Kona (Kailua Bay) Snorkeling Excursion Reviews

Snorkeling in the beautiful waters of Kona is a great way to see Hawaii's wide array of beautiful and exotic sea creatures up close.
Beautiful coral and fishes
Beautiful coral and fishes
Beautiful coral and fishes Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Here we took the ship’s excursion.
Here we took the ship’s excursion. It was billed as the snorkeling and dolphin adventure, but they apparently forgot to tell the dolphins, who didn't show up. The cruise on the catamaran south along the Kona coast was ... Read More
Here we took the ship’s excursion. It was billed as the snorkeling and dolphin adventure, but they apparently forgot to tell the dolphins, who didn't show up. The cruise on the catamaran south along the Kona coast was picturesque. The excursion includes equipment rental, but we take our own. The rental equipment looked to be first class if you are interested. The spot they picked for the day had good coral and lots of fish. Three-foot swells made snorkeling and getting back on the boat more of a chore than you want, but overall it was a fun trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We opted for the NCL excursion for snorkeling on the Body Glove.
We opted for the NCL excursion for snorkeling on the Body Glove. With our latitudes status, the price was about the same as booking direct. This tour company is first class. It is within walking distance of the pier. They had an elaborate ... Read More
We opted for the NCL excursion for snorkeling on the Body Glove. With our latitudes status, the price was about the same as booking direct. This tour company is first class. It is within walking distance of the pier. They had an elaborate breakfast spread of assorted fruit, pastries, bagels and yogurt, along with water and coffee. We ended up going to a different location than Red Hill, so not sure what happened with this stop. Anyway, the water was ultra clear and offered plenty of colorful fish. We also some dolphins from the ship. This tour also offered a great spread of burgers, cheeseburgers and vegan burgers, with purple potato chips. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
snorkle, lunch and the staff even caught a fish...
snorkle, lunch and the staff even caught a fish...
snorkle, lunch and the staff even caught a fish... Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We found it was better to rent a car at every port and explore on our own.
We found it was better to rent a car at every port and explore on our own. Locals give insight on where to go. We went snorkeling and saw so much sea life, it was incredible and fun!
We found it was better to rent a car at every port and explore on our own. Locals give insight on where to go. We went snorkeling and saw so much sea life, it was incredible and fun! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Snorkeled for an hour and had lunch
Snorkeled for an hour and had lunch
Snorkeled for an hour and had lunch Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The Snorkeling company fitted each of us separately to ensure the equipment fit up properly.
The Snorkeling company fitted each of us separately to ensure the equipment fit up properly. We saw many beautifully colored fish, sea urchins, etc. We did not get to see any turtles - many too many tourists chased them away??
The Snorkeling company fitted each of us separately to ensure the equipment fit up properly. We saw many beautifully colored fish, sea urchins, etc. We did not get to see any turtles - many too many tourists chased them away?? Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great snorting adventure, crew was very informative.
Great snorting adventure, crew was very informative. Saw dolphins as a bonus. Great burger lunch was included.
Great snorting adventure, crew was very informative. Saw dolphins as a bonus. Great burger lunch was included. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Best day!
Best day! Rafted to sea caves, lava tubes and the most spectacular snorkeling experience at the site of Capt Cook's monument.
Best day! Rafted to sea caves, lava tubes and the most spectacular snorkeling experience at the site of Capt Cook's monument. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Captain Zodiac Snorkeling trip was great.
Captain Zodiac Snorkeling trip was great. The ride was pretty fast and fun. We saw whales, shark, and lots of dolphins on the way to and from snorkeling.
Captain Zodiac Snorkeling trip was great. The ride was pretty fast and fun. We saw whales, shark, and lots of dolphins on the way to and from snorkeling. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Kids loved the boat which had a slide and diving platform.
Kids loved the boat which had a slide and diving platform. Great guide, great day! Saw two whales 70-80 spinner dolphins, and a hammer head shark on the sail out to the reef.
Kids loved the boat which had a slide and diving platform. Great guide, great day! Saw two whales 70-80 spinner dolphins, and a hammer head shark on the sail out to the reef. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did the captain zodiac and snorkel trip and it was awesome!
We did the captain zodiac and snorkel trip and it was awesome! The zodiac boat was SO much fun (probably a bit much for those with back problems), and the snorkeling was in a fantastic location with tons of fish and no current, making for ... Read More
We did the captain zodiac and snorkel trip and it was awesome! The zodiac boat was SO much fun (probably a bit much for those with back problems), and the snorkeling was in a fantastic location with tons of fish and no current, making for easy swimming. We also saw hundreds of dolphins on the boat ride which was lovely! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Fair Winds 2 was our favorite!!!
Fair Winds 2 was our favorite!!! It was such a fun time. High dive, slides, crystal clear water, great food, etc!!
Fair Winds 2 was our favorite!!! It was such a fun time. High dive, slides, crystal clear water, great food, etc!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Captain Z's was one of the best excursions.
Captain Z's was one of the best excursions. Great captain and assistant and great snorkeling. Also, took us further into the ocean and saw lots of pilot whales. TREMENDOUS!
