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 the
Kailua-Kona pier, where the cruise ship tenders disembark, 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.
Comments from some
of our customers:
March 8, 2012
Captain Mitch and Maria...MAHALO :) You shared the
soul of Hawaii with us on the waters this morning! Dreamt of seeing
a dolphin or 2 and just maybe a whale...NEVER would have imagined
we'd be surrounded by Dolphins and Whales accompanying our boat
! MAGICAL :)
- Kimi Shaatbi
February 8, 2012
Thank you, so much to Collin and Ciarra (In Kona)
for one of the most enjoyable days I have ever had. Collin was so
helpful in making me comfortable with my first time snorkeling,
we had an added bonus with unexpected Whale watching. I will highly
recommend Captain Zodiac tours to any one I know traveling to Hawaii.
Collin & Ciarra you two are the best! Thanks, Patty
- Patty Town
March 8, 2012
Mahalo to Captain Zodiac, and to our captains/guides
Chris and Cory! We had a great time on March 8th (back in NY now,
and missing Hawaii!). It was just what we expected, and we were
very fortunate to see a great show from several humpback whales
toward the end of our trip. My 8 year-old son really loved the speedy
raft ride! And Captain Chris expertly guided the raft through seas
that were somewhat rough, especially on the return, while Cory shared
lots of interesting information. Again, mahalo!
- Alice Barnes Hempstead
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
Just got back home to California and still can't
get over how awesome of a time I had with Captain Shane and T
on Monday. Definitely the highlight of my vacation. My parents
and my brother and I had an incredible time. Thank you guys so
much! Keep in touch!
Just back from our cruise on the Carnival Spirit. Last day was
spent in Kona Snorkeling, went out with Preston and T. It was
the highlight of the cruise. Had a great time and would definitely
recommend you guys to anyone going to Kona!!!!
· -Charlene Lothier
Best activity we booked while on the island!! Thanks Capt Colin
and Brandt (Buddha) for a great day!!
Had a great outing with this group today! Shane, Cory, and Max!!!
Thanks guys. The snorkel spot was awesome and all your recommendations
on places to go we're just what we needed.
Captain Ken & T
Best dolphin and snorkel outing we've ever been on. Knowledgeable,
safe, and Fun! Great interaction with all the folks.
- Tim & Jenny Kenworthy, Indiana
There is a dual purpose to this note of appreciation,
with the first being to acknowledge to you all that you provided
the BEST excursion during our NCL cruise From the time
we arrived at the dock, EVERY employee of Captain Zodiac was just
full of energy and of passion to provide an outstanding service
to everyone taking this excursion. Secondly, PLEASE recognize
two of your most outstanding employees, Captains Mike and Andy.
They are genuine, knowledgeable, humorous, kind and safe. They
are terrific with those persons who are not the strongest of swimmers,
but have a strong desire to snorkel and learn all about Kona.
What a great team they are, in that they work so well together.
They are a better advertisement than the web sites, as we have
already told two couples going to Hawaii about your excursion.
These two couples are now committed to going on the Captain Zodiac
Again, Captains Mike and Andy, you two made this
excursion, and thanks again for all the effort the two of you
put forth to make this the time of our lives.
Mark and Marianne Schmitt (The M& M's)
My wife and I just returned from a 7 day Hawaiian
cruise which was the vacation of a lifetime. We did the
dolphin-snorkel excursion via the ship. The snorkeling was the
best I ever did including great sites in Hawaii and parts
of the Caribbean. We were also lucky enough to run into a pod
of 50-100 dolphin. What really put the trip over the top
were the leaders Mike and Buddha. They were knowledgeable
and really helped us all have a great and fun time.
I just wanted to say thank you from my family
and I. Ten of us, ages 49-13, went on your excursion through Norwegian
Cruise Lines this past week. This had to be the highlight of our
trip! I myself was very nervous because I am not a strong swimmer.
I did not ever need to have any fear. The captain and his first
mate were awesome! They truly made me feel safe. We were able
to see hundreds of spinner dolphins, a pod of pilot whales, and
many fish too numerous to name. My family still talks about how
much fun we had. Thanks for a great time!!
Your outfit ROCKS. I had a great time today and could not be happier
if I didn't do anything else this year. Thank you for the magical
journey with so much Aloha. Best wishes to you all! See ya soon.
- Michelle Aboumrad
I was on a tour with Captain Zodiac on either the 23 or 24 of
December 2010 with Captain Colin and Tetau. They were both
AWESOME and did a fantastic job. It was one of my familys
favorite days of our two week trip so thank you!!
- Amber Walker
I just wanted to say thank you all so very much
for such an awesome experience! Everyone was so great to deal
with! Captain Collin and First Mate Lesile (not sure how to spell
their names...sorry) were wonderful to not only us, but our 7
year old daughter Haley! She has made friends for life! Lesile
was so sweet and even took her out to snorkel with her...it just
made Haley feel so important and special!!! She is a true gem
of a lady! Captain Collin had the best stories and was so excited
about showing us everything he could, what a great guy!
Thank you again to a wonderful staff and for making
us feel like family!
We will recommend your tour over and over again!!!
- The Browns (Brian, Heather and Haley)
My husband and I were in Kona aboard the Pride
of America cruise ship and we went on the excursion to snorkel
on one of your zodiacs. Our captain was Capt. Mitch with first
mate Tetau (not sure of the spelling). They were both wonderful!
They were great tour guides and historians. Capt Mitch , with
Tetaus keen eye sight, put in the middle of a huge pod of
pilot whales. It was beautiful. We really enjoyed the trip.
- Barbara abd Norman Wright
My wife and I booked a snorkeling trip through
Princess cruise lines while in Kona. We had a great time. The
crew gave us the best snorkeling trip we have ever had, some was
the location but their knowledge of the area and tips on snorkeling
really made the trip the best. We are spreading the word to everyone
we talk to.
Thanks for a really great experience.
John & Michele Reynolds
Just wanted to extend my thanks further for an
amazing trip during my stay in Kona, Hawaii. I was lucky to have
an opportunity to spend two weeks on the islands with my family
and friends and we had an amazing trip. We spent a week on the
big island and then did the cruise around the rest of the islands.
The Capt. Zodiac tour was by far the BEST excursion we did during
our entire two week stay. We had an awesome time and experience.
Everything about it was amazing, the whale and dolphin sightings,
snorkeling, and the beautiful caves along the coast! Everything
that was pointed out to us was truly remarkable.
I would have to say though that our tour would
not have been nearly as good without Captain Colin and Shane.
They were truly knowledgeable and experienced which showed throughout
the entire trip. They both shared their love for the ocean and
the islands with us which I really admired. I have found in my
experience with excursions on these islands that the tour guides
either make or break the trip. In this case they certainly added
that extra bonus so please share my thanks with these guys and
also the rest of the staff. We all appreciated everything that
we got to experience in our brief time together. I didn't know
what to expect with this excursion, but my expectations were by
far met above and beyond. Don't change a thing!!! Thanks again
for everything! Mahalo!
- Gabby Curry..... New Jersey girl turned Hawaiian
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.