My tribe of 5 (mom, dad, 14-year old and two-10 year olds) had an incredible experience on this adventure. We were staying in the Hilton Hawaiian Village and they picked us up in front of the hotel next door. The bus drive is long- so if you have a car you may want to drive over so you don’t have to do the “stopping at every hotel area” and have the freedom of going to see/do something else since you are in another area of the island. But, they do make the bus ride enjoyable. You get all your gear once you get off the bus and before you get on the boat. If for any reason you do/may get seasick- please be courteous and take some medicine or buy the pressure bracelets. They sell the bracelets on the bus for $20 and that’s nothing compared to wasting the money that you spent on the trip.
The boat is not very large and they can take up to 40 guests- if you have flexibility see if there is a boat that has less people because we had 39 and honestly, it was snug. But, we didn’t mind too much (until people started vomiting bc there was some big swells). We swam with dolphins which only lasted a couple of minutes- but so very awesome. We went a little further north and snorkeled and saw all the fish and a couple of sea turtles. The kids loved the slide and paddle boards since they get tired of mom always wanting to go snorkeling. They served us chips and a pre-cooked burger (no grill on this boat) on the way back. The crew entertains you on the way back and they are awesome. No frills trip- but really worth the money.
This was a great trip for our family. We have done the tours with the larger fancy boats and that is great for your first time or if you need a larger boat because of seasickness, but know you will pay a lot more for that. This outfit runs a great trip with incredible staff (thanks Jeremy, the nice Japanese translator whose name starts with an M, and all the guys on board who were so funny). We can’t wait to see the photos when we swing by to pick up our photo package!
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