The much-anticipated Kandoo Island, a multi-watersports Catamaran, launched today for a private FAM tour off of Waikiki. Some 80 participants, mostly travel agents and folks from the Hawaii tourism industry, signed up for the maiden voyage. The 148 by 48 foot vessel which was once a dinner cruise and glass bottom boat, has been renovated into an Island of sorts, which will allow customers to enjoy many different water sports including jet skis, scuba and para-sailing all in one place. The “Island” has saltwater Jacuzzis, ocean pool and even a restaurant. Additionally, at night the barge will be turned into a nightclub where people can dance the night away under the stars.
The concept is a great one; allowing folks to pay one single fee to enjoy either four or eight hours of continuous watersports. This is a great value when you think about it because very often watersports in Hawaii can be quite expensive. For example, the cost of a Bob adventure (Breathing Observation Bubbles) is $89 and you only get to spend 15 minutes under water. On Kandoo Island you can Bob as much as you’d like and also do several other wonderful watersports all for one price.
The maiden voyage didn’t go so well. Kandoo Island became No Kandoo Island for many of the folks who signed up to be part of the excitement of the private FAM tour. People were left waiting to get to the island and then once they were there were unable to do any activities at all because there were too many people. “It was very unorganized, it looked like the crew were still doing things and was not ready for passengers” Said Maheha Krael, Travel agent for HAWAII-ALOHA.COM who waited all day to see the vessel and enjoy the watersports She added “A lot of people were very disappointed”
Assuming things get smoothed out, the Company expects up to a 1,000 people a day will be visiting this attraction. Customers will be taken via shuttle buses to Fisherman’s Wharf and the Vessel will stay out to sea from 6 a.m. to midnight every day.
We’re very excited about this attraction and think it will be a great addition to the activity landscape here on the island. We’ll keep a close eye on how things develop and we’ll let you know when there is a green light to go aboard. If you’d like more information about watersport activities in Hawaii just give me a call 1-800-843-8771 extension 22.