Kona Tours and Excursions: Explore the Breathtaking Beauty of Hawaii's Big Island

Kona Tours and Excursions: Explore the Breathtaking Beauty of Hawaii’s Big Island on water

Welcome to a world where pristine beaches meet majestic volcanic landscapes, and vibrant marine life dances beneath crystal-clear waters. Kona, located on the captivating Big Island of Hawaii, beckons adventure seekers with its unparalleled beauty. Immerse yourself in the wonders of this tropical haven as we guide you through exhilarating Kona tours and excursions. From exploring mesmerizing lava tubes to snorkeling alongside graceful manta rays, every moment promises to ignite your senses and leave an indelible mark on your soul. Join us on this extraordinary journey, as we unveil the untamed paradise that is Kona.

Where is Kailua, Kona located

Where is Kailua, Kona located

Kona is located on the western coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, which is the largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. It is situated in the state of Hawaii, part of the United States, and is known for its stunning beaches, volcanic landscapes, and vibrant marine life. Kona encompasses several areas, including the town of Kailua-Kona and the surrounding region, which offer a wealth of attractions and activities for visitors to explore. Whether you’re seeking relaxation on pristine shores or embarking on thrilling adventures, Kona’s location sets the stage for an unforgettable Hawaiian getaway.

Unleash Your Inner Adventurer: 12 Kailua Kona Water Tours and Excursions

Historical Dinner Cruise

1. Historical Dinner Cruise

Enjoy this Body Glove dinner cruise voyage through history as you step onto our vessel and travel back in time to an era when mighty and influential monarchs governed the breathtaking and fertile Hawaiian Islands. Sail along the Kona Coast for a distance of 12 miles until you reach Captain Cook’s monument, all while a knowledgeable local historian highlights more than 50 fascinating landmarks and significant historical sites. Upon reaching Kealakekua Bay, indulge in a delectable Hawaiian-style dinner, complemented by captivating live entertainment and the stunning spectacle of a sunset as you make your return journey. As a bonus, enjoy a complimentary cocktail and take advantage of our cash bar for the remainder of the trip.

Duration 3 Hours

Available Times

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays

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Kona Snorkeling – Beat the Crowd Tour

2. Kona Snorkeling – Beat the Crowd Tour

Discover the unparalleled beauty of Kealakekua Bay, the ultimate snorkeling spot on Hawaii’s Big Island. While hundreds of visitors flock to this idyllic location during the early morning or late afternoon, we’ve crafted a unique tour that allows you to enjoy the bay with fewer people, ensuring a more intimate and tranquil experience.

Upon arrival, our knowledgeable crew will provide a briefing on the bay and snorkeling techniques, setting the stage for an unforgettable underwater adventure. Dive into the crystal-clear, calm waters and explore at your own pace, reveling in the vibrant marine life that thrives in this pristine habitat. When you’re ready to take a break, our crew will have a delicious lunch prepared for you, allowing you to refuel while soaking in the beauty of your surroundings.

As you savor your meal, our captain will regale you with captivating tales of Kealakekua Bay’s history and the significance of the Captain Cook monument that stands proudly here. Once you’ve enjoyed your meal and absorbed the rich historical knowledge, there will be additional time for you to dive back into the water, indulging in more snorkeling bliss.

When everyone has finished snorkeling, our award-winning coastal tour will commence. Brace yourself for a thrilling ride as we explore mesmerizing sea caves, navigate lava tubes, and witness nature’s impressive blowholes. Keep your eyes peeled for spinner dolphins gracefully leaping through the waves, majestic manta rays gliding beneath the surface, and adorable sea turtles basking in the sun.

What’s Included

All snorkel gear, high quality silicone masks, Rx masks, fins, float boards or vests and detailed instruction.
We also include a light deli lunch sandwich (dietary restrictions upon request), chips, cookies, fresh local pineapple, bottled water and soft drinks.

Duration – 5 hours

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Manta Ray Night Snorkel

3. Manta Ray Night Snorkel

Experience a unique and awe-inspiring adventure on Hawaii’s Big Island—the only place in the world where you can reliably encounter majestic manta rays at night. In Kona, these graceful creatures perform a captivating nocturnal dance, gracefully twirling near the water’s surface as they return to their feeding grounds. The Travel Channel even ranks manta ray snorkeling as one of the top 10 must-do activities in a lifetime, making it an essential experience for every visitor to the island.

