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  1. We rented a two person kayak in the hopes of seeing dolphins. We were within touching distance of about 50-60 after about an hour out. Savored another hour watching them jump, spin and flip. Best money ever spent on a beyond expectations vacation experience!

  2. I can’t say enough positive things about Kona Boys. My wife and I took the afternoon kayak and snorkel tour with Jered. He was absolutely great. However, our impression of Kona Boys started off great from the minute we walked into the shop to reserve our spot. The entire staff was extremely friendly, helpful and willing to answer any questions we might have had.

    Jered was absolutely great and it is obvious that he truly enjoys what he does and wants everyone to have a positive experience. He succeeded beyond expectations. His knowledge of the bay and the history of the area made the outing even more interesting. I don’t think we could have asked for a better afternoon.

  3. Kona Boys couldn’t have been more friendly – reliable, easy going, great guys!! The trip out to see the Manta Rays was the highlight of our Hawaii visit. Scary at first getting into the dark waters, but then so beautiful and captivating. We saw around a dozen Mantas. A superb trip and I’d go again tomorrow if I could…. thanks everyone!

  4. Kona boys are really helpfull in all ways. I was in a strange situation where I had to call some people, fix a problem, and find a hostel to stay in, and so they helped me out by lending internett help, and their own phone for free! I’ve never experienced such general kindness in a store anywhere before! If only all of Hawaii was the same for all tourists.. Thanks a lot! I sold my bike the same evening btw..

  5. These guys are absolutely Awesome. They help you out with everything, give you all the advise you need, and make you feel welcome. Great Staff great people all around We love the Kona Boys we will return on our next trip to Hawaii

  6. Joe and I took a SUP lesson with Ola (Keola) at the King Kam Kona Boys and I would like to comment that as an instructor he was awesome. He did a great job explaining the fundamentals and we had a great time with him.
    MAHALO OLA!!!!!!! We will be back!!

  7. After many trips to B.I. finally took advantage of SUP lesson. Tried hooking up with competitor in Kahalu’u but they were a bit sketchy. Decided on Kona Boys from prior contact with Matt. Eric took my 2 teens and me out at King Kam for the best time evah!!! Eric you rock!! Whole thing was freakin awesome and best instructor with tons of fun!! Not bad for a grandma!! Next time will be even bettah. Extremely professional, courteous and did I mention fun?? OH SO ONO!!!!! We will be back fo mo!! Mahalo Nui Loa fo so much Aloha guys. Rebecca, Ian and Emma Reh

  8. Good equipment & great people. Our children (22 & 19) had a fun time too kayaking out to Cook’s & snorkeling. Highly recommend Kona Boys. Also, used services at waterside of locals to help us in and out. Well worth it.

  9. We rented a kayak on the recommendation from Celeste at Kona Reef. I want to say that your great attitude and excellent service from your down to earth staff was the best that I experienced in my family’s 12 days on the Big Island. You guys really know what you’re doing.

  10. These guys are great. Great staff, great atmosphere, great rentals. Very friendly and knowledgeable. We cant wait to get back to Hawaii, and visit the Kona Boys

  11. My husband and I took the kayak/snorkel Kamakahonu Cove tour this morning and were blown away by the level of service from the entire crew at the Beach Shack. Heiko was an outstanding guide and shared a lot of history as well as info about what to do while we’re on the Big Island. A huge Mahalo to him and G for their hospitality and even letting us try SUP! You guys rock!

  12. KONA BOYS ARE THE BEST! Our family of six took the outrigger canoe (Wa’a) trip and had a blast. Our guide, Kawika, gave us a fascinating and educational tour of Kailua Bay. We had great views of the islands, learned a lot about Hawaiian history, and got to see spinner dolphins up close. We have been to the Big Island five times and this is the best thing we have ever done. Kawika gave us a great glimpse into the REAL Hawaii. Also, from the Beach Shack we went kayaking and Kawika took my girls paddle boarding into the ocean, where they saw a whale nearby. GO KONA BOYS!

  13. Kona Boys took care of us! Kawika, our tour guide, not only gave us a great tour of the south coast along Kona on kayak, but showed us a spectacular snorkel spot and paddleboarding lessons. Kona Boys had umbrellas, water, and lunch set up for us on the beach when we came to dry off! They really went above and beyond to make our day on the water in Kona a blast! Thank you guys!

  14. I just purchased a SUP at Kona Boys that I absolutely love. Their professionalism and advise were spot on in recommending equipment to fit MY needs, not theirs. Many thanks to this well respected kona group.

  15. the “boys” rock!! They are the best…. Knowledge of the area, laid back, funny! And TIM! he be the BEST dive master round those parts. Go see the Kona boys!!!

