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Island of Hawaii Snorkeling and Scuba

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.

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Kilauea Volcano
Hawaii
Kona Nature Tours
75-5737 Kuakini Highway #201
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
Summary

Kona Nature Tours provide unique and customized experiences for visitors to the Big Island of Hawaii. Our adventure guides will take you to where we go, to see what we see and to live like we live. Experience: History and Culture, SCUBA, Guitars, Designed-to-taste meals, Rappelling, Portage Services, Private Beaches, Private Coves, Overnight Camping, Your Imagination.

Slip into the clear waters of Kona, Hawaii from a Jack's Diving Locker boat.
Hawaii
Jack's Diving Locker
75-5813 Alii Dr
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Summary

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.

WINONA Sunset
Hawaii
Mauna Lani Sea Adventures
1292 S Kaniku Dr #68
Kohala Coast, HI 96743
Summary

Big Island's most complete boat and beach activity center. Join us for some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving on board our 50' catamaran "WINONA" or on one of our 2 dive boats. Daily sailings for snorkel and sunset cruises, as well as daily scuba diving.

Spy Hop Humpback
Hawaii
Body Glove Cruises
75-5629 Kuakini Hwy Suite D
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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.

Fair Wind Cruising
Hawaii
Fair Wind
78-7130 Kaleiopapa Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Summary

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.

Baby Manta Rays.
Hawaii
Wahine Charters
73-1073 Ahikawa St
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
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.

Dolphins
Hawaii
Captain Zodiac
74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy #16
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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.

Hula Kai Pali Kaholo
Hawaii
Kona Sunrise Charters
78-7130 Kaleiopapa Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Summary

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.

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