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Sunlight on Water

Phone: (808) 896-2480 View Additional Phone Numbers PO Box 1209, Kailua Kona, HI 96745

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This company offers sightseeing tours, boat charters, dolphin swim & whale watching and night manta snorkles.

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Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 0
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 1
Total Closed Complaints 1

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0 Customer Reviews on Sunlight on Water
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
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Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 0
Total Customer Reviews 0

Additional Information

BBB file opened: December 09, 2008 Business started: 11/01/2002 Business started locally: 11/01/2002 Business incorporated: 05/10/2005 in HI
Licensing, Bonding or Registration

This business is in an industry that may require professional licensing, bonding or registration. BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.

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State of Hawaii Department of Taxation
PO Box 1425, Honolulu HI 96806
Phone Number: (808) 587-4242
The number is W20154458-01.

State of Hawaii Department of Taxation
PO Box 1425, Honolulu HI 96806
Phone Number: (808) 587-4242
The number is W08566050-01.

Type of Entity


Business Management
Mr. Michael Yee, President Ms. Melainah Yee, Vice President
Contact Information
Customer Contact: Ms. Melainah Yee, Vice President
Principal: Mr. Michael Yee, President
Business Category

Boat - Charter Sightseeing Tours Tours - Operators & Promoters Sightseeing Tours

Alternate Business Names
Golden Dragon Sportfishing, Incorporated

Additional Locations

  • PO Box 1209

    Kailua Kona, HI 96745 (808) 896-2480


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Additional Phone Numbers

  • (808) 326-1373(Phone)
  • (808) 495-4186 (Fax)
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Complaint Detail(s)

2/6/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: Horrible service On January 7th 2013 we scheduled to do a swim with manta rays. The Manta Rays failed to show up. We understand they cannot control nature, but while we were trying to leave the boat would not start. So the crew spent an hour trying to fix it. While waiting for them to fix it my 7 year old daughter got really sick. Also while they were fixing it, I over heard the crew saying it happened the night before. The company offered to reschedule for a new watch date or swim with the dolphin's but we have to pay an extra $35 per person. We have already scheduled events for the rest of our stay on Hawaii. I also didn't appreciate staying out in the cold longer than normal. They knew the boat had problems and failed to fix the problem before the trip was made. My wife called to complain and told them we should have some kind of refund and they said no its not in their policy.

Desired Settlement: I believe some kind of refund is in order.

Business Response: Business' Initial Response /* (1000, 5, 2013/02/05) */ Aloha, We understand it is very disappointing when the Mantas do not show up. We do not offer a guarantee that you will see Mantas, we do however extend the offer to return another night at no cost as our schedule and the guests allow. We will additionally offer, if we have space available, to upgrade to the Dolphin Swim which is a more expensive tour for the difference in price of $35. Many guests will choose do to that. From our perspective, either way guest are given the opportunity to go on 2 tours for the price of one. We will even extend the return offer until their next trip to Hawaii. Many companies do not offer any type of return. We do not give refunds for the Mantas not showing. The remarks about the engine not starting is a bit misleading in that he fails to mention that we have 2 very big engines, and only one did not start right away. The Captain did spend approx 20 minutes working on starting the 2nd engine. He could have elected to return to the harbor on one engine, it just would have taken much longer. This guest's assumption that the issue had not been address is incorrect. The batteries had been replaced and a new alternator installed. The boat had been out earlier that day with no problems. There were no problems with either engine starting when they left the harbor for the Manta site. It turned out that one of the lights used at night was shorting out and draining even the new batteries for that engine. That has been corrected and not been a problem since. Maintenance checks occur daily. The guest stated that his desired resolution is a refund of some type. That perhaps may have been a consideration had he not already written negative reviews in numerous other review forums. Consumer's Final Response /* (3000, 7, 2013/02/06) */ (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.) Again I understand that they cannot control nature when the manta rays did not show. As to rescheduling for another night or scheduling for a dolphin watch. We could not have done either because we have already scheduled for other event for the remainder of our stay. I do not agree when they said they would have considered given us some kind of return if we had not written a negative review. My wife had called and talked to them about a refund before we made a review.