Seafari And Discover Pawai Afternoon Reef Snorkel Tour
Skip the crowds and discover our stunning local sites!
Snorkeling is a must-do activity when visiting Hawaii. The warm waters and vibrant coral reefs are home to a diverse array of fish, turtles, and other sea creatures. And there’s no better place to snorkel than Pawai Bay. This secluded spot is accessible only by boat, and its shallow reefs are teeming with wildlife. Guests on our snorkeling trip will have the chance to see all sorts of amazing marine life, from colorful fish and spinner dolphins to sea turtles. We also provide educational briefings about the wildlife we encounter.
All gear included
Exclusive snorkel area
Amazing fish, lava rock arches, and gorgeous reefs
Spinner dolphin sightings!
The Big Island is the youngest of all the Hawaiian islands, and its Kona coastline is mostly rocky shore, which produces very little runoff. This make’s Kona’s waters some of the clearest in the world, and nowhere is this more apparent than Pawai Bay, just north of downtown Kona. Snorkeling here is incredible. The water is crystal clear and teeming with vibrant sea life. You’ll see colorful fish darting among the coral reef, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot a sea turtle or two. Dolphins are also known to frequent the bay, so keep your eyes peeled for these friendly creatures.
Depart from Honokohau boat harbor aboard our comfy pontoon boat heading south around Kaiwi point. The coastline is rugged with no access from the shore. This means only boats can get to this unique area and you will love the adventurous nature of our retired Navy SEAL boat. It’s a short 15-minute cruise to reach this magical spot. We will moor in the bay and share the beautiful shallow reef wildlife and educational briefings with guests about the wildlife we encounter. You will spend most of your time in the water, but non-swimmers can have a great time too! If some guests choose to stay on the boat, they can enjoy the dramatic and spectacular Kona coastline while relaxing in the sun.
The beautiful lava rock coastline is set aside for the use of native Hawaiian children, inaccessible to non-natives. This secluded location is a true local gem and known as the most beautiful local spot in Kona.
Any request for a refund 72 hours or more prior to the start of the tour or activity is honored with a full cash refund.
No refunds are issued for any cancellations inside the 72-hour period, prior to the start of your tour. There is no refund for no-shows. There is no charge for date change or tour change based on tour availability outside of the 72-hour cancellation period.
Quality snorkeling gear including:
masks, snorkels, fins, and additional flotation
Snorkeling in Pawai Bay is incredible. The water is crystal clear, so you can see hundreds of feet. The reef is healthy and there is a variety of marine life here. You can snorkel around the reef, which is close to the shore, or you can swim out to the deeper part of the bay where you will find caves, arches, and swim-throughs. You might see lobsters, eels, and other animals in the darker depths. It is also common to see large schools of fish such as butterfly fish, goatfish, triggerfish, and mullet. Sea turtles are common, and even Spinner dolphins sometimes venture into the bay.
Our guides will be happy to take you to the select spots and show you the unique marine life. Kona is home to the highest rate of endemic (found only in Hawaii) fish in the world. There are colorful long-nose butterflyfish like the Wili wili nuku nuku oi oi, and large puffer fish like the Kokala. Colorful reef fish are abundant here but there are also eels, sea stars, and the occasional large animal including turtles, manta rays, and spotted eagle rays. The protection of the reef allows many different critters to hide among it. Occasionally you will spot an eel head or a shy octopus poking out from under the reef!