Hawaii is the perfect place for a vacation filled with water sports and activities. Explore the beautiful waters surrounding Kona with a tour from Hawaii Oceanic to learn more about the island ecosystem and its many inhabitants. The company offers a variety of tours to suit everyone’s needs from family friendly day time snorkeling to private half day customized tours.
A family owned and operated company, Hawaii Oceanic invites guests to be a part of their ohana (Hawaiian for family) while enjoying the tours. The tours are led by one of the company’s 4 captains, Jason, Dusty, Alicia, and Ronen. They all bring their own talents to the tours: Jason is CPR certified, Dusty (also known as Mr. Aloha) is a native of the Big Island, Alicia can free dive up to 123 feet, and Ronen is a certified dive instructor.
Each captain is assisted by a crew member to ensure the comfort and safety of guests for the duration of the tour experience.
The captains operate two vessels. The Pueo Kai is a 30 foot catamaran, and the Pueo Kai 2 is a 27 foot power boat.
The Kona Tour
Explore the incredible biodiversity of the Kealakekua Bay where visitors can find some of the best snorkeling that Hawaii has to offer. While underwater, guests may see vast schools of colorful tropical fish and beautiful coral on the ocean floor. In addition to its natural beauty, Kealakekua Bay is the burial ground for the Hawaiian royals, and was the landing place for Captain James Cook in 1779.
All snorkeling gear is provided. Because this is the most popular tour offered by Hawaii Oceanic, the company runs 2 tours each day at 6:45 AM and 10:45 AM.
The Dolphin Tour
The area around Kealakekua Bay is also known for its abundance of Hawaiian Spinner dolphins. These dolphins come to the area for shelter, protection for their babies, and to feed on the abundant fish. Guests arrive by 6:50 so that they can swim with the dolphins before the other tour groups arrive. The dolphins are about 5 feet long and very playful!
Snorkel, safety gear, drinks, and snacks are included. The crew will also include a photo of guests swimming with the dolphins at no additional charge.
For visitors arriving in Kona from December to April, the Humpback Whale tour is an excellent way to see these massive and majestic creatures. The 2 hour tour leaves the marina at 1 PM each afternoon and cruises the Kona coast in search of the whales. Humpback whales journey to this part of Hawaii each winter to give birth in the warmer waters. Although guests are not guaranteed to see whales on the tours, the captains know the places where the humpback whales are most likely to be. Guests may also spot tropical fish and dolphins along the way.
Snacks and drinks are provided on the tour. Note that this tour does not include any time in the water.
Have a nighttime adventure on this unique snorkeling tour. Guests get up close to the gentle, graceful manta rays during the 2 hour tour. All tours are led by a swim guide. They help guests interact with the manta rays to sure the safety and comfort of both. The manta rays are attracted to the light board that is placed in the water, and guests provide food to encourage the rays to come closer.
In addition to swimming with the manta rays, guests will learn about the animals during the pre-swim eco talk.
Tours depart at 4:30 PM. A second tour at 8 PM is added during peak times.
Visitors who would prefer more flexibility over their tour can book a private charter. These tours can follow one of the typical tour paths or guests can work with the staff to create their own experiences. Even combine several tours for one great package deal!
All private charters come with snorkel gear, and unlimited snacks and drinks. The staff will provide photos of the excursion at no additional charge.
Typically, private tours are held for a maximum of 6 people, but you can schedule up to 18 in advance.
Since Hawaii Oceanic focuses on small group tours and private charters, tours fill up quickly. Don’t miss out on an unforgettable experience while in Hawaii, and book a tour as soon as possible. Visit Hawaii Oceanic’s website or call 808-32MANTA for more information. Don’t forget to click on the yellow ticket and get Shaka Gold Card savings for more fun on the islands!