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Hawaii Big Island Revealed Guidebook:
Good boats, crew, and location make this a good deal, and we recommend it wholeheartedly
Good choice for families; kids love the waterslide and the high-dive platform
There is an excellent chance all year of seeing dolphins from the boat, as they enjoy riding the boat’s wake. On rare occasions, they come to visit at the snorkeling location.
This cruise follows federal law that prohibits humans from actively approaching dolphins within 50 yards. Scientific evidence has shown this is harmful for dolphins, which rest during the day. You can read more here. Dolphins and whales are welcome to, and sometimes do, approach the boat and humans in the water, but it must be their decision to do so.
As of 2021, swimming with dolphin tours (in the open ocean) have been banned. (reference)
The boat may approach 100 yards from the whale, per federal law. However, the boat may then turn off the engine and the whale may get closer to the boat on its own.
Red Hill, which is much less crowded than Kealakekua Bay / Captain Cook’s Monument
This cruise specializes in accommodating those who are new to snorkeling and non-swimmers. “Snorkeling 101” is offered for beginners or those wanting a refresher course. There are an array of complimentary flotation water toys, including life jackets, noodles, sea view boards, boogie boards, and inner-tubes. The Captain and crew are first aid, CPR, and lifeguard certified. There are always at least 3 designated lifeguards who are on watch while anyone is in the water.
Yes, masks with built-in prescription lenses ranging from -1.5 to -7.0 are available at no additional charge.
Yes, there are three, including two gender-specific ones and one spacious family restroom.
Yes, there is a specialized boarding ramp that makes the boat 100% wheelchair accessible. The lower deck of the 65′ catamaran is fully accessible from bow to stern including tables and restrooms. There is limited handicapped parking at the pier; if you have a handicap parking placard, please make a note at checkout that you interested in a spot, which are issued first-come, first-serve and may not be available for late bookings.
The bigger the boat, the more stable it is. The vessel is 65′ in length with a 30′ beam and the largest boat of its kind on the Kona Coast. It’s a totally different experience than being on a smaller boat or a raft. If you know you are prone to sea sickness, it is recommended you take Bonine or Dramamine the night before and one several hours before your cruise. Please read directions to see that you are able to take this medication. It is also available onboard, but it is best to have it in your system prior to boarding. Also offered are complimentary Ginger pills and a Ginger drink which are great for motion sickness and are all natural. You are more likely to feel better on the lower deck of the vessel as there is less pitch.
No, unless you have medical reasons to use a specific brand, a “Reef Safe” sunscreen is available onboard that not harm the coral reef and stays on your skin and not in the ocean. There are several SPF pump stations for complimentary use.
While unnecessary for most due to the warm water temperature (78-82 degrees), wetsuits are available for rental ($10). You can ask for and pay for on the day of the cruise.
It is a premium bar serving locally made rum, vodka, whisky, and beer. Blender-made cocktails, including passion fruit daiquiris, available!
Kona Brew Long Board Lager
Kona Brew Big Wave
Maui Brew Bikini Blond
Maui Brew Big Swell
Ola Brew IPA
Ola Brew Pineapple Cider
On the Rocks
Mai Tai with Koloa Rums
Sex on the Beach
Above selections cannot be guaranteed
Yes! Pending availability (at least a couple months in advance is recommended), your group can buy out the boat. Please contact us for more details.
If you are arriving the same morning, it will most likely not work, as there is a tendering process that would not get you to shore soon enough.
Yes, adults who do not plan on going in the water at all may choose the children rate. Please also make a note at checkout. If the adult changes their mind on the cruise, they will be charged the upgrade fee at that time.