Captain Zodiac - Kona Hawaii’s most experienced rafting company - invites you to join us to tour Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii’s finest marine snorkel preserve and the site of Captain Cook's Monument.

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zodiac Kona Hawaii Big Island of Hawaii Captain Cook raft rafting dolphin activitiesKona Hawaii’s most experienced rafting company, Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions established in 1974, invites you on an intimate journey to Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii’s finest marine preserve and the site of Captain Cook's Monument.

Departing from Honokohau Marina located 3 miles north of Kailua-Kona, your captain will entertain you with Hawaiian folklore and Kona history as you travel along the scenic Kona coast. Keep a lookout for Hawaii spinner dolphins, green sea turtles, manta rays, humpback whales (during the winter months) and other marine life that are often encountered on the expedition.

Explore lava tubes and sea caves as you travel the inaccessable shores and get the feeling of traveling back in time on this remote coastline. Marvel at the incredible geology as your captains entertain you with their narration and excite you with their skillful driving in rafts just like the Navy seals and the U.S. Coast Guard use.

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Play Video To See Whale Encounter Below the Water.
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Whale Watching is from our 24 ft Zodiac rafts which give you a “front row seat” and are fast so we get into viewing position quickly. This also means the rafts can take a little splashing during transit so we suggest wearing clothing that can get wet (such as swim suit and cover up, or windbreaker etc) and for camera/video equipment some water proof protection while underway (plastic bags and backpack).

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Comments from some of our customers:

November 2014

We had a wonderful time on the zodiac snorkel tour; definitely a highlight from our time in Hawaii. Colin was a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide and Jen was so helpful and friendly. My husband and I are in our early 50s but we loved the hitting the waves sitting right out in front. The snorkelling was one of the best we’ve done anywhere; so many species of fish. The bonus was the large pod of spinner dolphins swimming around the boat. We would recommend anyone take this tour; a definite must do. Mahalo Colin and Jen!

Sandy and Denis from Canada

March 2014

The sights were so abundant and dazzling! I wish I had been faster on the camera trigger! we saw a lot of whales and dolphins. The snorkeling was great!! the crew, Brandt, and Shane were just wonderful and made sure everything was done safely but a LOT of fun!! Highly recommend this adventure to everyone!

Priscilla Bunch Tubbs

February 2014

Mahalo to Captain Chris and sidekick Adam for the most awesome whale watch in history. Those five whales that fell in love with our raft for a half an hour were an unimaginable experience. All I can say is AMAZING

Sue Cooke Newton

December 2013

Captain Colin was awesome! He patiently worked with "first-timers" to make sure they had a great experience. His skills as a licensed captain were evident in the way he handled the boat, made sure everyone felt safe, and free-drove repeatedly to find a set of goggles that was in 45' of water. All I can say is it was an amazing day and was one of the highlights of our vacation.

Ron Haugland

We had a great time yesterday... My wife and I weren't too sure about booking the tour because we have 3 boys (ages 4, 6 and 9) but they had a BLAST... Collin and Caleb were great and they showed us much more than we expected... The staff that helped us book the tour were great too... Thank you again.

Scott P. Nelson

December 11, 2013

My daughter and I are from Illinois and we were on your excursion booked through NCL on Wednesday December 11th, 2013. I was very nervous for my daughter she is only 14 years old and not the most avid swimmer. Collin and Blake were very helpful with my daughter Carly and in no time at all my worries were gone. Colin was fantastic, his knowledge, skills and personality are all top notch. I was educated, entertained and intrigued all in one excursion. My daughter and I feel that this is one of the best adventures available in all of the Islands. If your visiting Kona you gotta do this!

Respectfully, Carl Jacobs, Chicago, IL

August 28, 2013

We had a great trip snorkeling Capt. Andy and Tatum are the bomb!!!!!!

Barbara Aldrich, guest from NCL’s Pride of America

August 11, 2013

We road with captain mike when we were in Kona a few years ago. ! It was awesome. Ride and snorkel were amazing.!!! So much so that we are going to Maui in feb 2014 for our 30th wedding anniversary to go whale watching. Coming to Kona for 3 nights 1st JUST TO DO THE ZODIAC AGAIN!!!! Went online to book early and saw you do whale watching!!!! Wooohoooo! .......

You haven't rode the ocean blue till you do CAPTAIN ZODIAC !! A thrill you'll never forget!!!!! 11 out of 10 rating!!

Holly Henderson

August 8 ,2012

We had a great morning trip with Shane and Jennifer. The ride was amazing... saw lots of spinner dolphins and a couple sea turtles. They gave us great information about the island. The best excursion not to be missed!!!

Natalie Kostic-Brown

June 26, 2013

Such a fun afternoon! Chris and Caleb were the best! Our teen daughter enjoyed looking at them as much as the beautiful fish and dolphins. Highly recommend the trip- fun for all ages.

Julie Johnson Matta, guest from NCL’s Pride of America

Rosanna DeAmorim D'Elia posted this comment below, on our Captain Zodiac Facebook wall, to thank us for making her son’s wishes come true last Wednesday: “Thank you for making my son's Make A Wish trip to Hawai'i even more special! You guys are the best and made it a very memorable trip for us - MAHALO!!!”

January 10, 2013

Thanks again for our trip this morning. We haven't been able to talk about ANYTHING except how incredible our whale encounter was! We're still in awe.

Kelley King

January 11, 2013

Absolutely incredible experience!! Colin & Joi were fantastic. We saw humpbacks, steno dolphins, pilot whales & great snorkeling at Kealakekua. Highly recommend Captain Zodiac!!

Ralph Dacut

December 3, 2012

Had an unbelievable time with Sam and Captain Jack last week. What a phenomenal tour. Not just the scenery but the knowledge Sam and Jack had about the island, ocean, and culture were amazing. I really recommend touring with Captain Zodiac.

Bob Hodder

October 10, 2012

Loved the spinner dolphins, their babies, and the crew was awesome! We had a ball and we're telling all our friends! Super great time! We did the 5-hour trip and it was wonderful!

Kathy Watkins

June 22, 2012

Chris and Joy did a great job today. We saw beaked whales- apparently a rare sight! We were also entertained by a pod of spinner dolphins. The coral reef and various fish, blow hole, sea cave, lava tube, and other coastal sights were amazing! Chris made some fun sharp turns to add some excitement for the kids on our zodiac boat ride to our snorkel sight. We were all hoping the moms wouldn't fall out LOL. Joy told an interesting story about Captain Cook as we observed the monument to him on the shore where he was killed.

Lisa Rider

Comments like these are all we ever get! Best trip, best people, funnest boats, great dolphin shows, incredible whale watch are among the many comments we receive! The comment we hear the most is " this is the best thing we did on our vacation!" So join us on our incredible journeys and you will be sharing comments with friends and family about the best tour in Hawaii, Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditons.

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