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Kailua-Kona, United States
Glass-bottom Boat Reef Tour
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icon1 hour  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the rainbow-colored fish and bright corals beneath the waves without ever getting wet during this glass-bottom boat trip from Kona. Climb aboard your 36-foot (10-meter) vessel (specially designed for floating above reefs) with an expert naturalist as you explore the incredible marine landscape of Hawaii. As you cruise, observe Hawaii’s underwater coastline and admire fascinating creatures like dolphins, turtles and maybe even a seasonal whale or two.
  • 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
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Live commentary on board
Local guide
Food and drinks, but cold water is available
6598 Kaahumanu Pl , 6598 Kaahumanu Pl, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

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.

This activity will end right where it started.
Dive into the magical underwater world of Hawaii without ever leaving the boat during this ride aboard a glass-bottomed vessel. This special ship offers a unique window into the wondrous mysteries and fascinating creatures that inhabit the Big Island’s shores and reefs.

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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kona Glassbottom Boat - Kailua Bay Charter Co.
Our tour departs from the Kailua Pier on the Big Island of Hawaii (Hawaii Island) and will take you on a glass bottomed boat adventure in Kailua Bay. Cruise along the coastline hovering within inches of the coral reef. Enjoy a lively narration by a knowledgeable marine naturalist as you take in the beauty above and below the ocean’s surface. An eco-tour that is fun for all ages! Private Charters available!
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Glass-bottom Boat Reef Tour?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Glass-bottom Boat Reef Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Glass-bottom Boat Reef Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Glass-bottom Boat Reef Tour.

