.

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Kayaking & Paddling

Take a paddle around the island in a kayak or canoe for a new perspective on the island’s rich natural beauty.

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Snorkeling & Scuba

You’ll find a variety of locations around the island to dive under the water for a closer look at beautiful underwater environments.

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Surfing

Although the Island of Hawaii isn’t as famous as some of the other islands for surfing, there are some excellent breaks here.

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Whale Watching

Take a ride out to see if you can spot a migrating blue whale during the winter and early spring months.

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Water Adventures

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Dolphin Swim - Snorkeler with dolphin
Hawaii
Kona Ocean Experience
Summary

Kona Ocean Experience offers quality small group boat excursions to interact with/observe dolphins, whales, manta rays & other amazing marine life, snorkel above the reefs in the pristine waters of Kealakekua Bay, learn about Hawaiian Culture, folklore & history of the beautiful Kona Coast area.

Hawaii
Atlantis Submarines Kona
Summary

Atlantis Submarines offers a one-of-a-kind underwater experience off the shorelines of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island, giving guests a close-up view of an array of marine life, exotic tropical reefs and numerous sunken vessels. It's like swimming in a giant aquarium, but staying dry the whole time!

Dolphins
Hawaii
Captain Zodiac
Summary

Awarded "2006/2007 C.R.U.I.S.E. Tour of the Year" by Princess Cruises! Captain Zodiac is more than a snorkel tour; it’s a high-speed thrill ride adventure. See dolphins & whales, explore sea caves and see blowholes & unique lava formations.

Baby Manta Rays.
Hawaii
Wahine Charters
Summary

Wahine Charters is the number one snorkel tour company in Kona. We specialize in small groups of 14 or less. It is our goal to find Hawaii's magnificent wild dolphins, Humpback Whales & Manta Rays. Our guest comfortably cruise on our 29' US Coast Guard Certified vessel. Family owned & operated.

The Kona Boys shop - Know as the "old yamagata pool hall" our building is over 100 years old and has the perfect character to accommodate a surf shop.
Hawaii
Kona Boys
Summary

Kona Boys is an island style surf, kayak, and paddle board shop located on the Big Island's Kona Coast. Established in 1996, Kona Boys has two locations and have built their reputation on customer service and knowledge of the Big Island and its amazing waters.

cave
Hawaii
King Kayak Hawaii
Summary

Guided Kayak Tours (2-4 hrs) along the west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Kayak and snorkel among coral teeming with colorful tropical fish in crystal clear waters with clarity over 50ft. Very small groups offering dolphin watching, turtle cleaning station, cliff jumping, sea caves, and more.

Spy Hop Humpback
Hawaii
Body Glove Cruises
Summary

Daily Deluxe Snorkel & Dolphin Adventure guarantees dolphin sightings or come again FREE! Captain Cook Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay is offered as well as a Seasonal Whale Watch! Beautiful 65' foot with plenty of shade, cushioned seating a premium cash bar and is 100% wheel chair accessible.

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