Hawaii’s Ecotourism Industry Chooses Checkfront

by Grant Jurgeneit

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With dozens of Hawaii-based customers, Checkfront celebrates the diverse mix of ecotour operators and vacation rental companies. The Hawaii Ecotourism Association defines ecotourism as “nature and culture-based tourism that is ecologically sustainable and supports the well being of local communities.” Hawaii’s islands have a natural abundance of adventure and eco-friendly opportunities like no other.

This article highlights just some of the customers who trust Checkfront for online booking and reservation management.

Big Island

canoe

Eka Canoe Adventures offers sailing and snorkel tours off the Kona coastline aboard their historically accurate 40ft Hawaiian double-hulled sailing canoe, Wa’a Kini Kini. They invite guests to paddle, sail or simply kick back and relax as the Eka Canoe crew shares generations of knowledge through the Hawaiian art of storytelling.

“We outgrew our spreadsheets with the increasing demand for our services and high service level expectations from our customers,” said Sarah, when asked about the company’s decision to work with Checkfront.

We outgrew our spreadsheets with the increasing demand for our services and high service level expectations from our customers.

If the open ocean is your playground, you’ll be torn between a manta ray snorkel adventure, sunset sail, historical sail or a Kealakekua snorkel. With this variety of tours, it’s easy to see how a business like Eka Canoe Tours benefits an online booking solution like Checkfront.

If you’re on the Big Island and taking in an Eka Canoe adventure, you’ll need somewhere to stay. Jade from The Hilltop Legacy and Oceanfront Legacy has two beautiful private vacation rentals with amazing views and a short five-minute walk to the many shops, restaurants and museums that downtown Hilo has to offer.

So far, you’ve had an adventure on the tropical seas, and relaxed in some of the most beautiful accommodations that Hawaii has to offer. But what about doing something truly unique? Bet you haven’t planted a Koa Legacy Tree before! Hawaiian Legacy Tours is the only place in the world you can do such a thing.

Take the three-hour Grand Tour to plant your very own tree, visit lush nurseries and learn about the historic Umikoa Trail. Along the way, you’ll enjoy stunning, panoramic views of the Hamakua coast. As you share a fulfilling experience with your family in surroundings like these, it can be easy to forget that you’re benefiting the planet.

Located on the slopes of Mauna Kea, this historic site was once the personal koa forest of King Kamehameha the Great, the first King of Hawaii. Fortunately, some of the old growth koa trees still thrive. These rare trees grow in Mauna Kea and are being utilized as a seed source for all Legacy Trees.

Maui

The sun is shining and the surf is up… It’s time to hit Maui! The second largest Hawaiian island, Maui is a hotbed of activity for vacation goers and extreme sports enthusiasts. Sherry and her team at Lahaina Accommodations have been in business on Maui for over 20 years. They offer friendly prices to accommodate anyone who is planning a Maui vacation with a variety of stunning  properties, walking distance to all of Lahaina’s historic district and the beach. “I wish I had explored booking systems earlier,” Sherry comments.

 

John Browne from Maui Beach Boys attributes his business’ 2013 growth to providing his inventory online. “Using an online booking system tripled my profits last year,” he says.

Maui Beach Boys is one of Maui’s first surf schools. Maui Beach Boys’ instructors are fun and friendly, and promise to teach you to surf on your very first lesson. Go on, you know you’ve always wanted to try it…

Using an online booking system tripled my profits last year.

 

Oahu

Over on Oahu, marine biologist Barbara Whitman Howell, of Under the Sea Hawaii, has incorporated Checkfront into her business strategy and is open for bookings. If you haven’t experienced the breathtaking sight of a whale breaching, or had the opportunity to swim with sea turtles, this might be the activity for you.

Speaking of dry land, who loves a good museum or historical tour? At Pearl Harbour Tours you’ll find both.

“We provide a wide selection of tours, from Pearl Harbor’s museums and memorials, sightseeing at the islands beaches and lookouts, to an entertaining look into the ancient beginnings at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Content Management System (CMS) integration with Checkfront was effortless and helped us to launch quickly,” says Alex.

Eric from Hawaii Turtle Tours makes use of TripAdvisor to follow up with automated review requests sent out from his Checkfront account. He uses the Checkfront plugin on the company Facebook Page to take bookings directly through the popular social media website.

Kauai

Kayak Kauai offers a wide range of services from surf to turf. John and Minguel Godinez set up shop in Kauai and widely explored the Hawaiian Islands after a remarkable paddle from Seattle to Alaska. During that five-month expedition, they logged more than 1,000 miles while they paddled, talked, and argued about starting Kayak Kauai. They founded the company four years later after a few more island adventures.

If you’re itching to get out on the water, the wonderful folks at Kayak Kauai will ensure you do it safely while maximizing the potential for fun, fun, fun in the sun!

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