People are always asking me about things to do, while in Kona. I always answer with the same response. “It all depends on what you are interested in doing.” There’s an incredible gamut of activities in Kona and the Kohala Coast. For the leisurely types, you could participate in wine tasting, visit a coffee farm, or tropical plant nursery… But for those that are seeking more of an adrenalin rush there are things like ziplining, helicopter tours, and parasailing. A really cool physical activity is kayaking!
I recommend Ocean Safaris Kayak Adventure. They pack a lot into this 4 hour outing.
Keauhou Bay is the place where Ocean Safaris Kayak Adventures begin. We met the staff at about 7:30am. After a quick safety briefing, we are in our kayaks and paddling south pass the Sheraton Hotel. Keep your eyes open! There’s a high chance that you’ll spot a group of dolphins, on this trip. Perhaps even swimming right next to your boat!
Not only are the group leaders chill and knowledgable of the the area, but they are all lifeguard certified. I was told that they are called on to offer additional water safety support for the IronMan Championship. That offers peace of mind because I’m not the strongest of swimmers. Haha!
After about 40 minutes of paddling and sight seeing, we arrive at this cool sea cave tucked away just beyond a rocky shore. “Hello-ooo-oo-oo!” (That’s supposed to be my voice echoing in the cave. Lol).
After checking out the cave, one of the guides tied all of the kayaks together and anchored them so they don’t drift away as we snorkeled. One of the other guides proceeded to hand out snorkel gear to the members of the group. We were able to explore the clear waters, at a very laid back pace. At no point did the trip ever feel rushed. After all of that paddling and swimming, I was feeling bit on the hungry side. We climbed out of the water and setup to have some snacks. Yes, they brought snacks! In addition to handing out bags of chips, and bottled waters, they also carved up a nice refreshing pineapple, on the spot.
So now that we took care of those hunger pangs, and we’re sitting on a 25′ cliff with nice 70 degree water below us- what to do next? Jump! Big fun! Haha!
I hope to see you in the Kona sunshine!
Things to consider for this trip:
- Prepare for everything you have to get wet. I recommend placing your cell phone in a water-proof case, a ziplock baggy, or perhaps just leave it in your vehicle.
- The crew will provide you with snorkel gear, if you need it, but I would bring my own. You can order a set for under $25.00 at Amazon: Snorkel Sets