Experience Kona by land and sea. Start off your journey on board a motorcoach and enjoy the scenic western coastline of the Big Island, stopping at a local coffee house to taste the famed Kona coffee. Continue on and take in views of Kealakekua Bay, St. Benedict's historic Painted Church, and Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. This place of refuge has served as a political and religious sanctuary since ancient times and is home to the sacred Halo Keawe Heiau, a temple that once housed the bones of deceased chiefs. Next prepare to board your powered catamaran for a once in a lifetime cruise of Kona's history. Step aboard and step back in time, when ancient kings ruled the islands to the arrival of Captain Cook in Kealakekua Bay. Witness many points of interest including Hawaiian temples known as Heiau, the Holua slide, battlefields and the birth place of King Kamehameha to mention a few. Keep your eyes open for the resident spinner dolphins which frequent these waters year-round and the Humpback whales in the winter (whale season is from December through April). You won't go away hungry; a full buffet sandwich bar is available, including tropical fruits, Maui chips, sodas and island juices. As you head back to Kona, sit back and indulge with your favorite libation.
Note: All efforts will be made to view the dolphins and whales, but sightings cannot be guaranteed. A full service cash bar is available for an additional charge. Online price is inclusive of the Pre-book and Save offer.
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2 of 3(67%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Kona By Land & Sea: Pre-book And Save $10
Review 1 for Kona By Land & Sea: Pre-book And Save $10
The bus part of the trip was very interesting, however we were the last bus to get back to the pier for the catamaran. The only seats were on the second deck on the outside edge with no cover. We had to hold our lunch to keep it from blowing away and got a drink, small sandwich, and chips - no fruit. It would have been nicer if it had been so crowded.
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Review 2 for Kona By Land & Sea: Pre-book And Save $10
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:August
Date:September 4, 2012
The land portion of this excursion was pretty good (and is available as a separate excursion). The sea portion was a total waste of time and money. There is not enough shade for everyone and 10-15% of the passengers were stuck in the direct early afternoon sun for more than 3 hours! Lunch consisted of a small portion of a sub sandwich, a bag of chips, a cookie and a watered down drink.
The most disappointing part of the cruise was that only about 1/4 of it was narrated. The rest of the time they just played music over the loudspeakers. The only stop on the cruise was to see Captain Cook's monument. After that it was sailing a zig-zag course (probably to fill most of the time allotted) back to the pier.
I would definitely NOT recommend this to a friend (or an enemy).
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Review 3 for Kona By Land & Sea: Pre-book And Save $10
Shows you the highlights of Kona, and then you can relax on a boat ride with takes you to Captain Cook's Memorial. Greg, our driver for the land portion was fun and knowledgeable. The Painted Church was lovely. I love that services are still held there. While the coffee house was a shop, you can taste the different coffees and see a coffee plant upclose. The day we were there, they were making Macadamia Rum Cakes. yum! The boat trip was very relaxing. the staff very attentative and helpful. They had a Historian on board to speak about Kona. Lunch was good and the local entertainment enjoyable.