Good trip, rough due to the weather but we still got to snorkel and while it was rough it wasn't horrible, just a bit wet! The crew took good care of us and tried to cushion the ride as much as possible. It would have been good to have a chat about the kinds of fish we were looking at.
Booked the Tide Pool and Reef Exploration tour. This was a basically a beach transfer. Great snorkeling! Saw turtles. More fish than we have ever seen on any snorkel tour. Food truck & snorkel vendor at beach. You could probably take taxi or hop on/off bus for less money.
Kona was probably our favorite stop, also helped the weather was sunny. Nice town, easy to walk to the shops and restaurants. Only stop we tendered but they moved quickly so lines were fairly fast. We took the Catamaran Snorkeling excursion which was real good. This is a great stop for the beach, water stuff, or just walking around the town (Kona brewery!)
We went out on a catamaran. The water was 99% clear. The water was not rough and you could just relax and enjoy the views. The burgers were cooked fresh for lunch. There was a slide and high jump place if you were interested.
We booked the Big Island Snorkel excursion through NCL. It was expensive, but it was also the nicest snorkeling excursion I've ever been on. Delicious breakfast and lunch were served on a spacious and well-kept boat. The staff was very knowledgable, friendly, and safety-conscious. There was a lot of equipment available to enjoy the water. Snorkeling was a lot of fun. The whole family really enjoyed this excursion.
We took the catamaran snorkeling adventure. We were picked up at the port and transported to the catamaran. Before leaving he he or we were surrounded by a pod of about 60 dolphin, jumping, spinning and thoroughly entertaining us. Then we motored to a quiet spot where we spent about an hour snorkeling. Said back to the dock. Gorgeous day on the water.
Captain Zodiac's Snorkel Adventure was our excursion. I do not swim but felt very secure. They had life preservers on board but they have you put your feet under a rope and have lots of things to hold on to while you go. They suggested a swimming noodle instead of a life preserver while snorkeling and it worked beautifully! My only problem was getting back on the boat. The ladder kept trying to turn over and I got a little scared, but between my husband and two ladies in the water steadying it I got back in with the guide helping me, too. Coming back is the wild part. They take you close to the coast and you catch good wave action, felt like a roller coaster. Dolphins swam next to us for awhile on the return. Great excursion! If you don't swim, don't go alone. My husband stayed close to me and between him and the noodle I did fine.
Captain Zodiac raft and snorkeling tour to Kealakelua Bay was fantastic and one of the highlights of our trip! The raft crew were well versed in whales and dolphins and we saw many of both! At one point we were surrounded by at least 50 spinner dolphins. The snorkeling was amazing in crystal clear waters. And we were given drinks and fresh pineapple picked that morning in the crew's garden...like candy! Thrill ride on the Zodiac
We took the Captain Zodiac snorkel tour, and it was hands-down the big hit of the entire cruise. Capt Dave and mate Sam went out of their way to make it fun, pointing out whales, dolphins, and lava tubes. We went to a calm, secluded bay and even the first-time snorkelers (including the 5 year old) had a simply wonderful experience.
Great excursion booked through ship and provided by Body Glove cruises. the staff on this excursion were so helpful and attentive. my wife is handicapped but that was not a problem with this cruise. they got her in and out of the water without a problem, made sure she was safe and having a good time while in the water. great food on the boat. we had a blast. would def do this one again.
Catamaran Snorkel- nice boat, but rough waters due to tropical storm Kilo. I think this tour would normally have much better snorkelling when waters more calm (no fault of catamaran tour). Nice lunch, beer and wine provided after snorkelling, but no music! Would be a much more fun excursion if they played some music to get everyone moving. Saw very few fish due to unusually rough seas.
Helpful, fun staff. Good snorkeling. Pleasant catamaran ride to a coral reef. Great food and beverage. A very good excursion.
Use sunscreen and avoid the water slide. The impact on hitting the water hurts.
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