  16. Our family has been coming here for 20 years and Kona Boys has always taken great care of us. We love to rent kayaks and paddle to Captain Cooks and go snorkeling and have a picnic. I just found out they have pretty much outlawed this wonderful family activity. I know that we did absolutely no damage to the reef at the landing so apparently it was done to force everyone onto the expensive tour party boats. Thanks Kona Boys for all the years and rentals.

  17. My family and I love the Kona Boys! Every trip to the Big Island visiting the shop to chat with the boys and rent Kayaks is one of our highlights. We have rented kayaks to make the trip over to Captain Cooks on 4 different occasions. This last trip in March 2010 was fantastic, even though we could not beach the boats we actually found that it was easier to snorkel around in cool spots than when we were beaching them, as we could just paddle over to where we wanted to take a look and then hop right in the water. If you are in HI and looking for a fantastic time check out the Kona Boys for sure.

  18. Just wanted to say ‘Mahalo’ to Ezra for the best day out on the water. Thank you for the lesson in Hawaiian, for sharing your vast Island history and for really making the trip for Patrick and I.
    We will never forget the dolphins and you…
    The Kona Boys ARE Hawaii.
    All the best…we hope to see you soon!

  19. You guys are great! Everything you need is right at the shack. from cameras to gear. Hell they will even save your life if you can’t stand up in the waist deep water. What a great day!

  20. I actually went on the Kayak/Snorkeling trip about 2 years ago with friends and we absolutely LOVED IT!!!! They guys that took us out were great, the other couples in the group were great, and it was perfect! I haven’t stopped talking about you guys to everyone here on the main land and we were especially grateful for the advice on the breakfast place on the strip in Kona. I just booked my ticket to come back there in the beginning of September so I will be seeing you guys again soon! I can’t wait, Mahalo!

  21. Kona Boys are great at everything they do and provide! Our 2nd time and we’ll be back again! Service, advise, equipment, recommendations are all top notch! So helpful and friendly!
    Can’t wait for trip #3!

  22. Kona Boys delivers top notch service from start to finish! They have a super friendly and knowledgeable staff!! G was our private guide on a kayaking and snorkeling trip in Kealakekua Bay, and he was AWESOME!!!! We would highly recommend Kona Boys to anyone visiting the Big Island!!! Thank you so much for an incredible time and some fabulous memories!!!

  23. We booked a guided group tour with the Kona Boys (and Girls) :) and it turned out to be a “private” tour since we were the only ones signed up :) Kate was our guide and she was excellent!! She was very knowledgable about the area and it was great learning about the history of the Bay. We had a great time snorkeling and kayaking (even though we had never kayaked before). Kate made sure we saw dolphins and all the beautiful coral and fish. The staff is first class. I’m very happy we booked a tour with them! Very professional and fun. I will definitely recommend Kona Boys to anyone I know traveling to the Big Island.

  24. Really great people running a really great operation. The staff is friendly, the equipment is top notch, prices are reasonable, and their Kahalu’u store is conveniently located right where you will be surfing, so no need to drag boards around on your car- just rent a board, cross the street and paddle out!

  25. I take good care of the shirt by now when I bought a shirt by a honeymoon there. The kona is a sacred place for us;, in addition, want go out to play there sometime, and to give lessons in surf

  26. Kona Boys – Mahalo!Kate was a knowledgeable, courteous and fun guide…thank you for the use of your soronge.The experience of that day still takes my breath away. Brock and Frank thank you also for providing proper equipment and your pleasant style.I will definitely return to your shop again when I return to Hawaii, hopefully soon! Aloha!

  27. Thanks to Kona Boys, we had a great trip kayaking, snorkeling, and seeing the dolphins in Kealakekua Bay! The recommendation for wearing booties was great, and we ended up wearing these, instead of fins, while snorkeling — made it easier to get in and out of the water. They even gave us a couple of great restaurant recommendations! Thanks — we’d definitely recommend Kona Boys to anybody going to the Big Island!

  28. They were great! We were extremely well served with equipment and snorkeling locale suggestions and directions by the Kona Boys and have already recommended them to friends and family. We hope to see them again and very soon.

  29. Wow! We had never Kayak before and with the help of Kona Boys, it was one the highlights of our 10 days on the Big Island.
    Their professionalism and expertise made our first time with a Kayak an enjoyable experience that will last with us forever. Thanks for the good time Kona Boys!

  30. Kona Boys was very helpful I was scared to kayak in the ocean they took my fears away and gave me great directions and where all around helpful and pleasant.
    We will use them each time we visit. I would definitely recommend Kona Boys to family and friends. This was the highlight of my trip Thanks Guys!


