Coral Reef Snorkel Adventures

Coral Reef Snorkel Adventures – Explore the Beautiful Oceanside Along the Kona Coast and Beyond
Local Expert's Rating:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Are you looking for a safe yet wholly exciting way to explore the oceanside along the Kona Coast and beyond? If so, you just need to sign up for a tour by Coral Reef Snorkel Adventures. Their snorkeling trips promise to get you up close to all the most amazing sights, including colorful reefs, manta rays, and sea turtles.

- The Local Expert Team

Do you want to explore the oceanside along the Kona Coast and beyond in style? All you have to do is go on a trip with Coral Reef Snorkel Adventures. On their tours, you’ll get to see manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles, and so much more. You’ll also get to explore colorful coral reefs up close to see just what hides in all their nooks and crannies.

To join their tours, you just have to go on their website to sign up. They only offer two tours at this time. You can either go on their basic Captain Cook Snorkel excursion or the Manta Ray Snorkel trip. As the name implies, the first trip will take you over to the reefs around the Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay. The second trip, lets you kick around the manta rays’ stomping grounds where they filter feed on plankton attracted by all the nearby lights.

Once you choose between those tours, you just need to select your ideal departure date and time. Plan to arrive at the check-in desk at least 30 minutes before your scheduled tour time. All tours depart from the Honokohau Marina right on schedule whether or not all the tour guests have arrived.  

On each trip, the crew will provide your mask and snorkel, swim fins, and floatation devices. They’ll also give you snacks and drinks along the way to keep you energized and well-hydrated. You should bring reef-safe SPF 50+ sunblock, sunglasses, a sun hat, and a towel. Be sure to wear your swimsuit underneath light layers.

You’re welcome to bring your own camera equipment, but it might be more fun to get a GoPro rental. They have the GoPro Hero 9 available, giving you the ability to capture 4K video of your underwater explorations. If you do bring your own camera, make sure it’s in a waterproof case or keep it on the boat while you’re snorkeling around.

Once you arrive for check-in, you’ll meet the captain and crew, and then board the boat. Both of their tours go out on their 27-foot vessel, lovingly dubbed the Makua. As it’s built for Hawaiian waterways, this boat provides a smooth, comfortable ride to your snorkeling destination. You’ll spend about 20 to 30 minutes cruising through the waves, so kick back and relax to enjoy the journey to the fullest.

Upon arriving at your snorkeling spot for the day, the crew will help you get geared up. Then, they’ll direct you to the swim deck and show you how to easily get in and out of the water. From that point on, you get to gently kick around the water near the reefs or manta ray feeding spots. All the while, you’ll have a chance to check out all the marine life, geological formations, and other sights right up close.

All tours have a four-guest minimum. So, if they do not get enough people to sign up, they will call to rebook your trip. If they cannot get you onto the boat during your trip, then you’ll get a full refund instead. To get a full refund, provide at least 24 hours’ notice for all cancellations. If you cancel sooner than that, you’ll only get credit toward a future tour.

Insider Tips:
-If you want to join a tour, you must be able to swim at least 25 yards through the ocean with ease. This is different than swimming in a pool, so try it out at a lifeguard-protected beach before signing up for your adventures.
-Although they always have life jackets on board in case of an emergency, it’s better to use their light board and foam noodles as your snorkeling floatation devices. You’re welcome to request a life jacket instead if you prefer though.