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Honokohau Small Boat Harbor

Honokohau Small Boat Harbor: Our most recommended tours and activities

Kailua-Kona: Boat Tour and Manta Ray Snorkel Experience

1. Kailua-Kona: Boat Tour and Manta Ray Snorkel Experience

Join a boat tour from Kailua-Kona and swim with Manta Rays off the coast of Hawaii's Big Island. Choose the sunset boat tour or opt for a moonlight experience, watching the rays while you hold onto a floatation device. Board the luxury zodiac vessel, the Kibou, at the Honokohau Small Boat Harbor and venture out to sea. Learn about Hawaii's culture, marine life, and the ocean before getting the chance to interact with the world's largest rays. Once you arrive at your snorkeling destination, receive a safety briefing and get all the necessary gear. Then, hop into the waist-deep water and meet the rays. You'll spend around 30 minutes in the water swimming with these majestic creatures. After your swim, warm up with a cup of tea or a hot cocoa while you make your way back to the harbor, where your tour comes to an end. 

Honokohau: Kona Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

2. Honokohau: Kona Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

Take a trip to see humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean, with guaranteed sightings. Enjoy an up-close experience with these magnificent creatures. Head to Honokohau Harbor to board the 53-foot sailing catamaran and start your tour. Cruise along the Kona coastline as you admire the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Learn about the unique behavior of whales from your experienced captain and guides. Watch these gentle giants and they fluke, spy hop, and breach out of the water.

Honokohau: Kona Snorkel and Sail with Drinks and Snacks

3. Honokohau: Kona Snorkel and Sail with Drinks and Snacks

Head to the meeting point and step aboard a stunning 53-foot catamaran. Be greeted by the friendly captain and crew, then set off along the scenic Kona coastline.  Soak up stunning views of the shore and the ocean, and look out for dolphins, green sea turtles, and seasonal whales (December to April). Enjoy a stop to cool off in the crystal clear water, and go snorkeling in search of colorful fish and fascinating coral reef. Back onboard, enjoy a refreshing alcoholic drink and some tasty snacks. 

From Kona: Honokohau Sunset Boat Trip with Drinks

4. From Kona: Honokohau Sunset Boat Trip with Drinks

Be greeted with the spirit of Aloha by your Captain and crew as you step aboard the beautiful and spacious 53-foot catamaran, Honi Olani. Experience the beauty of a Hawaiian Sunset while taking in the breathtaking Kona coastline. Perhaps you will be welcomed by the grace of the ocean wildlife such as dolphins, green sea turtles or seasonal whales. Amenities include onboard bar, a large open aired and covered cabin with table and bench seating, two restrooms, ample outdoor areas for seating. Snacks and drinks served on board.

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What people are saying about Honokohau Small Boat Harbor

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 29 reviews

The crew was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. I have been on other snorkeling trips on different islands and new what to expect. This trip we had four of our grandchildren and did not know how they would react to the whole experience. The captain and crew did a great job of teaching and making everyone feel safe and comfortable. We all had a blast.

For a relaxing evening with just adult company, this is the way to go. Not a full dinner cruise but a good simple meal with free drinks as you watch the beautiful sunset just let us have a peaceful time to really enjoy Hawaii.

The crew was so nice and accommodating. We had a nice day on the water waiting for whales to appear. No whales, no problem, you get to come back again.

Captain Kirk and the crew were tremendous. We not only saw whales, we were lucky enough to see one “breach”. Well worth the money.

Fun trip on a gorgeous day in paradise. The crew were helpful and fun to be around.