" THE BIG ISLAND" of Hawaii

"Kona" is known for sport fishing, snorkeling, sunsets and coffee. It means "leeward" in Hawaiian and stretches along the island's west side with Kailua as its hub. Next to Kailua Pier is Ahuena Heiau, a Hawaiian temple built in 800 AD. Historical markers detail the site. Kona is home to the summer Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament and fall Ironman Triathalon World Championship; find their souvenirs year-round.

"Snorkeling in Kona" Don't be intimidated by snorkeling. It's amazingly easy-just float on the buoyant salt water and watch the show below. You need a snorkel, mask and fins. Non-swimmers can use see-boards. Tip: Get a disposable underwater camera. Ocean charters take snorkelers and scuba divers to fabulous, off shore underwater marine preserves.

• A Tropical fish, vibrant coral beds, sunken lava tubes

• The bays are as calm as a swimming pool

• Crystal clear waters with visibility up to 100 feet-like swimming in an aquarium

• A comfortable, constant water temperature of 76 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit


“Dog running in the rough seas”

“Let Sleeping Seals Lie...”

"Sport Fishing"
The waters off the Kona Coast have long been regarded as a World-Classdeep-sea fisherman's paradise. Minutes from the harbor Marlin roam the deep waters and the possibility of a grander exists each month of the year. Along with giant Pacific Blue, Black and Striped Marlin, the area boasts a healthy population of Ahi ( Yellowfin Tuna ), Mahi Mahi ( Dorado ), Ono ( Wahoo ), and an occasional Sailfish. Along with top of the line electronics, the Dorado II is equipped with Penn and Finor tackle, Rupp outriggers and a Murray Brother's fighting chair.

"Surfing" Is the ancient tradition of the Hawaiians. The feeling of riding an ocean wave will last a lifetime. Come learn to surf -Surf Lessons Hawaii


The Kona coastline has long been considered the jewel of diving in all of the Hawaiian Islands. Protected by the mountains the West Coast of the Island has nearly perfect weather all year long. Average visibility ranges from 75' to 100' plus year around; temperatures vary from 75 to 85. Boat diving is one of the best ways to experience Hawaii's underwater wilderness ,access to coral reefs, lava tubes and caverns is easily reached from the sea. A few excellent Dive operators exist in Kona but on board the Dorado II we offer something unique from them all. Exclusive and totally private instruction or dive Adventures, we only take you, your family or friends. If you have not been diving for awhile, a scuba tune up is always given before your first dive. A dive site briefing, dive profile and naturalist discussion aided by our onboard library provides an insight as to what we are about to discover. The average two tank dive requires a half day charter, a Blue Water Dive ? day charter and our Long-Range Dives require a full day. With the exception of a $10 fee per tank all dive gear, beverages, fresh fruits and lunch are included in the charter fee.

All Padi certifications are available, please e- mail or call for more information Night Manta Dives Overnight dive charters available Discounts on multiple charters.

“Dog running in the rough seas”

“Let Sleeping Seals Lie...”

 State and Federal laws prohibit harassment of these endangered animals.
Do not disturb, feed or otherwise approach seals.
Remain out of sight, if possible. Keep at least 150 feet away- more if encountering a mother and pup.
Although monk seals may approach people, always move away to avoid interaction.
Keep dogs away from seals.

Help by preventing disturbance and reporting seals onshore and/or seal harassment by calling the monk seal hotline at: 808-220-7802 ~ 888-256-9840 Toll Free/24 hr.
Hawaiian Monk Seal~ NMSF

Hawaiian Monk Seal
Endangered Species~

"South Kona" Passing through the mauka (mountain) towns of Kainaliu, Kealakekua and Captain Cook on Hwy.11, you're in the heart of the Kona Coffee Belt. Trees grow in back yards and plantations..

"North Kohala" Spruced up buildings, restaurants, galleries and boutiques proudly offer locally made merchandise in the rural towns of Hawi and Kapaau. Throw away your watch and enjoy the unhurried pace. There's only one main drag-rural Hwy.270. it goes by the original statue of the King Kamehameha the Great in Kapaau. The monarch was born in North Kohala. Further on, you'll pass the colorful and photogenic Tong Wo Society building. The road ends at the must see Pololu Valley lookout. The morning vista is spectacular here illuminating the cliffs.

Whale Watching!
The Hawaiian Islands have long been known for their whale sightings. Along with being the major breeding grounds for the magnificent Humpback Whales during the months of December through March, whales such as the Pilot, False Killer Whale, Melon Headed, Pygmy Killer, Beaked and Sperm Whale frequent the Kona waters. And yes, on occasion, a Blue Whale has been sighted. Our guides and onboard library will help you identify and learn about the acrobatic displays of the Humpback Whale, such as a Blow or spout, Roundout, Pec Slap, Head Rise, Tail Slap, Lobtail or Breach. Dolphins are part of the same family as whales and porpoises (called cetaceans). They are not fish but air-breathing, warm-blooded mammals that nurse their young. The Hawaiian spinner dolphin, Pantropical spotted dolphin, and bottlenose are the species most frequently seen.
Imagine the photo opportunities on the bow of the Dorado II, watching a dolphin Bow Riding or a Humpback breaching. So, join us on this exciting and memorable Adventure. A half day charter is required or combine the Whale & Dolphin Watch with an incredible Snorkeling trip to Kaleakakua Bay or private beach on a full day charter. Remember our charters are all inclusive, all you need to bring are your sunglasses, sunscreen and camera!

