Recently returned from ten days in Hawaii and our 1/2 day with Kona Ocean Adventures was CLEARLY our best day on the Big Island. KOA was very accommodating as our only available day was Thanksgiving morning. We were greeted warmly in the parking lot and quickly made to feel like family thanks to my 'goonie goo-goo gus' buddy Pono!!
Headed out from the dock saw some guys fishing, and had a great time chatting with Pono and Lyndsey; they really took the time to get to know our family and be sure we got what we wanted from the day. We got lots of local info and tour guide commentary as we headed to find the spinner dolphins, this made the time go quickly and got our kids engaged in the process. Lyndsey did an awesome job making them each (three kids ages 11,9,9) feel welcome, special and singularly her friend. And once we Pono found the spinner dolphins he gently guided us right into a huge pod and we quickly donned our snorkel gear and dove in. How AMAZING to snorkel and free dive with these big, gentle creatures. We swam together for quite some time and were able to see the dolphins swim, dive, jump and play right besides us.
Next on the plan was heading south about 15+ miles to one of the best snorkeling sites we have ever hit. I can't remember the name, but it was where Captain Cook's Monument is on the shore. Again, AMAZING snorkeling and Lyndsey did a GREAT job guiding us and free diving along the reef with us. She deserves special credit for hand-holding one of my daughters who wasn't comfortable getting into the water. Lyndsey did what my wife and could not do - she got her to jump in and swim around looking thru a kick-board with a clear panel for viewing. Really appreciated this minor victory!!
Oh yea - and lunch - WOW!! after swimming, snorkeling, free-diving we were starving and Pono had put out a great spread of sandwiches, salsa, chips, fruit and lots more. No one can cut a pineapple like Pono !!
Bottom line - we would absolutely do this again with the same company and crew!!
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