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Hula Kai

Address: 78-7130 Kaleiopapa Street, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
Phone Number: 808-322-2788
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Ranked #16 of 207 Activities in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: If you’re looking for a unique snorkel adventure with great service...
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Owner description: If you’re looking for a unique snorkel adventure with great service amidst luxurious comfort – Hula Kai is for you! Discover underwater caves and arches. See whales, dolphins, Mantas, and amazing historical sites. Swim with exotic tropical fish around remote reefs and ancient underwater lava flows. The options are endless! All snorkel gear is provided, and our experienced guides are there to help you. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and a hearty barbecue lunch during cruise.
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

The Captain was excellent and the crew very helpful. Seeing Whales and Dolphin was great. The Captains knowledge of the area and the history was great.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The morning snorkel tour is great fun. The Hula Kai crew are really friendly and helpful and go out of their way to make sure that everyone is having a fun and safe time. My husband has had a bad experience with snorkeling before but the staff helped him out and even provided a prescription mask which made all the... More 

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Milwaukee, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We are very experienced snorkelers and live aboard a catamaran for several weeks during the summer in the Caribbean. We've been on numerous day trips, and the Hula Kai is one of the nicest day trip boats we've ever been on. We did an evening manta ray snorkel with them and an extended day snorkel trip with them. I recommend... More 

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Redlands, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

Just got back from a week on the Big Island. We did the morning snorkel tour on the Hula Kai and had a wonderful day. Everything about the boat and crew was perfect. Captain Kirk was so friendly, knowledgable and helpful. My 13 year old daughter wanted to try paddle boarding and the crew was great helping her learn. We... More 

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Boise, Idaho, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We chose this company based on the reviews for the Manta Ray night snorkel over the Christmas Holiday (Dec 26th). From start to finish, it was a fiasco. We left the dock late due to the Captain allowing other boats to load/unload, and got out to the site after it was already dark. Eight other boats already had their patrons... More 

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wph808, Director of Sales at Hula Kai, responded to this review

Aloha Suzie, We extend our sincere apologies for your disappointing Manta Ray Adventure cruise last week. As you can see by the other reviews, this is an extremely rare occurrence. To briefly touch on a few of your points; Other vessels may depart for the manta location earlier while it is still daylight, however the manta's do not show up... More 

Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I gotta say the boat (Hula Kai) was fantastic; clean, well maintained, everything looked fresh...the service from the staff personable from Captain Kirk to the rest and I gotta say the food was fantastic; the breakfast which included the egg frittata, croissant, yogurt, granola and fruit...awesome. The lunch was better than I've had on any tour throughout the islands and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We swum with the manta rays during a night when the ocean was slightly rough. While it was tough on the shoulders and arms to hold onto the pontoon, the experience definitely made up for it. It was a little slow for the mantas to arrive, but once they did, they put on an amazing show for us. It really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The boat and staff were absolutely first rate professionals in every respect. They cater to the customer with the utmost in courtesy and pleasantness.

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Trafford, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The night time snorkeling with the Manta Rays was the highlight of a magnificent two weeks on the BI. Captain Kirk (yes, it's true) and his crew are skilled, knowledgable, fun, safety conscious and provide a truly wonderful experience. This boat holds only 40 and we had less than that. It is suited well for a smaller group without kids... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

I had previously done an evening manta ray snorkeling excursion with this same company and wanted to go back and bring friends with me (as well as have this remarkable experience again, myself). We all had a great time! There were 3-4 manta rays both times I went, and the close proximity that you get to these beautiful animals is... More 

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