Meet Iko

Iko Balanga


Anelakai Aventures is a locally grown and owned company, and we provide guided Hawaiian Double Hull Canoe, Night Manta Canoe, and Kayak tours out of Keauhou Bay on the West Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.

All of our adventures focus on the Hawaiian ocean cultural experience. Our goal is to share and promote the history and culture of Hawaii, as well as teach water safety and ocean awareness. All of our watermen and waterwomen are CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguard certified. Our priority on each and every adventure is that you feel safe and comfortable in the ocean — and that you take with you the spirit of aloha and an experience that will expand your knowledge and enrich your life.

The inspiration for this company stemmed from my many rich and fulfilling life experiences on and near the ocean waters of Hawaii. My ultimate dream is to be able to help men, women and children from all over the world share the love and knowledge of the ocean that has been instilled in me by my experiences and by the people around me. Through me and my Ohana — my family — Anelakai Adventures gives life to the cultural art of storytelling and passing knowledge to the next generation.

Coming from a family of watermen and women here in Hawaii, I’ve learned to take care of the ocean, living off of both the land and sea. I’ve spent a lot of time on all of our Hawaiian islands, and over the years I’ve seen how things have changed. Anelakai Adventures is about preserving some of the history I’ve seen, and I hope to instill the sense of appreciation I have developed in all people I come into contact with in my life.

Anelakai Adventures is another way for me to reach out and share that knowledge and Aloha with visitors and locals alike. My dream? Help the Hawaiian waterman culture live on — and share it with everyone I possibly can.

I look forward to meeting you, and I would be humbled and proud to share my knowledge and experience of Hawaii with you. Most of all, I can’t wait for us to have a blast on the ocean!

Mahalo and Aloha,
Iko Balanga
Founder and Owner
Anelakai Adventures