First and foremost we see our tours as a way to inspire people to get excited about the ocean. Each tour teaches guests about the uniqueness and fragility of the marine environment. We ensure that guests do not step on or kick the reef. We participate in Eyes on the Reef and also report whale entanglements and monk seal sightings to NOAA.
Before entering the water, we conduct a land-based briefing to give a site overview, educate guests about proper etiquette in the water, and review safety measures. We actively take steps to protect the marine environment and ensure that our activities do not negatively impact the surrounding environment. On all of our tours, we promote a message of conservation and appreciation for nature.
We host annual cultural training hosted by our resident cultural advisor Iokepa Nae‚ole. Each tour teaches guests basic Hawaiian principles such as malama, kuleana, pono, etc. We also pay for half the cost for guides to attend Hawaiian language courses at UHMC.
Before each lesson or tour, guides provide an educational talk about the ocean environment, a background about our company (why we do what we do), and an overview of the lesson. Once in the water, we instruct about how to use the mermaid tail. We also provide interpretation about the surrounding marine life and proper etiquette around marine life while in the water.
We provide pre-travel information about what to expect during the lesson.
Iokepa Nae'ola (cultural advisor for Hawaiian Canoe Club) is our resident cultural advisor. Lauren Blickley (B.S. Marine Science, M.S. Coastal Marine Resource Management) provides natural resource training. Books and training materials are readily available to guides.