Kayak And Snorkel Tour To Kealakekua Bay - Big Island
by Tyler Loo
(Kelowna, BC, Canada)
We took a kayak and snorkel tour to Kealakekua Bay and I wanted to give some helpful information about the kayak situation at Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island, Hawaii. I read the information on this site and thought I would recommend what we did.
We were there on Jan. 8, 2011. I recommend that you book a kayak tour through Adventures in Paradise. They took us down to the launch site and made sure that we launched safely. We had a guide with us at all times so it was nice and safe and he could help if you had any difficulties. This also eliminated any of the problems that others have noted about the vendors trying to make you uncomfortable or people bothering you at the launch site.
They also had the permit to land the kayaks near the monument and our guide was able to make sure to help us each land safely and make sure we didn't damage the reef or even scrape our kayaks on the rocks because apparently the plastic that scrapes off can be really bad for the ocean life because they eat it.
In summary, kayaking there is a great way to see the bay and the dolpins and I strongly recommend you going with the tour company and not just rent kayaks on your own and try to launch yourself.
I hope this helps some people in the future.