Spirit of Aloha Catamaran Snorkel Sail in Waikoloa, HI

Hawaii NauticalAnaehoomalu BayWaikoloa, HI 96738
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Experience a morning of diving in and exploring Hawaii's pristine waters in this Big Island snorkeling tour! This highly acclaimed Spirit of Aloha catamaran adventure features a leisurely trip out to the open ocean to see marine animals such as dolphins, turtles, exotic fishes – and even whales. Truly a great experience from start to finish!

up to 3 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Waikoloa Travel Experts
  • Arrive 35-45 minutes before the tour starts.
  • Freshwater shower, restrooms, plenty of shade and ample seating are available on board.
  • Parts of the tour may require barefooted steps in the water.
  • Bring anti-seasickness medication if easily nauseated.
  • Snorkel fins and vest, and in-water assistance from expert crew are included. Buy or bring your snorkel and mask.
  • Drinks and snacks are served and can be purchased on board the Kona sunset cruise.


from Spirit of Aloha Catamaran Snorkel Sail
This Spirit of Aloha Catamaran snorkeling excursion departs from the Waikoloa Resort, on the Kohala side of the Hawaii Island (the Big Island). The iconic Spirit of Aloha provides the ultimate in sailing comfort and snorkeling fun.

The Spirit of Aloha sailing and snorkel trip is operated by Hawaii Nautical, one of Hawaii's largest ocean-activity providers, with a fleet of vessels island wide serving many harbors across Oahu and the Big Island. They believe in delivering service, safety, and the spirit of Aloha.

They respect the ocean and the ecosystem, and follow strict guidelines so that all marine mammals and wildlife are protected. And they honor the host-culture and support the local communities in which they operate.

They want the natural environment you enjoy today to be here tomorrow, and for every tomorrow after.

That’s why they 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.

They 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.

They've been wowing guests of all ages for decades in Hawaii. While there's lots of excitement around the activities, they practice the highest level of safety in everything we do. They treat guests like ohana, the Hawaiian word for family that permeates everything they do.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Spirit of Aloha Catamaran Snorkel Sail

How long is the cruise?

From 9 am til noon.

Is this age appropriate?

Yes, the large vessel is safe for all ages.

Where is this located?
If driving, set your GPS to "69-1081 Kuualii Place Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738". This will take you toward the A-Bay beach and the Lava Lava Beach Club. Park at the A-Bay Beach Park parking lot, and walk along the beach toward the middle. The check-in area is a 5-minute walk from the Marriott and Kolea properties, and about 15 minutes from the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Look for the orange Hawaii Nautical check-in sign near the two prominent coconut trees. Hawaii Nautical will come to get you there in their catamaran tender.

What time should I arrive at check-in?

You should arrive 30-45 minutes prior to cruise time to allow plenty of time to find parking. The E-ticket will list a phone number to call at least 24 hours prior to the tour to confirm the check-in details.

What should I wear? 

Come in casual clothing that may come in contact with water and easy-to-remove shoes. On snorkel trips we suggest wearing swim-trunks and a t-shirt for men, and a swimsuit under shorts or a wrap for ladies.

There are shaded, covered and dry areas of this boat, and also optional areas such as the front nets where you can enjoy sea spray and more wind. 

What should I bring?

You should bring your E-ticket, sunscreen, flat shoes, and a photo ID along with cash if you wish to purchase additional alcoholic drinks. There is plenty of covered space to place bags, belongings, towels and clothing that will stay dry. 

What is included in the cruise?

Cruise includes picnic lunch, unlimited non alcohol beverages, and 2 free bar drinks per adult.; $1 beer/$2 wine/mixers for extra. Snorkel fins and vest, and in-water assistance from expert crew are included. Buy or bring your snorkel and mask. Sanitized re-usable sets are available as a backup.

What is available on the boat?

A catamaran is a large vessel that is safe for all ages, conveniences include on-board freshwater shower, restrooms,  plenty of shade and ample seating.

What are we most likely to see on the snorkel tour?

Guests are likely to see dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life. During whale season December through March, majestic humpbacks are likely  to be  spotted.