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The Big Island’s Kona coast is an amazing kayak destination; with waters that remain relatively calm the majority of the year and a diverse coastline that provides views of dense rainforest and waterfalls in one area and dramatic lava flows and black cliffs in others. If you’re going to kayak Hawaii, Kona is the place to do it.

Best of West Hawaii 2013

Kona Boys is Kona’s original and award winning kayak shop. We have been helping guests and visitors alike enjoy the amazing waters of the Kona coast since 1996.  We have been selected as the best kayak shop on the island by the readers of West Hawaii Today every year since 2000.

We pride ourselves on having extensive local knowledge, superior equipment and customer service, and a focus on safety.  If we can help you with information, rentals, tours, or sales, Kona Boys is your one stop shop for kayaking on the Big Island and kayaking Kealakekua Bay.

Kealakekua Bay Tours and Rentals

If kayaking and snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay is on your list of don’t miss activities on the Big Island, you have a couple of options. Both tours and rentals are allowed in the Kealakekua Bay, however there are new rules that govern both options.

A limited number of permits were granted to businesses to provide guided kayak tours in Kealakekua Bay. We have the honor of being one of those companies and have developed two options for our guests, the Morning Magic and the Midday Meander. We always recommend the guided tour as we feel that it provides our guests with the best experience. We pride ourselves on providing a catered experience including personable, educated, certified guides; healthy, organic, locally sourced lunches and snacks; and top notch service and equipment. It is our goal to ensure that you have a safe expedition and spend your time enjoying the experience while we take care of all of the logistics.

The state has also issued special use permits to a number of businesses allowing them to provide a limited number of rentals. The special use permits have limitations such as not allowing kayaks to land at Ka’awaloa or to enter the water anywhere other than the site designated on the permit. We have these permits available with our rentals and we include a detailed orientation to ensure that you understand the parameters of the permit and sensitivity of the environment and community in Kealakekua. We are sensitive to the people who live in the neighborhood and therefore further limit our rentals from those granted by the state. If you would like to rent a kayak from Kona Boys be sure to make reservations in advance.

For people that own equipment in Hawaii and want to access Kealakekua Bay there are also permits available through the state. These permits are for the vessel and usually last for one year.

We are excited to provide options for our guests and hope that we can help you with any of your ocean needs while you are visiting the Big Island. If you have any questions regarding tours or rentals or anything else pertaining to Kealakekua Bay, please feel free to email us or give us a call at the shop. We appreciate your business and support and look forward to serving you with Aloha.

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Kayak Sales

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Kayaking Spots

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