Hawaii’s Big Island is known for its awesome natural wonders and incredibly varied eco-systems. In fact, most of the world’s climates exist here. It’s possible to ski on Mauna Kea in the morning and swim at the beach in the afternoon. Many thank Pele, the volcano goddess, for creating such a beautifully diverse island. You will see fascinating contrasts from Hilo to Kona. Go just about anywhere on your Big Island vacation and you will have dramatic, camera-worthy views of the land and seascapes.

But this island is more than just candy for the eye. It holds the power to revitalize your mind, body, and spirit. The “mana”or rejuvenating power, on The Big Island is said to be especially strong. How you choose to take advantage of it is up to you. Bask away the day on some of the world's most pristine white sand beaches, ride horseback through a lush jungle with Kahua Ranch, or view Hawaii Volcanoes like from a birds eye view with Hawaiian Blue Helicopters from Waikoloa or with Safari Helicopters on the Hilo side. You can also drive over to the National Park and witness a lava flow 1st hand from Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano. Scuba Diving on the Big Island is nothing short of phenomenal. The Kohala Coast is normally is protected and generally calm. For Scuba Diving enthusiasts, Jacks Diving Locker is the premier dive facility on the big island.

The Kohala Coast (west side - Kona gold Coast) is the dryer, more tropical side and a focal point of visitor activity with quaint shops and restaurants. It is the place to be for a little excitement and plenty of Big Island activities. Kolea offers the perfect vacation rentals if you are looking for a sunny safe haven on the ocean. Both are a mere 20 minutes North from Kona Airport. If pastoral and rural landscapes appeal more, Waimea might be more your style. This countryside is home to famous Parker Ranch, not to mention amazing pastures giving way to lush valleys of vibrant green foliage. Near the base of Mauna Kea volcano (Hawaii’s tallest), you will find the charming Waimea Country Lodge. For the best stargazing on the island, head to the top of Mauna Kea. Kolea Vacations helps you experience all the Big Island activities, without the big price. See below for offers from local Hawaiian Businesses only for our guests.

Hawaii is one of the only places in the world where you can see Pacific Humpback whales in their natural habitat. Each winter hundreds of endangered humpback whales migrate from the North Pacific to warm Hawaiian waters to breed and give birth to their calves. Here they play, feed, and nurse their young, then leave Hawaii for nothern waters. The peak of Hawaii whale watching season begins in December and continues through March.

There are some interesting facts to know before you go Hawaii whale watching. Humpback whales are among the largest animals on earth. Mature adults typically grow to more than 40 feet in length and can weigh up to 40 tons. Humpbacks swim tremendous distances during their migrations: up to 7,000 miles round-trip between their summer breeding areas of the North Pacific and winter grounds in Hawaii area.

When preparing for a deep dive, humpbacks arch their back and raise their tail flukes above the water. The whale's arched back appears above the water as it dives. It is this arching that has earned the humpback whale its common name. Humpback whales are known for their haunting voices. Sometimes they are called the “voice of the ocean”.

Whale watching is becoming one of the most popular Hawaii attractions. Whalewatch cruises such as Ocean Sports offer you the opportunity to get closer to the whales. Most Hawaii whale watching cruises are two-hour tours. You will have an opportunity to learn more about whale behavior from a whale expert, to hear a whale’s blow (an exhalation of 300 mph), or even see a whale swim beneath your boat. Some boats are equipped with hydrophones so you can hear the whales’ songs during your whalewatch.

Whales appear to be active throughout the day. More than time of day, the ability to see whales depends on conditions such as wind speed, sun glare, or sea state. All times of day are good for watching whales in Hawaii.

Hawaii has the benefit of having some of the very best whale protection laws in the world. There is a “100 yard minimum” law, which states that whales within 100 yards cannot be approached by any means, including by boat, kayak, sailboard or even by swimming. However, the whales themselves can approach a boat. It is not uncommon for whales to come up alongside the boat, or may even swim beneath it. The boat captain can't move the boat until the whale has departed. So, if you see a boat that is sitting still for no apparent reason, you can be assured that whales are nearby.

Ocean Sports - Hawaii at the Waikoloa Beach Resort

GUESTS RECEIVE 30% OFF ANY OCEAN SPORTS SNORKEL AND 20% OFF SNORKEL GEAR, BOOGIE BOARDS, KAYAKS AND HYDRO-BIKES

Ocean Sports is the premier ocean activities vendor located on in front of the Marriott, on Anaeho’omalu Bay at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. The beach shack is just a few minute walk from our Kolea. They offer windsurfing ,whale watching, snorkeling and picnic sail, champagne sunset sail, scuba diving, and kayaking and have a large variety of water toys for rental. Every winter, humpback whales arrive off the Kohala Coast to calve and mate after months of traveling thousands of miles from the north Pacific. Ocean Sports offers a two-hour whale watching cruise from December 15 - April 15 to see these incredible mammals up close on the open sea! Located at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott.

The Lani Kai is Ocean Sports 38-foot Delta dive boat, designed in the United States for operation in the Pacific. The boat, which comfortably accommodates up to 18, was designed with a diver's needs and comfort in mind. It is equipped with a spacious dive platform, restroom facilities, fresh water showers, and fresh water rinse buckets. Cold beverages, seasonal fruit, snacks, and fresh towels are provided with every dive. Call toll free 888-sail-234 (724-5234)

Seasmoke is a 58 ft CSK designed catamaran. Seasmoke was originally built to win races, and she did win every race she ever entered. Redesigned with guest comfort and safety in mind, Seasmoke now includes a staircase on the bow for easy access to and from the water, a modern head, a partial galley, and even a fresh water shower. Two trampolines on the bow allow for sunbathing, and the bench seats on the stern of the boat and the outside cabin seating areas allow everyone aboard a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery. By day the catamaran provides breathtaking views of the Kohala Coast during morning snorkel sails and whale watching expeditions during migration season. In the evening, the Seasmoke offers romantic sunset and starlight sails. If you're looking for a luxurious sailing excursion, you have to step aboard Ocean Sports’ newest catamaran, Alala, named after the indigenous and endangered Hawaiian Crow.

Blue Hawaiian Helicopter tours at the Waikoloa Beach Resort

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters is the premiere helicopter tour company in Hawaii with a unique blend of cultural excursions to the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai. Remote waterfalls, velvet green valleys, ancient cinder cones, pristine mountain pools, Hawaiian legends... Escape into the hidden beauty of Hawaii with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.

Frommer says “Blue Hawaiian is the Cadillac of helicopter tour companies.”

Blue Hawaiian has been awarded the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences 5 Star Diamond Award every year since 1995 and is currently the only activity company in Hawaii to have received this award

Have you been wandering how to get access to the most hidden spots in Hawaii? Take a look at Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, a company that has helped with the filming of Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Six Days and Seven Nights, Pearl Harbor and other motion pictures.

In operation since 1985, the company has bases at the Kahului Heliport on Maui, the Waikoloa Heliport, and the Hilo International Airport on the Big Island. On Maui, Blue Hawaiian has a large facility with a customer area, an atrium with waterfalls, and an aquarium.

Blue Hawaiian operates fifteen AS350BA, AS350B2 and four EC130B4 aircraft. The company offers aerial and air/ground tour combinations on the islands of Maui and Hawaii. Blue Hawaiian can also accommodate special requirements such as group tours or weddings on any Hawaiian island.