  31. I spent three months working on a coffee farm in Captain Cook four years ago. During my stay I was introduced to the guys at Kona Boys by my good friend Geoff. They hooked us up with kayaks, surfboards, snorkel gear and let us know where all great spots were. Because of them I have a lot of great memories of my time there. I highly recommend Kona Boys to anyone planning a trip on the Big Island. Thanks fellas! Hope to see you again!

  32. We went out on a guided kayak/snorkel tour with the Kona Boys and it was great. Eli was our guide for the day and he did a great job from getting us going in our kayak to showing us some great stuff on the snorkel tour in the bay. Lunch was great(banana nut bread was mmmmmm mmmmm good)His dog Bitsy was a gracious enough to come along to guard our stuff while we were out in the water :) Thanks Kona Boys!

  33. We went to Kona Boys on the recommendation of my Uncle. We were met by knowledgeable, friendly staff who had us briefed, loaded, and back on the road in minutes!! They made us feel so at home that we made sure to come back and shop. Congratulations Frank!!! From the boys in So Cal…

  34. This is the most memorable store i’ve been in during my week on Big Island. From the knowledgeable staff with their great personalities to the quality of service to the fantastic price of all their rentals, Kona Boys is the number one spot for rentals while in Kona.

    Leaving that store left me excited to go back and share my experiences. It also made me want to get an application for a job there.

  35. This was a great trip, with a knowledgeable guide. We enjoyed the trip across and back as well as the time in the water to see all the beautiful fish and coral. Our guide went the extra mile and helped one of my more timid granddaughters learn to snorkel. After that, there was no stopping her.

    Our thanks for an interesting and instructive trip.

    I would definitely recommend this tour to family and friends.

  36. Aloha, Just like to say Mahalo for the great South Point surf board and sock. You guys are magic getting the board to fit on my tricycle! Just kidding. Bought a bamboo T shirt,very smooth to the touch, great colors.

    Aloha Spirit

  37. Kona Boys was GREAT! Can’t say enough good things! These guys love what they do and they do it well. My husband and I were looking for kayaking and great snorkeling combined and Kona Boys was the answer. We took a tour with Aaron and kayaked across Kealakeakua Bay to the Captain Cook Memorial site. We kayaked, swam with the dolphins and snorkeled at the nearby marine sancturary. The water was warm, crystal clear and the marine life was amazing. Aaron was a great tour guide: very personable, knowledgeable & professional. He even took underwater pictures with his own camera for us and emailed them to us afterwards. We have since highly recommended Kona Boys to all our family and friends and we are looking forward to returning and repeating the very same adventure with our own grown children one day. Mahalo Kona Boys!

  38. WOW– they really can put kayaks on a convertible !! They did a great job getting the car ready and showed us how easy it is to put them back on.
    Friendly, great service

  39. A big thanks to everyone over at Kona Boys. You hooked us up with Kayaks and Surfboards, we were totally stoked! You guys are definitely keeping the Aloha spirit alive. These guys set us, strapping kayaks to the roof of our rental with ease. I even drove back up the hill to rent my board, because some of the shops down on Alii Drive were less than friendly shall we say. So I drove up the hill and was back surfing at Kahuluu in about 20 minutes. YOU GUYS RULE! Thanks again for an awesome Big Island experience.

  40. We enjoyed every minute of our private guided tour. The service as well by our guide and everyone we came in contact with at Kona Boys was outstanding!

  41. This was our second Kyaking trip with Kona Boys to the Captain Cook Memorial. We returned because of the friendly,efficient,professional service. The snorkling was a blast. Thanks Kona Boys. We will be back for a third trip again one day.

  42. Rather than take kayaks out on our own, we chose to go with a guide. Aaron was very knowledgeable about the bay and its’ inhabitants. We had a wonderful time and will definitely go back to Kona Boys for our next kayaking adventure!! Mahalo!!

  43. You guys were so great giving us the best snorkel gear and pointing us to the best beach. Thanks and we will be back!

  44. Very knowledgeable and conservation minded. Great shop, location and service. They were very happy to help us out and strap our boats to our roof and everything. If you are worried about transporting your rental, don’t! They have everything ready for you. If you plan to kayak, this is the place to start. Good luck guys, we hope your business keeps growing.

  45. Excellent service, great attitude and great advice. Add in one of the best diving spots in the Pacific (near Captain Cook’s monument), and it made for a highlight of our vacation. Mahalo Kona Boys!

  46. The guys at Kona Boys were so great! We told them what we wanted to do, they packed the car, hooked up the kayaks and we were off! They made our fun very accessible and we thank them for it!

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