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What’s the difference between the 4-hour & 5-hour adventure?
They are virtually the same great tour, but the 5-hour is a little longer and lunch is included. We do leave a little later on the 5-hour so we get to Kealakekua Bay when there are less people. See Adventures for more information.
Will I get sea sick?
These small fast moving boats have a tendency to cause less seasickness than other types of boats. However, as a precautionary measure, motion sickness medicine taken the night before the adventure solves all worries.
Is snorkeling better in the morning than the afternoon?
Because Kona has some of the calmest waters in the state year round, the waters are beautiful all day. What we typically see in the morning, we also see in the afternoon. The mornings do typically have more blue skies than in the afternoon, but sometimes the clouds are a welcomed extra protection from sun burn.
I just had surgery a few months ago. Can I still go?
Depending on the severity of your surgery, sure! Give us a quick call and we can assess it together.
How does weather affect the trips?
We are fortunate to be on the Kona coast of the Big Island. Our side of the island is protected from wind and weather by three volcanoes so we are rarely affected by bad weather. If it does happen you may cancel or reschedule without penalty.
Where do you depart from?
Most days we depart from Honokohau Harbor. However, it is a good idea to call when you arrive on island to reconfirm your reservation and check in location.
Can I bring a good camera?
Absolutely! The ride is generally dry though occasionally we will have some light spray. We will instruct you to keep good cameras covered and you do bring them at your risk.
I’m pregnant. Can I go? I’ve had back and neck problems in the past. Can I go?
Due to the sometimes bouncy nature of our ride, people with bad backs, older people who are frail, and children under 5 years old are not to take our tour. Also, we do not allow pregnant women on our tours.
What is your cancellation policy?
We have a strict 48-hour cancellation policy. For parties of 6 or more, we have a 72-hour cancellation policy. No refunds within that time frame.
Are the boats covered?
No, because that takes away from the "raft" experience! Wear sunscreen and a hat and you will be loving it! We also are able to get under the sea caves BECAUSE we do not have a covered raft!
I have never snorkeled before, is it hard to do? What if I’m not a strong swimmer?
No, snorkeling is one of the easiest water activities you will ever do! Our patient captains are experts in teaching our guests. We have several different flotation devices on each boat.
Not super strong swimmer?
We have special vests that you can wear while snorkeling.
What is a standard gratuity?
Our captains and crew work very hard at making your tour enjoyable, informative and fun so a bit of reward is a welcomed and appreciated gesture. A typical $10 - $20 per person who goes on the tour is customary. Remember they are entertaining you for several hours, more than any waiter or bartender you encounter.
Do you provide transportation from my hotel or condo?
While staying on the island, you will probably find it cheaper and more convenient to rent a car. Otherwise, there are a number of taxi companies that can assist you.
Can we go on land to see the Captain Cook monument up close?
Unfortunately, no. The coral reefs are so beautiful in Kealakekua Bay and in order to protect them, we don’t allow anyone on shore. You will use your boat as your beach for the day.
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