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Ocean Encounters - Morning Reef Snorkel

Departing from Honokohau Harbor, located just north of Kailua-Kona, embark on a snorkel adventure that takes you along the scenic Kohala Coast to heading north to Pu'u Ali'i Bay, home of beautiful Makalawena, one of the best snorkel spots on the Big Island.

This location is known for its lava rock and tranquil water. Home to hundreds of underwater species, the entire area is very rich in marine life. Enjoy great snorkeling conditions along the lava rock outcroppings that run along the multiple coves. This snorkel spot is truly a hidden gem and not easy to get to by car or on foot. It is located off the beaten path and very remote.

New to snorkeling? Don’t worry. The Ocean Encounters crew specializes in first-time snorkelers because they believe that everyone should get the chance to experience the Big Island's spectacular underwater beauty. Their first mates will snorkel with you until you feel comfortable on your own. They have excellent flotation devices and a wide assortment of masks, snorkels and rubber fins, from sizes 1 to 13. All gear is included for your enjoyment.

Tour Highlights:

  • Cruise along the Kohala Coast and enjoy beautiful shoreline views
  • Snorkel at Makalawena, home to a wide variety of colorful tropical fish and lava outcroppings

Tour Inclusions:

  • Snorkel gear (mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit if necessary, flotation devices)
  • Light snacks
  • Beverages of soda and water

The Boat:

  • 46 ft. vessel
  • Big and roomy with a restroom, plenty of shaded areas
  • Big swim step and extra sturdy ladder so you can get out of the water easily
  • Inside cabin and upstairs seating
Please note: The snorkel location may change due to weather and sea conditions.
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Special Instructions
Where and When:
Tour time: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Check in at 8:00 am at the Honokohau Marina, 74-425 Kealakehe Parkway, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 View Map
(For GPS users please note there is more than one Kealakehe!)
Directions for Honokohau Marina & Check-In:
Check in at the Bite Me Logo Store - The Marina is 5 miles south of Kona airport and 3 or 4 miles north of Kailua-Kona. At the traffic light intersection, take Kealakehe Parkway from the highway (Hwy 19) towards the ocean. You'll see the sailboat masts from the highway and there's a sign for Honokohau Marina. Take that road lined with coconut palms and go Right at your first opportunity. Immediately on your left is a blue building complex with its own parking lot; our office is right by the flagpole.
There are no specific restrictions for this activity.
Special Notes:
Snorkel location may change due to weather and sea conditions.
Operation Days:
4 hours
Ocean Encounters
Big Island
37 passengers
The Ocean Encounter is a big and roomy 46-foot Delta boat boasting an inside cabin, an upper deck for additional awesome views and a restroom. The vessel features a nice big swim step and an extra sturdy ladder, so you can get into and out of the water easily.
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