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Captain Zodiac

Hawaii’s Big Island Original Zodiac Rafting Tour Company

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Creating connection to the past, present, and future through sustainable travel. Help us protect our reefs by using sustainable practices such as reef safe sunscreen and reusable water bottles. We have both available for you!

There is no shortage of activities in Hawai’i but there are some operators who go above and beyond to continually improve their commitment to our islands and the people. Sustainable Tourism Association of Hawai’i has an excellent guide to find the operators that put in the work to make travel more sustainable. We highly recommend taking this guide into account when planning your Hawai’i itinerary!


About Us

Captain Zodiac will take you to explore some of Hawaii’s most amazing sights along the Kona Coast! Our snorkel destination is Kealakekua Bay where you will find some of the best snorkeling in the state of Hawaii. This remote marine preserve features hundreds of colorful fish and beautiful coral. A key place in Hawaiian history and site of the Captain Cook Monument, we “talk story” about these cultural and historic events.

Up-close encounters with marine life are an opportunity not to be missed on our Zodiac rafts. We often see pods of Hawaiian spinner dolphins, humpback whales (seasonal), pilot whales, sea turtles, and other rare species. The small-group atmosphere of our adventure allows for a personal and intimate tour.

Our captain and crew are well versed in marine science, animal behavior, geology of the island’s lava flows, Hawaiian history, culture, and folklore. This makes our tours informative as well as fun! The captains are part-entertainer and all pirate.

Only our highly maneuverable 24-foot Zodiac Hurricane RHIB can get you in close to the sea caves, lava tubes, rock archways, blowholes and amazing scenery along the coastline. With only a maximum of 16 passengers per raft, everyone has a great seat.


Over 1,700 Visitors Rave About Us on TripAdvisor

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If you book one tour on the water book this Big Island tour!

Captain Marco was amazing!! He was so knowledgeable and you could tell that he truly enjoys what he did. We saw tons of whales, dolphins and more! Huge value and smaller crowd meant an overall better experience compared to other tours. Their rafts were incredibly comfortable, lunch was light, but healthy, and the crew had all of the snorkel gear ready for us. Book this tour!! You will not regret it.

– Global 752078 | TripAdvisor
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Awesome experience with Marco and Kaila

Marco (our Captain) and Kaila (guide) were both simply amazing. They know their stuff, share interstellar information and stories. They were very careful, attentive and funny. We were very lucky and saw whales jumping, dolphins playing around our zodiac, and of course lots of fishes at the snorkeling spot. Awesome!!!

– Maxim G | TripAdvisor
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Highlight of the trip!

We had a great time on the zodiac! Our guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and fun to chat with. They are excellent storytellers, and the snorkeling itself was also great, with lots of colourful fish. I definitely recommend the tour to any visitors!

– Kyle W | TripAdvisor
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It was my first time snorkeling and captain Marco and Devante were patience and helpful. Very knowledgeable about Kona

We had a fantastic time snorkeling and seeing dolphins. Captain Marco and Devante were great! So friendly and helpful.

– Sue B | TripAdvisor
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A great experience for a bargain price

I've been on five Capt. Zodiac tour over the years and never been disappointed. Compared to tours on larger boats, Zodiac is much swifter and adept at finding whales. The price for a 3-hour trip is a bargain.

– Jay C | TripAdvisor
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Great snorkeling trip that is high adventurous, fun, and awesome for the family!

Went on the Beat the Crowd snorkeling trip. It was AWESOME! Captain Rick and Devonte were the best! Knowledgeable, helpful, professional, and HILARIOUS! The boat (called Revenge) was amazing. We had great snorkeling, saw several whales, dolphins, and even an eagle ray when pulling into the dock! High speed, invigorating, and a great time! Gotta go here if you plan hitting the water!

– Marc E | TripAdvisor
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From start to finish, wonderful.

Great trip! Chuck was a fun captain and we felt like family from the moment we walked in the door before our tour. Beautiful site to snorkel and enjoy the day.

– Jennifer T | TripAdvisor
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Absolute bliss

We had a blast. Captain Rick was super (fun, knowledgeable and entertaining) and Devante Cornelius aka lavante' is hilarious and brought so much joy to our day. These guys are so genuine and thoughtful and caring. I had the best day I've had in I don't remember. And I love my shirts that I got, especially the spf one. I miss Roscoe already. Thank u all. Even the attendants in the store were so hospitable. Mahalo 💕

– Anne S | TripAdvisor
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A must do while in Kona!

We had an amazing day with Captain Jason! I accidentally booked on the wrong day and Miranda worked magic to get us out on the day we arrived. We couldn't be more grateful for the customer service and the incredible experience of whale watching and snorkeling. Highly recommend!

– Terry | TripAdvisor