The Green List of Activity Providers for the Manta Ray Experience in Kona, Hawaii

Last Update: July 1, 2017
All listed activity providers follow the main greenlist criteria.
Hawaii Ocean Watch distinguishes between Preferred and Approved Activity Providers.

Preferred Activity Providers

Hawaii Oceanic

Contact
Website:
Phone:
+1 (808) 896-1499
Location:
Honokohau Harbor, Fuel Dock
74-381 B Kealakehe Pkwy
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
Store Hours:
Mon-Sat 6:45a to 8p
Owner:
Jason Thurber
Locally owned and operated
Information
In business:
since 2013
Offers:
3-hour tour
Caters to:
Snorkelers
Boat:
  • Pueo Kai, Passenger Capacity: 6
  • Pueo Kai 2, Passenger Capacity: 12
  • Honokohau Harbor, Keauhou Bay

Kona Diving Company

Contact
Website:
Phone:
+1 (808) 331-1858
Location:
74-5615 Luhia St
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
Store Hours:
  • Mon-Sat 8a to 5p
  • Sun 10a to 3p
Owner:
Kerry Key
Locally owned and operated
Information
In Business:
since 2003, under new ownership since 2010
Offers:
  • 3-hour tour
  • 5-hour tour
Caters to:
Divers and Snorkelers
Boat:
  • Hale Kai
  • Passenger Capacity: 12 (space for 17)
  • Honokohau Harbor, Slip A11

Sea Paradise

Contact
Website:
Phone:
+1 (808) 322-2500
Location:
78-6831 Alii Dr Suite 144
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
Store Hours:
daily 8a to 5p
Owner:
Rich and Holly Kersten
Locally owned and operated
Information
In Business:
since 1984
Offers:
  • 2-hour tours at Keahou Bay
Caters to:
Snorkelers
Boat:
  • Hokulani
  • Passenger Capacity: 36 (space for 40)

Torpedo Tours

Contact
Website:
Phone:
+1 (808) 938-0405
Location:
Honokohau Harbor, Pier F, Deli & Fuel
74-381 Kealakehe Pkwy, Ste H
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
Store Hours:
per request
Owner:
Mike Milligan
Locally owned and operated
Information
In Business:
since 1999
Offers:
3-hour tour
Caters to:
Divers and Snorkelers
Boat:
  • Na Pali Kai II
  • Passenger Capacity: 20
  • Honokohau Harbor, Slip F (Fueldock)

Hawaii Ocean Watch’s Preferred Activity Providers practice the highest ecological standards.

  1. Each preferred activity provider is a trendsetter showing leadership for the entire ocean recreation boating industry by committing itself
    1. to keep people and marine life SAFE
    2. to conduct SUSTAINABLE operations and
    3. to create MARINE-LIFE FRIENDLY encounters.
  2. Each preferred activity provider commits to a written, annual agreement to follow all six GreenList criteria which are based on the Industry Standards.
    NO Touching NO Hull Lighting NO Fragmentation NO AnchorNO PropellerNO Freediving
  3. Each preferred activity provider spreads HOW’s message and vision of DO NO HARM through further educating the customers they host every day on their vessels as well as through their website and social media channels.
  4. Each preferred activity provider not only supports HOW, but also helps other local non-profit organizations to keep up their good work by funding them through the Nature Fee.
  5. Each preferred activity provider prioritizes safe, sustainable and marine-life friendly practices over profits.
  6. Each preferred activity provider collects the Nature Fee. This will fund and enable HOW to create and maintain a Maritime Skills Training program which will increase the overall safety of operations within the boating industry.

Approved activity providers

  • Big Island Divers
  • Jack’s Diving Locker
  • Kona Honu Divers
  • Kona Ocean Adventures
  • Neptune Charlie’s Ocean Safaris
  • Ocean Spirit Diving
  • Pacific Rim Divers
  • Wahine Charters

Approved Activity Providers may not be collecting the Nature Fee but agree with the spirit and intent of the Green List.