Big Island Kayak Tours

The Big Island is a vast area of land diversity that takes on a new perspective when viewed from the ocean. When you are touring the island on land, you will definitely visit many remarkable and unique places that exemplify the importance of the island’s history and its preservation for future generations. Viewing The Big Island from its majestic clear blue waters on either the East or West side of the island is sure to give you a different perspective of the essence of Hawaii and the importance of caring for the land.

Kayaking is one of the most peaceful means of exploring the Pacific Ocean that surrounds the different geographical landscapes of The Big Island. Kayaking tours are mostly nestled in the waters off the Kona Coast where it is calmer most of the year. In addition, you can almost guarantee good weather on the West side of the island, making a kayaking tour very appealing to visitors and islanders.

Many kayaking tour companies also give you the opportunity to take a break from paddling and spend time in the beautiful clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. You will be able to take a swim or go snorkeling and further explore what the ocean has to offer beneath its surface from lava tubes to tropical fish only found in Hawaii. There will be no choice but to feel comfortable in the waters that surround The Big Island. There is never a dull moment with these tours.

You don’t need any experience to participate in a kayaking tour, as you will be given full instruction before heading into the waters. You will always have a safety water vest and an experienced tour guide with you throughout the entire tour. Most tours range from two to four hours, so although you don’t need experience, it is a benefit if you are somewhat already physically active and healthy to power through the ocean paddling of your kayak. You are asked to be prepared with sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a light long-sleeved t-shirt or swimming shirt, nylon shorts, ocean shoes for climbing on rocks, a towel, and plastic bag for your wet items.

Hawaii Pack and Paddle

Hawaii Pack and Paddle offers tours for kayaking near Kona’s white sandy beaches. There are six different tours that you can take during the daylight hours ranging between two to six hours. All tours operate seven days a week and are perfect for the entire family or even for that romantic getaway. All gear that you need for your tour will be provided to you. You even have the opportunity to combine any one of their tours with a snorkeling, hiking, or camping tour to spend more time exploring the West side of The Big Island. The certified guides who will take you on the kayaking tour are also very knowledgeable about the history of the island. So in addition to your unique views, you will also learn about the significance of each area you are passing with your kayak. The kayak tours also include snorkeling time to give you a break from paddling, where you can swim with a guide who will introduce you to the many tropical fish that live in the nearby coral reefs. Also, don’t be surprised if you see spinner dolphins or humpback whales during their migration period to Hawaii, swimming next to you.

Adventures in Paradise

Adventures in Paradise is located in Kona on the West side of The Big Island. They offer two popular kayaking tours that average about four hours each. The popular Naia Cove Kayak and Snorkeling Trip tour is great for those five years of age or older, which makes it a perfect family adventure. You will travel by kayak outside of the Honokohau Harbor with views of Kaloko Honokohau National Historic Park. On your historical journey of learning about the Native Hawaiian history and culture, you will also be fortunate enough to see spinner dolphins, sea turtles, tropical fish, and maybe even humpback whales during their migration season to Hawaii. This tour is guided for your safety and to provide you with knowledge on the Native Hawaiian land and surrounding ocean. All gear is included in the tour. Adventures in Paradise’s other popular kayak tour is the Captain Cook Monument Tour that is also approximately four hours. This is a great tour to learn about the history of ancient Native Hawaiians and their first introduction to Westerners. Snacks and refreshments are provided on both tours, which take a break after about the second hour of paddling where you can relax on the seashore, do some snorkeling, or take a swim. Wet bags are provided to store your wet towel and swim clothes.

Aloha Kayak Company

Aloha Kayak Company offers two tours, allowing you the opportunity to explore the history of the island by kayak, viewing important landmarks on The Big Island that hold significance to the island’s history. The kayak tours center near the Kona Coastline, due to its calm waters almost all year-round and run both day and night. The Keauhou Tour launches from Keauhou Bay. You will be led on this tour by a certified guide and all equipment will be provided to you. You are likely to see spinner dolphins swimming alongside your kayak, as well as sea turtles, and humpback whales during their migration period. You will view and paddle through lava tubes and caves at the Kuamoo Bay, which is home to many Native Hawaiian battles and graves. This tour allows you time off the kayak and into the water for a swim or snorkeling session. The entire tour can last approximately four hours. Aloha Kayak Company also offers the Manta Ray Kayak Tour. A guide will accompany you and all equipment will be provided. This is an exciting tour, as The Big Island is the only place in the world where you can safely view manta rays in waters approximately 15 to 20 feet. It will be a unique experience as you watch the manta rays slowly swim all around your kayak.

Kona Boys Kayak

Kona Boys Kayak is located on the Kona Coast near Kailua Pier. This kayak tour takes you on an adventure of viewing The Big Island’s rainforests, waterfalls, and old lava flows from the comfort of the Pacific Ocean. Their tour is combines with a snorkeling adventure to give you time to rest from paddling and a chance to explore the Hawaiian tropical fish that live in nearby coral reefs. Kona Boys Kayak also offers a Kealakekua Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour, which is the most protected bay on The Big Island due to its important history and tropical fish. All gear is provided to you on these kayak tours that are led by guides who are all certified lifeguards. A little break is taken on this four to five hour tour to enjoy a meal and a cold drink before heading back into the water for your paddle back to shore. If you want to take another kayak adventure to historical sites along the Kona Coast, you can take the Day at the Beach Package tour. All gear is provided for this tour that starts on the beach of Kamakahonu Cove that slowly enters into Kailua Bay. You will be with a guide and possibly greeted almost immediately by spinner dolphins. You will have an opportunity to snorkel then circle back to Kamakahonu for a small break, and then it’s off to kayaking and snorkeling again. The Coastal Kayak Tour is also a guided tour along the Kona Coast where you will have the opportunity to view marine life. You will stop at a secluded cove along the coast to take a break from paddling where you can enjoy some time snorkeling. The Sunset Kayak and Snorkel Tour also leaves from Kamakahonu Bay where you will adventure pass Ahuena Heiau before making your way into Kailua Bay. This is a 2.5 hour tour with many views of historical places as you view Kona’s majestic sunset.

Ocean Safaris

Ocean Safaris offers guided kayak tours by certified lifeguard guides along the Kona waters. You will receive all the necessary gear for your tour and instructions on maneuvering and paddling your kayak, making it great for those who have never paddled a boat before. You will also learn about the Native Hawaiian history of The Big Island and be offered a break where you will be provided with snacks, juice, and water. The Keauhou Sea Cave Kayak Tour starts at Keauhou Bay and heads south towards Kuamoo Bay. Along your entire 3.5 hour tour, you will have a chance to paddle near spinner dolphins, sea turtles, and manta rays. You will explore sea caves and paddle along the Kona Coast over many underwater lava tubes. Time is allotted for snorkeling before climbing the cove for a perfect view of the ocean while enjoying cold beverages and some snacks. The Manta Ray Night Snorkel tour is on a kayak that you will paddle out on the Kona Coast just before sunset. It takes approximately five minutes of paddling before you enter the best known spot for viewing manta rays. The entire tour is approximately 90 minutes.