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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Hawaii cruises Captain Cook raft rafting dolphin activities

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 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.

Sea Caves


Whale Watch

Comments from some of our customers:

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

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

August 2011

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 adventure.

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), Cleveland, Ohio

July 2011

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.



July, 2011

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!!

Cheryl Rich


February 2011
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. Aloha
- Michelle Aboumrad

December 2010
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 family’s favorite days of our two week trip……so thank you!!
- Amber Walker

November 2010

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 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!!! Mahalo!

- The Browns (Brian, Heather and Haley)


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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