The Hula Kai Difference
From the moment I boarded the Hula Kai I was thoroughly impressed by everything I saw and experienced. Some of the items which impressed me the most were:
- The Hula Kai is a fast boat, traveling at about 27 knots or 26 mph. It's a genuinely exhilarating experience and you get to your snorkel destination fast. Because the boat is fast you are able to venture further south along the coast than you can with any other boat and you have much more time in the water.
- It's OK to wear your shoes, sandals or flip-flops on board. Most boats require that you sail barefoot, which is difficult for someone like me with bad feet. The boat is handicapped accessible. You board from a dock unlike many boats which board along the beach where you have to enter the boat through the surf.
- Hula Kai has an excellent PA system. You don't have to strain to hear announcements, sightings or the excellent Hawaiian music that is played throughout the sail.
- The seats on the Hula Kai are the best I've ever seen on any catamaran. They are comfortable with individual head rests and even cup holders.
- Hula Kai has deck umbrellas that are extended at each snorkel stop. Guests are able to stay on deck and still be protected from the sun while relaxing or eating.
An Enthusiastic 5 Stars
Needless to say, my cruise on the Hula Kai was one of the best I've ever experienced in Hawaii and I heartily recommend it.
If You Go
Hula Kai offers three cruises depending on season:
- 5-Hour AM Snorkel & BBQ Adventure, $155 (18-yrs. min.)
- 4-Hour PM Snorkel & Sunset BBQ, $125 (18-yrs. min.)
- 3-Hour Whale Watch Cruise, $75 (minimum 8-yrs. old)
For more information and to reserve your cruise, visit www.fair-wind.com. You can also view a Gallery of Photos of my Hula Kai Snorkel & BBQ Adventure.
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