Waikoloa Snorkel Cruise

Waikoloa Snorkel Sail cruises to exotic & remote locations

Waikoloa Snorkel Cruise black sand beach

Strolling on a black sand beach

Waikoloa Snorkel Cruise

Spirit of Aloha offers morning and afternoon snorkel sails

Waikoloa Snorkel Cruise 65' and 58' sailing catamarans

Tours are offered on 65', 58', 54' sailing catamarans

Waikoloa Snorkel Cruise

Snorkeling in crystal clear waters off the Kona coast

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Enjoy ocean indulgencel as you visit a remote snorkel destination along the Kohala Coast. This is your chance to explore the pristine reefs and sea life that abounds near the dramatic black sand beaches created by ancient lava flows. Spirit of Aloha tours departs from Anaeho’omalu Bay (locals call it A-bay), located on the ocean side of the Waikoloa Marriott Resort. Hawaii Ocean Sports snorkels are curretnly departing from Kawaihae Harbor, which is 15 minutes north of the Waikoloa Beach area.

Spirit of Aloha Snorkel Sail

The iconic Spirit of Aloha sailing catamaran provides the ultimate comfort and snorkeling  fun.  You will likely see dolphins, sea  turtles and other marine  life on this morning snorkel tour.  The large vessel is safe  for  all  ages,  conveniences  include  on-board  freshwater  shower,  restrooms,  plenty  of  shade  and  ample  seating.

Schedule: Daily at 9am

Duration: 3 hours

Tour includes: Snacks and beverages 

Gear Provided: Mask, snorkel, fins and flotation vests. 

Restrictions: Photo ID is required for the open bar 

What to Bring & Wear: Swim wear, towel, sun-protection and a light cover-up or jacket.

Vessel:  Spirit of Aloha 54′ Gold Coast catamaran

Capacity:  49 passengers

Ocean Sports Waikoloa Snorkel Sail

This tour is operated on Sea Smoke (a 58′ sailing catamaran) that leaves from the Waikoloa Beach fronting the Marriott. Snorkel gear and instruction from a marine naturalist are included as you swim among colorful reefs, exotic tropical fish and Hawaiian green sea turtles.

Schedule: April 16 – November 30: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 9:00am and from December 1 – April 15 Monday, Wedesday, Friday, Saturday at 10:30am

Duration: 3 hours

Tour includes: Continental breakfast, deli-buffet lunch and complimentary open bar

Gear Provided: Snorkel gear and flotation devices

Restrictions: Photo ID is required for the open bar 

What to Bring & Wear: Swim wear, towel, sun-protection and a light cover-up or jacket

Vessel: Seasmoke- 58‘ CSK sailing catamaran or Alala- a 65′ sailing catamaran

Capacity: Seasmoke – 49,  Alala – 76

General Information
Check In for Spirit of Aloha and Seasmoke Sailing Catamarans: Anaeho’omalu Bay (locals call it A-bay), on the ocean side of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort.  When boarding at A-Bay, it is a beach-loading process with transfer from a tender-boat.  The barefoot entry takes a few steps into the seawater from the beach. Come in your swimsuit and any outerwear that may come in contact with water.

GPS: 69-275 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa, HI 96738 Click to view map

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.

waikoloa snorkel sail
Waikoloa cruises to exotic and remote locations
waikoloa snorkel sail
Snorkel in the warm waters of Kona coast

CWaikoloa Snorkel Sailruise Ship Passengers

Waikoloa Snorkel Sail tours are not practical for cruise ship passengers due to the distance from the Kailua-Kona Harbor.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

If you are spending a week at one of the Kohala resorts, we highly recommend that you include a day at Anaeho-omalu Bay in your itinerary. We recently stayed at the Hilton Waikoloa, which is a full-featured resort nearby, sort of the “Disneyland” of Hawaii hotels. There’s lots to see and do without leaving the resort, but they don’t have a NATURAL beach; their beach is an artifically created salt water lagoon which has a huge man-made waterfall. Hawaii’s greatest attraction is it’s amazing natural beauty, and we much prefer natural beaches to ones created by bulldozers!

Anaeho’omalu Bay (locals call it A-bay) is a beautiful sandy beach just a mile away from the Hilton; the closest resort is the Waikoloa Marriott. Fortunately in Hawaii ALL beaches in the state are PUBLIC … even the ones with exclusive $10 million dollar homes are required to allow public access. A-bay’s sandy beach is perfect for launching kayaks, and catamarans can pull right up to the shore for your snorkel tour to exotic black sand beaches.

In addition to the ocean-oriented tours and activities found on this page, there are lots of other tours that either take place in the Waikoloa area, or have van or bus pick up there. Be sure to check out these other pages on our site:
- Waikoloa Luau – the Royal Luau at the Waikoloa Marriott
- Kohala Waterfall Tours – easy hiking tour to rainforest waterfalls with Waikoloa pickup
- Kilauea Volcano Tour – a full-day narrated tour to see the active volcano and Hawaii Volcanos
- Volcano National Park Tour picks up in the Waikoloa area
- Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Tour – watch a sunset at the 13,900 foot summit of Hawaii’s tallest volcano, stargaze through telescopes, with pickup in Waikoloa.

Other snorkel options include Fairwind, Hula Kai, Captain Zodiac Rafting, Dolphin Snorkel Swim, and Manta Ray Night Snorkel.