Directions to Kawaihae Harbor-South: From Hwy 19 bear left onto Hwy 270 (Akoni Pule Hwy) and continue on Kawaihae Road. Slow down after you pass the 3-mile marker, you will soon see Kawaihae Harbor entrance at signs for “Matson” and “Young Brothers." Take a left turn where it says "Port of Kawaihae Office," then turn left just before the guard shack. At the end of that road, turn right at next crossroads stop sign and drive thru Gate 11. Head straight out toward the ocean, turn left at Gate 12, and continue toward the comfort station and yellow gate that is between two large boulders. If it is locked, someone will meet there and open it for you. The vessel is homeported at the Makai end of the dock, at slip S-01, but will most often board from the loading area near the front of the docks.
HAWAII ISLAND (The Big Island), DEPARTING FROM KAWAIHAE HARBOR
$135 adult/$67.50 child; Kona-Kohala 9:00 a.m.-Noon
Guaranteed to see dolphins or turtles (and whales when whales are in-season December through April) or come back FREE on same or lesser-value trip including on Oahu.
Hop aboard this terrific snorkel power catamaran, with ample seating and shade. Enjoy the coastal sights and a refreshing swim and snorkel.
Snorkel gear and in-water assistance from expert crew are included. Picnic lunch, soda, juice & water served.
Wildlife guaranty is for rerides only, no refunds. Or use reride ticket value toward the upgrade price of any higher-value trip.\
Depart from Kawaihae Harbor, convenient to Kona-Kohala resorts, and head along the rugged and scenic shore of Kohala, viewing lava walls, rocky points, patches of sandy beaches, and gulches rising to the Kohala ridge -- the oldest part of Hawaii Island. Pods of dolphins can be spotted along this shore and whales in whale season. It is a serene and unspoiled scene with very little boat traffic, making for an extraordinary experience. Snorkeling is among some of the best on the island, and ours is often the only boat at the sight. Snorkel sights include Lapakai State Park, Puako, Crystal Cove, Turtles, Beach 69 and Kiholo Bay. Sitting above Kawaihae Harbor is Pu'ukohola Heiau, meaning hill of the whale.
LUNCH MENU: Sandwich, chips and cookie.
ALTERNATE TIME AVAILABLE MAY-NOVEMBER, 1 p.m: KONA WILDLIFE GUARANTEED, CATAMARAN SNORKEL & LUNCH, AFTERNOON 1:00-4:00 P.M.
Departs: Kawaihae Harbor - South
61-3527 Kawaihae Road
Waimea, HI 96743
Check in at vessel 15 minutes prior to departure
Hawaii Nautical is one of Hawaii's largest ocean-activity providers, with a fleet of vessels islandwide serving many harbors across Oahu and the Big Island. We believe in delivering service, safety, and the spirit of Aloha.
We respect the ocean and the ecosystem, and follow strict guidelines so that all marine mammals and wildlife are protected. And we honor the host-culture and support the local communities in which we operate.
We want the natural environment you enjoy today to be here tomorrow, and for every tomorrow after.
That’s why we are Hawaii’s first Dolphin Smart-recognized operator. NOAA’s Dolphin Smart educates guests about dolphin conservation and harassment and advises not to seek activities that pursue close interactions like swimming with dolphins in Hawaii in the wild.
We also follow the guidelines of the Coral Reef Alliance, to establish lasting change and promote coral reef health around the world. That includes sustainable practices — such as no fish-feeding. Coral conservation aims to save these valuable ecosystems, unite communities and preserve cultural identity.
We've been wowing guests of all ages for decades in Hawaii. While there's lots of excitement around our activities, we practice the highest level of safety in everything we do. We treat guests like ohana, the Hawaiian word for family that permeates everything we do.