"Island Heiau" A heiau is a place for Hawaiian worship. Puuhonua O Honaunau was a transition site for law breakers and those seeking political asylum. Overlooking Honaunau Bay, it's the finest example of a puuhonua (place of refuge) in the islands.Find massive chiseled-looking stone walls, Kii, wood carvings of gods, stand sentinel at the reconstructed hale (houses). The thatched reconstructed Hale O Keawe Heiau originally contained the bones of 23 chiefs; bones thought to contain mana (power) and their presence gave additional protection to the puuhonua. 328-2288

"Kohala Coast" Fabulous resorts, sitting like oases in a desert of lava, are beautiful to walk through. Lobbies are adorned with objects of art. Hop a canal boat or tram at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Dolphin Quest is also located here!

"Sunset Savvy" The west side of the Big Island is famous for sunsets. If conditions are right, you might see a green flash when the sun sets over the ocean. The phenomenon responsible is the same one that forms rainbows. Find a cloudless ocean horizon. The elusive "flash" occurs only the very last bit of the sun's disk is about to sink into the ocean.

"Mac Nuts" Creamy and crunchy, you can get macadamia nuts plain, salted, honey roasted, glazed or flavored in pouches, tins or sampler packs. UH studies found mac nut eaters have cholesterol levels similar to those on a low-fat diet. Maybe that's why astronauts eat them in orbit. The Big Isle boasts the worlds largest mac nut orchard in southern Kau district.

"Kona Coffee" What makes Kona coffee so special? It's hand-picked so each coffee cherry is judged "red-ripe" before it leaves the tree. Kona coffee is mountain grown above 800 feet where a protective cloud cover maintains optimum temps and humidity. It takes 500 pounds of coffee cherries to make 100 ponds of processed Kona coffee.

"Mauna Kea" Observatories are rewriting the theory of the cosmos atop Hawaii's tallest peak, Mauna Kea. The Onizuka Center for International Astronomy has limited visitor services at 9,300 feet..

"Hawaii Volcanoes Natl. Park" The newest property on the planet is at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It's seething with fire and brimstone, hissing with hot steam. Kilauea Volcano has been erupting since 1983 and still is at press time. The earth's most active volcano, Kilauea staged a drama you can actually see!.
"Honokaa" Sitting on a hillside just off Highway 19, Honokaa commands spectacular views. Hometown retailers occupy clapboard painted stores. The town is the gateway to Waipio Valley.

"Rainbow Falls"
A short side trip up highway 200 (Waianuenue Avenue) leads to Boiling Pots and Rainbow Falls. Basalt columns are exposed in the bed of the Wailuku River at Boiling Pots. This photo shows Rainbow Falls, where a resistant Mauna Loa flow overlies less resistant Mauna Kea flows that have eroded to form a cave.

"Hamakua Coast" One of the states most scenic drives, Hwy 19 literally follows the tracks of a former sugar cane train; it hugs the ocean snaking into jungle gulches. At bridges look for waterfalls-especially between MM 16-19.

"Waipio Valley" Known for both its majestic beauty and history, Waipio Valley is accessible at the end of Hwy. 240 from Honokaa. The valley lookout, a 900 ft. perch, affords visitors a peek at the Valley's black sand beach, emerald floor and ocean cliffs. Wreaked by title waves, many inhabitants left and horses roam free.

A short side-trip on highway 240 leads to an overlook of Waipio Valley. Waipio Valley is on the extreme southwest flank of Kohala volcano. Prior to the late 1980s, the deep valleys on the east flank of Kohala volcano were attributed to stream erosion. With 100-175 inches of rain per year, stream erosion has certainly played a role in shaping the valleys. The stream valley is deeper than it appears because it was cut when sea level was about 300 feet (90) meters lower than present-day. The flat floor of the valley is the result of filling of the stream valley by alluvium and possibly marine sediments during a relative high stand of sea level.

"Hakalau Valley"

Akaka Falls", 442 feet (135 m) high, is one of many waterfalls along the Hamakua coast of the island. The stream has cut through a layer of ash to the more resistant lava below. As the falls retreat, they leave a deep gorge downstream.

"Hilo" Downtown Hilo's storefronts are under a long-term r enovation project. Visit the Pacific Tsunami Museum to learn how tragic tidal waves shaped Hilo of today Find exotic produce at the downtown Farmer's Market.
"The Wailuku River" follows the boundary between Mauna Kea (to the north) and Mauna Loa (to the south). Highway 19 crosses the river and enters the town of Hilo.

"Hilo-Botanical Garden" Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden-A spectacular garden in a Valley on the Ocean. More than 2000 different species of flowers, plants and palms growing in a natural tropical rainforest. Also see a lily pond and the orchid display in a tranquil setting of cascading waterfalls, streams and ocean vistas.

Hiking Guide
Hiking Guide
"Muliwai Trail" Waipio/Waimanu Valleys,from Waipio Valley Lookout, difficult, 12 hours. Trail guide available. This hike is a favorite with nature lovers who want to get away from it all. .
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Tennis Guide
• Island Slice Tennis Company (located at the Keauhou Beach Resort)
78-6740 Alii Drive ~ 808-322-6112

• Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Tennis
Courts~ 882-5420

• Kailua Kona Old Airport 327-3553


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