Kona’s wild manta rays boast impressive wingspans of up to 16 feet, yet they pose no threat as they lack teeth, stingers, or barbs. Hundreds of people safely interact with these gentle giants every night. Your swim guide will provide essential guidance on respectful and responsible interactions, ensuring a memorable and ethical encounter. They will accompany you to the most active areas of the manta viewing site, assisting with equipment adjustments and even capturing underwater photos using your own camera.

The manta ray site is a convenient 25-minute boat ride from the harbor. Upon arrival, you will be equipped with a wetsuit, snorkel, and mask. In the water, you’ll hold onto a light board while keeping your feet supported by a foam noodle, maintaining a horizontal position to avoid intruding on the manta rays’ feeding space.

The early tour sets off as the sun sets on the stunning Kona coast. As the plankton concentration increases, you’ll have up to 45 minutes to witness the mesmerizing manta rays in their natural habitat.

For more experienced snorkelers, the late tours offer a unique experience in complete darkness. With fewer boats and fewer people in the water as the night progresses, you can enjoy a more serene and intimate encounter with the manta rays.

All tours provide non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, and a delightful treat. Remember to bring a towel and a cover-up to keep warm during the boat ride back to the harbor.

Tour Includes:

  • Wet suit
  • Quality mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins
  • Group “Light Board” to hold while in water
  • Duration: 1.5 hours

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Capt. Cook /Kealakekua Bay Marine Adventure

4. Capt. Cook /Kealakekua Bay Marine Adventure

Take a scenic coastal cruise, immersing yourself in the exploration of sea caves and historically significant sites where ancient Hawaiians left their mark and forged legendary tales. Join our guided tour to Kealakekua Bay, where you can witness the wonders of the ocean, from playful dolphins to majestic whales (during their season). While indulging in the breathtaking beauty of the bay, savor a delightful lunch served onboard.


  • Check-in at Honokohau Harbor. Fitting snorkel gear and safety briefing.
  • Depart Honokohau Harbor
  • Head over to Kealakekua Bay /Capt. Cook
  • Snorkel time (1-1.5hr), lunch
  • Cruise Kona coast, view historic sights
  • Return to the Harbor

*This schedule may be changed according to the weather.

  • Tour operates daily. No Tours for Ironman Championship and major holidays.\

What’s Included in The Tour:

  • Snorkel, mask, fins, safety jacket
  • Snacks and beverages (chips, granola bars, juice and water)
  • Lunch provided (sandwiches, fresh fruit) -if any diet restrictions, please bring food specific to your needs.
  • Option to rent GoPro

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Dolphin Viewing and Turtle Snorkel

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the west side of the Big Island with our Dolphin Viewing and Turtle Snorkel tour. Conveniently located near the Hilton, Marriott, Mauna Lani, Fairmont, Hapuna Westin, and Mauna Kea Beach hotels, our intimate boat tour offers an up-close encounter with the enchanting spinner dolphins. Capture stunning photos as they showcase their spinning skills or gracefully ride the bow of our 30ft. Rigid Inflatable Boat. After admiring the dolphins, we’ll guide you to a stunning snorkel location where you can swim alongside turtles at their cleaning stations. We provide all snorkel gear and flotation devices, and after the snorkeling adventure, enjoy cold drinks and snacks on board.

Duration – 2.5 hours

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Traditional Hawaiian Cooking and Agricultural Experience

6. Traditional Hawaiian Cooking and Agricultural Experience

Step into the world of Traditional Hawaiian Cooking and Agricultural Experience, where you’ll embark on a captivating journey through the culinary and agricultural heritage of the Big Island. This immersive Hawaiian adventure offers a unique opportunity to delve into the customs, flavors, and traditions of the Aloha State. Engage in hands-on experiences at local farms, partake in interactive culinary lessons, and create memories that will last a lifetime. With a focus on preserving Hawaii’s rich heritage, this full-day experience will equip you with new skills, cherished memories, and authentic local recipes to treasure forever.

Experience Overview: Location: Big Island, Hawaii, USA Duration: 1 day (8 hours) Group Size: Up to 10 participants Skill Level: Suitable for beginners to intermediate levels Language: English or Hawaiian


  • Guided farm tours with expert local guides
  • Hands-on traditional cooking class
  • All ingredients and cooking equipment provided
  • Delicious, freshly-prepared Hawaiian meal
  • Transportation to and from pickup location
  • A digital recipe booklet for participants to take home


  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs

Additional Information:

  • Please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes suitable for outdoor activities.
  • Dress in layers, as the weather may change throughout the day.
  • Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and a hat for sun protection.
  • Tour operates rain or shine, so be prepared for varying weather conditions.
  • Advance booking required (minimum 48 hours).