Captain Z's was one of the best excursions. Great captain and assistant and great snorkeling. Also, took us further into the ocean and saw lots of pilot whales. TREMENDOUS! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Husband and daughter took the half-day family friendly snorkeling excursion.
Husband and daughter took the half-day family friendly snorkeling excursion. Despite its family friendly label (in contrast to the zodiac snorkeling excursion), there were no other children on the excursion. However, it was appropriate for ... Read More
Husband and daughter took the half-day family friendly snorkeling excursion. Despite its family friendly label (in contrast to the zodiac snorkeling excursion), there were no other children on the excursion. However, it was appropriate for families. I took my younger soon on a submarine excursion, which I booked separately since it was located right at the tender port. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Big Island Snorkel was one of the most organized and well thought out excursions we did.
Big Island Snorkel was one of the most organized and well thought out excursions we did. Breakfast is ready for you when you board the boat. A nice spread of pastries, bread, fruit and coffee. It's a short ride to the cove where you ... Read More
Big Island Snorkel was one of the most organized and well thought out excursions we did. Breakfast is ready for you when you board the boat. A nice spread of pastries, bread, fruit and coffee. It's a short ride to the cove where you snorkel with tons of fish, spinner dolphins and eels. Plenty of equipment for everyone plus paddle boards, inner tubes and a water slide. After snorkeling they presented us with a beautiful lunch buffet of burgers, veggies burgers, soft rolls, chips, various salads and fruit. Fantastic company, fantastic crew, FANTASTIC day! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Turtle Beach is a lovely spot for easy snorkelling.
Turtle Beach is a lovely spot for easy snorkelling. We took a short taxi ride from Kona and spent a couple of hours swimming with fish and turtles. The local conservation group has a lot of information about the fish to be seen here, ... Read More
Turtle Beach is a lovely spot for easy snorkelling. We took a short taxi ride from Kona and spent a couple of hours swimming with fish and turtles. The local conservation group has a lot of information about the fish to be seen here, including the humuhumunukunukuapua’a (Hawaiian state fish). Easy snorkelling. Take reef shoes if you don't have fins. You can also hire gear here. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The crew on our boat were organized, informative, patient and great entertainers.
The crew on our boat were organized, informative, patient and great entertainers. They made snorkeling fun and an adventure. The Food was great too. This was our favorite excursion, we were the two seniors who did not want to stop ... Read More
The crew on our boat were organized, informative, patient and great entertainers. They made snorkeling fun and an adventure. The Food was great too. This was our favorite excursion, we were the two seniors who did not want to stop snorkeling! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Picture perfect morning.
Picture perfect morning. Excellent 'snorkelling 101course' from crew for 1st timers like me made all of us feel safe. Awesome coral reef abundant with sea life. Tour bonus....dolphins followed our vessel.
Picture perfect morning. Excellent 'snorkelling 101course' from crew for 1st timers like me made all of us feel safe. Awesome coral reef abundant with sea life. Tour bonus....dolphins followed our vessel. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent snorkeling at the inlet where the Cook statue is.
Excellent snorkeling at the inlet where the Cook statue is. Dolphins were in are but not where we snorkeled. Saw things you would not see on a land tour, lava tubes, face of Pele, and mountain goats.
Excellent snorkeling at the inlet where the Cook statue is. Dolphins were in are but not where we snorkeled. Saw things you would not see on a land tour, lava tubes, face of Pele, and mountain goats. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great snorkeling area but the 3 couples and one family we had the excursion with had no idea ...
Great snorkeling area but the 3 couples and one family we had the excursion with had no idea snorkel gear was "additional". We were just dropped off. You really had to read thru lots of small print to find that out. For 49.00 ... Read More
Great snorkeling area but the 3 couples and one family we had the excursion with had no idea snorkel gear was "additional". We were just dropped off. You really had to read thru lots of small print to find that out. For 49.00 pp we expected more. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Was a small group that morning, guys didn't want to go so just the ladies went.
Was a small group that morning, guys didn't want to go so just the ladies went. Saw spinner dolphins and beautiful fish. So glad we went.
Was a small group that morning, guys didn't want to go so just the ladies went. Saw spinner dolphins and beautiful fish. So glad we went. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Catamarin was a nice ride over the ocean.
Catamarin was a nice ride over the ocean. Catamarin floors were uneven & net. Hard & unsafe to walk on. Box lunch & drinks were nice. Captain & crew member didnot get in water to help with snorkliners. There was No life ... Read More
Catamarin was a nice ride over the ocean. Catamarin floors were uneven & net. Hard & unsafe to walk on. Box lunch & drinks were nice. Captain & crew member didnot get in water to help with snorkliners. There was No life Bouy & rope in water to help us snorklers swim around & get back to boat. intertube & noodles & snorkel mask.were provided. Saw bottom of ocean, few fish. Current & drift, rocks near shore. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
They had veggie burgers, you just have to get them early before the run out.
They had veggie burgers, you just have to get them early before the run out.
They had veggie burgers, you just have to get them early before the run out. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent!!!!!!
Excellent!!!!!! So much fun and great pics!!! Captain Zodiac for sure!!! Loved it!!
Excellent!!!!!! So much fun and great pics!!! Captain Zodiac for sure!!! Loved it!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line