Keauhou Bay Sea Cave Tour
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Experience Kona Kayak Tours with Ocean Safaris, and explore the pristine and warm waters of the Kona coast. They focus on smaller groups, while making safety and fun their top priority. Every kayak tour offers different adventures, which may include dolphin and whale watching, exploring sea caves, snorkeling, and possibly cliff jumping! Tidal pools filled with eels, colorful tropical fish, and sea turtles may be on the agenda any given day too!
Ocean Safaris Kayak Adventures is a family-owned and operated business since 1994. Their guides are led by Hawaii lifeguard certified, insured, and licensed kayakers. You do not need previous kayaking experience, and the only requirements is average/moderate fitness and the desire to have fun! The guides will give you full instruction and explanation on water safety, paddling, and local history. After check in, you will be outfitted with your kayaks, gear, and bottled water. Then they assist you with your launch into the picturesque and calm Keauhou Bay where they conduct a group instruction.
On the Keauhou Kayak Tour, you will depart from Keauhou Bay (birthplace of Kamehameha III), and head south along the cliffs toward Kuamo’o Bay. Look for dolphins, manta rays and turtles as you paddle down this stretch. The cliffs are lined with blow holes and arches. At Kuamo’o Bay, there is a sea cave / lava tube that we can enter most of the time. It’s a highlight when the the cave catches the ocean swells! Then you will head south along Kuamo’o Bay, following the coastline as you paddle over underwater lava tubes and coral gardens. You will arrive at the next cave which is usually cool and calm, and there is a dry lava tube above it that extends deep into the earth.
Next on your adventure is a snorkel spot, and the location is different depending on the waves and conditions. You will get ample time to snorkel and explore the reefs. There is a wealth of tropical fish, and keep your eyes out for octopus, yellow tang, butterflyfish, wrasse, uhu (parrotfish), or even a crown of thrones. It is here where you exit the water and climb to a vantage point above the cove. There may even be wild parrots flying overhead as you enjoy snacks and cold drinks. Often, you may walk over to the tide pools to watch the eels hunting a’ama crabs. From the vantage point above the cove, many people jump off the 12 to 25 ft. cliffs into the water below. The water is typically clear, deep, and safe, but if ocean conditions are not conducive to snorkeling the tour will include more exploration of the coastline by kayak. After about an hour of playing and relaxing, you will pack up and head off shore where the you may ride the trade winds home.
If you are visiting from December through March, humpback whales visit Kona waters. From a safe distance, humpbacks allow us to observe them, and they are not intimidated by kayaks. Humpbacks can be up to 50 ft. long and weigh up to 50 tons, and the it’s spectacular to see them to breach out of the water.
NOTE: Due to Covid-19 the tour operator is not currently providing snorkel gear … if you would like to snorkel during the tour bring your own gear that you buy or rent elsewhere before the tour.