When we pulled into the parking lot at the Keauhou Bay we could immediately see that the day's ocean conditions were absolutely perfect for kayaking. We selected our two person kayak from a group of kayaks that were lined up on the shore. As we geared up our boat the rest of our group arrived and after our guide gave the group a quick briefing he began launching the boats. He launched the boats one by one and instructed us to paddle to the middle of the bay and wait for the rest of the group before we all moved down the coast together.
Within about 10 minutes we had all gotten our kayaks in the water and had begun the paddle down the coast. We paddled south around the point on the left side of the bay and then continued to follow the coastline south. As we paddled we passed by some awesome geologic features, including a sea cave that we got to paddle into. It was not long before we had reached our days snorkeling destination.
The fish and sea life was amazing to look at, but it seemed like most of the groups attention was focused on a cliff that everyone was taking turns jumping off of into the water. It was fun to see some of the kids go again and again to the top of the rock and then jump off. Our guide had brought a cooler full of snacks and drinks that he opened up for everyone to help themselves to. We spent quite a bit of time here, playing, jumping into the water, snorkeling, and just relaxing.
Eventually we got back into our kayaks and began making our way back up the coastline towards our initial departure point. On the way back our guide let us spread out a bit more so all the different kayaks could find their own pace. We decided to try to get a bit of a workout on the way back. We managed to get our heart rates up a bit and got back quite a bit before some of the other members of the group. What was nice to see is that when each kayak made it back to the boat ramp, the paddlers were all smiling. There were all kinds of fitness levels and personality types in our group and Ocean Safari Adventures seemed to cater well to all of them. They did a great job.
The morning we went on the Body Glove I woke up and looked out the window and was delighted to see that there was not a breath of wind in the sky and the ocean was completely calm...... Perfect weather for snorkeling!
This morning we checked in for our days snorkel excursion down at boat ramp at Keauhou Bay, which is located on the southern end of Kona Town. As we pulled into the parking lot we could see the large blue shape of the Fair Wind II tied up to the pier.
There are few places on earth that have a landscape as diverse as the one you will find on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Big Island contains almost every kind of climate zone on earth (11 of the 13 to be precise).
Today we went out on a smaller sized sailing catamaran named the "Kamanu". We met the boat down at Honokohau Harbor to check in for the trip. As I entered their office I noticed some amazing pictures of Manta Rays on the walls that the receptionist told me were taken on the evening "Manta" snorkel, I was impressed.
After spending most of the day down in Kona snorkeling we had worked up quite an appetite. During the drive up to Waikoloa all I could think about was the huge luau buffet that was waiting for us once we got there.
The Navatek is not your normal boat. When it was built (and in many ways even to this day) it stood on the absolute pinnacle of maritime technology. It is a SWATH style vessel which is a design that is essentially a cross between a hydrofoil and a catamaran.
If you're physically capable of doing a kayaking tour while you're here in Hawaii then you defiantly should. We have different kayaking excursions that are suited for all levels so no matter what kind of kayaking experience you have we should be able to pair you with some kind of an excursion that suites you.
After checking in, we will outfit your single or tandem kayak with life jackets, backrests, paddles, snorkel gear and bottled water. We help you launch into calm and picturesque Keauhou Bay, where we conduct a group instruction.
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