Kealakekua Bay Snorkel and Kayak Tours, Kona Hawaii Pack & Paddle
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KAYAKING, SNORKELING, HIKING, CAMPING AND EXPLORING THE OCEANS, LANDS, VOLCANO AND WATERFALLS ON THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII

We invite you in the spirit of Aloha to join us in Hawaii for kayaking, snorkeling, camping, hiking, and adventure tours on the Big Island of Hawaii. Experience sunny Kona coast kayaking and snorkeling with tropical fish, turtles, whales, mantas and learn about Hawaii's special marine life/coral, culture and history.

Kayak in Hawaii from Kona's white sand palm-fringed beaches to tiny black sand coves, hike to waterfalls in rain forest valleys, and look up to snow-capped volcanic peaks. Stand in awe of the red-hot lava eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano up close.

We offer 10 different diverse day kayak, snorkel, hiking, camping tours every day of the week; four-day kayak/snorkel and hiking trips; and a week-long multi-sport island-style adventure. Come join us to kayak/snorkel and hike the Big Island of Hawaii in comfort and style. We offer Hawaii kayak and hiking adventure tours for couples, families, youth camps, special need camps, convention groups, and educational custom tours.

All our activities are safe, permitted we provide all safety gear as well; the owner, all employees are Hawaiian from Big Island, all our guides are certified lifeguards, passionate for what they do, friendly, interesting, knowledgeable, love and blessed to have this island as our office. Come explore the Big Island with us for a unique Hawaiian eco-friendly adventure!

We cater to our guest including our exclusive snorkel. Guests, who never swam, never snorkeled; extremist to marine biologist we cater to them all. Your passionate guide will snorkel with the group showing the group where these exotic Hawaiian fish establish their homes as well as identify 60 different species of fish, coral and invertebrates of our ocean. Our commitment to the protection and knowledge to our ocean is our responsibility no other operator does this unique exclusive guided tour. We also offer a more informative Hawaiian history kayak/snorkel tour that is given by Hawaiian guides that know the history and area we are blessed to operate in. This history will include history of the kings and Queens as well as the first encounter with Captain James Cook in Kealakekua Bay. Learn about us on trip advisor real people real adventures.

Holiday Special

Kealakekua Bay/Captain Cook Monument early bird morning special Kayak and Snorkel Tour (2.5 Hours): $60 per person. (Tour includes Snorkeling, Kayaking) (More Info)

or call 808-328-8911.


Our kayak launch location is very accessible and safe for children and families and is geared to anyone's skills.

Kings Tour - Full Guided Tour to Kealakekua Bay (4.5 Hours): $150 for Adults and $130 for Children Ages 12 and under (Tour includes snorkeling, Kayaking, Co-Op Tour, Eco education, Hawaiian history, snack and lunch) (More Info)

or call 808-328-8911.

Kealakekua Bay/Captain Cook Monument early bird morning special Kayak and Snorkel Tour (2.5 Hours): $60 per person. (Tour includes Snorkeling, Kayaking) (More Info)

or call 808-328-8911.

Queens Tour (3 Hours): $105 for Adults and $85 for Children Ages 12 and under (Tour includes snorkeling, eco-education, fish identification, and snack) (More Info)

or call 808-328-8911.

Night Manta Ray Snorkeling Tour (2-3 Hours): $80 for Adults all ages(Tour includes kayak, snorkel, eco-education, and snack) (More Info)

or call 808-328-8911.

Stand-Up Paddle Lesson on Shoreline (3 Hours): $180 for Adults and $150 for Children ages 4-12 ( Includes lesson, and snack) (More Info)

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Hawaiian Spear Fish & Pan Fry Tour (6.5 Hours): $225 for Adults and Children (Tour includes 3 pronged spear fish lesson, snack, guaranteed fry fish lunch, and dessert) (More Info) call 808-328-8911.

Green Sea Turtle Hike and Snorkel Tour (4.5 Hours): $175 for Adults and Children (Tour includes hike, snorkeling, Hawaiian history, eco-education, snack and lunch) (More Info) call 808-328-8911.

Hawaiian Secret Warrior Tour (4.5 Hours): $195 for Adults and Children ages 4-12 (Tour includes snorkeling, underwater arches and caves, eco-tour, Hawaiian history, snack and lunch) (More Info) call 808-328-8911.

