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“Highlight of a very rainy week in Kona!”

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 March 18, 2013

Our week in paradise started with rain and ended with rain, but Kris and his team managed to erase any negative thoughts we had about the weather with an amazing time out on their boat! We had booked a different manta tour earlier in the week, which cancelled on us the day before. We scrambled to find another company to hopefully take us out before we left (we only had two days left of our vacation), and Kris and Sea Hawaii Rafting was recommended to us by some locals. They weren't even planning on going out the night we needed, but Kris managed to pull together some other people and get us booked, and we are so thankful to have things work out like they did. Super Dave and Kris were awesome from the start. They had anything you needed (we had brought our own stuff, but if not they had us covered) as well as provided wet suits (which I was VERY thankful for). They got us laughing right from the start and I'm pretty sure I never stopped. They were very informative on our way out, pointing out parts along the coast and giving us a little Kona history. We were arrived at the diving spot and I was very surprised at just how many boats were there. The bay you are at isn't very big, so we were crammed pretty well in there. Kris told us to hang for a bit, let the masses spread out and let Super Dave jump in to check out the scene. I was, again, VERY thankful! The water was pretty chilly, so while the others were swimming around shivering in there, we were dry on the boat waiting for the signal from Super Dave to hop in. It took around 15 minutes before there were any manta sightings, and once they came out, we jumped in. They have this soft top board with holes cut out and flashlights shining down to attract the plankton and get the mantas to come out. Now there were at least 12-15 other groups with this same set up and everyone holding onto the sides (the board with framed by PVC pipes), so there was lots of overlapping of body parts and bumping into others. HOWEVER, not with our group. Super Dave directed us so we didn't run into other groups and vice versa. The BEST part was Super Dave's ability to connect with his environment. We were out there for a while, and only saw a couple mantas before they seemed to just disappear. Super Dave decided to try another located, based on instinct, and actually took us away from where the masses were. And what do you know, THERE THEY WERE! Only a few groups saw the mantas that night, and we were lucky enough to be one of those groups thanks to Super Dave. There must have been around 10-12 mantas and we had about a 30 min show. On the way home we wrapped ourselves in white robes (thank you Kris) and enjoyed hot chocolate and biscotti! This was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life and thank Kris and his team for providing us with such a memorable experience. We will recommend Sea Hawaii to all our friends and family as well as use them again if we get out that way! Thank you Sea Hawaii!!

Thank Kelly A
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Yes, Kris was on Hawaiian time. He was a little late, but we booked throught Roberts Hawaii, they were able to get ahold of him and let us he was on his way. We had an great trip with Kris and Sue! We saw a shark, spinner dolphins, a whale and her baby come right up to the raft! We have one awesome video of it! The snorkel at Cooks monument was breathtaking. I've never seen so many varieties of fish and the coral was huge! Sue made us an amazing lunch with fresh pineapple and home made wraps with fresh vegetables from her garden! We explored the sea caves on the way back to Kona. They have dry boxes on the boat, so it's safe to bring along your expensive cameras or purses.
Thank you again, Kris and Sue for a trip of a lifetime.
Ps: Kona Brewery was the perfect ending to the afternoon!

Thank GemmyWv
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

We were staying in Hawaii on a business conference, ironically in the adventure travel industry. being keen adventurers, we all thought a night snorkel with the manta rays was right up our alley. Luckily Captain Chris did not have anyone signed up that night so he was so kind as to arrange a private trip for our group. We were joined by the incredible Super Dave and Jimmy Rocks who provided heaps of laughs and ensured we were safe and comfortable. The crew were concerned about safety and comfort as #1. And #2 they made sure they went out of their way to get us the best manta experience ever. We were literally the last people left in the water (sorry Super Dave!) and had a private showing with three manta rays. Absolutely amazing and so exhilarating! We definitely had the best show out of anyone who went out that night. Even better, we were greeted with hot chocolate, biscotti, chips and COMFY BATHROBES when we re-boarded the boat. Wow. These guys really go out of their way to make sure that their clients have the best trip ever. One of our team got seasick in the water and another got a bit chilly. Jimmy Rocks personally swam these two back to the boat to make sure they got back safely and comfortably to enjoy their hot chocolate and bathrobes. Thanks Captain Chris, Super Dave and Jimmy Rocks!

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Reviewed March 5, 2013

I loved the Mant Ray snorkel experience with Capt Chris and Super Dave. They were knowledgeable and caring. They set no time limits and their small group approach ensured we got the most out of this experience. The small touched when we finished the snorkel (I won't give them away!) just capped off a magical experience. We ended up staying well past the divers (as Dave says, their air has to run out sometime) and the fact that no one else was around meant we got three manta rays all to ourselves. If you understand the benefits of small group travel then look no further.

Thank Brad A
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

We were in Kona for the Christmas Holiday and decided we had to do a Manta Ray Snorkel adventure. Now, we had heard that it was really amazing to see these huge creatures in their environment, but it was always a crap shoot as to how many, if any, would show up. We were booked through our wonderful concierge at the Wyndham Royal Sea Cliffs, Jeff and the Expedia rep Laura. Our company was Sea Hawaii Rafting. When you book your Manta Ray Snorkel, remember that name and the names of the 2 guides, Super Dave and Chris Henry. When we got to the site, which was just off shore from the airport, it was crowded with boats. However, Super Dave told us we would stay as long as we needed to get a good show. We were literally the last boat to leave the area and what a show we got. Super Dave got in the water and pulled our group to the best spots. The rays were literally coming up to our faces and doing amazing rolls as they ate the plankton. We estimated that there were 9 different rays there and Super Dave knew all their names. When we finally got out of the water, Chris gave us bathrobes to get warm as well as snacks and hot cocoa. It was the best part of our trip and a lifetime highlight.

Thank DDZMANN
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