The water here is warm, crystal clear, & sea-life is abundant including: tropical fish, coral gardens, Hawaiian spinner dolphins, green sea turtles & humpback whales.
Our guided tours offer an easy & ecological way to access all that nature offers in Hawaii. A guided tour ensures a worry free trip and an easy snorkeling and paddling experience. All gear, instruction and drinks/snacks is included. Our guides offer local color and history that will make the trip more than just great outdoor recreation.
Guests range from age 5 to 75 & about half are new to paddling & snorkeling. We paddle at a relaxed pace and make sure everyone is having a great time.
The Deluxe Kayak Kealakekua Bay & Snorkel Tours includes:
- Kayak & Snorkel Gear including prescription masks, & wetsuits if requested in advance. Equipment: Wide, stable open-deck kayaks are used & you'll appreciate our quality mask, snorkel & fins. Water proof bags and booties are also available at no charge, if requested in advance.
- Sightings of Marine Life; Hawaiian spinner dolphins are seen on over 1/2 our tours & humpback whales are seen in the winter. Green sea turtles are always a treat to watch and are frequent visitors to the area.
- Remarkable snorkeling at Capt. Cook Monument! Brightly colored tropical fish & coral gardens are the feature most commonly enjoyed here.
What Is Not Included?
- Tax is not included in the above listed price. A tax of 11.308% will be charged - this includes 4.16% state tax, and a $5 per person state park fee.
- Gratuity is not included in the price. Please remember guides rely on tips as part of their income.
- A nice assortment of snacks and drinks (bottled water, fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, potato chips, cookies, granola bars and trail mix) are complimentary on each trip.
- What do I do if the date I want is not available for booking tickets?
- Contact this seller. Even if the day you want is no longer available for booking we will try and accommodate your schedule and itinerary. Sometimes we block out a day due to our personal scheduling, training or sea conditions - call us directly and ask if we can change our schedule to accommodate you!
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Yes, all tours are by appointment and advance purchase. Advance preparations for food, equipment and staffing don't permit "walk in" guests on the day of the trip.
- What is included in the tax collected?
- The tax rate of 11.308% includes 4.16% state tax, and $5 state park fee.
- What should I bring along?
- Wear a bathing suit and bring a hat, sunglasses/croakie, sunblock, strap-on sandals or water shoes (no slippers/flip-flops) and a t-shirt/rash guard for sun protection. Also bring an underwater camera if you'd like. It is typically about 75-85 degrees year round with high UV so keep that in mind! Also please note that you must arrive to the meeting location dressed appropriately, as there will be no changing rooms or bathrooms available at the meeting spot.
- Are there any age or fitness requirements?
- Our typical snorkel and/or kayak tour guest ranges in age between 5 and 70 and for about half of our guests, it is their first experience. We do not allow children under 5 as they will have difficulty with the snorkeling portion of the trip. Through the help of your guide the tour is designed to be comfortable for the novice and effortless for the experienced - allowing you to focus on your Hawaiian experience. We move at a relaxed pace, focusing on the scenery and marine mammals that may come our way. The physical output is low - similar to walking/hiking - so you don't have to be an athlete to participate, but should be of moderate fitness with no major mobility constraints.
- Are there any weight restrictions?
- A tandem kayak can accommodate 500 lbs between two passengers. The combined weight of both passengers cannot exceed 500 pounds. We do have special single kayaks that can accommodate an individual of up to 350 pounds - if you are interested in securing such a kayak, please click on the "Contact AdvParadise" link to let us know about your situation.
- What kind of kayaks do you use?
- We use open-deck kayaks: boats uniquely designed for your enjoyment in Hawaiian waters. Stable and easy to enter and exit, these boats are ideally suited for ocean paddling and snorkeling. Closed decked kayaks are not suitable for easy entry and exit from the Napoopoo Pier or landing at Awili Landing – our destination at Kealakekua Bay. We also will provide you with a quality mask, snorkel and fins at no extra charge.
- What time of the day is best to go out?
- The conditions are typically better in the morning with more sun and less wind. This is why we only offer morning tours.
- What exactly will we do on the tour?
- We meet at Napo`opo`o Pier next to our 15 passenger Ford van. The pier is located at the corner of Napoopoo Rd and Beach Rd. But you park about one block away at the end of Beach Rd near the country restrooms. Be sure to use the country restroom before you leave your car to meet us at Napoopoo Pier as there will be no restrooms available for the next 3 hours. We recommend leaving any fragile/non-waterproof items in your vehicle. Kayaking across the bay takes about 30-45 minutes. We will land the kayaks at Capt. Cook Monument and snorkel for 45 minutes to an hour, and then enjoy our snacks and drinks before we head back across the bay. You will be able to use the restrooms again before when you return to your cars after the trip.
- What happens if it rains?
- We paddle in rain or shine. Sea life is seen regardless of weather conditions and we always ensure a special trip regardless of perfect visibility. We cancel our trips infrequently but when winds become too high or it rains too hard we will cancel a trip for safety and/or comfort reasons. If that does happen, you will be able to reschedule or receive credit for a future tour.
- Are pets allowed?
- No, we cannot accommodate the unique needs of pets at this time.
- Is the tour suitable for pregnant women?
- Our tours are safe and we will match stronger paddlers with weaker ones to ensure competent control of your vessel at all times. Normally women in early stages of their pregnancy should have no problem - however, if you have a concern, it is best to consult your doctor before attending. We do not recommend that women who are over 4 months pregnant take this trip.
- Will there be a guide kayaking with us?
- Yes. Each trip includes a lifeguard certified guide who also has CPR & First Aid training. Our guides are ocean enthusiasts and share their love of the area on each trip.
- Do I need to know how to swim?
