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“Best day on Hawaii !!”

Kona Ocean Adventures
Ranked #5 of 199 Tours in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Winner of the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and now 2017 Trip Advisor Certificate of excellence!. Come Experience the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii like never before. Private charters are our specialty! With a group tour, Swim with the spinner dolphins, snorkel with the manta rays at night, whale watch (seasonal),scuba dive or with a private charter, customize your water experience with Kona Ocean Adventures. No crowds, no rush, just a safe and exceptional trip for all. Family vacation, a spiritual journey, honeymoon, or simply looking to experience a once in a lifetime adventure, you have come to right place. We now have 3 boats to accommodate various size groups. With over 17 years of experience working the Hawaiian Islands, Captain Danny, Captain Laure and their crew will make your adventure a memorable one. We speak English, French, Japanese and Spanish (simply request a guide for that language if needed on your adventure)
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Bucks County
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Best day on Hawaii !!”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

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!!

Visited November 2013
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Danny and Laure S, Owner at Kona Ocean Adventures, responded to this review, December 23, 2013
Dear guests,

wow, Thanks for the awesome review! You guys were so much fun we all had a blast and a wonderful thanksgiving.

See you again soon,

The KOA team
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Haleiwa, Hawaii
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“The BEST Crew on the Big Island!”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Can not say enough great things about this crew from Kona Ocean Adventures. From the start of the booking process, to the tour itself, they are wonderful... Great attitudes, thorough information, delicious pineapple & chips onboard... I could go on & on. So much aloha & so much fun! We did the Manta Ray snorkel and it was amazing!!!

Don't bother booking with any other tour company -- these are the people to go with!!!

Visited November 2013
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Danny and Laure S, Owner at Kona Ocean Adventures, responded to this review, December 4, 2013
Aloha,

All of us at Kona Ocean Adventures truly appreciate the feedback from our guests and now friends. We welcome you into our home on the water and really enjoy sharing our passion of the ocean with you.

Thank you again for choosing us and hope to see you on your new adventure.

Mahal and A hui ho,

The entire Kona Ocean Adventures Ohana
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
1 review
“The experience of a lifetime!”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

I feel so lucky that we chose Kona Ocean Adventures for our excursions! Captain Pono and Joi made my first experience with snorkeling and swimming with the dolphins so beautiful. They shared their obvious love of the ocean with us, and we made memories that will last a lifetime. The small group atmosphere and the educated and passionate crew put Kona Ocean Adventures in a league of its own! We will DEFINITELY be back!

Visited November 2013
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Danny and Laure S, Owner at Kona Ocean Adventures, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Aloha,

it is always a true pleasure sharing a day with you and your lovely family. As always, we look forward to future adventures and wish you and your family a happy holiday season.

A hui Ho

The entire KOA team :-)
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Redwood City, California
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“A must-do on every trip we take to Hawaii”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

Danny, Laure, Lindsey (and all the other crew) always delight us. We have taken about 10 trips with KOA, every one feels like a "once in a lifetime" event. Everyone at KOA knows so much about all the dive and snorkel spots we go to, and they clearly love it. (We have gone to different spots on every trip.) Our most recent trip earlier this week was so fantastic, I had to write another review.
We started with a 110' wreck dive - complete with white tip reef shark and green Hawaiian lion fish. The video Danny took (using our SIM card!) captured it all. Then we moved on to two dives in cool caves and around interesting coral. Danny is a wizard at finding octopus, and these dives were no exception. Of course, he also pointed out lots of other cool stuff along the way. Meanwhile, our kids had a great time snorkeling and exploring grottos and lava tubes with Lindsey.
We have done enjoyable trips with other companies, but none rival the personalized, customized, welcoming warmth of KOA. As usual, we can't wait to come back!

Visited November 2013
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North Vancouver, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
“Worth every penny”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Captain Pono and Joi showed us a great time on our night snorkel with the mantas. We were greeted very warmly even though we showed up a couple minutes late. It was a small group so it made for a more personal experience for my fiance and I. There were 5 other snorkelers with us making us glad we weren't jam packed like some other boats. As we cruised past a beautiful sunset we were offered beverages/snacks and had snorkeling instruction with the friendly mantas. Captain Pono was very relaxed and quietly hilarious. Joi was an engaging instructor, very approachable and kind we couldn't have asked for a better team. We were fortunate to see tons of Mantas and got some great photos and videos. It was one of the most memorable experiences we had on our first trip to the big island. We would recommend Kona Ocean Adventures to anyone for the night manta snorkel.

Visited October 2013
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