Who We Are

At Hawaii Marine Life Charters, we are more than a tour company – we’re stewards of the ocean, helping you to connect with nature through Hawaii’s amazing marine life along our Kona coast.

Our mission is to inspire a deep connection with marine life while fostering a sense of responsibility for conservation. We believe there’s more to the world than we humans have seen, and ushering you on a journey through the waters that house an abundance of marine life helps to inspire a new level of environmental and aquatic life consciousness.

Our local crew, longtime residents of our Hawaii island, are passionate about sharing their expertise and love for the ocean with you through our kona snorkeling tours. We believe that every adventure is a chance to learn, appreciate, and protect the marine world for now and for generations to come.

We are your hosts

We are your experienced local guides in exploring the mesmerizing beauty of our undersea world along the Kona coast of Hawaii.  From captivating Manta Ray encounters, to exploring the serene waters of Kealakekua Bay snorkeling at the historic Captain Cook Monument, and our exhilarating seasonal Whale Watch excursions.

incredible marine life experiences await

Join us for amazing  marine adventures along the beautiful Kona coast of Hawaii. Our team ohana (family) is dedicated to providing unforgettable experiences that allow you to immerse yourself in the wonders of our warm tropical waters. From private charters to captivating encounters with our reef fish, Manta Rays, Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, and seasonal Pacific Humpback Whales, our commitment to exploration, education, and conservation defines every journey we embark upon.


Our Mission

At HAWAII MARINE LIFE CHARTERS, our mission is to create transformative ocean experiences that ignite a deep connection with marine life and the natural beauty of our surroundings. We strive to provide our guests with exceptional small-size guided tours that not only thrill the senses but also foster a sense of respect and responsibility for the fragile ecosystems we encounter. Through our services, we aim to inspire a love for the ocean and a commitment to its preservation for generations to come.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the conduit between curious minds and the mysteries of the ocean. We envision a world where each person who steps aboard our vessel discovers the magic of Hawaii marine life, gains insight into the delicate balance of our oceans, and carries that newfound awareness into their daily lives. With every Kona Snorkeling Tour, we aspire to fuel a passion for conservation, creating a ripple effect of positive change that extends beyond our immediate adventures.

Our Team

At HAWAII MARINE LIFE CHARTERS, our team is the heart and soul of every journey we offer. Comprising passionate individuals who call the Kona coast home, our team members are more than just skilled professionals – they are dedicated ambassadors of the ocean, committed to sharing their local expertise and love for the marine world with you through our Kona Snorkeling Tours.

We Respect the Marine Environment and Life

The rapid decline in the population of marine life, especially the reefs and corals, has led us to understand the importance and sanctity of life in the ocean. We have taken on the use of environmentally-safe approaches to helping our guests enjoy their view of the marine life. We are dedicated to responsible marine tourism. Our adherence to guidelines ensures minimal impact on the ecosystem. We strive to create encounters that educate and foster appreciation for marine life.

Safety Regulations We Adhere To

To ensure your safety we request that you adhere to the following:  

  • All non-swimmers must remain on the boat.
  • Guests under the age of 18 are required to be accompanied by an adult.
  • Pregnant individuals or those with back and neck injuries are strongly recommended not to participate in these activities.


To allow you the optimal snorkeling and marine-watching experience, we recommend you bring the following items:

Reef-Safe Sunscreen: Guests are advised to bring reef-safe sunscreen to protect themselves from the sun’s rays without harming the marine environment. This ensures that the coral reefs and marine life are not negatively impacted by sunscreen chemicals.

Hat and Sunglasses: Wearing a hat and sunglasses provides additional sun protection for guests during the tour.  UPF sun protection clothing will also help protect  you from the harmful effects of our bright tropical sun which also reflects upwards off the water.

Towels: Towels are recommended for guests to dry off after snorkeling or other water activities.

Light Jackets and warm clothing layers:  These are recommended for our nightly manta snorkel adventures on the way to the snorkel site and afterward. 

Boat Captain and Crew

Our Captains and crew members are the navigators of our adventures, guiding you through the azure waters of the Kona coast with precision and care. With decades of experience plying the waters of our island home, our Captains and crew understand the unique ocean rhythms of Hawaii Island’s leeward shores. Their in-depth knowledge of local currents, marine life patterns, and hidden coastline gems ensures that every journey is not only exhilarating and educational, but most importantly –  safe for our guests.

As locals, our crew is deeply connected to the oceans they navigate, and their passion for preserving these waters for future generations is evident in every action they take

Tour Guides

Our Tour Guides are your companions on a journey of discovery, bringing to life the underwater wonders of Hawaii’s marine ecosystems. With roots deeply embedded in the Kona culture, these guides have an intimate understanding of the marine life that live and thrive in these waters. Their expertise is among the island’s best, as they share insights into the behavior, habits, and unique characteristics of the creatures you will encounter.

More than just guides, they are storytellers, weaving narratives of the ocean’s inhabitants and the delicate balance of the ecosystem. Every member of our team embodies the spirit of Aloha – a deep respect for the land, the ocean, and the people who enjoy its treasures. As locals, they are stewards of these waters, committed to ensuring that your experience is not only remarkable but also sustainable.

Our Ship Captain, crew, and Tour Guides are united by a shared passion for marine conservation, and they take pride in educating our guests about the importance of preserving the delicate marine ecosystems that surround us. Our team of experienced guides and CPR, first aid, and first responder certified crew ensures that your journey is not only thrilling but also safe and secure.

When you embark on a journey on one of our Kona Snorkeling Tours, you’re not just a passenger – you’re a part of our passionate ohana.   Together, we explore, learn, and celebrate the beauty of the ocean that is so important to us all.

Where to Find Us

You can find us nestled in the heart of paradise, operating from the in-water boat slip “G8” located at Honokohau Harbor Kona Hi. This strategic location allows for easy access to the captivating Kona coast, home to some of the most diverse marine life and scenic landscapes. From our departure point, we embark on journeys that take you to Kealakekua Bay’s marine sanctuary, where tropical fish, rays, and turtles create a vibrant underwater tapestry. Additionally, our Manta Ray night snorkeling and Whale Watch experiences promise encounters with these majestic creatures that call the Pacific Ocean home.

We invite you to join us on a voyage that transcends the ordinary, where every wave carries a promise of discovery, every encounter fuels curiosity, and every moment creates memories that last a lifetime. Dive in with us and let the ocean unveil its secrets as we embark on an adventure that’s as enriching as it is breathtaking.