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Kona Glassbottom Boat - Kailua Bay Charter Co.

Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
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About Kona Glassbottom Boat - Kailua Bay Charter Co.
Peak into Kona’s underwater paradise without getting wet. Cruise along on Marian, a 36-foot glass bottom boat specially designed to cruise within inches of the reef. Have your cameras ready for some close and personal visits with colorful fish, corals, and other sea creatures. Marian is designed for uncrowded, shaded comfort and clear viewing. As you cruise along, you’ll enjoy breathtaking vistas of the island’s rugged shoreline. Step forward to the bow and you might see frolicking dolphins or whales. Throughout your adventure, the onboard naturalist will share tales and legends that evoke the magic. We also offer private charters. Our boat is perfect for memorials, weddings, family reunions and more!
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This custom-designed glass-bottom boat allows you to view Kona's underwater world with ease. With a naturalist guide to provide insight, learn about Hawaii's unique marine life. Relax while the boat skims over the reef; there’s no need to splash into the water for up-close views of the coastline, historical sights, and perhaps dolphins or seasonal whales.
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herbiek19 wrote a review Aug 7
Sacramento, California2 contributions
Eden was an excellent guide! Very knowledgeable and fun. Answered all questions and engaged with my kids when they shared their knowledge. Small tour made it feel personal, and great value for money for the time and expertise.
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Response from Amy J, Owner at Kona Glassbottom Boat - Kailua Bay Charter Co.
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for the wonderful review. It is wonderful to know that you enjoyed the guide and the information provided aboard our glass bottom boat tour. Glad to hear that you found it to be a great value.
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Winnie YD wrote a review Aug 2
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We originally booked for an early Saturday morning trip, but it was canceled due to not meeting the minimum number of passengers. Our schedule was flexible, so we rescheduled to Monday morning instead. Was a good reef tour with lots of educational info on the sea life. Good alternative to snorkeling if you don't want to swim.
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Response from Amy J, Owner at Kona Glassbottom Boat - Kailua Bay Charter Co.
Responded 5 days ago
Thanks for being flexible and for the great review. We are happy to hear that enjoyed the tour, found it to be educational and a good alternative to snorkeling.
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richardpE9281MP wrote a review Aug 1
Oroville, California8 contributions
We both enjoyed the boat ride with Amy and Captain Sean. Her family’s tie to the construction of the boat made it even more special. Very knowledgeable about the fish we saw and island history. Very close to reef but not far from shore. Super family experience and one couple called it, “old people snorkeling” (w/o getting wet). Definitely recommend this excursion.
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Response from Amy J, Owner at Kona Glassbottom Boat - Kailua Bay Charter Co.
Responded 5 days ago
Mahalo for the wonderful review. It is great to hear that the family business, knowledgeable crew and how close we were able to get to the reef were some of the highlights. We are happy to know that you enjoyed the "old people snorkeling." very funny, love it!
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Nathan D wrote a review Jul 2022
Omaha, Nebraska5 contributions
Lots of fun to see fish with my family, some of whom were uncomfortable scuba diving. The crew was friendly and views incredible.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from Amy J, Owner at Kona Glassbottom Boat - Kailua Bay Charter Co.
Responded 5 days ago
So glad that we were able to offer your family an opportunity to enjoy the reef, and all the fishes, together.
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Robert I wrote a review Jul 2022
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The crew was great, friendly, very knowledgeable. It was a fun trip and enjoy how she moved around and spoke with every passenger and the kids.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from Amy J, Owner at Kona Glassbottom Boat - Kailua Bay Charter Co.
Responded 4 weeks ago
We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour on our glass bottom boat! It is wonderful to hear that you found the crew to be friendly and knowledgeable. Mahalo!
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