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Private Big Island Tours

The Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii is known for its crystal clear water and is a prime spot for snorkeling with wild dolphins, sea turtles and manta rays.

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Big Island (Kona) Private Charter Tours

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Big Island (Kona) Tours

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KIBOU
KIBOU

Go on an exhilarating cruise while enjoying the beauty of Kona from the 360-degree view. KIBOU is spacious and fast. Its 1150 horsepower engine will take you anywhere you want to go! Comfortable seating, bathrooms, shade, and showers are available on board.

Kona Naia
Kona Naia

Feel the power of Hawaii's natural beauty through this boat's 360-degree panoramic ocean view. Shower and shade are available at all times.

Locations

Kailua-Kona

The Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii is world-renowned for diving and snorkeling. Embark from the Honokohau Harbor and let us take you on an exhilarating cruise to snorkeling spots seldom visited by tourists.

Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off

Pick-up and drop-off services can be arranged for the following hotels. Please note that pick-up locations and times may be subject to change. Please verify on your reservation confirmation.
  • Aston Kona by the Sea
  • Aston Shores at Waikoloa
  • Bay Club at Hilton Grand Vacation Club
  • Casa De Emdeko
  • Champion Ridge @ Mauna Lani
  • Courtyard by Marriott - King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
  • Fairmont Orchid
  • Fairways at Mauna Lani
  • Fairways at Waikoloa Resort
  • Four Seasons Hualalai Resort
  • Golf Villas at Mauna Lani
  • Hali‘i Kai at Waikoloa Resort
  • Hilton Waikoloa Village
  • Holiday Inn
  • Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites
  • Islands at Mauna Lani
  • Kahala‘u Beach Condos
  • Ka Milo at Mauna Lani
  • Kanaloa at Keauhou Resort
  • Keauhou-Kona Surf Racquet Club
  • King's Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club
  • Kohala Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations
  • Kolea at Waikoloa Resort
  • Kona Bali Kai Hotel
  • Kona Coast Resort
  • Kona Islander Inn Hotel
  • Kona Magic Sands Resort
  • Kona Makai Condominiums
  • Kona Reef Resort
  • Kona Seaside Hotel
  • Kona Sea Village
  • Kukealoha (HHH Tomoko) Healing Hands
  • Kulalani at Mauna Lani
  • Lava Lava Beach Club
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
  • Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection
  • Mauna Lani Point
  • Na Hale Keauhou
  • Nomura Hawaii Village
  • Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff
  • Palm Villas at Mauna Lani
  • Paniolo Greens Resort
  • Royal Kona Resort
  • Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa - Keauhou Bay
  • The Kona Billfisher Resort
  • The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort
  • Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel
  • Villages at Mauna Lani
  • Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
  • Waikoloa Beach Villas
  • Waikoloa Colony Villa
  • Wai‘ula‘ila at Mauna Kea
  • White Sands Village
  • WorldMark Kona
  • Wyndham Mauna Loa Village
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Customer Reviews

Plaid-archer says... 5 stars

Saturday morning with the wild dolphins off the Kona coast was amazing! My big expenditure was well worth the money. The crew made an awesome experience even better. Mahalo!

haleipo says... 5 stars

This was my third time leading Japanese students. I had already done mantas and dolphins, so I thought I’d had the full experience, but although both were great, 2019 dolphins and 2020 dolphins were completely different. Own a home in Kona and have done lots of trips on 4 different islands, but this is the best most personal choice. I reviewed last year and said I’d never seen so many dolphins at a time. This year we had fewer, but we saw them interact with crew and free diving participants. Truly cool. One of my non swimmers overcame her hydrophobia and the other at least got to see a few dolphins and enjoy some whale watching on our return. Choose Iruka. There is no comparison.

764shanew says... 5 stars

Mantas at Night near Kona on the Big Island. Here’s what I just sent them in an email: “Y’all are great. Appreciated every staff member! I had fun even though mantas weren’t out for anyone anywhere. I still learned a lot about the other fish. The best tip was Vaseline (in my case Carmex) for my mustache area to get better seal on my mask.” Folks, go on a Hawaiian Experiences tour, they are fun, casual, knowledge and also very professionally safe. It is very rare that you see zero mantas... currents and all that. They even offered a voucher to go back another night or take a different tour! Take towels, I’m warm natured and didn’t need a wetsuit but if you get cool easily, take advantage of the $10 rental of wetsuit (long sleeves to shorts length).

adityagourav says... 5 stars

We did the night snorkeling in Kona and the whole experience was such a delight. The team was fun to hang out with and yet very professional and careful at the same time. They also have a free pickup from the Hilton Waikoloa village. After dining into the ocean, they made sure everyone was comfortable and was personally assisted if they felt uncomfortable. This turned out to be a great learning experience as well. Even the kids on biard were enjoying themselves. Highly recommend this team! Kudos!

bradclancy24 says... 5 stars

Great experience! Crew was fantastic, scenery was great mantas amazing! My brother who is autistic loved the boat ride and the sunset Thanks!

lee j says... 5 stars

Dolphin trip was amazing! The Tiger shark was an added bonus that won't be forgotten. Thank you daddy bear, bear cub and our Japanese dynamo T!

