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Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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Smooth ride, dedicated crew and several Whales

Our cruise was very comfortable and successful. We saw several whales. One in particular really... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2016
molsenmotorsport
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Santa Clara, California
Mammal-mania

Susan and William took us out and we saw humpback whales right away. There appeared to be at least... read more

Reviewed 29 February 2016
B S
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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The Big Islands Best Boat tours await you on the north Kona-Kohala Coast in Waikoloa. Our premiere Whale Watching cruises are a winter favorite however year round we make snorkel dreams come true accessing pristine reefs of abundant sea life as well as dolphin watching as an added bonus to all tours. The state of the art Lavakai 2 was tailored to offer a comfort level ride and exceptional viewing for all passengers. Also available is our night manta ray snorkel cruises
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22 Mar 2016
“Smooth ride, dedicated crew and several Whales”
28 Feb 2016
“Mammal-mania”
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Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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Reviewed 23 March 2016

Our cruise was very comfortable and successful. We saw several whales. One in particular really wanted to show off and breached half a dozen times. William and Susan have a very relaxed approach which makes you feel like you are with your friends out looking...More

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Reviewed 29 February 2016

Susan and William took us out and we saw humpback whales right away. There appeared to be at least a couple groups of two or three whales that were making their presence known! We saw fluke flaps, entire breeches, pectoral fins waves and many, many...More

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Reviewed 22 February 2016

What an amazing experience! We were supposed to go whale watching out of Hilo but the owner called me to say that they were going to have to cancel out trip due to rough waters but would gladly honor our Groupon for the same trip...More

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Reviewed 20 February 2016

A great experience, comfortable, clean boat with professional, knowledgable and fun crew. I grew up on the CA coast and have spent a ton of time in Hawaii. This was by far my best what watching experience. So many breaching whales, frolicking whales, a baby...More

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Reviewed 17 February 2016

This was to be the highlight of a trip to the Big Isle. We were looking forward to seeing dolphins and snorkeling. They cancelled our trip and we had no time to find another one. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT.More

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Captain_Shane, Manager at Kohala Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2016

All tours were canceled due to high surf warnings so no boats operated this day. We would love to take you out on a suitable day and have the opportunity to share with you a memorable ocean experience. you were refunded 100% at the time...More

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Reviewed 5 February 2016

Captain William and Naturalist Susan provided an exciting and informative morning touring the northern waters of the Big Island. We were able to see whales near and far from the boat. One whale was slapping it's tale repeatedly which was very neat to see such...More

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Reviewed 31 January 2016

I can not believe the number of whales we saw! The boat was very stable. I normally get a little seasick on boats, but I didn't feel that at all on this boat.

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Reviewed 30 January 2016 via mobile

Take this whale watch! This was a wonderful experience out of the Kawaihae harbor. It was a mostly covered vessel that was comfortable . William (the Captain) and Chris and Susan (naturalists) went out of their way to steer us to the active areas of...More

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Reviewed 26 January 2016

I will admit that it was hard to find them, but the extra work was well worth it. The captain and first mate of the Lavakai ll were easy going and knowledgeable and made searching for whales fun. The boat was low to the water...More

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Captain_Shane, Manager at Kohala Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2016

Glad you had a phenomenal time whale watching with Kohala Tours were happy to provide an alternative to the crowded whale watching boats. Good to hear the crew took good care of you and were able to teach you something new. As for the harbor...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

We went on a sunset whale watch. Beautiful sunset, awesome whales. The crew was great and trip was family friendly. We especially enjoyed listening to the whales on the hydrophone!! An unforgettable trip. Thank-you Kohala Tours!

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Captain_Shane, Manager at Kohala Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2016

Sunsets are hard to beat in Kohala glad yours was a memorable one. Always special being able to hear the whales via the hydrophone. The Lavakai II helps radiate those mysterious whale songs in stereo. Mahalo For your kind words see you soon hopefully.

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