Welcome to Kealakekua Bay


A wide, calm bay is shouldered by a low lava point to the north, tall reddish pali (cliffs) in the center and miles of green mountain slopes to the south. The bay is both a state park and a marine-life conservation area, and is famous for its rich var­iety of sea life, including spinner dolphins. This entire area is considered sacred, and deserves your respect.


Top experiences in Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay activities

$159.74 Water Sports

Kealakekua Bay Deluxe Snorkel Cruise

Departing from Keauhou Bay, you will enjoy a beautiful Kona Coast morning cruise along the coastline to Kealakekua Bay. Delicious 100% Kona coffee grown on the Dant family farm, fresh fruit, muffins, danishes and tropical juice are served for breakfast. On arrival at Kealakekua Bay, you will have 2.5 hours of fun which includes a 15 foot (4.5 meters) water slide and high jump platform from the top deck! Make use of the snorkel equipment and flotation devices available onboard during your time at Kealakekua Bay and explore the crystal clear, warm Hawaiian waters. While at the bay, your captain will fire up the grill on the boat to cook garden burgers and the tastiest cheeseburgers in paradise that even Jimmy Buffet has only dreamed of. An assortment of beverages are available for purchase during the Kealakekua Bay Deluxe Snorkel Cruise.

$69 Shore Excursions

Kona Shore Excursion: Kona History and Culture Tour

The Big Island isn’t only breathtaking scenery and beaches – it also has a history and culture just waiting to be explored on a shore excursion. On this historical and cultural tour of Kona, you’ll take a step back in time to Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, which translates to “Place of Refuge at Honaunau.” In ancient Hawaii, residents who broke Hawaii’s system of kapu (law) would receive death as punishment. The only option for survival would be to escape to the nearest puuhonua, or place of refuge. Today, you can experience the peace of Puuhonua o Honoaunau National Historical Park, where ancient temples and ki’i (carved wooden images) hint at stories from the past. Stroll around this palm-covered sanctuary and enjoy the view of Honaunau Bay.Continue your historical journey to St. Benedict’s Painted Church, where Belgian-born Father Velghe’s three-dimensional paintings depict heroes from the Bible. This artwork served as an important teaching tool in a time when many people couldn’t read and write. Father Velghe painted this church in 1842, and this parish continues the work Father Velghe began more than a century ago.Finish your shore excursion at the Royal Kona Coffee Visitor Center, where you’ll see how coffee “cherries” are processed into delicious Royal Kona coffee. Enjoy the view of Kealakekua Bay in the distance and savor a sample of Kona coffee.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Kona Pier for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$98.05 Kid Friendly

Kealakekua Bay Snorkel Cruise

Departing from Keauhou Bay, you will enjoy a beautiful Kona Coast cruise along the coastline to Kealakekua Bay. On the scenic coastal cruise to Kealakekua Bay keep your eye out for spinner dolphins as they often come by the boat to entertain the passengers. On arrival at Kealakekua Bay you will have 1.5 hours of fun which includes a 15 foot (4.5 meters) water slide and high jump platform from the top deck! Make use of the snorkel equipment and flotation devices available onboard during your time at Kealakekua Bay to explore the crystal clear, warm Hawaiian waters. Snack on tropical fruit and snack mix as you cruise back to Keauhou Bay. An assortment of beverages are available for purchase during the Kealakekua Bay Snorkel Cruise.

$123.96 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kona Coffe, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau, Bee Farm Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hawaiiabundant sea life attracted settlements for centuries. Learn about the amazing handmade fishponds and seawalls along the beach, and walk along a trail to sacred temples and petroglyphs. You might even spot a sea turtle or monk seal on the salt and pepper sands.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Greenwell Farms, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HawaiiWalk through the orchards and learn about the harvesting and milling process, and sample a warm cup of Kona-grown java before head back for the day.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Big Island Bees, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii Ride along the rugged volcanic coastline to Big Island Bees, which has been producing organic honey since 1972. After a presentation from a beekeeper, get a close-up look at a hive and sample some of their sweet island nectar.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HawaiiHear about Captain James Cook’s arrival at Kealakekua Bay and enjoy a fresh picnic lunch at the lookoutDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HawaiiSet out for a narrated walking tour at Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park to learn how Hawaiians who had broken an ancient kapu (law) could flee to this seaside location to be absolved by a priest.Duration: 45 minutes