- No, but you will need to be comfortable in an ocean environment. If you are fearful of the water, this might not be a good choice for you. All our guests are asked to wear USCG approved life vests both while paddling and snorkeling.
- Do I need to have kayaked before to enjoy this trip?
- We cater to beginners and over half our guests are new to kayaking. Due to the nature of our trip and the type of kayaks we use, experience in kayaking is not required for the trip.
- How old should my children be to kayak? Is there an age limit?
- We recommend that children on this trip be no younger than 5 years of age.
- Can I have a single kayak?
- Unfortunately we paddle only with tandem (double) kayaks. If you are alone we will pair you with another single paddler. The only exception is if you require a special single kayak due to weight constraints (these kayaks can hold up to 350 pounds) - these are only available upon request and with permission from the seller.
- Is the kayak safe?
- Yes, our open-deck kayaks are the safest ones out there - they are the most stable and user friendly. In addition, our CPR and first aid certified guides are always on hand and available. Life jackets must be worn at all times and alcohol or drug use is not permitted at any time.
- Are the waters safe?
- We paddle in a large protected Bay on the leeward side of the Big Island. The Bay is protected from sea conditions throughout the year. When waves or wind warrant, we cancel our trips as needed.
- Will I see sharks in the water?
- Due to the clarity of the water and time of day we kayak, sharks are not seen. What we do see are Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, tropical fish and coral gardens.
- Can I bring my own food and beverages?
- A good assortment of food and refreshments are included on the tour. But additional food may be brought if it fits into the kayak storage bags.
- Are there any food or beverages included?
- Yes. A nice assortment of bottled water, fresh fruit and snacks such as potato chips, cookies, granola bars and trail mix are available on each trip.
- Can I bring my own kayak?
- Yes. Guests can also bring their own snorkel gear. There are no price reductions for supplying your own gear.
- What should I wear?
- You should wear a bathing suit, rash guard or t-shirt, water shoes or attached sandals, a hat and sunglasses.
- Should I bring cash?
- Our guides depend on tips for their income. A 15-25% gratuity is customary for this activity and much appreciated by hardworking guides. There are no other incidental expenses.
- How far out will we go?
- We paddle within the protection of Kealakekua Bay and stay near shore throughout the trip. This trip does not involve open water kayaking.
- Do I have to wear a life vest?
- Yes, for safety reasons we require that life jackets be worn at all times during the paddle.
- Do I have to sign a liability waiver to participate in the tour?
- Yes. All adults must sign waivers and those under 18 must have waivers signed by their parents.
- Will I get seasick?
- People have gotten seasick before, but the great majority make it through the experience without getting sick. If you are prone to motion sickness, you may want to consider taking preventative measures beforehand.
- How large a group can you accommodate?
- We can accommodate groups of up to 12 people per tour. We can accommodate groups of up to 24 guests per day but will split your party into two separate tours of 12 guests each. If you're interested in doing this, please click on the "Contact AdvParadise" link to let us know about your request.
- Are there any group discounts?
- Yes. Groups of 10 or more people who purchase at once will receive an automatic 10% off each ticket. If you have a group of more than 12 people, please click on the "Contact AdvParadise" link to arrange tours for your whole party.
- Are gift certificates available?
- Yes. Please click on the "Contact AdvParadise" link to let us know about your interest in a gift certificate.
- How can I book a private charter or custom tour?
- Contact Adventures in Paradise by clicking on the "Contact AdvParadise" link and tell us your group size and custom tour ideas. We can price a special trip for you.
- Do you offer kayak rentals?
- We do offer kayak rentals; however, Kealakekua Bay and Capt Cook Monument is a Marine Life Conservation District with rules against rental kayaks beaching at the State Historic Park. This means that if you rent a kayak, you will have to hold onto your kayak by a rope in the water as you snorkel and cannot beach it at the Monument. If you take a guided tour, you will be able to beach your kayak with the rest of the group. If you are still interested in doing a rental, please "Contact AdvParadise".
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
- The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.
- Tax collected includes state tax and a state park fee.
- 11.308% Tax collected includes 4.16% state tax, and a $5 per person state park fee.
- Children under 5 are not permitted and all guests must be moderately fit.
- For safety reasons, this trip is only recommended for participants ages 6 and up who are moderately fit. All participants will be required to wear a life jacket for the duration of the trip.
- The tour is not recommended for women over 4 months pregnant or for those with limited mobility.
- For safety reasons, we do not recommend that women over 4 months pregnant take the tour. Any women in early stages of pregnancy should consult a doctor if they have any concerns about participating. We also do not recommend the tour for those who have health or mobility problems such as back, knee or leg problems. Please consult a doctor if you have any concerns about participating.
- All kayaks are tandem and can support a combined weight of 500 pounds.
- The kayaks used on the tour are double (tandem) kayaks and can support 500 pounds between two people. Larger individuals who have a concern about this weight limitation should get special permission from the seller to use a single kayak that can accommodate up to 350 pounds before purchasing tickets.
- All participants must sign a liability waiver.
- All guests will be asked to sign a liability waiver at the start of the tour. Any participants under the age of 18 must have waivers signed by their parents or guardians.
- Parties of 5 or more will be contacted for an additional gratuity charge of 15%.
- Adventures in Paradise will contact you directly shortly after your purchase to take your credit card information for the additional charge. You must be reachable at the telephone number and email you provide.
Adventures in Paradise
This family owned and operated kayak outfitter shares this special place with you under a Permit with the State of Hawaii Department of Boating and State Parks. This assures we protect this natural and cultural resource and follow protocols and best practices to preserve the environment and the history.
Explore Kealakekua Bay & Captain Cook Monument with us on your next trip to the big Island. Mahalo!