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star-5
Enjoyable Experience
Paul_E
, Aug. 2022
You will get to learn about some of history of the area. The guide was really friendly and knowledgeable. A great introduction to the island., and it’s a good way to see some fish if you have little kids.
star-5
Family fun
Lauren_E
, Aug. 2022
It was a great experience the entire family enjoyed it. My kids loved seeing all the creatures in the ocean at a safe distance. Our guide was very informative, friendly and funny. Perfect for all ages. We enjoyed it so much! Would definitely come back.
star-5
Fun time
Kristi_W
, Aug. 2022
The crew was amazing, friendly, funny, and knowledgeable. They entertained us and answered questions and told some history of the island.
star-4
Fun and educational
Mike_S
, Aug. 2022
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable and very funny! She did an excellent job of keeping us well informed and entertained.
star-5
Many fish to See
Angie_G
, Jul. 2022
I loved looking at the fish in their natural habitat. We saw many different types and our guide was informative about the land and fish in the reef. She made sure everyone was feeling ok on the boat
star-5
Amy is amazing
Jason_B
, Jul. 2022
Great tour and opportunity. Learned a lot about the island and the marine life. If you like that kind of stuff I highly recommend this trip.
star-5
Glass bottom
Debbie_C
, Jul. 2022
The coral was my favorite. The yellow fish were interesting. My family enjoyed it very much!! We would do this again!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Beautiful view of reef
Janis_M
, Jul. 2022
Had extra time before our flight out this was a great way to spend the afternoon. The reef is clearly visible from the boat glass windows. Kids enjoyed it. We saw two octopi! Along with lots of colorful fish. Crew was nice helpful and educational. The bay is beautiful and we enjoyed exploring it this way since we didn’t have time for a longer activity.
star-5
Can’t wait to go back
Rosee_P
, Jul. 2022
We had an excellent time! Our host was so fun and kept things light and informative. She was good w/kids also. The captain was amazing as well. Kept all of safe and seasick free. Will do again next summer!
star-5
Great trip and a friendly...
James_C
, Jul. 2022
Great trip and a friendly guide. We saw quite a few varieties of tropical fish near the pier and in the shipwreck rock area.
star-5
Wonderful and fun experience
Shaune_S
, Jul. 2022
Seeing the vast underwater creatures was amazing and excellent narrative by the crew. Had a great time
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
Mahalo! It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed viewing the sea life, listing to the narration by our guide and that had you a great time on our glass bottom boat.
star-5
Great little adventure!
Kristen_B
, Jul. 2022
The tour guide on our glass bottom cruise was lovely! She was witty and full of information about the reef, the fish, and the history of the island itself. Not only did she tell us what we were seeing below, but about the historic structures and natural landmarks in the distance. So informative! Very family friendly experience.
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time aboard our glass bottom boat. Our tour guides love giving every guest a wonderful experience, so it is always extra special to hear that passengers enjoyed themselves and found the narration to be witty and informative. That is our goal, a fun, educational family friendly tour that will provide a laugh and a learning experience. Because laughing and learning with those we love is the best way to live. At least we think so. ;)
star-5
Great time.
Pamela_T
, Jun. 2022
It was a wonderful day. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. They were very helpful to help prevent seasickness and to accommodate a customer who did get sick. Great time. Thanks to Amy and Captain Sean.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Mahalo for the great review. Wonderful to hear that you had a wonderful time on our reef tour. Too bad the one customer got a sick. It happens to the best of us ;). For those who are sensitive to motion, we recommend taking precautions.
star-5
Was interesting to hear...
Luis_P
, Jun. 2022
Was interesting to hear Al information we have and how she doing interacting with everybody really good 👍🏼
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Mahalo for the great review. So glad you found the narrator to be full of great information and good at interacting with all the guests.
star-5
Very nice experience. We...
Ana_M
, Jun. 2022
Very nice experience. We got to see the coral reef and the fish living in it. Very knowledgeable crew.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Mahalo! Providing views of coral and fish with knowledgeable crew to tell you all about them is our M.O. ;) We are so glad that you enjoyed it.
star-5
Fun for family
Jeff_T
, Jun. 2022
The narrator was very informative and defiantly knew her fish. It was nice to have several places to sit and see the fish.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We are glad the narrator was able to impress, with her fish knowledge, and that you enjoyed the layout of the boat, for optimal fish viewing.
star-3
Cancelled on us
Sue_J
, Jun. 2022
Our tour was cancelled 15 min before departure! Could not understand as rain was light and no wind. positive is their effort to assure my refund.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We are very sorry that we had to cancel due to weather. For complete accuracy, we called you 45 minutes prior to departure. But either way, we do realize that it is disappointing and frustrating to have your tour canceled just prior to departure. I personally had a similar experience where I showed up for a hiking tour at about 6am, checked in, waited for 20 minutes, and then they canceled due to weather at the time we were supposed to depart. This sort of thing happens, but it is quite disappointing. We strive to give people as much advanced notice as possible. We are constantly monitoring the weather. Typically, we cancel the night prior if we feel the weather will not allow for a quality or safe tour. However, weather is a finicky thing and very occasionally we must cancel just prior to departure. It was not so much the wind and the rain that we were concerned with. The water was beginning to become choppy and less clear. The captain and crew felt that the likely hood of having a bumpy ride with little to see was very high. Rather than waste your money and time with a bad experience, we felt the best thing was to cancel. It truly was a bummer. The boat and crew were their ready to go, you and other guests were on their way. There was disappointment on all fronts.
star-5
We had a great host named...
Elizabeth_T
, Jun. 2022
We had a great host named Eden. She was really knowledgeable and fun. Our captain, Shawn was also great and found a large school of dolphins. It was a really great experience.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thanks for the wonderful review! Mahalo for saying such nice things about our narrator and captain. We all love what we do on the Kona Glassbottom Boat, and it means a lot hear that guests enjoyed there time with us.
star-5
Excellent aquatic adventure
Ray_G
, Jun. 2022
The experience was very educational we learned a lot of history of fish and the islands. The captain of the boat knew exactly where to position the boat and the speaker to an excellent job of relaying the knowledge to make the experience all worthwhile
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Mahalo for such a great review! It is wonderful to hear that you learned a lot about Hawaiian history and all the fish. Glad the captain and crew helped to make our glass bottom boat tour a worthwhile experience.
star-4
2 year old loved the...
CHARLA_R
, Jun. 2022
2 year old loved the fish, he was so excited Did not really see many but he was the reason went. Not good for adults
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Glad your two year old loved the fish. Adults also enjoy our tour since it gives everyone a chance to look at and discuss/learn about the coral reef and its inhabitants.

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