Whale and Dolphin Tour (3 Hours): $125 for Adults and $95 for Children Ages 4-12 (Tour includes kayaking, snorkeling, eco-education, marine life identification, snack and lunch) (More Info) call 808-328-8911.

Waipio or Pololu Tour (6 Hours): $275 for Adults and $200 for Children ages 4-12 (Tour includes trail hike, snorkeling, water falls, Hawaiian history, snack and lunch) (More Info) call 808-328-8911.

Volcano National Park and Black Sand Beach Tour (8 Hours): $300 for Adults and Children (Tour includes hiking, snorkeling, eco-education, Hawaiian history, snack and lunch) (More Info) call 808-328-8911.

CALL FOR INFORMATION AND QUOTES FOR CAMPING AND HIKING EXCURSIONS, AND CUSTOMIZED PRIVATE TOURS!!!

All tours have a Cancellation policy that requires a 24 hour advance notice or all fees are charged. Reservations are subject to availability, safe water, and good weather conditions. Family, corporate, educational, and special interest groups welcome!


HAWAII PACK AND PADDLE KING'S TOUR IN KEALAKEKUA BAY

Join us for a fun and educational kayak, snorkel, and coffee mill tour in the calm, protected waters of historic Kealakekua Bay. First we'll welcome you at our shop for coffee and cookies and give you a quick orientation to the tour. You'll hear the stories of the ancient Hawaiian chiefs and how this area is an underwater sanctuary with an amazing coral reef. Once at the beach, your guides will give you a short lesson in kayaking and safety so you will be comfortable and safe on the water. Then we paddle one mile across the Kealakekua Bay watching for dolphins. On the way we'll see the Hikiau Heiau (ancient Hawaiian temple) and other Hawaiian history sites.

We paddle in wide, stable double kayaks, with your guide right next to you. Your guides carefully help you in and out of the water and make your kayak and snorkel experience comfortable, safe, and easy for you!

We snorkel together over the pristine reef, and unlike other tour companies, our guides snorkel along with our guests, providing an interesting fish identification experience and explaining about the ecology of the reef. Finally we will enjoy a delicious lunch, cold drinks & snacks in the shade. We complete the tour at the Kona Pacific Co-op coffee mill, with free coffee and snacks.

Our private, peaceful kayak launch location is very accessible and safe for children and families and beginners. Guiding includes Identifying of the reef fish /coral, and narration about the unique Hawaiian history, culture, and the precious resources of Kealakekua Bay.

Our tour begins at our shop located at 79-7493 Mamalahoa Highway, Kealakekua Hawaii 96750. Check-in is at 8:30 am and 1:00 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early. We will begin with complimentary coffee, tea, juice and snacks.

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PRICE: $150 per adult $130 per child ages 4-12
* Tour includes snorkeling, Kayaking, Co-Op Tour, Eco education, Hawaiian history, snack and lunch *

TIME: 8:30am-1pm (4.5 hour tour)

All tours have a Cancellation policy that requires a 24 hour advance notice or all fees are charged. Reservations are subject to availability, safe water, and good weather conditions. Family, corporate, educational, and special interest groups welcome!

We cater to our guests including fish identification and snorkeling with our guests. No one else on island does this type of tour with more informative history that our tours provide. Hawaii Pack and Paddle provides more caring and courtesy. Please email us and ask any questions you might have. Read our Trip Advisor reviews.

or call 808-328-8911.


Kealakekua Bay/Captain Cook Monument early bird morning special Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Kayak/Snorkel tour for you early bird risers as well as your early morning workout enthusiast. Hawaii Pack and Paddle offer an early bird special 8 person minimum every other day M, W, F and Sun call in advance to book or call day of. The advantage of going early is you get that beautiful morning natural environment, your early day workout you do not want to miss, flatter, calmer, clearer waters, quieter, better chances seeing Hawaiian spinner dolphins, humpback whales during (season November-March) Hawaiian reef fish are out feeding more abundantly and of course you get there before all the large groups arrive. I am the owner I live and work in Kealakekua Bay this is the best time!!! So if you want to enjoy this underwater sanctuary/aquarium this is the place whether you are a kayak enthusiast/novice/advanced or never swam/ a beginner snorkeler/ fanatic snorkeler this is one of to do on all the islands and in your lifetime!!! Meet at bay ready to go. Orientation as well as safety lesson before all tours. Paddle together come back happy or get your own single kayak.

