Almost 15 years and still the Best Big Island Kayak Experience
by Stephen R.
We have rented kayaks from Aloha for almost 15 years now.
Iwa, the local owner of Aloha, takes the time to talk to each and every renter about the importance of protecting the reef and wildlife. They also support the area with clean up and maintenance days. They are super flexible on when you pick up and return the boats - I would strongly suggest getting the kayaks near closing the day before you plan to paddle and getting going as early in the AM as you can. The serenity of the bay and the frolicking dolphins is unmatched - but the tour boats come in around 10 AM and the scene definitely changes. Still beautiful but like the difference between a quiet sunrise on a Sierra peak and Disneyland at noon. We have sailed, kayaked and dove throughout the South Pacific. Without question the reef at Cpt. Cook monument is one of the most beautiful in the world. Go! Whatever it takes, Go!
We started bringing the kids when they were about 4 or 5 and they have always loved it. Have them practice with a mask and snorkel in the pool before the ocean. Be careful of the coral, try not to touch as the oils from your hands stress the fragile living layer of the colonies. And bring plenty of food and water! paddling and diving burn a lot of energy. Aloha supplies dry bags for food and towels. Tie everything into the kayak just in case so you wount lose anything. These are super stable boats but if you're fooling around they could tip. Wear reef walkers or booties to protect your feet and a T shirt to keep the sun off while paddling. Aloha!