$69.66 Water Sports

Dolphin Encounter and Kealakekua Bay Reef Snorkel

See Dolphins and Snorkel in Kealakekua Bay, travel from the south to a marine life sanctuary, Kealakekua Bay, where the Captain Cook monument is located. Once in Kealakekua Bay we snorkel there for approximately 45 minutes. Guest can expect to see sea turtles, bright colored reef fish, coral over 1500 years old, the Captain Cook Monument, freshwater springs, dolphin pods, and humpback whales who are here during the winter months.  Our crew will be there to help assist anyone who needs help snorkeling as well as talking about the history and cultural significance of the area.  Along the way to the bay we will stop to swim with a pod of spinner dolphins. These wild dolphins are so commonly found we guarantee that we will take you again if we do not see any dolphins.  Spinner Dolphin Facts:  • Why do spinner dolphins leap and spin?  There are several ideas. One is that they are trying to remove amoras, a kind of suckerfish that attach themselves to the dolphin’s bodies.  Another possibility is that this could be a form of communication for the dolphins, and we also think they do it just to have fun!  • What time of the day do spinner dolphins rest and tend to their young? Spinner Dolphins will rest for about four to five hours and while resting will slowly swim back and forth.  During this time, the dolphins do not spin or leap very often and sleep with half their brain alert to ensure they continue to breathe, while the other half of their brain is at rest.  Many scientists also believe that dolphins keep half of their brain awake to be aware of predators. •  What do spinner dolphins eat? Hawaiian spinner dolphins feed on small fish, shrimp and squid, typically hunting at night in groups.  • How often do spinner dolphins reproduce? A spinner dolphin will give birth or “calve”, once every two to three years.  • How big are Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins?  The average size for an adult spinner dolphin is roughly 6.5 feet weighing about 165 pounds.   • What is the Hawaiian word for the dolphins?  Nai'a or Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins are shaped and colored somewhat differently from other spinner dolphins.

$750 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Viator VIP: The Sunset Experience Helicopter Tour from Kona

After hotel pickup, head to the Kona airport to begin your VIP helicopter tour over the Big Island. When you arrive, enjoy a traditional lei greeting and glass of Champagne to mark the occasion. Then board your comfortable Bell 407 helicopter and take off, heading north to fly over the secluded beaches and lava fields along the Kona, Kohala and Hamakua coasts. Throughout the tour, listen to commentary from your pilot, who you can communicate with via your two-way headset. Next, fly to the far side of the Kohala Mountains to look down on a series of lush hidden valleys, and then cruise down to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to hover over Mauna Loa, the largest volcano on Earth, and Kilauea, the most active of the Big Island’s volcanoes. By this time, the sun will have fallen behind the mountains, allowing you to spot the glowing lava more easily and admire the magma lake in Halema'uma'u Crater. Continue to the southern tip of the Big Island, passing over the black-sand beach of Punalu’u and the green-sand beach of Papakolea, two of Hawaii’s most striking stretches of coastline. Round the tip of the island and head back north along the west coast, flying over Pu’uhonua ‘o Honaunau National Historic Park, which once served as a refuge for ancient Hawaiians who broke a law. As you fly from the park to Kealakekua Bay, a couple of miles north, the sun begins to set, creating quite a show.Watch the sky turn shades of yellow, orange, red and purple, and keep your eyes peeled for the rare flash of green that appears on the horizon when the conditions are just right. When the sky finally turns dark, return to the airport, from where you’ll be transferred back to your hotel. Flight time is approximately two hours; total duration is approximately three hours including the check-in and pre-departure process.