Ocean Adventures – Kohala and Kona Coasts
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Ocean Sports: Snorkel along the Kohala Coast south of A-Bay on an Ocean Sports Zodiac Raft boat. You will learn about marine geology and the history of the region while exploring multiple secluded sites. This intimate gathering is available on Sundays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The boat departs from Anaeho´omalu Bay in Waikoloa Beach Resort. Lunch is included. Call (808) 886-6666 / (888) 724-5924 ext. 103. www.hawaiioceansports.com
Kohala Divers: See an amazing diversity of colorful marine life within the clear Kohala Coast waters. The popular Daily Two-Tank Dive Trip features two relaxing dives with an hour´s rest in between. Squirrel fish, octopus, eel, turtles, and the occasional manta or eagle ray have been spotted. Watch and hear humpback whales serenading as they come into the shallow bays to breed in the Seasonal Whale Watching Tour from December to April. Or take the basic Snorkel Dive and see an array of tropical fish and attractions such as lava formations teaming with coral gardens and coral reef lava tubes. Kohala Divers is located in the Kawaihae Shopping Center one mile from the intersection of Highways 19 and 270. Their 42-foot Kohala Diver is across the street at the Kawaihae Harbor. Call (808) 882-7774, or visit the shop. www.kohaladivers.com
Big Island Divers: Dive along the Kona Coast waters for an even more vivid assortment of underwater life. Big Island Divers features day and night dives, the Two Tank AM Dive/Snorkel and the Manta Ray Dive or Snorkel, as well as a BlackWater Night Dive on Fridays using special "chem-sticks." All trips include lunch or dinner, snacks, drinks, a shower, equipment, and an experienced staff. Call (808) 329-6068, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the Big Island Divers shop at 74-5467 Kaiwi Street in Kailua-Kona. www.bigislanddivers.com
Fair Wind: Fair Wind´s snorkel cruises take you through the prized and protected underwater sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay (south of Kona) for the most colorful array of tropical fish anywhere. A variety of morning, afternoon and sunset adventures include breakfast, lunch or snacks, beverages, cocktails, showers, and equipment. Sign up for the Hula Kai Whale Discovery Cruise from late December to March. The Fair Wind catamaran sets off from Keauhou Bay, approximately 15 minutes south of Kona, which is about an hour and a half drive from the Kohala Coast resorts. For information call (808) 346-0268. www.fair-wind.com
Snorkel Equipment Rentals: Snorkel equipment rentals may be arranged through Dorkels Snorkel, including snorkel sets, children´s snorkel sets, boogie boards, individual fins and masks, wet suits, and various beach items. Call Dorkels at (808) 960-6323 or email them at email@example.com
Relax and watch the Kohala sun slide into shimmering waters on the Champagne Sunset Sail.
You´ll enjoy an exceptional island buffet and an open bar. Couples may arrange to participate
in a vow renewal ceremony and receive a certificate. Meet the Ocean Sports luxury sailboat
Alala at the Kawaihae Harbor: at 4:45 p.m. April 15 through October 15; at 4:30 p.m.
October 16 through April 14. Visit Ocean Sports directly at Anaeho´omalu Beach behind the Waikoloa Beach Marriott,
where you can also rent various ocean sport and beach equipment.
Call (888) SAILWAILOLOA ext 103 / (888) 724-5924 ext 103. www.hawaiioceansports.com
Light tack and small game fishing, big-game fishing, and bottom fishing.
Personalized charters from beginners to advanced. Families welcome.
Call (808) 264-4595 / (800) 264-4595. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.konadeepsea.com
High Noon Sportfishing Kona: Big game fishing for marlin, spearfish, ahi, ono, yellowfin tuna, as well as some light tackles. Half- and full-day trips available on 32-foot Blackfin for up to 6 adults, beginning to advanced. Phone: (808) 895-3868. E-mail: email@example.com. www.fishingcharterskona.com
Captain Bob´s Kona Coast Sportfishing Charters: Giant blue marlin sportfishing in Kona Coast waters. Half-day or full-day charters for up to 6 individuals. Food and beverages can be supplied upon request. Phone: (808) 895-7000/(866) 322-7815. E-mail: CaptBob@KonaCharters.com. www.konacharters.com
Sea Wife II: Fish the calm Kona waters for marlin, ono, mahi mahi and more with tournament winner Captain Chris Kam. Families and groups up to 18 passengers may be accommodated, from inexperienced to advanced. Vessel departs twice daily from Honokohau Harbor. Call (888) 329-1806. E-mail: seawifeII@hawaii.rr.com. www.fishkona.org/sea_wife.html
Honokohau Marina: Honokohau Marina is the docking facility for many private and charter fishing boats and sailboats. Boat rentals, charters and tours can be arranged here as well as various marine services and fishing supplies. The harbor has a wonderful restaurant and two nice sandy beaches on either side. Visit the Charter Desk Retail Store (above the weigh scales at the fuel dock) for picture taking, souvenirs, apparel, magazines, and the latest fishing information. Honokohau Marina is located approximately 4 miles south of Kona International Airport on Highway 19. Call (808) 329-5735 / (888) 566-2487. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.