Hawaii’s number one snorkel site is the marine sanctuary at Kealakekua Bay. The name “Kealakekua” means “Pathway to God” and the Mana (spiritual power or energy) can be felt here by all. It is truly a wonder of nature and by far one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the state. The large bay is so situated so as to ensure calm (lake-like) waters year round. The bay is also a historical area, having been the dramatic backdrop for the great explorer, Capt. James Cook, as his place of discovery of the Big Island and a short time later, on February 14, 1779, met his fate on this shore. Your Dolphin Discoveries captain will tell you the whole story as you watch it come
alive at the very spot this history was made. The coral gardens at the Place of Refuge are also exquisite and home to the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle (“Honu”). For a “Ho-Nu Experience”, swim eye to eye with these beautiful sea creatures as they come into the bay to feed and rest. There are also numerous species of fish, eels and coral reefs that are protected so that generations may enjoy this magical place for years to come.
Morning Snorkel Trip — Dolphin & Whale Watch
(7:45 – 12:00 daily) A four-hour adventure cruise to explore the historic Kona coast, sea caves & lava tubes en route to Capt. Cook’s Monument at Kealakekua Bay and the Place of Refuge. Guests will snorkel at these premier marine sanctuaries viewing many species of fish, eels, turtles, and corals. The adventure continues as we head out to find the dolphins and whales. Guests will learn about dolphins, whales and other ocean wildlife while observing them in their natural habitat. Snorkel gear, instruction & swim aids are included as well as fresh tropical fruit, snacks & cold drinks. Guests are asked to bring a towel, camera, sunscreen (no oils please) and a smile!
Afternoon Snorkel Trip — Dolphin & Whale Watch
(12:00-3:15 daily) A three hour adventure cruise, includes same itinerary as morning trip except the snorkel tour only covers Captain Cook’s monument. (For more information, please check out www.dolphindiscoveries.com)