Hawai‘i Island’s cerulean waters are teeming with life. LIVING CORAL can be found in 57%of the waters surrounding the island — the highest percentage in the main Hawaiian Islands. Where there’s coral, there are fish, and there are island TOUR- BOAT COMPANIES SPECIALIZING IN UNDERWATER VIEWS.
ATLANTIS ADVENTURES (atlantisadventures.com) has a 65-foot, air-conditioned SUBMARINE with 26 large portholes, and conducts tours off Kailua-Kona. The sub cruises past hundreds of tropical fish that populate an 18,000-year-old, 25-acre fringing coral reef that lies some 100 feet below the surface.
Those not afraid to get a little wet can embark on an affordable charter with CAPTAIN COOK SNORKELING CRUISES (captaincooksnorkelingcruises.com) to see the historical Captain Cooke Monument and Kealakekua Bay. Trips leave Keauhou Bay (only 10 minutes south of Kailua-Kona and 45 minutes from Waikoloa Beach Resort). Each adventure is 90 minutes and includes snorkeling, gear, drinks, snacks and floatation devices. ATLANTIS ADVENTURES 800-381-0237 CAPTAIN COOK SNORKELING CRUISES 808-378-7516