Island of Hawaii Water sports

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Hilo: Sea Turtle Lagoon and Black Sand Beach Snorkel

1. Hilo: Sea Turtle Lagoon and Black Sand Beach Snorkel

This is your opportunity to swim in a lagoon full of abundant sea life. Join your hosts on a fully guided and narrated beach snorkel tour along the pristine Hilo coastline. Make 2 snorkeling stops and also enjoy island snacks and juices. The volcanic beaches are renowned for their abundant sea turtle population, and the brackish water bays and lagoons are home to a wealth of sea life including octopus, eagle and manta rays, eels, corals, and tropical reef fish. Your experienced snorkel guide will teach you about the beautiful and lush surroundings, how the beaches and volcanic islands are made, and about the abundant marine world which lies below. Newcomers to snorkeling and children are welcome. Your trained guide will teach you the basics and be with you every step of the way to make sure you feel safe and comfortable. Children will be introduced to nature in a spectacular way.

From Keauhou Bay: Snorkel Cruise to Captain Cook's Monument

2. From Keauhou Bay: Snorkel Cruise to Captain Cook's Monument

Embark on an unforgettable day at sea from Keauhou Bay to Captain Cook's Monument on a guided Yacht trip. Enjoy scenic views of the Kona coast as you sail and indulge in tasty light snacks and tropical fruit juice. Meet your guide at the Keauhou Bay Pier. Hop aboard, relax and enjoy the ride. Cruise past rock formations, stop at beautiful coves, and soak in the views. Set sail along the beautiful Kona coast on a trip from Keauhou Bay, marvel at the ancient Kealakekua Bay, and see the Captain Cook Monument. Splash into the clear waters to swim, snorkel, or sunbathe onboard. Spot the colorful fish underneath the water, and take photos with your marine camera of the dolphins and other marine life. Enjoy site briefings and snorkeling tips from the crew members. Life jackets, floatation noodles, viewfinder boards, masks, fins, and snorkels are provided. Energize yourself with fruits and tropical juice. The crew will help you enter and exit the water if needed and will provide fish identification cards. They will even take you on a guided snorkeling tour.

Kailua Kona: Humpback Whale Watching Adventure Cruise

3. Kailua Kona: Humpback Whale Watching Adventure Cruise

See majestic humpback whales and listen to them sing on this whale watching cruise from Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Over 8,000 humpback whales journey over 3,500 miles to Hawaii every year. Between December and April, these incredible creatures gather to breed and raise their young. This 2.5-hour whale-watching experience in Kona offers you an incredible opportunity to view humpback whales up close in their natural habitats. Hear the whales sing with unique underwater hydrophones. Keep your eyes open for other marine creatures like spinner dolphins, pilot and sperm whales, manta rays, sea turtles, and more. Whale sightings are guaranteed or you can join the cruise again for free.

West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

4. West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

Go on an exciting cruise on the lookout for dolphins. Board a double-hulled catamaran and enjoy a comfortable and stable ride as you enjoy the scenery and look for the sea creatures. Relax aboard the vessel and take in the breathtaking views of the ocean and the mountains. Luxuriate on the clear waters of West O’ahu, and look for the wild dolphins swimming gracefully in small or large groups Search also for Hawaiian green turtles, tropical island fish, and other rare wild sea creatures. During the winter months, you also might catch sight of the annual migration of humpback whales as they playfully swim the West O’ahu ocean waters. On your return journey, view the majestic cascading views of the Waianae Mountain range as you voyage back towards port.

Hilo: Dolphin Adventure and Tropical Reef Snorkel Boat Tour

5. Hilo: Dolphin Adventure and Tropical Reef Snorkel Boat Tour

Make the most of your time in Hilo and discover Hawaii’s abundant coastline, bursting with diverse sea life including sea turtles, octopus, manta rays, eels, tropical reef fish, and much more. Meet your crew and board the vessel in Wailoa Boat Harbor, then venture onto the open waters where scenic views and coral reef await. Enjoy a guided adventure along the coastline and explore coves where pods of dolphins hideaway and often play in the wake of the boat. Stop off in one of these idyllic coves and snorkel in search of colorful marine life as you swim through untouched reef structures and sand patches. Continue your tour to your second snorkeling location and learn about the exotic sea creatures that lurk within the reef's ecosystem and along Hilo's coastlines including tropical reef fish, eels, and manta rays. Take in the breathtaking views of the ocean as you ride along the Hamakua Coast. Discover a hidden world under the surface of the water as you snorkel, raft, and lookout for dolphins. Throughout the trip, listen to your captain and crew share information about Hawaii’s sea life and underwater world.