Early Bird Special Price: $60.00 + tax tour includes all snorkel gear, kayak, safety gear, snacks and guide.

Time: 6:30 am I told you early bird special

Meet at location: Kahauloa Bay call for directions 808 328-8911

Duration: 2.5 hrs

What to bring: 2 bottles water each and sunscreen
option: hat, sunglasses and uv long sleeve wet dry

All tours have a Cancellation policy that requires a 24 hour advance notice or all fees are charged. Reservations are subject to availability, safe water, and good weather conditions. Family, corporate, educational, and special interest groups welcome!

or call 808-328-8911.


Queens Snorkel Tour

Join us for a fun and educational snorkel tour! We provide you with eco-education, Hawaiian history, and marine life identification! We will explore the pristine reef and discover the many different types of tropical fish and marine life. Your guide will point out and identify the different fish, coral, and marine life! Great for all ages!

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PRICE: $105 per adult $85 Children Ages 12 and under * Tour includes snorkeling, eco-education, fish identification, and snack*

TIME: 8:30am-11:30pm (3 hour tour)

All tours have a Cancellation policy that requires a 24 hour advance notice or all fees are charged. Reservations are subject to availability, safe water, and good weather conditions. Family, corporate, educational, and special interest groups welcome!

or call 808-328-8911.


Manta Ray Night Snorkel "Once In a Lifetime Experience"

Join us for a night time snorkel up close with the Manta Rays these giant graceful winged creatures are gracefully gliding though the water feeding on the plankton. This is a magical experience you'll never forget. High intensity lights illuminate the under water. You are guided by our certified guides. Snorkelers safely view the action of the Manta Rays using provided under water lights observing and relaxing with a provided floatation swim ring. Snorkeling includes dive light, snorkel gear & flotation device (wet suit on request). Manta Rays are known as the "Butterflies of the Sea", these beautiful animals need to be seen in person. Their huge side fins operate like wings which they use to fly through the water. Their 'wing spans' can be as large as 20ft in length.

So why is this tour at night you may ask? Simple, it's more exciting! We know that Mantas do their feeding at night so we bring out some dive lights and watch as they feed on the planktonic creatures. We attract the plankton which in turn attracts the Mantas; it truly is a sight to behold!

It is very important to note that the Manta Ray does NOT have a stinger like its cousin the Sting Ray. This makes them totally safe to be around. We are very careful about your safety and prep you on safe water protocol at night in advance.

Mantas are known to leap out of the water, no one is sure why but you can hear the splash they make from miles away! Come and be thrilled with this night snorkel!

PRICE: $80 per adult all ages
* Tour includes kayak, snorkel, eco-education, and snack*

TIME: 6:30 pm (2-3 hour tour)

All tours have a Cancellation policy that requires a 24 hour advance notice or all fees are charged. Reservations are subject to availability, safe water, and good weather conditions. Family, corporate, educational, and special interest groups welcome!

NOTE: Viewing Mantas are NOT GUARANTEED. They are wildlife and as much as we would like to say that we can guarantee a showing on any particular night, we can only estimate that they do show up approximately 80% of the time. Please follow these guidelines to ensure enjoyment for everyone:

• OBSERVE ONLY: No touching. Resist the urge to "pet" the mantas. This will rub off their protective mucus coating. Do not chase, grab, or try to take a ride on the mantas.
• SNORKELER POSITION: Snorkelers please stay on the surface. Do not dive down into the water column where the mantas are feeding.
• LIGHTS: Snorkelers please shine lights down.
• TAKING PHOTOS or VIDEO: Photographers and videographers please be considerate of others.

or call 808-328-8911.


Stand Up Paddle Board Tours and Rentals

Kealakekua Bay Snorkel and Kayak Tours, Kona Hawaii Pack & PaddleFun for the whole family! Follow your experienced guide to the most scenic spots on the Big Island of Hawaii while receiving a Stand up Paddle lesson.

One of the fastest growing water-sport in the world… Stand up paddling all started right here in Hawaii! Some of the first native Hawaiians had Koa boards.

