Video: Snorkel Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua is a marine sanctuary with healthy coral and abundant marine life. It is sheltered by the trade winds, so the waters stay calm, and it is primarily accessible by boat.

kealakekua snorkeling in shallows
Snorkeling together with your family is easy, in the shallows of Kealakekua bay.

It can be a difficult hike to get there by land, so several tour companies have options for visiting Kealakekua Bay by boat. Sea Paradise had great reviews on Trip Advisor. They also had a great buy-one get your second excursion 1/2 off deal (night time snorkel with Manta Rays tour with Kealakekua snorkeling.)

Located about 12-miles south of Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona), in south Kona, Kealakekua Bay is a marine life conservation district perfect for snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking. The bay’s brilliant waters are filled with coral and schools of tropical fish.

kealakekua bay snorkeling
Yellow tangs and other tropical fish swim around the coral hillside.

On the shore, there is a white obelisk memorial to Captain Cook. It marks the location where he was killed when his crew got into a skirmish with native Hawaiians. Most of the boat tours don’t have the proper permits, so visitors are not allowed to venture onshore.

Kealakekua Bay arrival
The boys relaxing on the Sea Paradise sailing trimaran while other groups arrive. Captain Cook’s memorial obelisk is on the shore in the background.
kealakekua bay snorkel dive
There are plenty of deeper areas to snorkel at Kealakekua Bay.
easy entry sailing trimara
While snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay, it is easy to get in and out of the Sea Paradise sailing trimaran.
kealakekua bay snorkelers exploring the shallows
The shallow waters of Kealakekua Bay makes it such a great place for snorkelers.

Our family loves snorkeling together and exploring the underwater world. Gliding through this warm, clear tropical water and enjoying the creatures of the Pacific is an amazing adventure we shared.


  • Research excursion companies online for options that suit your needs for snorkeling Kealakekua Bay.
  • Book online early to ensure the best deal.
  • Bring sunblock, swimming gear, and a great digital underwater camera.
  • Share any concerns you may have and get answers from the tour group before making decision to book.
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