“SO FORGET WHAT THEY TELL YOU, THIS IS ONE EXPERIENCE WHERE YOU’LL WANT TO LOOK DOWN.”
Making Hawaii Home
If you've spent any time in Kona's surf scene, you've likely met Frank and Brock. They own Kona Boys, which features a surf shop in Kealakekua, a beach shack at the Kailua pier, and guided tours to Kealakekua Bay. Established in 1996, the duo has been at the helm since 2000. Essentially, they represent the ultimate tropical fantasy—forgoing the corporate path you're "supposed" to take to chase their dream in Hawaii. They've turned Kona Boys into a community staple by focusing on supporting and preserving cultural traditions, staying connected to history, and giving back—all while catching as many waves as they can.
“THIS WAS THE SEAT OF ANCIENT HAWAIIAN ROYALTY”
“WITH ONE OF THE MOST ABUNDANT CORAL REEFS ON THE ISLAND, IT’S PERFECT FOR SNORKELING”
Find Your Morning Magic
Check in at the Kona Boys shop on Hawaii Belt Road in Kealakekua where you’ll get oriented and fitted for gear. Grab a coffee on the way to Nāpōʻopoʻo Pier and soon you’ll be in the water. You’ll paddle the mile or so across the bay with a stop to watch for dolphins and, from November to March, humpback whales. Kona Boys is one of three companies with permits to operate kayaks and can land vessels on the shores at Kaʻawaloa. Now it’s snorkel time. You’re in the right place if you want to see where the octopus and reef sharks hang out. Your guides know all the nooks and crannies where they hide. Talk story as you nourish yourself with a locally catered lunch, then paddle back across the bay to your car. Gear rentals are for 24 hours, so head down to Honaunau Bay next and keep that snorkel momentum going. Bring reef-safe sunscreen, water shoes, and rash guards if you have them. You can stash valuables with your guide — no need to donate your car keys to the fishies.
KEALALKEKUA BAY – KONA BOYS
Our trip was so much more than terrific! Evan took such good care of us! The sites were amazing. Several dolphin families /pods to watch from afar and babies spinning and playing. Lots of colorful fish, anemones and even a starfish! Not too many people… Evan was so much fun to be with! He told us “all the things” associated with the Captain Cook area, history and surroundings, but also truly cares about the wildlife and the environment…he keeps the rules to protect the dolphins, the people, and the beautiful Kaleakakua Bay!!
The included lunch was so yummy! (thanks Coffee Shack!)
We will definitely work with Kona boys again… Very laid back, happy to serve and super professional! Thank you, Evan, for a fantastic experience!!
We did their morning kayak tour across the bay to the monument for snorkeling. The clarity of the water was truly awesome as were the corals and marine life inhabiting it. The paddle was fun, our guide, Bam, was also awesome and did a terrific job of providing historical background as well as important reminders to protect the area and it’s marine fauna and flora. We were provided a delicious lunch (yes, the best vegetarian sandwich I’ve had in a long time!) from a local cafe after ample time to explore the astounding underwater environment. They are a small, local company that most importantly promotes sustainability and ecological practices.
This was our 2nd time over the years using their services and their standards remain top notch!
What a fantastic tour. The office/storefront was super helpful getting us going. We met our guide Ray at the water and we were off.
Ray was very knowledgeable of the area and the history of the area. We felt vary assured with his instruction and we had a great day. Our lunch providided by Kaya coffee was fantastic.
I had a very memorable morning
Our guides Jeff and Craig were highly skilled, patient and worked like pack horses getting our group of 5 kayaks with various skill levels across a choppy bay. Snorkeling was amazing. Go on the early morning tour to avoid the tour ships dropping people off to snorkel. Got crowded once they arrived. We worked hard but had an amazing experience we will never forget!