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“not precisely as advertised” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Ocean Safaris Kayak Adventures

Ocean Safaris Kayak Adventures
78-1728 Kaleiopapa Rd, Keauhou Bay, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
808 326-4699
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Ranked #50 of 204 Activities in Kailua-Kona
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Owner description: Paddling Kona’s clear, pristine waters since 1994, Ocean Safari’s Kayak Adventures have introduced countless visitors and Kama’aina (Island Locals) to the fast growing sport of kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and paddle-surfing. We focus on small groups of adventurers, making safety and fun top priority. Every Kayak tour is different and may include dolphin and whale watching, snorkeling, sea cave exploration and maybe even cliff jumping. You may see tidal pools filled with eels, sea turtles and colorful tropical fish while wild parrots can at times be seen flying overhead. Join us for a night snorkel with manta rays!All our guided adventures are led by experienced watermen/women who are Hawaii Lifeguard Certified and we are fully insured. Ocean Safari’s Kayak Adventures assist with water safety at Kona’s annual Ironman Triathlon as well as other water events.
Sudbury, Massachusetts
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“not precisely as advertised”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We have been kayaking several times before but are no means experts. We got a brief demonstration before embarking on the 1.5 mile one way (approx. 3 miles round trip). The kayaking was not horrid- but you do move out into open waters and if the winds are blowing onshore, waves are kicking up and tides are changing- you will probably have a more difficult experience. Our group was very spread out. You had faster paddlers with the leader, moderate paddlers with an assistant and a slower group with another assistant- so you don't have to worry about being super fast or following too far behind. We did stop 2x for a rest break. They throw a 16 oz water bottle for each person in the canoe- and with the August sun beating down on you- 16 oz was not nearly enough. The second stop was in front of a sea cave. I had thought from their website that we were actually going to paddle through sea caves and arches- but that is not what we did. The group leader took us one at a time up to the sea cave to feel the rush of water flowing in and then force of it pushing back. At no time where we actually in a cave. We certainly didn't kayak through any arches. When we reached the resting stop- I was again surprised to see that we were not bringing out kayaks to land. Rather we were going to jump in and then have to get ourselves back onto the kayak from 25 foot water. Great if you are good at climbing onto a kayak with nothing but your arms to help you. Not so great if don't have that strength. Quickly learned that it was easier for me to get on the kayak first as I needed to pull it almost straight up to get in and then my daughter (age 11) could just pop up. We did some snorkeling in this area which was very nice. After awhile we scrambled up onto the rocks- again- the rocks can be a bit difficult as they are slippery and waves bump into them- and if you need glasses to see anything and you don't have them on because you have been swimming- it is a bit hairy. Now- the staff were excellent- they were certainly highly focused on safety and assisted everyone on climbing up onto the rock and into the kayaks- so in no way should you be fearful about not getting out and doing. On the rocks they had pineapple, chocolate, chips, and cookies to munch on. From here you could climb up onto the cliff. It is a very decent jump and when you stand at the edge- you really do think twice as you can see the rocks from the clear water- but you have 30 feet of water below you. The cliff is high enough that you can complete several thoughts before you hit the water. It is a blast. Some people jumped 7-8 times. You can also do some shelling and tide pool exploring on the rocks before heading back to the bay. There is plenty of parking. It is located directly across from Fairwind II. Again- thumbs up to the staff- they were 100% on with making our excursion comfortable, safe and memorable. I do though think they need to be more specific as to precisely what you see and do. The route mimics Fairwind II- so if you do that prior to this- you aren't really seeing anything new- just closer up. There are better snorkeling sites, but the chance to jump off a cliff where it is safe to do so is not so easy to find and is a real thrill and was definately a highlight of our trip.

Visited August 2013
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Leonardo, New Jersey
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“First time kayaking experience first rate!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I have never been kayaking before but am moderately fit. The tour was not too difficult and was great fun. Kyle, our tour guide, was very accommodating and informative. She told us how to steer, get in and out of the kayak safely and was there to help us at every turn. The snorkel spot was great, the water crystal clear. We cliff jumped and explored sea caves. And they gave us snacks too. This was the best value for an excursion.

Visited August 2013
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Flower Mound, Texas
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“Not Quite As Advertised”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We did the morning Keauhou Cave Kayak and Snorkel, and some of our group had kayaking experience, while some had none. I called twice to verify the difficulty of the kayaking and was reassured that it was not that difficult. Just before we got in the water, our guide said that this would be "one of the most challenging things you will do on your vacation." At that point, due to the lack of experience of some in our group, we would have went home if we could have gotten a refund. As it was, we decided to go for it. Our experienced paddlers had a great time seeing the caves and snorkeling. They were kind enough to let us put the kids in the middle of the kayaks sot that they wouldn't have to paddle, and they had a great time. Our inexperienced paddlers flipped while at sea and really didn't have much fun after that. Basically, if you know what you are doing, you will enjoy this, if not, it could be brutal. I only wish they had told me that beforehand.

Visited August 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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“Awesome outing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We had a GREAT time today with our kayaks and the Ocean Safari Kayak team. I highly recommend this event. We had a blast! It does require a lot of upper body strength but even the sort of fit like me can handle it.... Snorkeling was okay, not great, but we did see dolphins today~ Regardless, I highly recommend this outing.

Visited July 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Snorkeling with Giant Manta Rays”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

This was hands down the single most amazing thing I have ever done! The manta rays were magnificent and it is crazy how close you get to see them! Walter and Angus were great tour guides. They were very knowledgeable and patient. They really worked hard to make sure everyone had a wonderful experience. I am going to remember this forever!

Visited July 2013
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