Snorkeling and Scuba
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The island of Hawaii and its clear blue waters are truly a snorkeling and scuba paradise. The island’s east side has a handful of spots for beginning snorkelers and scuba divers including Hilo’s Leleiwi Beach and Richardson Beach Park. But the Kona side is even more famous for its visibility and calm waters, protected from the winds by the massive slopes of Maunaloa.
For snorkeling on the Kohala Coast, visit Hapuna Beach, Anaehoomalu Beach as well as Ohaiula (also known as Sam Spencer Park) below Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site. On the Kona Coast, visitors can explore Kahaluu Beach Park south of Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) in Keauhou and Honaunau Bay near Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park. Honaunau Bay is the perfect example of the calm and clear waters of south Kona and features a spot on the shoreline where the volcanic rock has been neatly worn away into a convenient “two-step” entry point for snorkelers and divers.
One of the most memorable experiences you can have on the island of Hawaii is a swim with manta rays. Book a sunset dive tour and head out to the Kona or Keauhou coast to either scuba dive or snorkel with these gentle mantas (mantas don’t have stingers like sting rays or eagle rays). You’ll marvel at how these otherworldly creatures glide within inches of you as they feed on microscopic plankton in the illuminated waters.
For serious snorkeling, it’s best to take a boat charter or travel with a local guide, somebody who knows the best spots and who can read changing weather patterns. For scuba divers, you can take an introductory “resort course” for beginners or most dive shops offer certification courses for more advanced dives. Some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling and scuba diving can be found on the island of Hawaii.
Since 1971, Fair Wind continues to be the leader in snorkel cruises on the Big Island. Fair Wind provides an award-winning trip to spectacular Kealakekua Bay, site of the Capt. Cook monument, aboard the 60' catamaran, Fair Wind II.
Hula Kai is an exciting addition to Fair Wind Cruises. This luxurious 55’ high-tech hydrofoil design combines first-class comfort with exhilarating cruising speeds to many spectacular hidden locations along the remote South Kona Coast.
Full-service boat tours, specializing in small groups. Both Ipo Kai and Mega Bites are modern boats, with fresh water shower/ restroom, spacious and shady. Dolphin and Manta Ray encounters with guaranteed sightings.
Complete dive center passionately dedicated to serving our guests with unforgettable experiences and memories created in the pristine Kona coastline waters.
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.
Jack's Diving Locker, established in 1981, offers a wide range of Scuba and Snorkel boat charters, PADI Scuba classes for Adults, Juniors along with Specialty and Pro courses designed to match your schedule and experience.
Ocean Encounters provide Reef Snorkel, Dolphin Snorkel, and Manta Ray Snorkel Tours. Also available for Sportfishing Charters for large groups
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.