Discover the authentic flavors and rich history of the Big Island through our truly unique Traditional Hawaiian Cooking and Agricultural Experience. Book now to secure your spot on this unforgettable island adventure!

Duration – 8 hours

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Whale Watching Tour • Seasonal

7. Whale Watching Tour • Seasonal

Prepare for an incredible encounter with humpback whales aboard our 24-foot Zodiac boats, made even more magical by the backdrop of a tropical sunset. Witness the magnificence of these majestic creatures while our knowledgeable naturalist captain shares insights into their behavior, ensuring strict adherence to Federal MMPA viewing regulations. As an added treat, we have hydrophones on board to listen to the enchanting whale songs.

Renowned worldwide for marine life observation, our Zodiac rafts offer the perfect platform for an exhilarating and immersive experience. With their swift maneuverability, we swiftly position ourselves for optimal viewing. Our small group expeditions create an intimate atmosphere, ensuring everyone enjoys a front-row seat aboard our 16-passenger Zodiacs, mere feet above the water’s surface.

While exploring, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life that frequently grace our expeditions. If time permits, we may even venture closer to witness sea caves, lava tubes, and the rugged coastline up close.

Time & Duration

3 Hour Tour

  • 8:00am (7:45am Check-in)
  • 11:45am (11:30am Check-in)
  • Sunset Adventure – 3:30pm (3:15pm Check-in)
  • Available Everyday (Sunset adventure only available on Tuesdays)

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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour

8. Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour

For over four decades, our experienced Captains have been guiding visitors through a world of natural wonders that can only be discovered aboard our Zodiac boats. With our small group expeditions, you’ll enjoy a personal and intimate tour, allowing for an unforgettable experience.

As you zip across the waves, the captivating sounds of the sea provide the backdrop for your Naturalist Captain’s engaging tales of Hawaiian folklore and history. Keep an eye out for frequent sightings of dolphins, manta rays, turtles, and other marine life, adding to the excitement of your adventure. The agile and swift Zodiac boats are renowned worldwide for their ability to navigate the marine environment, offering an exhilarating and fun-filled expedition.

Explore the hidden gems that only Zodiacs can access, including lava tubes, sea caves, sea grottos, and wave-powered blowholes. Our knowledgeable Captains will share fascinating insights into the island’s geology, revealing the story of its lava flows and formation.

Our ultimate destination is Kealakekua Bay, a National Marine Park and home to the Captain Cook Monument. This pristine bay is renowned for its exceptional snorkeling conditions, with crystal-clear visibility and calm waters. We provide all the necessary snorkel gear, including high-quality silicone masks, Rx masks, fins, and float boards, along with detailed instruction. While you indulge in our tropical snack of fresh pineapple, fruits, chips, cookies, and refreshing soft drinks, our crew will recount the rich Hawaiian history associated with Kealakekua Bay.

Experience the beauty and wonder of the Big Island’s marine treasures on our immersive Zodiac expedition.

Time & Duration

4 Hour Tour

  • 8:00am (7:45am Check-in)
  • 12:45pm (12:30pm Check-in)
  • Available on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday

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Hidden Craters Hike - Private Ohana Outing

9. Hidden Craters Hike – Private Ohana Outing

Go on a private Ohana Outing Hidden Craters Hike with Hawaii Tours and Trail. This exclusive adventure takes you through the upper slopes of Kona’s majestic volcano, Hualalai. Gain privileged access to private land that is secured behind three locked gates, offering an intimate and unparalleled experience in exploring volcanic sites.


  • Exclusive access onto Hualalai volcano and into a native forest
  • Stand on the edge of precipitous volcanic craters that plunge deep into the earth below
  • Make your way through an intact lava tube unaltered by humans

Around 5 hours.

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Kohala Waterfalls Adventure

10. Kohala Waterfalls Adventure

Embark on the Kohala Waterfalls Adventure and discover the beauty of North Kohala. Immerse yourself in the splendor of private waterfalls, serene streams, picturesque coastlines, and breathtaking valleys. Begin the adventure with an exciting off-road drive to a secluded trailhead, setting the stage for an unforgettable exploration.


  • Ramble off-road to an exclusive trailhead
  • Take a relaxed, guided walk through a private nature reserve
  • Cool off with a swim under one of several cascading waterfalls
  • Walk through a restored ancient Hawaiian agricultural site
  • Enjoy a private picnic lunch with views of soaring seacliffs and remote valleys, at one of the island’s best scenic lookouts

Around 6 to 7 hours.

