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We took this tour yesterday. If you are interested in history, enjoy the outdoors and a beautiful setting, this is the tour for you! The owner is quite a character. You will learn a great deal of Hawaiian history, kayak from one end of a gorgeous bay to the other. You will disembark your boats to enjoy snorkeling with colorful, beautiful fishes, including turtles. One of my regrets, is having forgotten to bring an underwater camera! The water scenery was amazing, but also the area you beach at really felt sacred and was probably the most beautiful spot we encountered in Hawaii. This tour is one of the only that allows visitors land privileges. I would highly recommend!
Kelly United States of ...
This was our favorite booked trip while visiting Hawaii. Aloha Kayak Rentals is the only Hawaiian-owned kayak company in Kona. Iwa, the owner, gave an extraordinary history of the bay before we put in. Jamal, our guide, was very friendly, experienced, knowledgeable, and had a great respect for the bay and the environment. If you're only able to book one trip while in Hawaii, this is the one! I believe they do Manta trips too!
Wonderful ride with narration of the area and music just adding to the experience.
This trip was fantastic. My husband and I were absolute beginners and Jamal helped us every step of the way. After you get to James Cook island, the Snorkling is some of the best we've ever experienced.
This is an absolute must for anyone on the big island!
Staff were wonderful. Drinks and food were top notch. Sightseeing was great, we even spotted whales!
This is a can't miss tour!
This was such an amazing experience!!!!! Aloha Kayak's guides were superb and not only did we have a blast enjoying the activities, but it was also great to hear about the history and the locals' perspectives on the rapidly changing landscape of Hawaii. It was truly eye-opening, and if I ever visit again, I'll certainly go snorkeling with this crew again!
Wonderful experience. I took the short tour. Glad I did. It was just enough time, especially given it wasn't too sunny I wouldn't have lasted much longer without being too cold. The bay was beautiful. All sorts of colorful fish and we even saw an octopus! Kendra the guide was excellent. Very informative and funny. Totally worth the money - highly recommend.
Aloha was very good. They assigned a guide to our 4some. Very personable and informative about the history, ecology, native perspective, British perspective, wildlife etc. We were very pleased.
Lunch was delicious. Great day!!
The historical information was very interesting, but also difficult to understand and follow simply because words and names were in the Hawaiian language. Live music was nice. The crew was very friendly and frequently offered to get us drinks, help carry our food to the table, etc. Cruise atmosphere was much more casual that we expected. Was thinking it'd be semi-formal with closed glass windows, table cloths, glass plates and real silverware, etc, but it was open air, most passengers were dressed super casual, paper plates, plastic ware. They served a snack wasn't crazy about the sweet cream cheese product that included fresh fruit. Dinner itself included beef, chicken and pork along with a rice mixture and some salad, all in buffet format. We did not like the chicken. It was dry and just not as flavorful as the other meat options. The only dessert available was cheese cake. There wasn't much in the way of leftovers or being able to go for a second full plate primarily meat, for those that may want to, but with the snack and drinks alcohol and non-alcohol, you won't leave hungry. When we got to the bay, we just hung out there to eat dinner. Bonus was a manta ray that we could all see. It started drizzling when we were done eating and the captain took us back towards the pier. Most passengers went downstairs. Due to the cloud cover, we really didn't see the sun set from the boat as hoped for, but we had a few other nights on the island and saw some beautiful sunsets. Overall, would recommend this activity - something not everyone gets a chance to experience. For those who might get seasick, I did see some wrist bands and Dramamine by the bar. They also had sunblock in large pump bottles.
Liked the smallness of the group and being able to go to 3 sites.
We took the long tour, stopped at 3 snorkling spots. Kealakekua Bay was really nice, but snorkeling with turtles in this lava rocked bay was - at least for me - the thing! Our guide, i think it was Ben been 3 wks already.. sry. Taught us lot about certain spots and history. The food being served was good and the snorkeling trip with this smaller group lots of fun!
And, we stopped to see WHALES!! Wow, that was soo impressive!!!!
Captain Mike and his First Mate Katelyn were fantastic! The snorkeling spots were top notch and were everything they promised. We were able to swim with a large pod of dolphins, snorkeled in Captain Cook, which is the BEST coral and fish area on the Big Island!
Lunch was perfect fresh and many choices..
All in all a wonderful pick!
Tour was great...saw plenty of spinner dolphins on the kayak over, reef was awesome for snorkelling. Guide, Makai was great!
The photography information was for beginners. Basically how to frame a shot. I was hoping for more advanced info. Making sure you had the right setting for different shots etc. The good thing was having a private guide. Our guide was very informative and had some interesting insights on island life
Doing what: Private Tour: Big Island Photo Safari
The cruise was really fun and the entertainment was great. The only downside is that the water was a little choppy and it made a few people seasick, including my fiancé.
This was a great day. We got to see dolphins and they got very close to us. Then we got to go to the coral reef and see some beautiful coral and very beautiful fish. They fed us a great lunch out on the boat. It was a very fun day
Thank you guys for not showing up!
This was my husband's favorite tour on our vacation. Michela sp? and Zach were outstanding guides. The snorkeling was outstanding. Thank you!
The food and drinks were great they had a good staff. It would have been better if we did not have 5' seas. I have taken similar sunset cruise's that had calmer water. the boat was nice it had large restrooms.
GREAT TRIP!!!! The guides at Sea Quest Capt. Dave, his first mate, and snorkel guide - I just wish I could remember their names were GREAT!!! Got us to the spots where spinner dolphins were at. Unfortunately, some of the dolphins were on the move and we could never get in front of them long enough to swim with them and the second set of dolphins were swimming in a boating channel that made it too dangerous for us to swim it. We loved seeing them swim - just too bad we couldn't really get to, but that's the way it goes.
Capt. Dave took us to a coral reef by the Capt. Cook monument. IT WAS FANTASTIC!!! Beautiful fish and coral. Absolutely wonderful. On the way back, Capt. Dave took to and sometimes into!! lava tubes that were at water level. TOO COOL!!! Wonderful trip! Would have/should have paid to do it again! Definitely will do it again when we come back.
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