Learn stand up paddling with Hawaii Pack and Paddle. With a family, small or large groups, Stand up paddle lessons are catered to you and your ability level. Hawaii Pack and Paddle's instructors are knowledgeable, safe, and professional. Stand up paddling is easy to learn in a single lesson, super fun, and great for building core strength and balance.

You can join up with a lesson or set one up for your group or family. Get out on a stand up paddle board and discover how Hawaiian royalty used to surf.

Come with us to different locations on the Kona coast waters. Hawaii has crystal clear waters to enjoy, Marine life to see and history to talk about. Exploring the coastline is a must while stopping to snorkel or cliff jump. Tailored to your skill level, we'll cover the basics of using your paddle, getting up the first time, and staying on your board. As your skill level progresses, you'll move on to longer trips and more adventures.

Our Guides/instructors are super-friendly and super-capable of helping you get to the next level (Guarantee).

PRICE: $180 per adult $150 per child ages 4-12
* Tour includes stand-up paddle gear, lesson, and snack *

TIME: 8:30am-11:30am (3 hour tour)

All tours have a Cancellation policy that requires a 24 hour advance notice or all fees are charged. Reservations are subject to availability, safe water, and good weather conditions. Family, corporate, educational, and special interest groups welcome!

or call 808-328-8911.


Three Pronged Fishing Tour

Learn how to fish like a native Hawaiian!

You'll be shown how to 3 prong spearfish as well as pan fry the fish you spear we serve with rice + vegetables in a tropical paradise! We will provide all the equipment to be a real Hawaiian spear fisher.

Tours starts at our secret location where we prepare you to have a real underwater experience that most will envy your experience you will learn how to hold and shoot a 3 prong spear pole after lessons we will snorkel and spearfish till your heart's content.

After collecting our lunch we will start a real Hawaiian pan fry. Fish served with rice and organic vegetables. Meal includes drinks, organic fruits and dessert.

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PRICE: $225 per person
* Tour includes 3 pronged spear fish lesson, necessary gear, snack, guaranteed fry fish lunch, and dessert *

TIME: 8:30am-3pm (6.5 hour tour)

All tours have a Cancellation policy that requires a 24 hour advance notice or all fees are charged. Reservations are subject to availability, safe water, and good weather conditions. Family, corporate, educational, and special interest groups welcome!

call 808-328-8911.


Green Sea Turtle Hike & Snorkel Tour "An experience you will never forget"

Kealakekua Bay Snorkel and Kayak Tours, Kona Hawaii Pack & PaddleJoin us for a day snorkeling up close with the endangered green sea turtles the largest of all hard shell marine turtles. They are just as beautiful as they are gracefully swimming though the water this is a magical experience you'll never forget. They are algae eaters and they love to bask in the sunlight. So whether we are snorkeling with them or observing them from the shoreline you are guaranteed to enjoy these endangered animals. We will take you to this magical place at Kiholo Bay. You are guided by our certified guides .We are all certified trained guides and life guides. We will take the trail hike 1.5 miles each way all equipment and amenities provided. We will talk story, see old Hawaiian cultural sites, how the Hawaiians used to live, and see the old kings' fishing spot where they collected their favorite fish, the silver mullets. Tour includes lunch, gear, snorkel gear & flotation device.

It is very important to note that the Green sea turtles are endangered species and need there space please respect the turtles and all marine animals please DO NOT HARASS!!! We are very careful about your safety and prep you on safe water protocol at night in advance.

PRICE: $175 per person
* Tour includes hike, snorkeling, Hawaiian history, eco-education, snack and lunch*

TIME: 8:30am-1pm (4.5 hour tour)

All tours have a Cancellation policy that requires a 24 hour advance notice or all fees are charged. Reservations are subject to availability, safe water, and good weather conditions. Family, corporate, educational, and special interest groups welcome!

NOTE: Viewing Turtles are not GUARANTEED. They are wildlife and as much as we would like to say that we can guarantee a showing on any particular day, we can only estimate that they do show up approximately 90% of the time.

Please follow these guidelines to ensure enjoyment for everyone (Including our wonderful Green sea Turtles)
• OBSERVE ONLY: No touching. Resist the urge to "pet" the turtles. This will spook them. Do not chase, grab, or try to take a ride on the turtles.
• TAKING PHOTOS or VIDEO: Photographers and videographers ok and encouraged.

call 808-328-8911.


