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Reviewed 3 March 2021

Catamaran was dirty. Toilet/head almost unusable. BIGGEST PROBLEM THOUGH....inexperienced captain "major" took us into heavy current area to snorkel where several members of party got into distress in the water. I asked for life jacket and he wouldn't provide one. I finally FORCED him verbally to back up the boat so people could get to boat in difficult conditions. He NEVER offered a bit of instruction or verbal warnings to anyone that these currents could make it difficult to get back to boat! Terrible! Could have had a bad outcome but wound up ok. Then when i called him on it he was ver defensive and said, "you signed a waiver". Really?? Choose someone else who is more experienced and has higher regard for safety.

Date of experience: February 2021
Thank T2420PAfrankw
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Reviewed 1 March 2021

I never write reviews but I’m hoping to save someone else the experience. We paid $1000 for a 3 hour private charter that promised fishing, snorkeling and whale watching. After giving us warm water and juice we proceeded to go on a long boat ride along the coast. That’s it. The captain and his friend couldn’t have been less interested in us. When we asked about fishing he said “the fishing is terrible” when we had been out for an hour with no whales in site he pulled over to a rocky area for snorkeling. None of us had much experience and after fumbling around near the rocks for about 15 minutes didn’t feel safe enough to keep going. Not to mention there was nothing to see in the area he dropped us. Then we continued driving around looking for whales while the captain and crew member talked to each other. We finally decided they didn’t care about us or this excursion and asked to head in early. It was hands down the biggest waste of money and time.

In contrast the we had booked a mantaray excursion the night before- the host spent an hour educating us on snorkeling and the animals. When they could see the animals weren’t going to show up they apologized and refused to take our money. They were invested in their business- these guys were not. Between the four of us we have 5 kids in college so $1000 was not a small amount of money to throw away- but that’s what we did. It seems like we are the small majority of negative reviews but hopefully someone will read this and avoid the disappointment.

Date of experience: February 2021
2  Thank T8354YZoliviam
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Reviewed 2 January 2021

Another awesome day of the water with Big Island Shaka.....they never fail to over deliver!
Sunny day with whales spouting and breeching made it even more magical.
Major (boat captain) and Bethany (deck hand) took care of all our requests.
Book your own trip for a special day on the water off the Kohala Coast, Big Island Hawaii!

Date of experience: December 2020
1  Thank IslandMike15
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Reviewed 12 March 2020

Definitely the highlight of our trip! Beautiful catamaran and Captain Major and Claire are an amazing team! Four of us went out and had an amazing day out on the water...saw whale, dolphins and beautiful snorkeling. Claire served cold drinks and snacks and was an awesome host! She is extremely knowledgable about sea life and we loved listening to her endless knowledge about it. They really are a perfect husband/wife team! I would highly recommend booking with them!

Date of experience: March 2020
Thank BethV272
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Reviewed 24 February 2020 via mobile

We enjoyed a fantastic morning on the catamaran. We saw a newborn calf(2 days old and weighed in at a thousand pounds) the mother and an escort! The boat next to us had a hydrophone and we could here them sing!
Only wish we could have put the sails up!!!
Many thanks to the Captain, Renee and Olivia for providing us with great information and experiences.

Date of experience: February 2020
Thank ChangYu
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