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“Not Perfect, however, a perfect day on the water with Barri. :)”

Hawaii Pack and Paddle Day Tours
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Owner description: 2012 and 2013 Certificate Of Excellence #1 kayak tour operator for Kayaks or paddle boards snorkel yourself or do a guided day tour or rental kayak or paddle board to Captain Cook Monument. Great trip--we provide snorkel gear, easy lessons, great guide, full deli lunch and free Kona coffee and treats at the historical coffee mill when we end. We also do private tours and offer 9 other exciting adventures. Large or small groups to corporate tours. Manta Ray snorkel Paddle Board Tours, Dolphin Tours, Whale Tours.
Reviewed 15 April 2014

My Wife (Kiwi Princess), my Brother and I, just returned from an excellent day on and under the water with Barri.

We stopped by his shop on Sunday afternoon, and Barri and his wife immediately made the three of us feel welcome. No tour act here. Authentic Hawaiian family, warm and honest; and with a welcoming smile and island humor that plenty of others try to package and sell; however here it’s the real deal and nobody is trying to be anything they are not. While the three of us where sitting and chatting with Barry and his wife. They pasted around Natural Ginger, that was to die for and fresh bananas, mangos, and other treats while they both answered all our questions. Never once did I feel we were getting the standard sales pitch that is shoveled out by so many of the seasonal hired help of the big tour companies.

The three of us are very “seasoned” travelers got together for a little team meeting. There was no question or any doubt; we all felt Barri was the go to guy for any tour or local knowledge. So we booked our trip for the next morning. The Queens Tour Kealakekua Bay Captain Cook Monument. We had a terrific time, all the TA reviews are correct. The tour is not perfect. I have no idea what a perfect tour would look like. All I can report is that everyone in our group had a fantastic time.

What I did find interesting is how the entire tour group all got to know each other throughout the day and at the end of the day, everyone is saying goodbye, hugs, shaking hands, and wishing everyone a good trip. That never happens on the big boats. Barri’s infectious honesty and hospitality just runs through the entire group. It was like you wanted to join everyone for a BBQ after and discuss all the great sites, fish and experiences of the day.

The big boats showed up in the bay as well. People there seemed to enjoy themselves, and then tended to stay as couples or family groups. They would often wave at our little cluster of tied up kayaks and wave. Barri would be in the water with us, swimming and pointing out everything of interest. Soon our group would get larger and larger as snorkelers from the other boats would start hanging around listening as Barri answers all our questions and then explains the fish, coral, or invertebrate he is about to dive and point out.

Yes, if you want a fun and informative 2 hour history and biology lesson; Barri is the only guy in the water in Kealakekua Bay.

We will be back. :)

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Reviewed 11 April 2014

It was just exceptional that our guide Bari would stay in the water with us snorkeling for an hour and showing us all the different species of fish by diving each single type and pointing them to the group. Bari would clearly speak out the names that we all understand . WOW! Impressive. Safety is top notch, always on the alert and secured by his assistant on a paddle board for quick reactivity . You could even try out the stand up paddle board during the tour! Recommendable vendor without any doubt.... Forgot to mention as well the lavish buffet breakfast prior to heading down to Kealakekua with fresh fruit 100% KONA coffee and pastries and the lunch at the Macadamia Nut Farm and coffee cooperative with homemade sandwiches !! Way to go Hawaii Pack and Paddle!! GJM

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Reviewed 10 April 2014

I highly recommend Pack and Paddle for your kayak trips! We had few windy days and each day I called Barry about the weather conditions for our trip Kealakekua Bay, he was honest and said the days were too rough and then he called an recommended the next day. We rented the kayaks ourselves- he gave us very informative orientation and showed us how to load and strap our kayak. He gave us recommendations on where to kayak and we went to the launching site and Rufus and his family was there to meet us to help off load and load our kayaks (please tip them, they were extremely helpful). I felt very relaxed for their help and navigation guidance. Our kayak trip was easy and our snorkeling in the bay was amazing. We saw spinner dolphins and other dolphins - the coral and fish were beautiful! I am a coral reef biologist. We really enjoyed this beautiful day thanks to Hawaii Pack and Paddle! Mahalo Barry and Rufus :)

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Reviewed 3 April 2014

We did a kayak / snorkeling outing with Hawaii Pack & Paddle to Kealakekua Bay / Cook's Monument. It was a quality experience. Barry Mims and his son, Nick, were Amy's and my guides. There were about 5 other people in our group. As we kayaked the 1.5 miles across the bay to Captain Cook's Monument, Barry told us the history of the bay and Captain Cook. He explained some of the geology to us.

After Barry explained snorkeling and coral etiquette to us, we entered the water at the Monument while Nick tended to our kayaks. Barry swam in the water with us. He pointed out the many various fish, surfaced and told us what their names were while we kept our faces looking down. This had to be exhausting for him but he seemed to have a passion for it! Amy & I have been certified SCUBA divers since 1990. We never had a dive guide as excellent as Barry was. The variety of fish here was amazing!

Barry also does Manta Ray snorkeling - maybe our next visit to the Big Island?

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Reviewed 2 April 2014

We had a great time! I have to say the guides were so patient with those in our group that were just not up to the challenge, and they knew absolutely everything about the island-- best places to eat and snorkel, names of every fish, eel, coral, etc. price was reasonable, memories made were unforgettable. Thanks for making our dream trip special!

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