Adventure X Boat Tours
Scuba & Snorkelling • Swim with Dolphins • Boat Tours • Dolphin & Whale Watching • Nature & Wildlife Tours
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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"With our safe, upgraded, and luxury adventure boat we specialize in respectfully viewing the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, Whale watches, snorkel adventures and Manta Ray night snorkel tours, and private charters. We operate in a remote area on the west side of the Big Island, along the Kohala coast, away from the crowds and craziness of Kona. We promote respectful encounters of our ocean animals, and sustainable practices as we pride ourselves as an eco-friendly business. From our many reviews online, we have found that our guests love our excellent customer service, as everyone who comes on board is ohana, we truly care, and will do everything we can to make sure you have a fabulous time. We provide lunch, snacks and refreshments! In addition we even have a bathroom on board.
Puako, Hawaii
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2022

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BennyBurkman
4 contributions
Feb 2022
We went on a morning whale watching tour. As we were heading back to the harbor at the end of the tour, we spotted large breaches in the distance. The captain turned right around and headed straight towards the breaches. We watched a female, male, and calf breach and play for the next 20-30 minutes! We even saw a triple breach (all three in the air at the same time) which is extremely rare. The crew was just as excited as we were. The crew asked if it was alright if we stayed out a bit longer and of course everyone agreed. We spent an extra 30-45 min on the boat because no one wanted to miss out on the spectacular show. The crew were fun and knowledgeable and you could tell they love what they do. Highly recommend this tour!
Written March 3, 2022
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Jill G
2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
This company is wonderful! We had a wonderful time on our boat ride out and loved the energy and friendliness of the staff and captain. The sunset and songs he played as we made our way to the bay made for an unforgettable experience. One of the crew chatted with us about Mantas as they set up our viewing area and we learned so much! They handed out noodles and snorkel sets as it began to rain a little. The water began to get more and more choppy and as the sun went down the crew and those from other boats around all anxiously watched the water waiting to spot a Manta. We all listened to instructions on how to get into the water and what to do and we were all in the water floating and waiting in no time!

Unfortunately we floated around for an hour trying to find Mantas as the rain beat down harder and harder and the water got even choppier. We watched as the microscopic fish ate plankton and the big fish ate those in the glow of the light. Quite interesting, but no Mantas.

It was so cold from the rain and I was so disappointed to not see Mantas, but our guides seemed even more shocked and sad. I know they worked hard for us and cannot control Mother Nature. We were told they see Mantas 98% of the time.

Go and enjoy the boat ride and hopefully you will have better luck than us!!! Take Dramamine!!! Our whole crew took it and we were fine, but several other passengers were SO SICK!
Written July 12, 2021
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Kaley C.
7 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We had originally reserved with another company that had to cancel last minute. Adventure X was able to accommodate our large group of 9!
The crew was very professional and friendly!I loved that the greeted each of us individually, very personable crew! Adventure X crew was great from start to finish!!!!
One of our kids (7yrs old) got scared at the moment we spotted the Mantas. Not only did they keep him calm by reassuring that it was completely okay but they allowed him to stay in the boat while we all viewed the mantas in the water! Once we got onto the boat the child that didn’t go in the water told us how much fun he had with the girls on the boat and he was the captain for a few minutes! Can not thank them enough!!!!
Once out in the water they were very informative and educated us on which manta we were seeing! What an experience! Nothing like a 6ft+ wide manta swooping towards the light board right in front of you, inches away!
Highly recommended!!!!
Just book the trip! You’ll never regret it!
Written June 6, 2021
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Bowman M
2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
we did a Manta Ray night snorkel here on the Big Island. It was truly amazing! ThebManta rays came right up to where we were floating and did flips immediately below us. It was awe inspiring how graceful and beautiful these creatures are! I absolutely loved this adventure! We were told this was a must-do when we were here and I am SO glad I did it. These guides helped make this adventure stress free and enjoyable. I was comfortable the entire time and if at any time any of us were uncomfortable, they offered more than once that we could get out early and get under towels. But my husband and I stayed for every second as we absolutely loved this!!
Written August 29, 2022
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carol W
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Couples
We spent our 30th wedding anniversary with Captain Warren Rachel and Morgan on the ocean for the most spectacular Manta Ray night time swim. All equipment included to use from
Wet suits, new mask and snorkel and bright lights to attract the rays. Our safety as well as safety of the Manta Rays was paramount to the crew. We had 4 Manta Rays to watch twirling and spinning and the crew said we had a great turnout of Rays!
Thanks for a great memory!
Love Carol and Jeff Weller, Pennsylvania
The water in Hawaii is warm!
Written October 18, 2022
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Andrew P
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Couples
We took the 6:45 Manta Night Tour in August for 2021. There were three in our party and then several other families and groups on the boat, probably about 20 people total.

