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Kohala Tours

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Kawaihae, HI, USA
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About Kohala Tours
The Big Islands Best Boat tours await you on the north Kona-Kohala Coast in Waikoloa. Our premiere Whale Watching cruises are a winter favorite however year round we make snorkel dreams come true accessing pristine reefs of abundant sea life as well as dolphin watching as an added bonus to all tours. The state of the art Lavakai 2 was tailored to offer a comfort level ride and exceptional viewing for all passengers. Also available is our night manta ray snorkel cruises
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molsenmotorsport wrote a review Mar 2016
Gold Hill, Oregon224 contributions47 helpful votes
Our cruise was very comfortable and successful. We saw several whales. One in particular really wanted to show off and breached half a dozen times. William and Susan have a very relaxed approach which makes you feel like you are with your friends out looking for whales. They also got us up close to about 30 spinner dolphins and got us a good look at some very colorful local fish. I would recommend a long sleeve shirt or windbreaker as part of the cruise was a bit chilly for some.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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B S wrote a review Feb 2016
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii2 contributions6 helpful votes
Susan and William took us out and we saw humpback whales right away. There appeared to be at least a couple groups of two or three whales that were making their presence known! We saw fluke flaps, entire breeches, pectoral fins waves and many, many water spouts from their blowholes. We literally were just hanging around whales for the entire length of the tour. We saw a bottlenose dolphin that was with her baby and they seemed to enjoy the whales' company. They swam under our boat! There was also a pod of spinner dolphins that showed off a little themselves. It was an amazing trip. My wife and I will be talking about this 2-hour trip for the rest of our lives. We finally found time to review the pictures we took and while some are just huge splashes, we have some great shots that we are going to blow up and frame. The boat was new, William was a smooth captain and Susan really knew her facts about the whales and dolphins. Incredible, unforgettable experience. Would recommend to anyone and will do it again ourselves when we return to the island of Hawai'i (hopefully soon)! Mating season peaks in March but we saw plenty of active whales in the final week of February.
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Date of experience: February 2016
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Lea F wrote a review Feb 2016
Oakdale, California50 contributions38 helpful votes
What an amazing experience! We were supposed to go whale watching out of Hilo but the owner called me to say that they were going to have to cancel out trip due to rough waters but would gladly honor our Groupon for the same trip out of the Kona side of the island. This trip was totally worth the two hour drive it took us to cross the island. Our captain William and naturalist Susan were lovely, engaging people who were as excited to be out of the water as we were. We were lucky enough to see at least 10 whales and I captured some of the most amazing pictures that I'll treasure forever. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fabulous experience.
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Date of experience: February 2016
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Renatad4 wrote a review Feb 2016
San Francisco, California160 contributions97 helpful votes
A great experience, comfortable, clean boat with professional, knowledgable and fun crew. I grew up on the CA coast and have spent a ton of time in Hawaii. This was by far my best what watching experience. So many breaching whales, frolicking whales, a baby whale....... This boat goes out of the South Harbor, but if you take the 8 am tour, there is no traffic-we made it from the Four Seasons in about 20-25 minutes. We spoke to several people who had gone out of other spots and had not seen as many whales.
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Date of experience: February 2016
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Allison Y wrote a review Feb 2016
Honolulu, Hawaii3 contributions1 helpful vote
This was to be the highlight of a trip to the Big Isle. We were looking forward to seeing dolphins and snorkeling. They cancelled our trip and we had no time to find another one. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT.
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Date of experience: February 2016
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Response from Captain_Shane, Manager at Kohala Tours
Responded Feb 27, 2016
All tours were canceled due to high surf warnings so no boats operated this day. We would love to take you out on a suitable day and have the opportunity to share with you a memorable ocean experience. you were refunded 100% at the time of cancellation we too wish the conditions were better on that day.
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