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“Awesome day, perfect water, excellent guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Kona Boys

Kona Boys
Ranked #2 of 6 Tours in Kealakekua
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Kula, Hawaii
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Awesome day, perfect water, excellent guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

From the moment we walked into the Kona Boys shop to check in with Kelsey, we knew we were in good hands. The staff was knowledgeable, patient and had the routine totally down. From the shop we drove down to Kealakekua Bay, where we joined our guide Jared, got our kayaks in the water, and paddled across the bay to snorkel, have snacks, and hang out in the sun. The bay is closed to most operations, and private parties can't even land, in an effort to control use, wear and tear on the bay. Kona Boys earned the right to operate there, and I can see why: they have a strong respect for the land, for the wildlife, and for the people in their community.

They are definitely on our list for our next trip out.

Visited October 2013
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Hurst, Texas
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great tour company!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

We took the Kona Boys kayak/snorkel tour to Kealakekua Bay in October 2013. The way it works is you meet at their street location for a short orientation, then drive yourself down to the bay where they meet you with the kayaks. John was our guide. He was professional, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I definitely recommend using them to snorkel at the beautiful bay, don't make it a do-it-yourself excursion!

Visited October 2013
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Fun, safe and professional”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

Jared and Kai were our guides in a 8 pax kayaking dolphin tour. Tour was on time, we got a detailed brief before leaving and during the whole excursion we always felt safe. Equipment was in great shape, Jared was very entertaining yet professional and a great story teller. We loved that they actually respect nature and tell their groups not to damage the Corals. Great choice for tour provider, totally recommendable

Visited October 2013
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Kamloops
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47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Stand up service for SUP”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

We went there to rent snorkeling gear, sit-on-top kayaks and stand up paddle boards (SUP). Great service and good prices for longer rentals. I would use Kona Boys next time again.

Visited November 2012
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Brooklyn, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best Tour Operator on the Big Island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

Of all the guides and tour operators we had during our stay on Kauai and the Big Island, Kona boys was hands down the best we had. The staff at the shop and our guide during our kayak tour of Kealakekua Bay were incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. We'd go back to Kona Boys just for the way we were treated by the staff alone. As for the kayak and snorkeling trip - it was stunning. The water was insanely clear and we went on the afternoon trip which is less crowded and had the bay nearly to ourselves. Be sure not to go on a Wednesday when the cruise ships are in town and running their own tours in the bay. Best experience we had in Hawaii.

Visited October 2013
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