Hawaii Activities

Whale Watching

Dan McSweeney's Whale Watching Adventures Inc.

Island: Hawaii Island

Area: Kona

Hours: Operates Year Round.

Services: Year-round whale watching excursions

Review:

Most Hawaiian whale watching excursions are offered only from November through March, so if you've got a hankering to see whales any other time of the year, you've got one choice: Dan McSweeney's Whale Watching Adventures. Open year round, they offer an exhilarating ocean safari starring the world's largest mammals. Captain Dan McSweeney personally takes out his boat, the Lady Ann, for every trip so that his guests can benefit from his 25+ years of observing and studying whales. The Lady Ann is clean, safe, comfortable and well maintained, and perfectly suited to the task at hand. Two flippers up!

Snorkel At Kealakekua Bay

Sea Quest Rafting and Snorkeling Adventure

Island: Hawaii Island

Area: Kona

Hours: Morning tours everyday from 8 - 12. Afternoon tours everyday from 1 - 4.

Services: Snorkel tours of Kealakekua Bay, whale watching in season. Custom tours available.

Review:

The protected marine sanctuary at Kealakekua Bay is one of the world's premier snorkel destinations and to keep it pristine only a handful of snorkel tour operators are approved to take you there. Our choice is Sea Quest Rafting and Snorkeling Adventures. Departing from the dock at Keauhou Bay the first thing you'll notice is the personal attention. Sea Quest takes no more than six guests on the same rafts that other companies will pack 14-16 people on. During the short ride to the bay keep an eye out for whales and dolphins as they're known to frequent this area. After a quick briefing on safety and ecology, it's into the water. Kealakekua Bay is teeming with an incredible assortment of fish and other marine life. If you're a beginner or non-swimmer you won't be left out. Sea Quest's Captains are known for their patience and they'll have you enjoying the underwater sights in no time. Make your reservations well in advance because space is limited on this popular trip.

 

Whale and Wild Dolphin Excursion

Dream Cruises Kona Whale Watching

Island: Hawaii Island

Area: Kona

Hours: 7:15 AM to 12:00 Noon All Year Round. Advance reservations required.

Services: Year round whale and dolphin watching.

Review:

The Kona coast is home to spinner dolphins and pilot whales that live there year round, and in winter they're joined by their humpback cousins visiting from Alaska. Dream Cruises offers year-round daily tours at Kona, with the perfect venues for viewing whale activities: stable, open boats designed to provide a 360-degree panoramic view. Expert narration is provided, as are snacks, soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea; special activities are provided for the children aboard. Although you're virtually certain to see a whale or dolphin, Dream Cruises offers an unbeatable guarantee: if you don't, you can cruise again for free.

 

Snorkel With Dolphins

Dream Cruises Kona Snorkeling

Island: Hawaii Island

Area: Kona

Hours: 7:15 AM to 12:00 Noon Daily Advance reservations required.

Services: Snorkel tour. Includes all equipment.

Review:

Dreaming of a snorkeling cruise along the scenic Kona coastline? Want to drink in the sight of Mauna Loa and immerse yourself in the soothing tropical waters? Dream Cruises can get you there, with everything you need to have a great time. After mooring at a scenic cove, you'll get instructions on using your mask, fins, and snorkels. Mother Nature provides an ocean full of tropical fish just begging to be explored, complete with green sea turtles, pilot whales, and spinner dolphins if you're lucky. Along the way, you'll be treated to a continental breakfast, deli-style lunch, and plenty of refreshments.

 

Snorkeling off the Kona Coast

Body Glove Cruises

Island: Hawaii Island

Area: Kona

Hours: 7 Days a week

Services: Snorkeling off the Kona Coast. Advance reservations required.

Review:

What could be more spectacular than to cruise along the scenic Kona coastline, view Mauna Loa and breathtakingly clear aquamarine water? Dream Cruises takes you to a protected and scenic cove where sun and fun in the water await. You'll get masks, fins, snorkels (which are sanitized of course), and an ocean full of fascinating tropical fish just waiting to be explored. Green Sea Turtles, Pilot Whales, and Spinner Dolphins are often seen. Continental breakfast and deli-style lunch are included. Body Glove offers a twice-daily opportunity to get to know dolphins up close and personal -- by letting you snorkel with them. This state-of-the-art motor vessel sets sail from Kailua Pier every morning and afternoon, venturing out to Pawai Bay, a stunningly beautiful marine preserve where the wild spinner dolphins (and a few bottlenoses, a la "Flipper") like to dwell. In the winter, you may even get to see a few Humpback whales (but only from a good distance). The packages include snacks and meals, as well as all the instruction and equipment you'll need, even prescription snorkeling masks.

 

Hula The Night Away

Island Breeze Luau

Island: Hawaii Island

Area: Kona

Hours: Operates 3 nights per week. Advance reservations required.

Services: Luau, dinner, polynesian revue, craft demonstrations.

Review:

The Island Breeze Luau at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel is described by travel writers and kama'aina's (local residents) as the Big Island's most popular luau. The festivities begin when the Royal Court, representing the personages of King Kamehameha I and his retainers, arrives at Kamakohonu Bay aboard an outrigger canoe to a greeting by the Court Conch Herald and Court Chanter. The food is excellent and the show fantastic. Extra activities include Hawaiian craft demonstrations, instructions detailiing how to open coconuts and even island style temporary tatoos. Kona's only beachfront luau is definitely not one to be missed.

 

Ride 'em Cowboy

Na'Alapa Stables

Island: Hawaii Island

Area: Kona

Hours: Operates daily, advance reservations required.

Services: Horseback rides in Kohala, just north of the Kona Coast.

Review:

Naalapa Stables offers you an opportunity to become a paniolo (cowboy) for a day, as you ride your horse through an unforgettable tropical paradise. Whether you choose to see the Kalua Ranch in the heart of Kohala, or the lush green beauty of Waipio Valley, you're setting out an adventure quite unlike anything you've experienced before. In both cases you'll have a chance to ride sedately through the open countryside, enjoying the unparalleled view, taking in the sweet mountain air, and bonding with your horse in a way that humans have enjoyed for thousands of years.

 

Kava/Nakamal

Hawaii much like the islands of Vanuatu serve a local beverage called Kava in bars called Nakamals

The people of Vanuatu are know as the happiest people on earth and this is for a reason! Kava is being used around the world for these very reasons.

Kava (piper methysticum) is a traditional drink used in Vanuatu and other South Pacific countries as relaxing non alcoholic beverage.

Kava is traditionally used in custom ceremonies and at the end of the working day. Due to its relaxing effect kava is ideal for:
- Relaxing muscles after a busy day working
- Calming of nerves
- Reducing anxiety
- Giving a sense of well being and contentment

The word Nakamal is bandied around plenty in the kava scene, but a lot of people don't really understand what it is, or its cultural significance.

A true Nakamal is an area where the men from a village gather to drink kava after a working day. Traditional nakamals are a men’s only domain and many islands, such as Tanna, still hold true to not allowing women or children even close to a nakamal.

 

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