Kayak and other water sport rentals are available at our Kona location, giving you the opportunity to see both the east and west coasts of Hawaii's Big Island the way they were meant to be seen – from the water. Have fun kayaking and snorkeling in Hawaii's warm waters, and beach-combing remote beaches that can only be reached by boat. Snorkel, swim, relax, and explore to your heart's content.
Snorkeling is a pleasure in Hawaii - especially in the calm crystal-clear waters of Kealakekua Bay located just down the hill from our Pineapple Park Kona Hostel location. Kealakekua Bay is arguably the most famous spot for kayaking in all of Hawaii, renowned for spinner dolphins, some of the world's best snorkeling, and the historic Captain Cook monument. A wide variety of tropical fish are abundant in the waters of Hawaii where green sea turtle ("honu" in Hawaiian) and dolphin ("nai`a") sightings are common. Kayaking is often called the fastest growing activity in Hawaii because it's safe and fun and provides a real value. Spending a day in the world's most beautiful ocean surrounded by marine wildlife will give you an adventure to remember.
*Price shown after 10% discount for booking kayaks at least 24 hours in advance.
If you plan to stay longer, check out the great prices on snorkel gear in our gift shop
All rentals are good for 24 hours from time of purchase.
Life jackets, oars, dry-bag, and car harnessing kit included with every kayak rental.
Water moccasins are available for additional cost.
New laws have been enacted making it illegal to land kayaks on the Kealakekua Bay shoreline directly in front of the Captain Cook Monument without a landing permit. Snorkeling the beautiful reef and underwater sanctuary at Captain Cook is still simple to do from any of our kayaks which are easy to board from the water and all include 20 feet of tow line to hold on to while you're in the water. If you'd prefer to apply for a landing permit, they are available for download here.The State is currently limiting landing permits to 10 per day and the process can take 3-5 business days to complete, so be sure to plan in advance.
Once the online application is both filled out and signed they can either be: 1) emailed to Dean.H.Takebayashi@hawaii.gov, 2) mailed to the State Parks Hawai’i District Office, 3) or faxed to (808) 974-6222. Please call the Hilo office at (808) 974-6206 if you need more information.
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