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The boat and crew made for a memorable evening of snorkeling with majestic Manta Rays along the Kona Coast. The cruise from the harbor to the Manta Rays was smooth. When we got to the bay, the crew set up the light boards and helped those who needed assistance getting into the water and over to the light boards. Within a few minutes, several medium sized Manta Rays began approaching, then began feeding on the plankton attracted by the lights. The Manta Rays would gracefully swim upside down, close to the boards so close, you can see their eyes and into their gills as they feed. I had a great time.
We saw the Kona coffee museum & shop, many scenic bays & waterfalls, ate lunch at the beautiful Volcano House, walked through tropical regrowth post-eruption, viewed the volcano from different vantage points, drove through a rain forest, visited the macadamia nut shop, a candy factory, saw Parker Ranch, Hilo, & many towns on the coast & inland. Lots of opportunities to buy gifts & souvenirs. I gained a greater appreciation of the Big island & all it has to offer! Great tour, thanks to Tommy, our guide!
Our driver was wonderful, professional and knowledgeable. The route was good. I would have liked fewer stops that were just for shopping. An actual tour at the coffee stop would be preferred to what was given. My main disappointment was lunch. The service was fair, the food not satisfactory. A nicer place that cost a bit more would have been preferred. My praise for the driver includes his great ability to have people stay on schedule.
We got to see a flock of 13 manta rays on our dive, by far one of the coolest experiences I’ve had to date. The tour operators were so much fun, extremely knowledgeable, made us feel safe and had quite a bit of humor to quell any nerves. The boat ride over to the site and back was set to a fun playlist and it was a nice touch to have some beverages available. Would do this again in a heartbeat!
Maile, the local Hawaiian on board, opened with a traditional Hawaiian prayer. Throughout the cruise, she provided many insights into the history of the Hawaiian Islands, the reign of King Kamehameha, and the story of Captain Cook. Along with some wonderful instrumentals, great food, and exceptional staff, you can't get better than this! My party had a wonderful time.