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Glass-bottom Boat Reef Tour

Highlights
  • 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
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Glass-bottom Boat Reef Tour
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Glass-bottom Boat Reef Tour
US$53.58
Overview
Experience the rainbow-colored fish and bright corals beneath the waves without ever getting wet during this 50-minute 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 you’ll observe Hawaii’s underwater coastline and admire fascinating creatures like dolphins, turtles and maybe even a seasonal whale or two.
What to Expect
Dive into the magical underwater world of Hawaii without ever leaving the boat during this 50-minute 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.
Reviews (40)
1 - 5 of 32 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fun for all ages!

We had a wonderful time on the Glass Bottom Boat Tour. Our guide Cat was very knowledgeable, pointing out subtle fish behaviors that we would have otherwise missed. It was very fun, we learned a lot, and it was well worth the drive to Kona...More

Thank Jeri F
Amy J, Crew, Narrator and Office Staff at Kailua Bay Charters - Glassbottom Boat Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the review. We are so glad that you made the trek from Kohala to join us, and we are especially happy that you had a good time. Aloha!

Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile
Fun and Informative

A beautiful day out on the ocean for a one hour tour. We truly enjoyed learning about the various fish and coral out in the waters in the ocean. A good tour for families with children and for just anyone who wants a water tour....More

Thank Darcy H
Amy J, Crew, Narrator and Office Staff at Kailua Bay Charters - Glassbottom Boat Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so happy to hear that you had a good time on our tour. And how lucky to have a visit from our local spinner dolphins! Thank you for the review.

Reviewed 6 August 2018
Family friendly and informative adventure for all ages!

Our tour guide was a wonderful host and did a wonderful job sharing her knowledge about the wildlife and ecology of the area. This was a great way for our 3 year old to experience the undersea life. Even the adults had a good time....More

Thank Hannastonemorris
Amy J, Narrator, crew and office staff at Kailua Bay Charters - Glassbottom Boat Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Mahalo for the kind review. We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed the tour.

Reviewed 4 July 2018
Great for Kids!

This short boat ride (about 1 hour) featured several glass windows in the bottom of the boat so that we could view fish, coral, and other undersea creatures in the shaded comfort of the slow-moving boat. It was a perfect alternative to snorkeling or diving...More

1  Thank jmbadger17
Amy J, Narrator, crew and office staff at Kailua Bay Charters - Glassbottom Boat Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

We are so happy that we were able to offer the folks in your group an opportunity to see the underwater world. Thank you for the great review!

Reviewed 11 June 2018
Amazing tour

This tour is not just for kids. We decided to take this tour as we do not scuba or dive and so glad we did as the amount of lovely different fish and beautiful coral was out of this world. Would recommend this tour to...More

Thank debbietaylor57
Amy J, Crew, Narrator and Office Staff at Kailua Bay Charters - Glassbottom Boat Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

We greatly appreciate your wonderful review. Thank you for recommending us.

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