Secret Hawaiian Warrior Tour

Kayak, snorkeling, extreme adventure, caving, arches, tubes, sea caves underwater adventures, diving, eco tours, coral reef, and marine life.

Pump up with an ultimate Hawaiian snorkeling adventure with underwater arches, lava tubes, sea caves, blowholes, and jumping off cliffs! Snorkeling to the max with colorful marine life!

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Launch kayaks and paddle hugging the cliff-lined coastline out of Keei Bay. We'll be watching for dolphins, whales, manta rays, eagle rays, and turtles. In the background is the biggest volcano in the world--Mauna Loa--and in the foreground, cut-in bays and steep cliffs, great for cliff jumping!

Once we get to our location, about a mile down the coast, your certified guide will moor the kayaks, and then we'll start on one of the best extreme snorkeling workouts you'll ever experience. You'll snorkel, swim, and squeeze through a variety of fascinating underwater arches, sea caves, lava tubes and blowholes, which your guide has discovered and has helped many others to enjoy. Jumping 15 ft. off the cliffs into the deep, clear water of these tiny fjords is a breathtaking experience too!

You'll encounter an abundance of colorful reef fish and maybe even glistening shells and lobsters in this pristine coral reef with its crystal clear waters. Bring your underwater camera and your bold spirit of adventure! After all the fun and adventure we provide a fulfilling lunch locally made 6 different sandwiches to choose from (ONO!!).

Please bring hat, sunglasses, sunscreen --zinc oxide, no chemical kind better for you and the fish! (apply before leaving hotel), long-sleeve or T-shirt over swimsuit, long shorts preferable, non-leather footwear, 1 or 2 liter bottles of water, waterproof camera optional. No hat, no sunglasses, no shirt = no paddle. Come light, leave wet!

PRICE: $195 per person* Tour includes snorkeling, underwater arches and caves, eco-tour, Hawaiian history, snack and lunch *

TIME: 8:30am-1pm (4.5 hour tour)

All tours have a Cancellation policy that requires a 24 hour advance notice or all fees are charged. Reservations are subject to availability, safe water, and good weather conditions. Family, corporate, educational, and special interest groups welcome!

call 808-328-8911.


Whale and Dolphin Tour

Hawaiian spinner dolphins (nai`a) are sometimes viewed in many of the Kona bays year-round. Humpback whales arrive for a few months in the winter. We always keep a respectful distance when in their presence. The best way to view these spectacular species is from Kayak, our guides will bring you within safe and permitted distance take in this unforgettable experience!

PRICE: $125 per adult $95 per child ages 4-12
* Tour includes kayaking, snorkeling, eco-education, marine life identification, snack and lunch *

TIME: 8:30am-11:30am (3 hour tour)

NOTE: These are species protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act which says that we should stay 100 yards away from whales and 50 yards away from dolphins. So this is definitely NOT a "swimming with the dolphins" trip! Seeing these mammals is NOT GUARENTEED.

All tours have a Cancellation policy that requires a 24 hour advance notice or all fees are charged. Reservations are subject to availability, safe water, and good weather conditions. Family, corporate, educational, and special interest groups welcome!

call 808-328-8911.


Waipi'o and Pololu Valley Tour

Come across one of these incredibly beautiful valleys, Waipi'o or Pololu by hiking, snorkeling and discovering the spectacularly tall waterfalls and black sand beaches. Waipi'o Valley was the capital and permanent residence of many early Hawaiian kings. The steep valley ridges rise to about 2,000 feet from the floor of the valley. The shoreline of the valley consists of a beautiful black sand beach.

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Pololu Valley is the northernmost of a series of erosional valleys which forms the east coast of Kohala Mountain. Hike down the side of the valley to discover the beautiful black sand beach, a stream that negotiates its way through the valley, and continue discovering the lush landscape of the valley and navigate one of the many hiking trails.

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PRICE: $275 per adult $200 per child ages 4-12
* Tour includes stand-up paddle gear, lesson, and snack *

TIME: 8:30am-11:30am (3 hour tour)

All tours have a Cancellation policy that requires a 24 hour advance notice or all fees are charged. Reservations are subject to availability, safe water, and good weather conditions. Family, corporate, educational, and special interest groups welcome!

call 808-328-8911.


