Captain Zodiac on The Big Island of Hawaii is not your usual snorkeling adventure host. From the moment you enter the office, the pirate theme will have your group saying “Aye, this be the place!” Junior pirate certificates arrrrr available for the young swabs in yer crew. So tell Jennifer that you would like to book without delay.
Ye may address the captain as Captain Bob, or Captain Ron if ye are a fan of 80’s movies, as we happen ta be. First Mate Sierra made sure that everything was ship-shape and that no land lubbers were left behind.
We saw several dolphins whilst aboard our black raft and Captain Ron positioned us for excellent photo opps of caves, lava tubes, blowholes and the famous cliff formation, Pele, the goddess of fire, according to Hawaiian mythology, as featured in Moana.
Sierra, a Hawaiian mythology aficionado, told us the fateful tale of Captain Cook, the British sailor who arrived during a sacred season, and was mistaken for a god. He gave away too many nails from his vessel as presents to the Hawaiians, and his ship was compromised is the rough seas. When he returned with an ill crew and broken mast, the Hawaiians surmised that he was not a diety, and the welcome was less cordial. He met his end at the reef that bears his name—the very reef where we enjoyed a day of snorkeling with a friendly turtle and countless fish.
The adventure allows for over two hours in the water, and features fresh watermelon, fruit, turkey sandwiches, beverages and a lifetime of tall tales.