2 Hours
Big Island, Kawaihae Harbor
Tour Times

Note: Snorkel and mask are provided for use on the tour. You will also have the option to buy gear on-board. Snorkel fins, vest, and in-water assistance from the crew are also included.

UPDATED 2022: Description of activity subject to change without notice due to new limitations and updated capacities. Thank you.


  • Availability: (April-November)
    • May-September 9: Thursday and Friday
    • September 10-November 23: Daily
  • Tour Time: 10:00 AM
  • Duration: 2 Hours

Depart from Kawaihae Harbor, convenient to Kona-Kohala resorts, and head along the rugged and scenic shore of Kohala, viewing lava walls, rocky points, patches of sandy beaches, and gulches rising to the Kohala ridge — the oldest part of Hawaii Island. Pods of dolphins can be spotted along this shore and whales in whale season. It is a serene and unspoiled scene with very little boat traffic, making for an extraordinary experience. Snorkeling is among some of the best on the island, and ours is often the only boat at the sight. Snorkel sights include Lapakai State Park, Puako, Crystal Cove, Turtles, Beach 69 and Kiholo Bay. Sitting above Kawaihae Harbor is Pu’ukohola Heiau, meaning hill of the whale. 


  • Water, juice, and soda. No alcohol allowed out of Kawaihae harbor. 


Powerboat Makai: a 15 passenger, 30’ Rib craft powerboat built for excitement, performance, versatility with plenty of sea spray, likely on trips. Covered and shaded cabin with ample seating.


  • Please bring a towel, swimsuit, hat, and non-spray reef-safe sunscreen.

Location: Kawaihae Harbor (Convenient to Kona-Kohala resorts)
Address: 61-3527 Kawaihae Road, Waimea, HI 96743
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/SUrCLpvVu3XCbHj16


After you pass the Kawaihae Harbor entrance, follow the road. At the end, turn LEFT and then an IMMEDIATE RIGHT into GATE 13. Follow the road until you see a parking lot and a pier of boats.  Look for a grey-and-black raft-style vessel. The vessel is homeported at the far end of the dock, at slip S-01, but will most often board from the loading area near the front of the boat ramp.

Special Notes:

  • Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time.
  • All participants must complete electronic waivers prior to participation.

FH: Kawaihae Morning Snorkel

Activity Company: Hawaii Nautical