Volcano National Park and Black Sand Beach Tour

This day long trip allows you to discover the South Side of the Island leading you to the immense Volcano National Park. Our first stop is to view the Black Sand Beach where the Green Sea Turtles rest and sunbathe. Experience the unique beauty of the sparkling black sand and the crystal clear waters where many of the Green Sea Turtles feed and rest.

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From the Black Sand Beach we will continue our adventure in the historic Volcano National Park. Here you will experience the natural steam vents, the active volcanism, biological diversity, lava tubes, Hawaiian culture and history. We will hike the 4 mile loop of the Kilauea Iki Trail where we descend 400 feet through the rain forest, hear the native birds singing in the canopy, to the crater floor. This is a great diverse trip that allows you to see many different aspects that the Big Island has to offer!

PRICE: $300 per person ages 4-12
* Tour includes hiking, snorkeling, eco-education, Hawaiian history, snack and lunch*

TIME: 8:30am-4:30am (8 hour tour)

All tours have a Cancellation policy that requires a 24 hour advance notice or all fees are charged. Reservations are subject to availability, safe water, and good weather conditions. Family, corporate, educational, and special interest groups welcome!

call 808-328-8911.


Multi-Day, Multi-Sport Adventure Tours

Kealakekua Bay Snorkel and Kayak Tours, Kona Hawaii Pack & PaddleHAWAII KAYAKING, SNORKELING, HIKING and CAMPING TOURS. Kayak/snorkeling paddling and adventure tours in Hawaii with luxury camping and B and B stays. Hike the coast and mountains in Hawaii. Experience Hawaii kayaking/snorkeling with bright-colored tropical fish, see beautiful native trees and flowers, and learn about Hawaii's unique culture and history.

Kayak and hike Hawaii! See the island from white sand palm-fringed beaches to tiny black sand coves, to waterfalls in lush green rain forest valleys, with snowcapped volcanic peaks, and the red-hot lava eruption up close. We invite you in the spirit of aloha to join us on a one day kayak or hiking tour; a four-day kayak/hiking trip; or a week-long multi-sport paddling, hiking, island-style adventure. Upscale camping and charming bed and breakfast stays show you the island in comfort. We offer Hawaii adventure tours for couples, families, camps, schools, or educational groups. Come explore this island with us for the best in Hawaii kayaking and hiking!

We highly encourage coming with us! We offer 10 different day-excursions or for the adventurer multi-day tours!

call 808-328-8911.



Additional Island and Tour Information

HOW WE PADDLE: Basically we paddle 1 to 10 miles a day, pretty much hugging the coast very close to shore, from bay to bay. It all depends on the skill level and interests of the group and the wind and weather. Around each corner is a new bay, cave, cliffs, cove, or beach, totally taking your mind off your troubles. In these sit-on-tops, open-cockpit kayaks, there's never a need for an Eskimo roll, and being in warm, forgiving, easy water close to shore increases your pleasure and confidence! Occasionally we are paddling hard for a few miles against water that's choppy and has some big swells, which is quite exciting. The water is intense shades of turquoise, azure, green, to deep blue.

Kayaking here is considerably easier than on the Mainland or in Canada because there are no narrow passes, open crossings, large vessels, strong tides or currents to worry about, and because the water is so warm and buoyant! There are no "wet exits" or rescue situations here. If you're out of the boat in the water, it means you're snorkeling or cooling off!

We usually paddle about two hours at a stretch, then stop for a snack or lunch, then paddle a little more and enjoy some snorkeling in the warm azure blue waters. We camp under the beach palm trees, set up a table and chairs around the campfire, eat great meals, drink Kona coffee and good teas, possibly enjoy a brief paddle with empty boats at sunset or moonlight, and occasionally see dolphins frolicking in the bay in the morning. Expert guiding through the waters and natural and cultural sites is a big part of the trips-geared for your safety, enjoyment, and education about Hawaii. I recommend a four-day, three-night kayak camping trip with a special day of hiking as the best possible experience!

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KAYAK EQUIPMENT: The boats we use are sit-on-top plastic open-cockpit kayaks with backrests, paddle leashes, and good PFD's and paddles.

