Saltwater Soul
Kailua Kona

T: 808.493.9310

75-5707 Ali'i Drive Suite B
Kailua Kona HI 96740

T: 808.493.9310

Clear Bottom Kayak Rentals

What better eco friendly way to enjoy the sights of beautiful Kailua Kona Hawai’i, both above and below the water?  We offer the only ocean safe Clear Bottom Kayak rentals on the Big Island Hawai’i!

Clear Bottom Kayak Rentals from $34.

Saltwater Soul Clear Bottom Kayaks with Spinner Dolphins

Big Island Activities​

No ka oi! Experience the very best of Hawaii’ Island. There are so many fantastic things to see and do here from the manta rays, hiking volcanoes and waterfalls, snorkel trips, sunset sails, star-gazing, waterfalls, zip lines, and sport fishing. Choosing can be downright confusing! We decided to put together a selection of our very favorite activities and tour companies for you.

plan for fun!
Saltwater Soul Kona Big Island Activities Booked Here

Eco-friendly Gift Shop

With the desire to offer Clear Bottom Kayak Rentals to our Big Island visitors, came a bigger responsibility to keep our ocean healthy. Thus, the idea of our gift shop was born.  All products carried in the shop are either made from recycled material, a re-usable replacement for common disposable plastic items, or purchased from a company who gives back to marine conservation.  A portion of all our profits are given to the Kahalu’u Bay Education Center.

Saltwater Soul Kailua Kona Eco Gift Shop
Miriam Morgan
Miriam Morgan
November 1, 2023.
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Cannot recommend this shop enough! The clear bottom kayak was a total game changer when it came to viewing sea life without snorkeling gear. My husband and I paddled around over 3 hours it was so much fun. The highlight of the experience was having not 1, not 2, but HUNDREDS of dolphins swimming and jumping around us. The shop owner was so helpful in telling us where to find them and gave us several other recommendations for things to do on the Big Island. Absolutely would encourage anyone to book a kayak through Saltwater Soul LLC - trust me, you won't regret the clear bottom rental. Notes: make sure to bring a waterproof bag to put your phones and car keys in as the boat will get water in it, especially if you're getting out to do a bit of swimming. Depending on where you launch, it can be a little bit of a walk, but not bad in the slightest, 15 minutes tops.
lacey schnuelle
lacey schnuelle
January 30, 2023.
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The best day so far!! We seen hundreds of dolphins all around us and under our kayak. Also many beautiful fish. We will never forget this experience. She was super helpful in answering all of our questions prior to booking and also when we arrived. Getting the kayak to the water was easy w 2 people. We will definitely do this again.
Nelson Brentlinger
Nelson Brentlinger
September 7, 2022.
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I shared a glass bottom kayak with my wife. We saw a lot of fish. The people in the shop were friendly and helpful. 1 hour won't be enough. I think it would be a lot to go more than two.
craig edwards
craig edwards
August 23, 2022.
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An absolutely amazing experience! My wife and I wanted to spend some time on the water and this local owned shop delivered! Will definitely visit this shop again! Thank you!!
Jayda Taylor
Jayda Taylor
August 15, 2022.
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This was an immersive experience filled with a large amount of fun. It's was a super nice and fun walk to the beach with the kayak. I love the fact that there were wheels, it made it so easy to roll the kayaks to the beach. I give this a 10/10!
Hadley Brouhard
Hadley Brouhard
June 22, 2022.
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We rented the kayaks for a group event and loved it so much we went back the next day too! Would recommend going on a slightly overcast day because the sun reflected off the water and made it a little harder to see but it wasn’t a problem at all. The owner was so sweet and informative - her hospitality made the experience that much more enjoyable.
Melina P
Melina P
July 2, 2023.
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Awesome and fun! This was so much fun to do, we seen s pod of dolphins, eagle ray, and colorful fish! The ocean is so blue and just beautiful! Great island adventure. And the best part was the service! Chris was extra friendly, serviced us well, gave us great directions and what to look for. He had life vests for all 6 of us, his equipment was fully equipped with extra accessories. He also held our belongings in a container at the shop, so we didn't have to leave valuables in the car. He also gave us couple minutes more for us walking to kayak location. Mahalo, Chris!
SofiaATL
SofiaATL
June 22, 2023.
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Hawai'i was a dream A landscape like no other in the world. The darkest-brightest most magical place on earth. We saw actively erupting volcanoes and beautiful waterfalls. Banyan trees are the most fascinating trees I have ever seen in my life. Night swimming with the Manta Rays is a must! Can't wait to go back and travel the other islands.
rainymomo
rainymomo
November 20, 2022.
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Would absolutely rent clear bottom kayaks here again! Great experience with this business. Quaint little shop in downtown. When we arrived, our kayaks were ready to go with paddles, microfibers, bilge pumps and fish ID cards. They were strapped to a set of wheels that made it super easy to walk them across the street for entry. We had enough people in our party to have folks stay with the kayaks while two people carried back the wheels. We were given a bike lock to secure the wheels if we wanted to. Entry was easy at the bay right across the road. Had a great time out on the water. Would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting. Lots of stuff to see and a great way to spend a morning.
Mattie K
Mattie K
May 15, 2022.
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Clear bottom kayaking This is a great place to rent a clear bottom kayak! Very Sweet service and all! I would highly recommend trying it out! Great prices!
Sandra W
Sandra W
April 30, 2022.
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Amazing memorable experience with awesome small business We absolutely loved Saltwater Soul’s glass bottom kayaks! We love the water and we’re excited to see it from this view. We have a 1 year old who’s very comfortable on the water so we were happy to take her out with us (we brought her life jacket for the experience to make sure it fit). Lori, one of the owners, was beyond accommodating. The boat was in pristine shape. They provide you with everything you need, even a “fish identification card” to ID what you’re looking seeing. The experience was fantastic. We rented all day (9 am - 4 pm). Took it in and dropped the boat off to go get lunch. Then went out again in the afternoon. The water was perfect, clear, safe for a kid. We absolutely loved it!! Will do it again when we return to Kona!
jmetz2022
jmetz2022
March 21, 2022.
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The view above and below was amazing! These clear bottom kayaks are so cool! You can see more below through the bottom of the kayak than from above the water! We saw dolphins, barracuda, a shark and breaching whales! So exciting! The owners are really nice family people too! They went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. Thank you Lori!
Angela T
Angela T
February 14, 2022.
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Clear kayaking experience We had an awesome time, the kayaks were very new and Viator/Groupon offered a great deal for the experience. $23 per person for a tandem clear kayak for an hour which was enough for us newbies. If you get the two hour deal you get to use the kayak all day long. We saw fish and corals. Check in did take about 30 mins so plan accordingly. Also note that you should be able to lift and push a little bit as the shop is across the street from the water, about 5-7 mins walk pulling the kayak and you will need to load and unload the kayak. Which wasn’t hard if you’re pretty able bodied or have help (I couldn’t have done it alone). My parents were able to manage they’re in their 50s-60s. The operator was super nice and they sell sand cloud towels too! Would totally book again and recommend to friends
John C
John C
January 29, 2022.
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Glass bottom kayak Seeing the dolphins under water, literally under my feet was amazing, lucky for me whales are in season and saw them up close for the first time! The store is right across the street from the beach made it easy to load the kayak into the water, the kids loved it as much as I did and will be back next time as we come to Kona often! 5 stars