Ride the Swells in an Ocean Raft
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 (800) 551-8911 • Kamanu Charters (808) 329-2021