Ride the Swells in an Ocean Raft

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - WATERWORLD -

Rid­ing the swells of the great Pa­cific tucked away safely in a pow­ered rigid-hull in­flat­able boat is an ex­pe­ri­ence that puts a whole new per­spec­tive on an ad­ven­ture at sea. Com­monly called ocean rafts, th­ese sta­ble, high-per­for­mance boats re­sem­ble res­cue crafts, which is one thing they’re used for. They’re also used for fun and ad­ven­ture.

Typ­i­cally car­ry­ing no more than 35 pas­sen­gers, a raft­ing trip al­most al­ways in­cludes snorkel stops in Kealakekua and Honau­nau bays. In a raft, you can en­ter sea caves and lava tubes and get a good look at dol­phins, sea tur­tles and whales. The wa­ters off the South Kona coast are among the calmest in the state, which makes raft­ing here gen­er­ally com­fort­able.

Most raft­ing tours de­part from Honoko­hau Ma­rina near Kailua-Kona and travel along the Kona Coast to snor­kel­ing des­ti­na­tions. Ad­ven­ture X Raft­ing launches from Puako, 30 min­utes from Kailua-Kona. Morn­ing and af­ter­noon tours are avail­able and gen­er­ally take three or four hours to com­plete. Some boats are equipped with canopies for shade and lad­ders to pro­vide water ac­cess.

• Body Glove (808) 326-7122 or 1-800-551-8911 • Ka­manu Char­ters (808) 329-2021

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