FOOD ON KAYAK CAMPING TRIPS: Includes locally-grown Kona coffee, fresh Hawaiian fish (ono or ahi) grilled on the coals, fresh salads with organically grown local greens and veggies, and tree-ripened tropical fruit. Hawaiian cuisine, local island specialties, and Pacific Rim specialties are the rule of the day! We shop for food at local small farms and and buy from local fishermen whenever possible.

DOLPHINS AND WHALES: Hawaiian spinner dolphins (nai`a) are sometimes viewed in these bays year-round. Humpback whales arrive for a few months in the winter. We always keep a respectful distance when in their presence. These are species protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act which says that we should stay 100 yards away from whales and 50 yards away from dolphins. So this is definitely NOT a "swimming with the dolphins" trip!

VOLCANIC MOUNTAINS: As we paddle or hike, we are always facing one or more of the five massive volcanic mountains that form this island: Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, Kilauea, Hualalai, and Kohala.

This easy day kayak tours-perfect for all ages, groups, levels of experience and for families-include about two to five miles of paddling, snorkeling, a snack, deli lunch with tropical fruits, and usually a short hike to various historical areas. A short lesson in paddling, safety, and the history of the area starts the day trip off. Depending on weather conditions, we paddle from a variety of small bays on the sunny, safe, leeward side of the island including Miloli`i, Keauhou Bay, or out of Ho`okena Beach. We do no commercial trips or outfitting for Waipio-Waimanu-Hamakua Coast.

SNORKELING: All trips have excellent snorkeling. The variety of brightly colored tropical fish is remarkable, and of course the water is clear, warm, and very buoyant. Occasionally you will be visited by an endangered green sea turtle ("honu" in Hawaiian). If you've never snorkeled before, our guides will teach you how so you will be comfortably viewing fish in the water in no time on our most exclusive tours our guides will swim with you and identify all the fish and reef and will take you to hidden underwater adventures only our guides would know. Bring your own equipment or use ours at no charge. Prescription masks are available to rent in Kailua-Kona.

THE COASTAL SETTING: All along the coast there are black sand, gray sand, and a few white sand beaches and bays, with interesting and unusual natural or historical features that we know and love to explore and share. One fascinating hike goes to the amazing Green Sand Beach (Mahana bay)! Most are shaded with large palms or other beach shade trees.

THE WEATHER: The weather on the leeward side near Kailua-Kona is usually warm, sunny, and clear in the mornings, with a fine ocean breeze, and often a little cloudy for a few hours in the afternoon, when you need the sun protection the most! A wide brimmed hat, a white woven long sleeve shirt, or SPF rash guard, and 30 spf sunscreen are crucial for sun protection. It's almost always about 75-85 degrees year-round with cooling breezes about 50% humidity during the day and about 65 degrees at night. The summer and the winter temperatures vary by about only 5-10 degrees, but there is more seasonal wind and surf in the winter months of December through March.

Some rain can be expected daily on the Volcano hikes. It is the rainfall that makes these upland tropical rainforest jungles so verdant and lush and so full of bright native birds and unusual foliage, so bring a lightweight rain poncho!

HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL SITES: Everywhere you go in Hawaii expresses the heart and soul of the ancient Hawaiian culture-the rock walls, walled house sites, the small and large temples ("heiau"), the fish ponds and wells, and the exciting holua slides ("land surfing"!). And of course the Hawaiian people still live here in and near their ancestral villages. Miloli`i is the last traditional Hawaiian fishing village, where the fishermen dry their opelu outdoors on racks in the daytime and talk to their friends in Alaska by e-mail at night!

A big part of any of my trips is to introduce and share Hawaiian history with you as well as to let you know about twentieth century Hawaiian issues-as much as you are interested in. All your guides know a great deal about the fish, sea, plants, history and geology of the islands that they are eager to share with you.

"On our trips we work hard in every way we can to leave the area better than when we arrive, to tread lightly and quietly, to respect the beings of the sea and land in all that we do. We respect the local community's and families' attitudes and we know that the spirits of the Hawaiian ancestors is expressed in so many living structures throughout the island. We don't touch, stand on, add to, or take from anything we might come to respectfully view and learn about. Of course we'll stay away from burial caves, and other kapu areas, and limit our souvenirs to photographs. And more than that, I am actively at work in the community to ensure that these sites are preserved, respected, and made safe for years to come.

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