We are Wild Hawaii Ocean Adventures, a unique company located in Kona on the Big Island of Hawai'i. What makes us unique is our boat and our captains.

Our Boat - The Ocean Warrior

The Ocean Warrior is a USCG-inspected vessel.
Having served with Special Boat Team 12, the Ocean Warrior was a true Navy S.E.A.L. assault vessel that has now found a home in Kona, Hawaii. With its twin 470 HP Caterpillar engines and its KAMEWA Rolls Royce jet drives you can experience the power, thrill, and adventure of a boat ride like no other.

This specific boat was designed to be extremely solid, fast, maneuverable and safe. Dubbed the Lamborghini of all the Navy SEAL boats it can quickly get you snorkeling in remote and secluded sites once visited by only few people.
Ocean Warrior is the only boat of its kind in the US to be made available for commercial use. So bring your sense of adventure and let's journey along with Wild Hawaii.
*Ocean Warrior: USMI 11 meter rib, served with Special Boat Team12, the fastest most maneuverable vessel in the U.S. Navy. Built for the Navy S.E.A.L Teams and Special Warfare Operations

Capt. Brett LeMaster (Owner/Founder)

Brett has always had a passion for the ocean. He became a SCUBA instructor in 1995 and then competitive freediver. He took his passion to the extreme and set a World Record in breath hold to -266ft in 1999. After that he had the honor of representing the United States on the US Freediving Team for four years, competing in Egypt, France, Japan and the US.

Brett moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2000 and has been exploring the deep waters off the Kona coast on a daily basis. He loves diving, boating and the study of marine animal behavior.

In 2011 he and his friends launched Wild Hawaii Ocean Adventures (WHOA) to share the unique experience of the beautiful blue water and its amazing animals.

- U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton Master Captain
- PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer and Three-i SCUBA Instructor 5000+ dives.
- Served in the 75th Ranger Regiment and the 82nd Airborne Division
- Honorary member of the Navy Combat Craft Crewman Association.
- Former World Record Holder in Freediving
Constant Weight Apnea (depth with a single breath): -266 ft in 1999

Capt. Deron Verbeck

Deron has been with WHOA since its start. He is a captain/guide and waterman by nature with over 25 years experience on the ocean. He is a professional underwater photographer with a keen eye to spot and understand animal behavior and a great story teller with an infectious passion for the ocean. He has joined many scientific research and media projects and has a very deep knowledge of marine animals.
- U.S. Coast Guard 50 ton Master Captain
- Award Wining Photographer
- Former National Record Holder in Freediving
Static Apnea (Breath holding) : 7'28" in 2007

Capt. Paul Okumura

Friendly and easy going, Paul has a passion for the outdoors.
He has journeyed by boat between the Big Island and 6 of the 8 Hawaiian islands.
He has also won awards in underwater macro photography--his attention to detail sets the example for others to follow.

- U.S. Coast Guard 50 ton Master Captain
- PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor 3000+ dives
- 20+ years of Photography
PaulOkumuraPhotography on Instagram
- Bachelors Degree from college of Idaho in Environmental Studies

Capt. Seth Conae

Seth left the Central Valley of California with his family to follow his true passion of working in the ocean here in Kona Hawaii in 2011. He is an excellent ocean guide and a fearless underwater videographer! With his happy and cheerful personality, Seth is always spreading Aloha.

- U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master Captain
- PADI Dive Instructor 2,500+ dives
- CPR/EFR Instructor
- FII level 1 Freediver
- Bachelors Degree from Fresno State University in Business Administration

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