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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…

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October 4, 2021

Reef Safe Sunscreen

Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet and their survival is inextricably linked to our own. In addition to providing nesting grounds and homes for thousands of species, they also help stabilize the ocean floor, prevent coastal erosion, minimize storm surge damage, contribute to the mitigation of climate change, filter…

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September 23, 2021

Best Snorkeling Locations on Kauai

The first thing we want to say about snorkeling on Kauai is this: please be cautious about it. Snorkeling fatalities on Kauai aren’t super common but they’re not super uncommon either and you can imagine how tragic it would be to leave Hawaii with one less person than you came with. It makes us shudder…

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September 8, 2021

Eating Out On Your Kauai Vacation

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the entire country’s restaurant industry is struggling to gain its footing again now that we’re in the “comeback” phase of Covid-19. Here on Kauai, we live on a rock, and the situation is no different. Every day it’s getting better, but realistically– expect some challenges…

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September 2, 2021

10 Best Things To Do On Kauai

Best things to do on Kauai Best Sunrise—Are you an early riser? Grab a coffee at Java Kai in downtown Kapaa and head to Fuji Beach (also known as Baby Beach) at the end of Moanakai Rd. There’s a picnic table where you can sit and sip and watch the colors on the horizon change…

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August 30, 2021

Best Things To Do On Your Kauai Honeymoon

Kokee State Park: After the hustle and bustle of your wedding, you might be ready to escape to nature and if so, the “Grand Canyon of Hawaii” is just the place. Whether you’re looking to burn off all that cake and champagne with a challenging 8-mile hike, enjoy a casual stroll with incredible views, or…

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August 25, 2021

The Original Super Tour

Best thing to do on Kauai Back in Holo Holo Charters’ development days—circa 1997—our up-and-coming company was looking for a niche, something to make us stand out amongst Kauai’s existing boat tour companies. Everyone was going to the Napali Coast, for obvious reasons—Napali is one of the most breathtaking and iconic coastlines in the world….

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July 27, 2021

Experience Nawiliwili Yacht Club Sailing Races

For Kauai’s local sailing community, it’s all about Thursday evenings—race night! On the east side of the island is Nawiliwili Harbor, the home of the Nawiliwili Yacht Club and our race league. Throughout the year, there are several series in which, on any given week, eight to twelve boats compete for well, bragging rights mostly….

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June 30, 2021

Voted 2nd Best US Boat Tour 2021

Kauai Boat Tour Company Voted One of the Best Boat Tours in the US for the Last 3 Years: 2021, 2020, and 2019. Kauai boat tour company Holo Holo Charters was recently voted the second-best boat tour in the nation by the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest. Coming in on the list are…

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June 18, 2021

Sustainable Ecotourism Improvements

At Holo Holo Charters we feel it’s our kuleana (responsibility) to help mainstream sustainability and ecotourism in the State of Hawaii. In 2019 we created company-wide environmental and sustainable improvements and then  implemented them into our operations. Holo Holo Charters is the only certified boat charter company on Kaua’i to be a member of STAH…

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April 30, 2020

Forbidden Treasures of Ni’ihau

Niihau- The forbidden island While on the shores of west Kaua’i, you may find yourself gazing at the mysterious Hawaiian “Forbidden Island” of Ni’ihau in the distance. With only the silhouette of the island visible, your imagination may start to wonder about this seemingly timeless and untouched place. Niihau pronounced [ nee-ee-hah-oo, nee-hou ] While…

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November 26, 2019

Hawaiian Style Pumpkin Crunch

Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe of the Holo Holo Charters ‘Ohana Food is a huge component of social life here in the islands, right down to its many mouth-watering desserts! For many locals, there is nothing better than island-style potlucks and family gatherings. Most gatherings involve food, and no Hawai’i meal is complete without dessert. The…

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November 25, 2019

1st Kauai Humpback Whale Sighting

Tuesday, October 1st: Captain Aaron and crew on Holo Holo Charters’ Adventurer II spotted the first humpback whale of the season about a mile off Ke’e Beach. The vessel was carrying 24 passengers who all witnessed the whale leaping out of the water, which allowed the Captain to properly identify the animal as a humpback…

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October 2, 2019

Port Allen: Kaua’i’s Endless Summer Boating Destination

A historical harbor, now more commonly known as Kaua’i’s boating paradise! Located on the west side of Kaua’i at Hanapepe Bay, twenty nautical miles from Nawiliwili, Port Allen is the island’s second-largest harbor. It’s the main launching point for most of the islands deep-sea fishing and Napali Coast boat tours. The harbor has two 600-foot…

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September 16, 2019

Photoshoot Day On The Water

Napali Coast & Niihau – Casting Call September 1st, 2019 7:00am – 5:00pm for Niihau + Napali Coast Super Tour / 7:00am – 5:00pm for Napali Snorkel Sail Tour Holo Holo Charters is looking for active and adventurous people of all ages and ethnicities to participate in an upcoming photo and video shoot. Solo travelers, couples, and families (children ages 6-18 years) are invited to join us for a fun day on the water while we capture footage of the experience. Photos and videos will be used to educate visitors about traveling responsibly on Kauai with and to promote our unique tours. Requirements: must be able to swim and snorkel, be physically capable of moving around a moving vessel and do not get motion sickness. Passenger policy applies, we do not allow anyone who is pregnant, has recent…

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August 8, 2019

10BEST USA Boat Tour

Kaua’i Boat Tour Company Wins the Hearts of USA Today’s Readers “Find out why the owner of a New York Online Expedition Company, a Los Angeles TV Travel Host and the Black Tomato all nominated this Kaua’i Boat Tour Company for USA Today’s 2019 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards” Port Allen, Kaua’i, Hawai’i (June 27, 2019)

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July 3, 2019

Ancient Hawaiian Star Navigation

In their double-hulled canoes, ancient Polynesians would travel thousands of miles to find undiscovered islands. The Polynesians didn’t have compasses or sextants, so how did they find their way in these uncharted seas? They relied on their surroundings: the wind, stars, waves, birds, dolphins, and other sea life. Ancient Polynesians used all aspects of nature…

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June 27, 2019

Holo Holo With Mana’o

Story written in the Hawaiian language of ‘Olelo, which survives on Ni’ihau. Featuring a father and son Pulani & Ka’oli Kahokuloa. Hasselblad medium format film photography by Kit Furderer. “Holoholo me ta ite o na Kanaka Maoli.” Adventure with the wisdom of the Native Hawaiians. Hawaiians often greeted each other by sharing ha, or their…

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June 17, 2019

Holo Holo Charters is voted one of the Best Boat Tours in the US!

To say that we are humbled would be a huge understatement; we were elated to find that we had been nominated as part of USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards, as one of the 20 Best Boat Tours in the US, but when the results came in we were floored to find out we had been voted #5 on the list! We would like to say thank you for standing behind us and for supporting us in all the ways that you do. It is wonderful to know that our Aloha Spirit Service, Kauai-built boats, our amazing staff and community outreach has a place in your heart! Since our beginning in 1997, we have been striving every day to be unconditionally accepted island wide as the best all-around boat tour company on Kauai, and that applies to all aspects of the…

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June 7, 2019

Polihale – a legendary beach on Kauai’s west side

With lush emerald spires and majestic 4,000-foot cliffs, it is no surprise that the Napali Coast is one of the crown jewels of Kaua’i. Polihale is the beginning of this precious jewel. With its long stretch of white sandy beach seamlessly colliding into the beautiful cliffs of the Napali Coast, plus a rich history rooted…

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May 18, 2019

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