Everyone on the crew was very friendly and knowledgeable and the boat was quite comfortable. We had gone on a manta tour in the past which was quite crowded with other boats and larger groups and it was very far away. Adventure X took us to a relatively secluded area (only one other boat) that was only about ten minutes from the boat ramp. We saw three large reef mantas (16ft wingspan) which stayed with us for almost the entire 30 to 45 minutes we were in the water. Being so close to such large and alien creatures was thrilling.

While boat tours that involves other groups always have their drawbacks, I would definitely recommend Adventure X to others, and would likely use them again in the future.
Written August 15, 2021
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ADooley
Godalming, UK39 contributions
Oct 2022
Snorkelling and Dolphin tour with a small organised group was brilliant. We were taken to a very good snorkelling area where we saw turtles at their ‘cleaning station’ and a vast array of tropical fish. the dolphins were leaping out of the sea spinning providing a great sight.
The crew were very helpful and offered good advice and refreshments after the snorkelling and during the rest of the trip whilst looking out for dolphins.
Would certainly recommend this tour company.
Written November 1, 2022
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AustinFitz99
Charleston, South Carolina, United States4 contributions
Mar 2021
Loraine and Kelsey provided an astounding whale trip! My only complaint was that they brought along their booking agent, whose phone kept ringing. She proceeded to talk loudly on the phone with customers so that myself and others around her were unable to hear what the tour guide (Kelsey) was saying.
Also, they kept turning on the boat radio instead of letting us hear the amazing sound of the whales breathing.
Other than these noise disturbances, the trip was amazing and I highly recommend Adventure X!
Written March 31, 2021
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Joe L
Windsor, Canada5 contributions
Sep 2022
My husband and I are very happy with our Manta Ray nighttime snorkel experience with Adventure X. It was very well organized, we had three lady employees that drove the boat and supervised the whole experience and they did a fantastic job. My husband did not want to do it for fear of being in the ocean at night and the worry about sharks that could be around but I convinced him to do the experience and he was so happy that he did. He said it was the best experience that he did while we were on vacation on the Big island. We saw so many Manta rays and they come right up to you while you are snorkeling. I would highly recommend doing this Manta Ray experience with this company.
Written September 17, 2022
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Chad Cox
Montrose, MN41 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
This was our second trip with Adventure X, and it was our best to date! First of the ladies running the boat were very sweet, and so much fun! They offered us delicious gluten free banana bread, sandwich wraps (which I didn’t eat because we had so much whale activity around us), cookies and fresh pineapple. We saw everything on this trip: mama whale ✔️ Baby whale ✔️ Adult male escort whale ✔️ Baby spy hop ✔️ Adult breaching ✔️ Getting mugged by all of them ✔️ It was awesome! Captain Tess was great as well, lots of jokes that were, whale, pretty funny... she got us in position to see lots of activity and even would re-position the boat for better lighting taking pictures. This really is a must do excursion and one we will be doing at least once every trip back to the Big Island! Thank you ladies!
Written January 24, 2020
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