Private Hawaiian Historical Kealakekua Bay Ocean Encounters & Reef Snorkel Tour

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Enjoy a luxurious and private 6 passenger catamaran tour of Kailua-Kona’s beautiful coastline with Polynesian Captain Pononui Lealaō, a native to the Hawaiian islands. Join us for a Hawaiian Historical cruise visiting some of the Big Islands ancient Hawaiian sites with breathtaking views, ocean encounters with wild Hawaiian spinner Dolphins, amazing Manta Rays, Turtles, Whales and many other cool marine life as we make our way to Kealakekua Bay’s Captain Cook monument. Kealakekua Bay is a protected marine life conservation area and home to one of Hawaii’s most Beautiful Reefs with the brightest vibrant colors and thousands of amazingly colorful Hawaiian Reef fish. After our Reef Snorkel adventure we enjoy a very relaxing Hawaiian style lunch aboard the “Lealaō” (includes a restroom, warm fresh water shower, music, very comfortable seating) as Captain Pononui tells the story of Kealakekua Bay. Let’s create an unforgettable moment that will last you a lifetime. 
Our Hawaiian Historical Coastline and Reef Snorkeling Tour starts out at the Honokohau Harbor. Our adventure takes place aboard a 28' Luxurious Catamaran that cuts through the water for a smooth and comfortable ride. Spectacular views of the Coastline, coves, cliffs and up close encounters with wild sea life such as Dolphins, Manta Rays, Turtles, Whales and many other spectacular views. Check-in takes place just after sunrise giving us a chance to be out on the Ocean early enough to avoid the crowds of larger tour companies giving us a private experience and the opportunity to enjoy our Ocean Adventure in early morning calmer waters. The “Lealaō" is also designed with comfortable luxury seating, a bathroom, a warm fresh water shower, a very large dive ladder with a swim platform and rides smooth providing comfort for all ages. As we leave Honokohau harbor, we start our Hawaiian historical coastline cruise moving south towards Keahuolū shoreline located between Kailua-Kona and Honokohau harbor. Keahuolū is the home of Halepa’o, a beautiful sandy beach protected by the Lili’uokalani Trust created by Queen Liliuokalani for Native Hawaiian children and their ‘ohana (families). South of Halepa’o is Kamakahonu, once home to Kamehameha the Great who unified all the Islands under one rule and was the founder and first ruler of the kingdom of Hawai’i. ‘Ahu’ena heiau, Kamehameha the Greats personal temple still stands today at the beginning of Oneo Bay. As we cruise the coastline making our way to Kuamo’o, we share historical Hawaiian mo’olelo or stories of old Hawai’i of each area we visit and more. A disagreement in religion led to war known today as the Battle of Kuamo’o. We also make a stop at a very famous cliff jumping spot where local hawaiian children and visitors test there courage for an exhilarating and exciting leap into the ocean off of a 25’ cliff. After passing Kuamo’o Bay the coastline changes into beautiful cliff sides towering in some areas up to 100’. We explore coves and look into caves on the shoreline and lava tubes running through the cliff sides of Hokulia. Looking closely into the cliff side fronting a fiery red cinder hill we can see one of the many faces of Pele, the fire goddess looking out towards the sun set. Just around Keawekaheka point we enter Kealakekua Bay where the story of Kalani’opu’u and Captain James Cook started during a Makahiki and ended during an attempted kidnapping resulting in the death of Captain Cook. Kealakekua bay’s Marine life conservation district is one of Hawaii’s greatest reef snorkeling spots. At the end of our reef snorkel tour we share more history and tell the story of Kealakekua Bay over a hawaiian style lunch with hawaiian food, lots of fruits and vegetables, Hawaiian juices, bottled water, snacks and desserts. Join us for an experience of a lifetime as we give you a true Hawaiian experience. 

What’s included

  • Private tour
  • In water swim guide included in All activities
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Lunch
  • Live commentary on board
  • pictures and video of your experience
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off