- Tour the coral reefs just off the Big Island aboard a glass-bottom boat
- Experience the magical underwater world of Hawaii without ever getting wet
- Travel aboard a custom-built boat designed to glide over shallow reefs
- Admire rainbow-colored tropical fish, beautiful coral, dolphins, and humpback whales
- Learn about the geology and ecology of Hawaii
- Perfect trip for families and children
- Great way to experience Hawaii's marine life
Departure & Return
Meet the boat midway down the Kailua-Kona pier on Hawaii Island (The Big Island) 15 minutes prior to departure. It is located near the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha Hotel (75-5660 Palani Rd 96740) a good place to park! Budget 10 min to park and walk to the boat. Look for blue & yellow flags.
What To Expect
Check in for your morning boat ride at Kailua Pier, climbing down into the viewing area of your totally custom-built 36-foot (10-meter) boat. Grab a seat on a cushioned couch alongside one of the boat’s four viewing windows and receive an introduction and overview of your trip from your on-board naturalist.
Cruise out into the mellow waters just off the Big Island as you admire some of this amazing coastline’s unique coral reefs. Your unique shallow-bottom boat can get right up to the edge of these amazing underwater wildlife areas, offering you the perfect view. As you gaze in amazement at the colorful fish and corals below, listen as your naturalist narrator shares a few insights into reefs and the ecological forces that shape them. Learn where some of Hawaii’s beautiful white sand comes from and get a peek “behind the curtain” of fish mating rituals.
Continue your ride by proceeding into deeper waters, allowing you views of an amazing underwater pinnacle and a chance to watch as the bottom quickly drops off into the deep ocean. As you ride, you might even have the chance to spot spinner dolphins and (depending on the season) humpback whales. And if you get tired for some reason of the views from below, turn your gaze toward the horizon, where you’ll be able to spot historic shoreline sights like Hulihee Palace, Mokuaikaua Church and Kamakahonu (where King Kamehameha I made his home in his final years), plus much more.
Finish your magical experience along Hawaii’s beautiful coast by traveling back to Kailua Pier.
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- You must check in at the boat on the Kailua Kona Pier 15 minutes prior to departure
- Insure you budget 10 minutes to park and walk to the boarding location.
- This tour requires reconfirmation with the local supplier
- Departs from Kailua Pier, on the Big Island of Hawaii. The pier is adjacent to the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, 75-5660 Palani Rd., Kailua-Kona, HI. You may park in this lot.
- Meet the boat midway down pier on left side. Look for blue and yellow flags on boat mast.
- Located on Hawaii Island also known as the Big Island, on the Kona Side.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Infants must sit on laps
- Children must be accompanied by an adult (Two children/infants max per one adult)
- Not recommended for those extremely prone to sea sickness
- Most travellers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers
- OPERATED BY Kona Glassbottom Boat
- For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
- If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
- Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
- Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
- This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
Learn more about cancellations.
- Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
- Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
- Guides required to regularly wash hands