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Living Ocean Adventures

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Honokohau Harbor,Kona, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-325-5556
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Awful

Just had a very frustrating experience. We took a whale cruise and saw no whales. Let me provide... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2018
LCS924
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Denver, Colorado
Great way to get close to the dolphins

Gave my girlfriend a trip on this adventure. She was over the moon happy with her great experience... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Connie M
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Canmore, Canada
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Kona Whale Watching and Sport Fishing Charters--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Year-round, off the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii Recommended by Travel BooksCaptain Tom BottrellLiving Ocean Adventures offers personalized boat charters (six-passengers maximum) with owner-operator Captain Tom Bottrell, a professionally trained marine ecologist and USCG licensed Master since 1977, aboard his Bertram 31' Sportfisherman SPINNER. Captain Tom sailed into Kona in 1975 with Project Jonah to study whales and dolphins, and has been here ever since.
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Honokohau Harbor,Kona, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Just had a very frustrating experience. We took a whale cruise and saw no whales. Let me provide more details. We got about a half hour out on the boat and were told, "oh sorry we can't go to the whale sanctuary because of winds"....More

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Reviewed 1 May 2017

Gave my girlfriend a trip on this adventure. She was over the moon happy with her great experience. What a way to interact with the dolphins but in their home in the ocean.

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Reviewed 5 March 2017

Our group of 6 (7 to 40yrs old) had a great time on a Saturday Morning charter from 0700-1100. The plan was to see Humpback whales and we did! The Boat is very nice with comfortable seating options inside and out and a ice box...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2017

We chartered the boat for a whale watch for our group of four. It cost us less than booking a tour on a large boat. Captain Tom was very friendly and knowledgeable and tailored the trip to what we wanted to do. We saw several...More

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Reviewed 23 August 2016

The most important part in knowing where the whales are and this company uses captains that are experts at finding them We saw lots of whales, dolphins, sea turtles and even a tiger shark. I recommend the experience as part of what Hawaii has to...More

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Reviewed 13 July 2016

My mom (68) and I (38) did the introductory dive with Nate and Austin on 7/6/16 and had an amazing experience. Both guys were well informed, patient, funny, friendly and wonderful to dive with. We started on land with wet suit, mask, and fin fitting...More

1  Thank Rachel M
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Reviewed 19 April 2016

My children purchased this whale watching adventure for my for my 50th Birthday present. Not only was I pleased beyond belief, but I learned so much about the whale species and dolphin species that we saw as well as about the ocean itself. Captain Tom...More

2  Thank Deborah S
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Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

Capt. Tom was knowledgeable and sociable. Yes, it was a long ride north up the coast, but he obviously knows where to go and how to best watch whales. Get to the right spot as quick as you can and start the process. Speed up...More

2  Thank Jeff K
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Reviewed 30 January 2016 via mobile

We booked a private charter with Captain Tom, $480 which was well worth the price! We went on a whale watching trip and because it was a private charter, he threw two trolling lines out, if we caught something one of us could reel it...More

2  Thank Jessica B
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Reviewed 16 January 2016

This was by far the best whale watching experience I have ever had. Tom was a great captain: we had an AMAZING experience and our group of 6 were all impressed with his knowledge & skills. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone interested...More

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I was a bit worried about this myself. Two of the six in our party took Dramamine (sp?) just in case. None of the six got seasick. Although the boat is not large (31 footer) it handled quite well and Captain Tom knew what... More
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