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“Whale watching”

Adventure X Boat Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Dolphin swim and snorkels, Whale Watching, Night Manta snorkels! Located in Puako, Hawaii, minutes away from Waikoloa resorts. Looking for a fun and quality trip? Look no further than Adventure X Boat Tours.
Reviewed February 8, 2012

We had a wonderful whale watching trip with an extremely warm and friendly crew. We'll definitely use this company again.

Thank Ingrid Y
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

There is no way to describe the feeling of seeing humpback whales and AdventureXRafting is the best way to experience it!!!! The crew is fun and extremely knowledgeable, the boat was comfortable and the snack were yummy. Best of all they know where to go to look for whales.

Thank thwerner24
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

We have been on many whale watches on the Kona Coast and AdventureXRafting is the best! As a photographer its great to have a Captain (Casey) who has a great understanding of photography and puts the boat in a position to capture a great image of the whales while minimizing harsh lighting conditions. The Zodiac type of boat and the 2.5 hour gives you more time on the water and you can cover more ocean than other tours. The Captain and Crew (Kelsey and Haley) are fantastic! Very personable, and make you feel at home as soon as you meet them. Great Tour! Great Value!

2  Thank David B
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

We just returned from our 6th trip with Capt. Casey's Adventure X Rafting and look forward to many more. We've always been in Hawaii during whale season and I've been on several whale watching trips on this and other islands, but this has become the only one worth going back for. The boat is a zodiac-type craft, but nimble, fully equipped and masterfully handled, whether by Capt. Casey, Capt. Jay, or Kelsey. With only ~25 guests, the connection with captain and crew is more personal than on a big catamaran. All are extremely knowledgeable and friendly and clearly have a great affinity for humpback whales. Seeing whales, listening to their sounds on the underwater microphone, being on the water, and being well fed with pineapple, nuts, muffins, and drinks makes for an awesome experience. I'm working on cutting and presenting a pineapple as attractively as they do.

As mentioned, the boat goes from a small public wharf in Puako, ~10 min. north of Waikoloa, without some big office with big overhead.

Whale watching is a probably a very different experience from hanging with dolphins--you have to be patient with whales, but when they show it's awesome! (though after reading about the dolphin swims, I want to give that a try!)

5  Thank ared505
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

We loved adventure X. These guys are cool! We went to snorkel with dolphins and they REALLY know how to find these creatures. Within 20 minutes of our tour's start, we saw a whale and followed him (appropriately and respectfully) until, of his own accord, he swam right under our little boat and popped up the other side. it was amazing. but the thing that I want to mention is that this tour is a bit rough and ready. My husband and I are strong swimmers and fairly rugged and you need to be. this is not the gentle, cozy snorkel trip and my 9-year old daughter was a little intimidated, even though she is a great swimmer. But chasing dolphins moves fast and the little boat is perfect because it's so nimble. We loved this and highly recommend but I don't think this trip is for the faint of heart.

4  Thank RobinSchorr
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