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#1 Best Boat Tour in America!

Aloha friends, did you hear the exciting news??? Holo Holo Charters has been named the #1 Best Boat Tour in the U.S. by the USA Today 10Best Readers Choice Awards contest! Once again for those in the back: Holo Holo Charters has been named the #1 BEST BOAT TOUR IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!…

Napali Coast Tours From Hanalei

The 2022 summer north shore season has officially commenced, and boy are we ready for a good one! We’ve been running our Napali Coast raft boat snorkeling tours out of Hanalei since 2012, and each season presents its own difficulties but, to be honest—the last four years have been exceptionally challenging. And it’s not just…

Help Us Win Best Boat Tour in the U.S.

Aloha friends, and thank you in advance for taking the time to read this! Here’s the deal: we need your help. We need your online vote so that we can be named the Best Boat Tour in the U.S. Hear us out! Like most people, we kind of roll our eyes when, for example, a…

Brand New Outboard Diesel Engines – A First in Hawaii!

Extra! Extra! Really exciting news here! We just became the first tour boat operator in the state of Hawaii to invest in diesel outboard motors. This is a big deal; a huge upgrade! For most people out there, who aren’t marine motorheads, let us break this down. Diesel motors have a lot of advantages over…

Kauai Movie Quiz

Can you believe that the very first movie ever filmed on Kauai was released in 1934? Nineteen thirty-four!! The one-hour-and-two-minute movie, White Heat, was directed by an influential female director Lois Weber, and examines the angst caused by mixed-race relationships on a sugar plantation. It was filmed on location in Waimea! Since White Heat (almost…

HOA KAI + HOLO HOLO

Sometime during this past decade, the Turkish beach towel arrived on the American scene. At first, it wasn’t clear if these Middle Eastern materials were just having a “moment” among trendy, wanderlust-types, or if the fad would stick. But now it’s 2022 and they’re sold at Costco; it’s safe to say the product has “made…

2022 Kauai Brewers Festival

Great news friends! After a two-year Covid-hiatus, the Kauai Brewers Festival—arguably the hippest and certainly the hoppiest community event on the island—is back this spring! Come see and be seen at the Poipu Beach Athletic Club on Saturday, April 9, from 2-6pm. Craft breweries from Hawaii and the mainland will be pouring dozens of brews,…

Help us pick a winner for our 2022 Keiki Marine Life Art Contest!

Holo Holo Charters hosts several student groups annually during whale season for an incredible two-hour journey on a Keiki Marine Life Excursion. This outdoor educational experience offers students a deeper understanding and appreciation for our humpback whales and other marine life, it’s an opportunity to learn about the island and ocean ecosystems, plus it’s a…

Winter Swell Realities

It would be convenient if every one of our Napali Coast boat tours worked out exactly as described here on our web page, but that will never happen. We can control our staff, we can control our boats, but we’ll never be able to control Mother Nature, and the fact is that some days, the…

Crew Spotlight – Jess

Part of our big-picture mission here at Holo Holo Charters is to attract healthy, happy humans that make the world a better place, and to foster a stable, fulfilling work environment that makes them stay. Our Assistant Operations Manager, Jess Rickard, really embodies that ideal, and we’d like to take this blog post to recognize…

Newborn Humpback Whale Birthing

It’s humpback whale season in Hawaii and it’s like the nature channel out on the Napali Coast. Last week, one of our Napali Coast Tours was extra-blessed to witness a humpback whale birth! It was the afternoon of Wednesday, February 2nd and the tour was on Leila, our sailing catamaran. Holo Holo crew member Cinzia…

Kauai Coffee Coconut Caramel Crunch Brownie Bites

“One bite of a Kauai Coffee Coconut Caramel Crunch Brownie & you’ll instantly be transported to paradise!” Have you ever asked yourself can food make me happy? Hmmm… I suppose combining two of our favorite things, coffee, and chocolate into a bite-size brownie could possibly do just that and put a huge smile on your…

Kalo, Poi and the Legends of Hāloa

  If you’re a traveler looking to taste authentic Hawaiian culture, you’ll most definitely want to familiarize yourself with taro. In Hawaii, taro is called kalo and, while we’re not any sort of authority on such matters, we feel comfortable describing it as one of the most culturally important plants in Hawaiian history. Let us…

Local Beers + Seltzers + Wine + Koloa Rum Mai Tais

It’s Five o’clock Somewhere Listen, we’ve heard all the Jimmy Buffett songs and we know that boat drinks can really soften the edges and enhance an ocean experience. We get it and we’re here for you with a well-rounded selection of adult beverages. Here’s what we’re offering as of October 2021: Beer brewing in Hawaii…

The Ultimate Boat Soundtrack

You know, it’s interesting because, for as many songs as there are about cars and driving, there’s really not that many about boats. There’s plenty of great music to listen to on a boat (it’s music–pretty much everything works depending on your mood), but songs that are actually boat-themed? Surprisingly not that many! Here are…

Kauai Family Friendly Vacation Ideas

Kauai is an excellent destination for a family vacation. It’s laid back, it’s safe and there are plenty of kid-friendly activities to enjoy, on top of simply going to the beach. Here are some ideas for your family vacation on Kauai. First suggestion is that, in the spirit of being more connected and intentional about…

Free Things To Do On Kauai

Kauai is a lot of things and expensive is one of them. Getting here is expensive, being here is expensive, living here is expensive… there’s just no getting around it. That’s why you might be looking for some ideas for activities that are free—so you can make the most of every moment of your trip…

Protecting Spinner Dolphins

Holo Holo Charters has voluntarily participated in NOAA’s Dolphin SMART program for over a decade. We feel it’s our privilege and responsibility to protect the marine life and fragile ecosystems we enjoy everyday. The Dolphin SMART program is in place to promote responsible stewardship of wild dolphins in coastal waterways. Unfortunately, not all tour operators…

Local Kauai Catering | Rose & Bros

Let’s take a minute to recognize and appreciate the dedicated catering team that keeps our guests well-fed on the water, Rose and Bros! Rose and Bros is run by a local southside couple, Kai and Shay, who named their company after their three kids, Akira Rose (six years old) and her two brothers, Kanoa (10…

Humpback Whale First Sighting in Kaua’i 2021-2022

Port Allen, Kaua’I – Baby Humpback Whale is The First Sighting in Kaua’i Waters During the 2021-2022 Humpback Whale Season! Captain Mike Lynch of Holo Holo Charters spotted the first humpback whale of the season in Kaua’i waters this past Saturday, October 2, 2021. Holo Holo Charters’ vessel Leila, was just a quarter-mile off…