Kealakekua Bay

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What people are saying about Kealakekua Bay

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 56 reviews

My 2 friends and I did this tour our last day of the trip and it was a great way to end a wonderful vacation. Our tour guide Derek arrived on time in an air conditioned, clean and comfortable vehicle. He was extremely helpful, sharing knowledge and history of the island that he's learned as a guide and also as a resident for many years. He was always sure to communicate the flow of the day or activity we were about to do, what to expect with the terrain and accompanied us on certain walls to point out things we would have otherwise missed. A great guide, adored by many vendors and locals on the tour route. We stayed on the right side of the island and it was great to have someone experienced get us and show us through the southern area and let side of the island. Great trip, would highly recommend.

We had such luck! We saw a mother, baby and escort whales, pods of dolphins, and a manta ray from the boat. We also pulled a Mylar balloon from the ocean saving sea turtle in the process. The balloon had baby octopuses on it which we returned to the ocean. This is all not even counting the amazing variety of fish we saw. While our experience was not typical, what seemed to be was the excellent customer service, knowledgeable crew and fantastic experience.

This was probably the highlight of our trip. On the way out to snorkel we saw baby and mama Humpback Whales as well as several dolphins. The whales were only about 200 feet away and the dolphins came up within 30 feet of the boat. While my wife and our kids were snorkeling, my mom and I stayed on the boat and enjoyed the view, food and fully stocked bar. The weather was perfect and the crew was really great.

The trip was excellent. Plenty of time snorkling and also plenty of time getting into close to rocks to look at things. Also stopped to see dolphins and whales. We got lucky and saw one dolphin spin out of the water 10 feet from us. Great guides with a small group of people. Highly recommend. Captain Steve and Jill were great.

Very detailed tour of The Big Island. Guide was very flexible in what we saw and what options we had in doing so. Helped us get the most out of our tour. If information is what you're looking for, Awana is your guide.