Captain Zodiac Kona Coast Raft and Snorkel Adventure
Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
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.
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.