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Maunakea Summit & Stars Adventure

11. Maunakea Summit & Stars Adventure

Experience the awe-inspiring Maunakea Summit & Stars Adventure with Hawaii Forest and Trail. Embark on a remarkable journey that takes you from sea level to the enchanting slopes of Maunakea, where you’ll witness the wonders of the Hawaiian night sky and its world-class clarity. Prepare to be captivated by the celestial beauty that unfolds before your eyes.


  • Enjoy a picnic dinner
  • Your guide will share historical accounts of early travelers through the mountain lands
  • Delight in the awe-inspiring sunset over the Pacific
  • Sip hot chocolate during your private star show with an 11” Celestron telescope

What’s Included
Picnic-style dinner, assorted teas, hot chocolate, and dessert. Warm dinner selections of Southwest Stew or Vegetarian Chili (vegan, GF). Hot Chocolate and cookies are served for dessert.

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VIP Exclusive Group Surf

12. VIP Exclusive Group Surf

Take a 2-hour exclusive group surf experience with our team of highly skilled Hawaiian lifeguards. This private surf course is designed for groups of 3 to 6 individuals, aged 12 and above. Our Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors are certified by the American Red Cross in Professional Lifeguarding, Ocean Rescue, CPR, AED, and First Aid. With their expertise and guidance, you’ll receive personalized instruction to enhance your surfing skills and enjoy a safe and thrilling adventure in the beautiful Hawaiian waters.


  • Exclusive Class
  • 2:1 students per lifeguard ratio.
  • 10 minute surf classroom coaching @ HLSI HQ
  • up to 2 hours surf school water time @ Kahalu’u Bay
    return surfers bypass classroom time
  • Surf Board and Leash
  • Rash Guard/ Water Shirt and Water Shoes Rental

Car Keys Can Be Stored By Instructor For Safe Keeping At Beach Park


  • Towel
  • Sunscreen- reef safe please
  • Swim Clothes (please arrive dressed in swim attire by check in time)
  • Swim Shirt- free rental available
  • Water Shoes- free rental available

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Weather and best time to visit Kailua, Kona

Kailua-Kona, situated on the western coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, boasts a delightful tropical climate that invites visitors year-round. With its warm temperatures, abundant sunshine, and refreshing ocean breezes, Kailua-Kona offers a paradise-like environment for travelers seeking a blissful getaway.

The weather in Kailua-Kona remains fairly consistent throughout the year, characterized by mild temperatures and low rainfall. The average daytime temperature ranges from 78°F (26°C) to 85°F (29°C), providing a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere for outdoor activities. Evenings bring a gentle coolness, with temperatures dropping to around 70°F (21°C).

When it comes to the best time to visit Kailua-Kona, it largely depends on personal preferences and the desired activities. The dry season, spanning from November to April, is considered the peak tourist season, attracting visitors who wish to escape colder climates and enjoy Kailua-Kona’s sunny days. The months of December and January tend to be the busiest due to the holiday season.

For those seeking fewer crowds and lower accommodation rates, the shoulder seasons of spring (April to June) and fall (September to October) offer a great alternative. During these months, the weather remains pleasant, and outdoor adventures can be enjoyed without the peak-season hustle and bustle.

While Kailua-Kona experiences relatively low rainfall compared to other parts of Hawaii, it’s worth noting that the winter months can bring sporadic rain showers. However, these showers are typically brief and give way to clear skies and sunshine.

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Conclusion to Kona Tours and excursions

Conclusion to 12 Kona Tours and excursions

As our journey through Kona tours and excursions comes to a close, we reflect upon the mesmerizing experiences and indelible memories created in this tropical paradise. From the fiery glow of active volcanoes to the tranquil turquoise waters teeming with vibrant marine life, Kona has proven to be a playground for the adventurous spirit. We’ve explored hidden waterfalls, hiked through lush rainforests, and dived into the depths of the Pacific Ocean. Kona’s breathtaking beauty and rich cultural heritage have left an everlasting imprint on our souls.

But the story doesn’t end here. Kona’s allure continues to beckon, inviting future travelers to embark on their own journeys of discovery. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an adrenaline junkie, or a seeker of tranquility, Kona offers a tapestry of experiences to suit every taste. Immerse yourself in the local traditions, savor the tantalizing flavors of Hawaiian cuisine, and bask in the warm hospitality of the island’s people.

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