1. United States
  2. Hawaii
  3. Kailua-Kona
  4. Kealakekua Bay

Big Island: Kayak and Snorkeling with Wild Dolphin Encounter

Product ID: 182459
Embark on an adventure through Kealakekua Bay, a protected marine wild life conservation on the Big Island of Hawaii. Kayak out to Captain Cook's Monument and paddle alongside wild dolphins. Snorkel gear is available for an additional $10 per set.
About this activity
Valid 1 day
Starting time 7:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Host or greeter
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Enjoy a kayaking adventure along the Kona Coast
  • Make the most of your unguided kayak rental, available all-day with no time limit
  • See Captain Cook's Monument, wild Spinner dolphins, and unique marine wildlife
Full description
Are you somebody who enjoys exploring solo and finding your own adventure? One of the best ways to get a firsthand perspective on Hawaii’s marine life is by renting a kayak. Seek the incredible as you kayak through the famous Kealakekua Bay. Paddle through shallow waters and access spots that often times are very difficult to get to by boat. We offer an unguided kayak rental that’s a great activity for the whole family.

The coastline of the Big Island drops off to very deep depths almost immediately offshore. This allows the kayaking trips here to do something that is not available on the other Hawaiian Islands. The deeper water offers perfect conditions for dolphins to rest, swim, and play. On this morning kayak, our guests often see wild Spinner dolphins frolicking about the Bay. Kayaking alongside these majestic creatures truly offers you and your loved ones an unforgettable experience. 

Kealakekua Bay is a marine wildlife conservation, which ensures that the tropical fish and vibrant coral are able to thrive in these waters. This bay is located on the Kona coast of the island of Hawaii about 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona. Settled over a thousand years ago, the surrounding area contains many archaeological and historical sites such as religious temples, and Captain Cook's Monument; this makes for some of the best kayaking and snorkeling on the island!
  • Kayak Rental (please select single, double, or triple kayak)
  • Instruction on ocean kayaking
  • Suggested paddle route
  • Life vest
What’s Not Included
  • Snorkel Gear (available for an additional $10 per set)
  • Guide
  • Gratuity

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Meeting point

Local tour provider's base, 82-6009 Kahauloa Rd, Captain Cook, HI 96704.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Snorkeling gear
Know before you go
• Don't forget to pack the suggested items for your kayaking adventure: reef safe sunblock, snorkel gear if you have your own, waterproof camera, water, and snacks
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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There was no dolphins, I was told early in the morning was the best time to see them. I got there about 10 am

November 10, 2019

Amazing day

June 22, 2019

July 25, 2019

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Bay Side Adventures

Product ID: 182459