Hilo: Two Tank Boat Dive for Certified Divers

6. Hilo: Two Tank Boat Dive for Certified Divers

Make the most of your time in Hilo and discover East Hawaii’s abundant coastline, bursting with diverse sea life including sea turtles, octopus, manta rays, eels, tropical reef fish, and much more. Meet your guides and board the vessel in Wailoa Boat Harbor, then venture beyond the break wall where scenic views and coral reef await. As you sail towards the dive destination, admire the luscious coastline of Hilo and watch pods of dolphins play in the wake of the boat. Get kitted out with the necessary gear, then stop at two idyllic coves for a spectacular dive down to explore untouched reef walls and epic rock formations.

Honokohau: Kona Snorkel and Sail with Drinks and Snacks

7. Honokohau: Kona Snorkel and Sail with Drinks and Snacks

Head to the meeting point and step aboard a stunning 53-foot catamaran. Be greeted by the friendly captain and crew, then set off along the scenic Kona coastline.  Soak up stunning views of the shore and the ocean, and look out for dolphins, green sea turtles, and seasonal whales (December to April). Enjoy a stop to cool off in the crystal clear water, and go snorkeling in search of colorful fish and fascinating coral reef. Back onboard, enjoy a refreshing alcoholic drink and some tasty snacks. 

Hilo: Wailoa River to King Kamehameha Guided Kayaking Tour

8. Hilo: Wailoa River to King Kamehameha Guided Kayaking Tour

Experience Hilo from a new perspective as you journey up the river. Cruise underneath the dragon arches of the Japanese-style bridges. Loa, or "long water," includes an easy entry from a boat ramp that travels up Wailoa River and into Hilo Bay. See unique birds and fish throughout your excursion.  Take a break and enjoy the King Kamehameha Statue. Learn more about the History of the Big Island and the Tsunamis that have cleared the area and created an arboretum of trees, recognized by the Tree Association as "The Largest of Tree Species outside of Africa." 

Hilo: 1-Tank Certified Beach Dive at Sea Turtle Cove

9. Hilo: 1-Tank Certified Beach Dive at Sea Turtle Cove

After gathering at the meeting point, you will begin your one-tank shore dive along the lush and iconic East Hawai‘i coast. Your tour departs from the Hilo Ocean Adventures shop, ventures a few miles along the beautiful shore to the breathtaking dive site. Hilo is especially unique as the cool fresh water springs that enter the sea along the coast regulates ocean temperatures and prevents coral bleaching. You can dive the untouched reef walls and spectacular rock formations, and immerse yourself in East Hawaii's thriving and diverse sea life. The coastline is renowned for the abundant sea turtle population, and the brackish water is home to a wealth of diversity including octopus, eagle and manta rays, eels, coral, and tropical reef fish. Your dive master will guide you on an incredible journey through the abundance of sea life below, and will ensure you have a fun and memorable experience. Leave your gear at home and dive using top-of-the-line equipment which includes 2018 Atomic Z3 regulators and Oceanic BCD's.

Hilo: Hilo Bay and Coconut Island SUP Guided Tour

10. Hilo: Hilo Bay and Coconut Island SUP Guided Tour

Unlike anywhere else on the islands, Hilo Bay captures the feeling of going back in time. Join this guided 2-hour tour paddling with the majestic snow-capped peaks of Mauna Kea in the distance. Learn about the history of the last Hawaiian monarch at Queen Liliuokalani Japanese Gardens. Discover secluded coves, marine life that gathers in the tide pools, and Coconut Island.

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We had such an amazing time with Indigo Ocean Hawaii!! All the crew members were so awesome and made the trip so fun, comfortable, and made us feel safe and taken care of! We got in to see dolphins several different times, swam with sea turtles and manta rays right next to us, and even got the rare chance to see a huge pod of pilot whales! My little kids had a blast and were able to see all the animals they were hoping to! It was truly a once in a lifetime experience that our family will never forget! Thanks to the crew for the best time, thanks Michael for making everything so exciting and for all the amazing pictures! If you’re thinking about booking this, do it!! You will not regret it!

We were on the boat with about 20 other guests and spent a brilliant morning. The entire crew was super nice and created an incredible atmosphere (good vibes only). On the trip we snorkeled with a large group of pilot whales and 2 giant turtles. One of the guides, Michael, took around 1200 pictures/videos of the guests and the animals throughout the trip and then offered the package for sale at a fair price (Dropbox).

All of the crew was kind, friendly and helpful for those who needed more assistance than others while snorkeling. Great boat, great trip, great snorkel, worth the money!!!

Caring and knowledgable staff with safety at the forefront. Lots of history woven in. The area where we snorkeled had a diverse array of fish species. Lots to see!

The crew was great, patient, understanding, and catered to all our needs to make it a very enjoyable experience.