Not many people can say they are able to enjoy a bout tour or cruise at any time of the year (at least, without having to wear five layers under your Helly Hansen in the winter). Just think about it: breathing in the fresh, salty air, the movement of the water gently swaying the boat, the clear, warm Pacific just waiting for you to dip your toes in—the perfect winter afternoon at sea. Is there a seafaring member of your family that’s been dying to get back out on the water, or perhaps someone hoping to dive into the world of boating and/or fishing for the first time? ‘Tis the season for setting sail on an ocean adventure that will make for the perfect salty escape. To make your gift-buying decision easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular companies offering Big Island boat tours.
BEST Big Island BoaT Tours FOR: DAYTIME SNORKELING, SCUBA DIVING, & GENERAL CRUISES
There’s nothing more refreshing than spending your day enjoying our ocean playground. Whether it’s for snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching, or a dinner cruise, these five companies are some of the best in the business for a relaxing day on the water.
Body Glove Hawaii
Shopping Center, 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 | (808) 326-7122
Body Glove is a great, all-encompassing option for daytime snorkeling, scuba diving, and even enjoying a few Mai Tais during an evening dinner cruise.
Kona Glass Bottom Boat
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel | (808) 324-1749
Fair Wind Cruises
78-7130 Kaleiopapa St., Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 322-2788
Hilo Ocean Adventures
1717 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, HI 96720 | (808) 934-8344
Kona Snorkel Tours
Honokohau Harbor | 74-429 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 494-2207
BEST Big Island Boat Tours FOR: NIGHTTIME MANTA SNORKELING & SCUBA DIVING
Rightfully so, Manta ray sight-seeing is one of the most popular activities to partake in on the Big Island. With that being said, there are plenty of companies to choose from when it comes to swimming amongst these gentle giants. Create a little magic this holiday season by booking spots on one of these adventures!
Big Island Divers
Kaahumanu Plaza | 74-5467 Kaiwi St, Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 329-6068
Hang Loose Boat Tours
74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 345-4262
Kona Honu Divers
74-5583 Luhia St. A12, Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 324-4668
Hawaii Island and Boat Tours
78-7138 Kaleiopapa St., Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 313-1116
Kona Ocean Adventures
Honokohau Harbor | Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 930-9861
Kona Ocean Adventures offers all types of snorkeling excursions—during the day, you might encounter a whale shark!
78-7138 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 987-0377
BEST Big Island Boat Tours FOR: SAILING
One of the most relaxing ways to spend your time out at sea is to be on a sail boat—whether you’re the captain of your own ship* or you’re sitting back and letting the wind (and crew) choose your course.
Paradise Sailing Hawaii
74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy Slip J24, Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 883-0399
Honokohau Harbor | Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 329-2021
Kamanu Charters features a variety of snorkeling trips, including Manta ray encounters.
Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 322-2500
Sea Paradise also offers various snorkeling trips, including day and nighttime adventures.
Hawaii Sail Charters
Honokohau Harbor | 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 936-4875
72-4019 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 640-0662
Learn the lines (pun-intended) and earn your sea legs with an afternoon of sailing instruction.
Kona Style (all kinds of snorkel tours)
75-5669 Ali’i Dr #1107, Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 936-1323
Kona Style also offers nighttime Manta trips and other snorkeling adventures.
BEST Big Island Boat Tours for: SPORT FISHING
Bite Me Sport Fishing
Honokohau Harbor | 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy #1, Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 936-3442
Humdinger Sport Fishing
Honokohau Harbor | 74 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 425-9266
A’u Struck Sport Fishing
Honokohau Harbor | 74 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 640-4181
Kona Cowboy Sport Fishing
Honokohau Harbor | 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI | (808) 990-2531
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