Captain Zodiac Kona Coast Raft and Snorkel Adventure
Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, USA
- Zodiac Boat: Glide along the coast to Kealakekua Bay in an agile, speedy boat, the same type used by Navy SEALs.
- Kona coastline Animals: seasonal Humpback whales, Dolphins, turtles and a wide variety coral reef fish are just a few types of wildlife you'll find on your adventure.
- Snorkeling: Explore the beautiful waters of Kealakekua Bay marine preserve, one of the most pristine reef habitats in the world.
- Explore: The rugged coastline has sea caves, archways and blowholes only the Zodiac can closely observe.
About this Kailua-Kona, Hawaii tour
This tour is all about fun - snorkeling, exploring the coastline and caves, looking for dolphin, and an amazing ride. But these waters also have a history.
On Valentine's Day of 1779, Captain James Cook was killed during a conflict with native Hawaiians. He had attempted to take their ruler, King Kalaniopu'u, for ransom aboard his ship as payback for the pilfering of his ships by native Hawaiians. In response, the natives declared war and stormed Cook's fleet, leading to a bloody skirmish that caused dozens of deaths before all was said and done.
It's too bad Cook didn't have a Zodiac boat: His escape would have been simple. These rafts can speed across the water as fast as 30 MPH, making for an adrenaline-pumping ride over the blue waters of the Kealakekua Bay.
Though the boats are built for speed, you'll want to take as long as you can observing the native wildlife of the Kona coast. If you're lucky you'll get a show from the Hawaiian Spinner dolphin, one of the most acrobatic natives here.
If you want to get up close and personal with the colorful and vibrant sea life, there's no better way than snorkeling the crystal waters of the bay. The Kona coast is well known for being a spot that's easy to snorkel yet still holds eels, turtles, and hundreds of species of fish to explore.
Like Cook himself, you'll find adventure and excitement in an entirely new and beautiful place. Just don't try to kidnap any monarchs.
A disjointed end
After his death, Cook's lieutenants demanded that his remains be turned over so he could be honored properly. Unfortunately, there wasn't much to turn over: Hawaiian tradition held that the bodies of enemy chiefs and leaders were to be dismembered and stripped of all flesh, as a way to help those who possessed their bones to harness the power of the deceased.
Please proceed to the Kailua Kona pier at the Green Shade Tent to meet our GoBe Representatives.
Take extra precautions to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Even on cloudy days, the UV is stronger than you may think.
You must be physically able to hold onto raft, climb ladder and swim. This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
Water Sports, Family Friendly, Snorkeling
16-passenger Zodiac H733
Refreshment - Soft Drink, Pineapple, Cookie
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Travelers must be 6 years of age or older to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is only suited to travelers in very good physical condition. It is not recommended to you if you suffer from seizures, have heart, back, neck, respiratory, or shoulder problems, recently had surgery, or are pregnant.
All travelers must sign a waiver before participating.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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