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Address: Honokohau Harbor,Kona, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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+1 808-325-5556

Kona Whale Watching and Sport Fishing...

Kona Whale Watching and Sport Fishing Charters--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Year-round, off the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii Recommended by Travel BooksCaptain Tom BottrellLiving Ocean Adventures offers personalized boat charters (six-passengers maximum) with owner-operator Captain Tom Bottrell, a professionally trained marine ecologist and USCG licensed Master since 1977, aboard his Bertram 31' Sportfisherman SPINNER. Captain Tom sailed into Kona in 1975 with Project Jonah to study whales and dolphins, and has been here ever since.

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Excellent Whale Watch

Our group of 6 (7 to 40yrs old) had a great time on a Saturday Morning charter from 0700-1100. The plan was to see Humpback whales and we did! The Boat is very nice with... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
Paul F
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Our group of 6 (7 to 40yrs old) had a great time on a Saturday Morning charter from 0700-1100. The plan was to see Humpback whales and we did! The Boat is very nice with comfortable seating options inside and out and a ice box for water and any snacks. There is also a bathroom. We did not choose the... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

We chartered the boat for a whale watch for our group of four. It cost us less than booking a tour on a large boat. Captain Tom was very friendly and knowledgeable and tailored the trip to what we wanted to do. We saw several whales, spinner dolphins, and beautiful scenery! The boat was clean and comfortable, water was provided,... More 

1 Thank SES11
Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

The most important part in knowing where the whales are and this company uses captains that are experts at finding them We saw lots of whales, dolphins, sea turtles and even a tiger shark. I recommend the experience as part of what Hawaii has to offer.

1 Thank Patricio B
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

My mom (68) and I (38) did the introductory dive with Nate and Austin on 7/6/16 and had an amazing experience. Both guys were well informed, patient, funny, friendly and wonderful to dive with. We started on land with wet suit, mask, and fin fitting then had a training session about hand signals and proper use of the equipment. After... More 

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Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 19 April 2016

My children purchased this whale watching adventure for my for my 50th Birthday present. Not only was I pleased beyond belief, but I learned so much about the whale species and dolphin species that we saw as well as about the ocean itself. Captain Tom took our safety into concern, watching the weather so as to prevent us from having... More 

2 Thank Deborah S
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Reviewed 29 February 2016 via mobile

Capt. Tom was knowledgeable and sociable. Yes, it was a long ride north up the coast, but he obviously knows where to go and how to best watch whales. Get to the right spot as quick as you can and start the process. Speed up when appropriate and slow down when appropriate. We saw about 6-8 whales, numerous blows, and... More 

2 Thank Jeff K
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Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

We booked a private charter with Captain Tom, $480 which was well worth the price! We went on a whale watching trip and because it was a private charter, he threw two trolling lines out, if we caught something one of us could reel it in! We saw upwards of 10 whales, some getting 150-200 feet away! None jumped but... More 

2 Thank Jessica B
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Reviewed 16 January 2016

This was by far the best whale watching experience I have ever had. Tom was a great captain: we had an AMAZING experience and our group of 6 were all impressed with his knowledge & skills. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone interested in having a great day on the water with a great skipper! He knew exactly... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Reviewed 16 November 2015

Capt. Tom was very honest with us telling us that it wasn't humpback season, but our friends really wanted to get out on the ocean. I asked him to throw out a few fishing lines, which he gladly did. On the way out I caught a 10 lb. skipjack which we released. We didn't see any whales but did spend... More 

2 Thank Teramo48
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

We did a dolphin swim off the hang loose boat was a great time lots of history as well as swimming with the schools of dolphins.

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