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“Fantastic trip, super friendly people, unmissable sights”
Review of Holo Holo Charters

Holo Holo Charters
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$137.60*
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Na Pali Sunset Dinner Cruise
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$169.61*
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Na Pali Coast Kauai Snorkel and Sail
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$229.34*
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Na Pali and Ni'ihau The Forbidden Island Kauai Snorkel Cruise
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Eleele
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Get to the Fun Faster! The memories will last a lifetime... Our four boats, Leila, Holo Holo, and Adventurer II & III, get you to the action quicker than anybody else, so you have more time to snorkel, sightsee, relax and enjoy the pristine waters and spectacular cliffs of the Napali Coast & Niihau. We are the only Kauai boat tours company that offers daily trips to the "forbidden island" of Niihau.
Reviewed June 11, 2013

I had an excellent time on this trip - the highlight of the whole thing for me was the friendly and knowledgeable crew and captain, who all did a wonderful job of informing us of the island's history, Hawaiian culture, and a wealth of other interesting facts about Kaua'i, sailing, and the seas and winds that prevail here. Abe, Leila (the crew member, not the sailboat), and Captain Jeff were all very friendly, approachable, and personal - there was no feeling of anonymity but rather a personal experience on a real sailboat - not a 'bus of a boat' with an announcer on a loudspeaker or anything. We actually got to sail as well, and the crew seemed to be very good at anticipating the level of comfort of the various passengers - children were well taken care of and seemed to have a blast, while people more experienced were treated as such too. We were allowed to lie on the 'trampolines' between the hulls and get tossed around by the waves.

The place we snorkeled at was definitely not the best place I've been, with pretty barren dead coral and not many fish, but we still saw a few sea turtles and various other fish - I wish it had been better, but I wasn't really on this trip to snorkel, and on the way there (and back) we slowed down to cruise with all the spinner dolphins which was just AMAZING. I had brought my own snorkeling gear, so I didn't see what the gear provided was like, but it seemed to be ok, if a little old and worn (someone told me this, like I said I didn't use it myself). There was plenty of food (even for a vegan like me) and drinks (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic varieties) and the crew were very considerate. All in all, an unmissable experience if you have the money to spend on it. Thank you to Holo Holo and the crew and captain we had yesterday, Leila, Abe, and Captain Jeff.

Christian (the Norwegian who lives on Maui)

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Kit F, Guest Relations Manager at Holo Holo Charters, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2013

Dear Christian,
It sounds like you had a fantastic day on the water! We are pleased to hear the Captain and crew members demonstrated the quality customer service you can expect with Holo Holo Charters. We definitely agree, the Napali coast is one of the jewels of Kauai that should not be missed, we love showing guests that amazing part of the island and sharing the history and legends of the area. Thanks for joining us and we hope you try one of our other tours the next time you are on Kauai! Mahalo and aloha

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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Catamaran was cool, I took bonine and had naval wrist bands on which helped to ensure that I wouldn't get seasick. I'd def recommend it for people who are even thinking about if they may get seasick. Views were amazing and the dinner/alcohol menu hit the spot. We also saw about 10 dolphins close up the boat which was incredible

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Kit F, Guest Relations Manager at Holo Holo Charters, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2013

Dear Guest,
Thanks for taking the time to share your review of the Sunset Dinner Cruise. We definitely recommend taking precautions if you are prone to motion sickness, it is always better to be prepared. Glad you had an amazing trip and got to see dolphins! Typically dolphins are not as active that time of day, they are more commonly spotted on our morning trips, so that is a real treat! Thanks for joining us! Mahalo and aloha

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Reviewed June 6, 2013

What a day. The best 5 hrs spent on Kauai. The boat was the Leila and so was the first mate.
Leila and Benjamin comprised our crew and they were terrific. Very attentive and aware of our every need. Their knowledge of the Island was prolific and they did not hesitate to share it with us.

Thank 1stdown
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Kit F, Guest Relations Manager at Holo Holo Charters, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2013

Dear Guest,
Thanks for the high praises! We are honored to hear that the boat tour was the highlight of your time on Kauai and we will definitely pass on the compliments to the well-deserving crew. Thanks for joining us, hope to see you again soon! Mahalo and aloha

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

We booked the dinner/sunset cruise, but even after reading the description, it didn't dawn on us that the powered catamaran we were riding on would be so thrilling. It is the same cat they use for snorkeling, and travels FAST to get to the destinations. Our Captain and crew were all terrific - friendly, service and safety-oriented. The Captain began the cruise by explaining the boat, safety procedures and general schedule of events - then we were OFF!! (if you have health issues - bad back, pregnant past a certain point, etc., you will be prohibited from going) The ride out to the Na Pali coastline was exhilarating although a little choppy - I guess because we were moving contrary to the wind we were really feeling the swells - we were told to always hold on to a rail if moving, and it soon became apparent why this was necessary. While the ride out was exciting, the Captain and crew really made us feel confident in their ability and in the ship. Once we arrived at the Na Pali coastline, we slowed down and turned around, moving nearer the coastline where taking photos was much easier, and some great vistas could be viewed and experienced. The Captain provided an excellent narration of what we were seeing, and the crew finished preparing dinner, which was simple (lasagna, salad, bread, cookies), but nice. Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) were available throughout the voyage (included in the ticket price). We moved a little further at a nice speed and stopped again to view the sunset - this was awesome - a little tough to take photos (because of the fading sunlight - washes out photos, generally), but we were still able to get some nice memory-makers. Champagne was served (in paper cups!) at this point!! It was all GOOD! Be prepared to get wet on this trip also - not really advertised and you can sit in the cabin the whole time, but water finds a way to sprinkle you (or worse). You won't be able to take photos on the way out either (explained by the Captain during the initial brief) - you could try, but the boat is really moving around a lot, and the spray is likely to get your camera wet. Taking photo's on the return is recommended, and much easier. Finally, like you might expect, the Captain/Crew "appreciate" tips - they are well-deserved, but you might take this charter without thinking about this beforehand. Recommend a hat, and/or sunblock, and sunglasses. This was one of the highlights of our trip - really fun and adventurous, and we got some great photos - the Captain and Crew were absolutely terrific, also.

Thank ldtblitz
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Kit F, Guest Relations Manager at Holo Holo Charters, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2013

Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for leaving a detailed review of our Sunset Dinner Cruise for readers. Sounds like you had an enjoyable trip and created some beautiful memories to take home with you. We are very proud of our vessels and our Captains and crew, they are the reason a good trip becomes a great trip! Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences and we hope you are able to keep the memories alive with your great photos! Mahalo and aloha

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Reviewed June 3, 2013

The 6 of us took this sunset cruise and loved it. The staff and captain were very accomodating. Plenty of room to move around. I thought the website said appetizers would be served - but we got a meal (very unexepected). Even the liquor was included in your ticket price. It is a 3,5 hour cruise so watch how much you drink - it gets hot out there. I would recommend this charter company to anyone.

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Kit F, Guest Relations Manager at Holo Holo Charters, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2013

Dear Guest,
Mahalo for your recommendation and fabulous review! The Napali coast is a spectacular sight and not to be missed while on Kauai, thanks for choosing Holo Holo Charters to take you there. Glad to hear you enjoyed the Sunset Dinner Cruise, next time you should try one of our many snorkel trips. See you then! Mahalo and aloha

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