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“Thank you Jessa” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kona Boys Inc

Kona Boys Inc
79-7539 Hawaii Belt Rd, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96750
+1 808-328-1234
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Ranked #1 of 6 Shopping in Kealakekua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Kona's original, award winning kayak shop, serving the Big Island and specializing in Kealakekua Bay since 1995. We are a small, laid back, island style surf, kayak, and paddle board shop located on the Big Island's Kona Coast above Kealakekua Bay. Helping locals and visitors alike enjoy Hawaii's waters and providing gear for island life.
Starbuck, Canada
2 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Thank you Jessa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Just wanted to say thank you to Jessa and the guys. We signed up for SUP lessons with Jessa at Kona Boys. Even though I don't swim very well and was apprehensive about the ocean, Jessa had unbelievable patience and spent the time to show us everything we need to know in order to enjoy the experience. She never once pressured me to leave the cove by the shack and was open to me switching to kayaking so I could join her and my wife in the bay. The Ocean was intimidating but beautiful. Because of Jessa's willingness to teach us proper technique, I am looking forward to trying SUP here on the lakes and maybe come back to Kona and try it again.
Thanks again!

Visited February 2014
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“Captain Cook Kayak Adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

With very little advanced planning, my family of 6 (ages 26-64) embarked from our condo hoping to kayak and snorkel around Captain Cook monument.
We found Kona Boys on TripAdvisor. They were wonderful. From the moment we walked in the shop, Frank was gracious, helpful, and knowledgeable about the adventure we were going to embark on. They provided us with 3 double sea kayaks, snorkel gear, and all of the other necessities (coolers, dry bags, life jackets, permits) for a successful day of self-guided snorkeling and kayaking.
Frank gave great directions to the launch point, and advice on the best ways to navigate around the larger boats in the area. He also helped us secure the kayaks to our car (not a small feat).
We definitely recommend Kona Boys as a full service (they do guided kayak tours as well as just rentals) operation to help you explore the amazing snorkeling around the Captain Cook Monument.

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“Lovely experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

My husband and I booked a 'day at the beach' package with the Kona Boys. We had Jared as our guide for the day. We went kayaking and learned a lot about the Hawaii culture as we kayaker along. We came back to snorkel around the cove and saw lots of beautiful fish including yellow tangs and a sea turtle. We had lunch on the beach in our 2 beach chairs with umbrella that were set out for us for the day. They accommodated our dietary restrictions - gluten free, corn free vegan diet. We had a lovely lunch and rested a bit. Then we headed out stand up paddle boarding which was our favorite of the activities . Jared was our great guide and really helped us learn how to stand up paddle board and get the hang of it. The day at the beach package allows for snorkel gear all day so I'd recommend if you book this to spend little time with the snorkeling after you get the hang of it and spend your time using the kayak and stand up paddle board while you have that and the guidance there. We really enjoyed our day and guide. This is a day at the beach and has a laid back schedule based on what you want to do. We really liked this company - great location, right on the beach made things very easy. There are some adventures that were great experiences as well - look up WHOA (thrilling adventure and best money spent) & Sea Paradise for the Manta Ray Night Snorkel (underwater ballet).

Visited December 2013
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San Diego, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

we were booked for an outrigger tour at noon, but were told the wind was a bit too strong and suggested we wait as another couple were also scheduled that day. I'm glad we waited, we went out and were able to view a lot of dolphins. Kai and Kelsey were great.

Visited December 2013
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Surprise, Arizona
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“sea kayaking with JARED”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

we were very lucky in booking a sea kayak tour with Kona Boys(shop) in that we were the only couple for the 7:30am tour!!! "Jared" was our guide and his knowledge of the local history was very informative and entertaining. we had a half hour over the other tour operators for snorkeling around Kealakekua Bay(Captain Cook Monument). while we were snorkeling he would let other swimmers know the do's and don't's about protecting the coral reefs! we enjoyed this tour so much that we met him at the shack the following Wednesday for a SUP lesson.. would book again without hesitation!! thanks Jared and Lizzy!

Visited December 2013
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