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Wild Hawaii Ocean Adventures (WHOA)

Honokohau Marina & Small Boat Harbor, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
808-854-4401
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Ranked #1 of 173 activities in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: Winner of the 2012 and 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Aloha & welcome. If you want an amazing ocean adventure like no other offered in... more » Owner description: Winner of the 2012 and 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Aloha & welcome. If you want an amazing ocean adventure like no other offered in Hawaii, come see us! Only we can offer you the comfort and speed of the Ocean Warrior--an 11-meter Navy assault vessel designed for and used by the Navy S.E.A.L. Teams and Special Warfare Operations. With this amazing vessel we have a further range than our competition and can get you there fast and comfortably. And did we mention that both of our captains are world-class freedivers and underwater photographers with over 20 years of ocean experience? Take a look around the website to see what we offer and feel free to either book online or give us a call to reserve your seat! Mahalo! « less
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Missoula, Montana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

My pre-visit research revealed this excursion to be "the best thing to do on the Big Island of Hawaii." After experiencing WHOA I can attest all the accolades are absolutely true! Our first positive impression was simply watching the crew launch this impressive Navy SEAL assault watercraft. Our next positive impression was the very thorough "safety briefing" conducted dockside with... More

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Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

It's no surprise that Wild Hawaii rates a perfect 100%. They only take out 8-10 people so your view of the whales is excellent and the boat is so fast they can instantly move to a new location. We took the 4 hour snorkeling trip and it was worth every penny and more. The "Ocean Worrier", which is real Navy... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This was a fantastic experience. We were a little anxious as we're older, not athletes but love the water. There were three couples in our group and plenty of room. Brett and the captain were very professional, courteous and safety conscious. We had the option of sitting in the four seats but choose the stand up places. They were quite... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

This exceeded our expectations, the boat was amazing and we were able to swim with 3 manta rays and some baby sharks. The guides were very informative and knew where to look for interesting sea life.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Of the many whale watching excursions we have done this one is the best by far! Navy Seal raft is fun and fast and gets you up close. We were on the trip when two swam around and under the boat. The crew shot some underwater video with his camera and we got to see it later. The captain and... More

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The speed of our boat allow us to get very quickly where the whales are spotted. Wildlife doesn't wait. The beauty of the rigid hull inflatable is that they are amazingly stable and being low to the ocean, it allows super close visual encounters with the marine life. Every passenger has a front row seat. A note for our readers... More

Tucson, Arizona
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

The boat is amazing. The experience is unparalleled. The crew is friendly and knowledgable. We had humpbacks swimming directly under and around our boat. It was once in a life time.

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New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

From beginning to end this was an amazing adventure of sea life and thrills. We saw Humpbacks and Spinner dolphins, snorkeled with Pilot Whales,Manta Rays, Reef Sharks and Octopus as well as a vast array of sea life. Our hosts were excellent, the knowledge that Brett and Seth shared was informative and delivered well. We felt well prepared any time... More

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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Wild Hawaii Ocean Adventures was the highlight of our vacation. If you do nothing else while on the Big Island, you have to book this tour. My son is 14 and crazy about all things military, especially Navy SEALs. When we first pulled into the harbor and saw the boat, he was already sold. Daron and Seth were fantastic; knowledgeable... More

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Scottsde
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

This was the part of our trip we were most excited about, and we were certainly not let down! First of all, the guides Deron & Brett made the whole experience what it was. They were extremely knowledgeable and made us laugh the entire time. We swam with mantas (awesome), reef sharks, saw spinner dolphins and 6 humpback whales (also... More

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Topeka, Kansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I'm so glad that my husband and I booked this excursion! This is a top-notch operation providing tons of fun, yet very aware of safety. Their knowledge of the marine animals was outstanding and appreciated. They did everything in their power to find us some amazing creatures, like humpback whales breaching, manta rays at a cleaning station and spinner dolphins... More

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