Inspire34368778960 says... 5 stars

From the start this was a beautiful night! We had a double rainbow the whole ride down to the manta rays with a gorgeous sunset and spinner dolphins jumping all around the boat. I felt very safe holding on to a paddle board with all of the other swimmers. We were treated to a magnificent manta ray ballet and then a quick ride back to the harbor with warm drinks and snacks.

akwan22 says... 5 stars

My niece and I signed up for this excursion but wasn't sure if we were going to really get a chance to see and swim with the dolphins. But boy were we pleased! We saw so many dolphins and they were very playful. On top of that, the staff, Alley and Travis were awesome! Definitely recommend and coming back again when we visit Kona!

Happiness718716 says... 5 stars

Very wonderful experience. The large inflatable boat was very fast and stable on the ocean. Comfortable for all. Captain and crew provided excellent information about the manta rays. The large 6 to 8 foot wide manta rays were so gentle and came very close to us while feeding on small plankton in the underwater lights. It was like watching flying saucers in the sea!

Y9725UEjohnd says... 5 stars

Great service. Friendly. Smooth boat ride. We saw lots of manta rays near the kona airport site. Wet suit provided to keep warm.

fiveboysWisconsin says... 5 stars

Iruka Hawaii Experiences took myself and my three sons on a Manta Ray watching trip near Kona, Hawaii. What a great company. Total professionalism from the reservation phone call, orientation, and the trip itself. We had a blast!

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are included:
  • Drinks (juice, water, or tea)
  • Snorkeling gear (fin, mask, life vest)
  • Stand-up paddle board, sea kayak (depends on the tour)
  • Lunch or snack (depends on the tour)
Food and drinks are provided on board the boat and not on the shuttle bus.
Temperature-protected wetsuits are not included. Wetsuits may be available for rent. A rental fee may apply: $10 (adult), $5 (child).

Pick-up from your hotel to the harbor may be arranged with a service charge of $30 per person.
Touching and feeding is strictly prohibited. Dolphins and manta rays living in the ocean have their own territories. We must keep in mind that as visitors to their home, we must be careful not to disturb their environment.
For photos taken on Oahu tours, please call us at +1 (888) 543-4449.

For photos take on Big Island tours, please visit this website. Click on "Buy Photos" located in the top right menu.
  1. After you click on "Buy Photos", there will be a calendar selection box. Click on it to select your tour date.
  2. When photos are available, there will be a list of tours from the date you selected. Find your tour and click the blue "View Album" button to view all the photos from your tour.
  3. Select the photos you'd like to buy. Once selected, green check marks should appear over your selected photos.
  4. Click on the yellow "Checkout" button to purchase your photos.
  5. The next screen will display your selected photos and the total cost. Click on the yellow "Checkout" button to continue your order.
  6. Enter your credit card details and click the yellow "Submit Order" button to complete your order transaction.
Our photo sales are outsourced to our photo distributor, Pic Thrive. By purchasing a photo, you acknowledge that your transaction is a contract between you, the customer, and Pic Thrive.

For all questions about your order, please inquire with Pic Thrive Support. Their website offers frequently asked questions and answers as well as a support ticket system for any other questions that are not answered.
The wild dolphins you will see show up at various spots and times and cannot be controlled. They usually appear around 30 minutes to one hour from shore. Be sure to check out our social media for the latest photos and to get a feel of how close you can get to the dolphins.
Experienced guides and crew will be there swimming alongside you. We will take into account that day's weather, the dolphins' and manta rays' condition and offer guidance and support accordingly. Your tour guide will also provide a pre-snorkel briefing and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Depending on your tour, drinks (water, tea, or juice), snacks, and lunch is provided. You may also prepare and bring your own food. However, please refrain from bringing alcohol.
For those who are prone to motion sickness, we recommend you to take over-the-counter motion sickness medications before your tour. Please have cash or credit card on hand as we offer wetsuit rentals ($10 rental fee), tour photos and other merchandise. Each guest will be reponsible for looking after their own belongings — we don't recommend bringing any expensive jewelry and/or belongings. Please refer to your tour confirmation email for more information about meeting place and time as well as things to bring with you.
Tipping is not mandatory but if you want to tip for the service you received, we will greatly appreciate it.
Smoking in public places (with a few exceptions) is prohibited by law. You will be sharing the same area with other guests for the duration of the tour. Please respect everyone's space by not smoking during the tour.
Snorkeling gear such as snorkel, mask, life jacket, and fin are included with your tour. If you have your own snorkeling gear, we don't mind if you bring it. Guests bringing their own gear are responsible for their own belongings. We are not responsible in the case of theft or damage to your personal gear.
Please bring a hat/cap, sunglasses and a jacket. The boat has toilets and shade from the sun/rain for an enjoyable ride.

Still have questions? Let us know and we'll get back to you shortly.

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