The Kamanu, a sleek 38-foot sailing catamaran, provides a laidback sail-and-snorkel cruise from Honokohau Harbor to the marine preserve of Pawai Bay. The 3 1/2-hour trip includes a tropical lunch (deli sandwiches, chips, fresh fruit, and drinks), snorkeling gear, and personalized instruction for first-time snorkelers; weather permitting, it sails at 9am and 1:30pm. It can hold up to 24 people but often has fewer, making it even more relaxed. Some morning cruises are offered with a swim with spinner dolphins, while the adults-only sunset cocktail cruises are sometimes paired with snorkeling with manta rays. Whale-watching is also offered in season. At press time, Kamanu Charters had announced plans to add Kamanu Elua, a Zodiac-style rigid-hull inflatable boat with seating, which will offer Kealakekua Bay snorkel tours.
Hawaii (The Big Island)
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Honokohau Harbor, 74-7380 Kealakehe Pkwy (off Hwy 19), Kailua-Kona.
Our Rating Phone 800/348-3091 or 808/329-2021 Prices Sail-and-snorkel cruises (daily 9am and 1:30pm) $95 adults ($85 for 1:30pm cruise), $50 children 12 and under. Dolphin swim, sail, and snorkel (times/days vary) $139 all ages. Sunset cruises (daily 5pm) $95 adults only. Sunset manta snorkels (times/days vary) $95. Whale-watching (Dec. 15–May 15; times/days vary) $75 Web site Kamanu Charters Other Check website for online discounts
MapHonokohau Harbor, 74-7380 Kealakehe Pkwy Hawaii (The Big Island)
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