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“Sensational snorkeling”

Aloha Ocean Excursions
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Get up close and personal with the Hawaiian coastline and marine life on our exciting boat tours, whale watching excursions and snorkeling adventure! Located in Kona in Hawaii's Big Island, Sea Hawaii Rafting offers an adventure of a lifetime. Our Zodiac adventures are state of the art and environmentally friendly. Our experienced captains and crew will lead you to discover the best Hawaii has to offer.
Reviewed December 21, 2012

This was by far our most enjoyable day activity, maybe because we love snorkeling in warm tropical waters! On the way out to the snorkeling spot we were surrounded by a pod of spinner dolphins and we were able to get off the raft and swim with them. You are not allowed to pursue them but they came and swam around us. They were very playful with each other and it was an amazing experience to be around them.
The snorkeling was fantastic at the site where we were taken and the abundant fish life was amazing. The water was as clear as crystal. We have snorkeled many places around the world and this was one of the best.
The operators were excellent and provided a delightful lunch for us after we had snorkeled for about an hour. There were fresh wraps and plenty of fruit, watermelons and Hawaiian pineapples. Drinks and water were available all the time. On our way home we traveled along the coast and saw many lava tubes. The operator gave us a lot of information about these and also the area where we were.

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

We went out on a day tour with Captain Kris, it was a group of 11 of us traveling together. We were all hoping to see dolphins and we did! As a non-swimmer, I was very nervous to get in the water but Kris was very helpful and patient in getting me in, he made sure everyone who got in was comfortable. On our first stop, there were dolphins right under us. Our next stop, by the Captain Cook memorial, we saw lots of coral and amazing fish; a bit later we had more dolphins. I ended up staying in the water while the rest of the group ate lunch. At no time did I feel rushed to get back in. I count this as one of my top travel experiences ever!

Kris was very prepared and had a large umbrella to cover those in our group that did not get in. On our way back, Kris gave us a lot of information about what we were seeing and made several stops to allow us closer looks at some of the lava formations. He was very friendly and welcoming and I would go on a tour again in a heartbeat. I wish there had been enough time to go on a night tour...next time, for sure!

Thanks Kris for a fantabulous day and experience!

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Reviewed November 24, 2012

Great evening. Kris did a great job and we had an amazing time! The trip was very flexible and we could stay in the water as long as we wanted.

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Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

Capt Kris is a one boat operation. Scheduling one boat has apparently cause some reviewers some trouble and Kris is absolutely on Hawaii time. But after those annoyances Kris offers a personalized touched unmatched by any of the bigger operators. He doesn't over pack his boat and its like going on a trip with your friend. So roll with the punches and enjoy having Capt Kris as your friend. He'd give you the shirt off his back.

Don't forget to tip the deckhand.

1  Thank JohnnySong
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

My 16 year-old son and I took two trips with Kris while we were in Kona in April 2011. We went on the manta ray night snorkling trip first and then the day trip to snorkle near the Captain Cook monument. Both trips were wonderful. On Kris's boat you get lots of personal attention, it is like going out boating with your favorite cousin!

On the manta-ray night snorkling trip Kris's crew thought of everything from the snorkling equipment to wet-suits to blankets and hot drinks after snorkling. The floating light they designed made it super easy to hang out and see the manta rays close up (one bumped into me!).

The daytime snorkling trip was beautiful and informative. We had complete freedom to snorkle around as long as we wanted. Kris and crew were very knowledgable about the island and tolds us lots of interesting stories and showed us many sites along the way.

We plan to go back to Kona this December and will take several more trips with Kris.

1  Thank DivaZiva
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