Join in on a boat ride of a lifetime that will take you around the most beautiful places Niihau has to offer. The vessel named Holo Holo, built on the island of Kauai, sets you up for smooth sailing. Enjoy the marine animals that Niihau and Lehua Crater have to offer during your snorkeling adventure. View some of the natural cliff formations of one of the oldest historic places in Hawaii. Indulge in some delectable food from the gourmet deli buffet after snorkeling. Enjoy free beverages throughout the day and alcoholic beverages after snorkeling. Make sure to be on the lookout for whales during your tour with peak times being December – April.
Is parking provided? If so, what is the fee?
For Port Allen Departures: Please park your vehicles in our designated gravel parking lot located on the right side of the road after the Port Allen Marina Center. Come into our office located in the Port Allen Marina Center to check in.
For Hanalei Departures: Parking is located in the back of the Tahiti Nui Restaurant in Hanalei. Look for the Holo Holo Charters sign and an agent will direct you to an appropriate parking space.
What does it mean to be barefoot?
The deck has a non-slip surface best fitted for bare feet. Flip flops, shoes, water shoes, etc. can grip too much or not enough.
Are we going to get wet?
Yes. Minimally, you can expect to get some “sea spray” on our Kauai tours. The farther upfront you are on the vessel, the wetter you will get. The driest part of the vessel will be in the covered cabin area.
Are there restrooms on your boats?
Yes! All our boats have restrooms. Holo Holo has two restrooms on the dec
If I can't swim, will I be able to snorkel?
We do not recommend snorkeling for non-swimmers. All our snorkel locations are in areas that are over-head deep, so “wading” or standing up on the bottom isn’t possible. This makes it a danger to non-swimmers.
When is the best time to see whales?
Humpback whale season is from November through March. Humpback whales do not have a specific time of the day that they are more active, so you can see them at any time throughout the day. Sometimes we get lucky and see different types of whales throughout the year.
How cold is the water?
Water temperatures vary throughout the year but mostly stay around the 70-degree mark.
Will we need swimsuits/wet suits?
We recommend that you wear a swimsuit for our snorkel tours (bring a towel and dry clothes to change into after snorkeling). Wet suits are not needed on Kauai, but if you are one to get cold easily, you can rent or buy a wet suit from an outside vendor as we do not carry wet suits.
How many passengers does your boat take?
Our Adventurer rafts take up to 25 passengers each.
What time do we eat?
On our morning snorkel tours, we start breakfast just after we leave the harbor, and lunch is served later in the day. For our sunset tours, dinner is typically served one to two hours after departure, depending on the day and tour.
What happens if the weather is bad?
Tour routes and destinations cannot be guaranteed as sometimes the weather does impact our itinerary. If we expect we need to alter our route or are unable to snorkel due to weather or ocean conditions, we will provide as much notice as possible. Our captains are knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to Kauai weather and ocean conditions. If at any time there is a concern from the captain, they will come up to the office after check-in to let you know about their concerns.
What about seasickness?
It is a possibility, especially if you are sensitive to motion. If you are not sure, we recommend an over-the-counter treatment. Better to be safe than sorry.
Do I really need my photo ID?
Yes. We require all passengers that will be partaking in alcohol to have a photo ID. We are not able to serve passengers alcohol if they are not able to show a photo ID upon request.