There are lots of fun ways to explore the waters surrounding the Big Island. You can take a boat or a raft along the coast to snorkel in crystal clear water. You can scuba or snuba or catch the biggest fish you've ever seen! Or perhaps you'd rather enjoy the sea and its inhabitants through the translucent floor of a glass-bottomed boat. To start your aquatic explorations, consider one of the following tours:
Atlantis Submarines www.atlantisadventures.com
Explore the underwater world off Kona in a special 48-passenger submarine that can descend as deep as 100 feet!
Dolphin Quest www.dolphinquest.com
Get to know dolphins, up close and personal. The activities center on a special lagoon at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. There are programs for both adults and kids. It is not inexpensive, and reservations for this popular experience can be made up to two months in advance.
Snorkeling and Cruising
Body Glove Cruises: Snorkeling and whale-watching (December through March) excursions. Snorkeling gear is provided, and the boat features a popular 15-foot slide and high-diving platform for water fun. firstname.lastname@example.org
Captain Zodiac: Raft tours down the Kona Coast to Kealakekua Bay. www.captainzodiac.com
Ocean Eco Tours: Diving, kayaking, and surfing. www.oceanecotours.com
Kailua Bay Charter Co.: Glass-bottomed boat cruises. www.konaglassbottomboat.com
Fair Wind Cruises: Snorkeling by catamaran or rafting in beautiful and historic Kealakekua Bay. www.fair-wind.com
Sea Quest Rafting Adventures: Snorkeling and sea adventures off the Kona Coast in motorized rafts. The trips include a stop in Kealakekua Bay. Whale-watching, too. www.seaquesthawaii.com
Adventures in Paradise: Guided snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking trips. www.bigislandkayak.com
Snorkel Bob's: Sells snorkeling and other gear for water fun. www.snorkelbob.com
The waters off the Kona coast are world famous for their biggame fishing. Giant blue marlins weighing more than 1,000 pounds have been caught here along with a variety of other large and tasty fish including tuna and swordfish. There are quite a few charter captains available to take you out for a challenging and fun ocean fishing adventure to catch the big ones. Here's a sample for starters:
Captains Jack & Billy Ross: Expert fishing and instruction aboard the 37-foot Eclipse. email@example.com
Captain James Dean: Fish for the big ones aboard Kona's largest big-game fishing charter boat, the 53-foot Blue Hawaii. firstname.lastname@example.org
Captain Gene Vanderhoek: The captain of the 39-foot Sea Genie has a reputation for success. email@example.com
Sea Wife Charters: Accomplished fisherman Tim Cox captains the 38-foot Sea Wife II. seawifeII@hawaii.rr.com
Captain John Jordan: In operation since 1968. firstname.lastname@example.org
Captain Del Dykes: Experience light-tackle sportfishing aboard the 25-foot custom Reel Action. 325-6811 wwww.fishkona.org
For more listings, you can visit the Hawaii Fishing Directory online at www.hawaiifishing.com
Scuba and Snuba
Are you a diver? Even if you've never tried it, diving might be something that you're interested in doing. Here are a few companies that can help you out on the Big Island. You can also try that new combination of snorkeling and scuba: snuba!
Snuba is a relatively new activity that combines the simplicity of snorkeling with some of the advantages of scuba minus the heavy, complicated equipment. Snuba divers breathe through an air hose about twenty feet long, attached to a floating tank, and are able to enjoy the underwater world several yards beneath the surface. Snuba excursions should be led by experienced professionals who will give you the necessary instruction and supervise your adventure. It's not recommended for small children, but it's easy and fun for older kids and adults.
Kona Honu Divers www.konahonudivers.com
Sandwich Isle Divers www.sandwichisledivers.com
Jack's Diving Locker www.jacksdivinglocker.com
Aquatic Perceptions Kayak and Scuba Center 935-9997
Nautilus Dive Center www.nautilusdivehilo.com
Big Island Watersports www.bigislandwatersports.com