"Let me start this review by saying neither my wife nor I had ever even set foot on a sailboat before this trip and we were both a little nervous, but very excited to try something new. We had an amazing 7 night charter with Kelly and Dawn on Hakuna Matata sailing the USVI/BVI, and would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone! Kelly is an awesome Captain, taking care of everything, but letting us help sail when we wanted. And Dawn’s cooking was out of this world. We asked for the recipes for all the meals she prepared for us at the end of the week.
We saw 8 different islands, snorkeled in at least 7 different spots, paddle boarded many times, and went on several hikes exploring the different islands (we did also spend a few hours just floating in the water enjoying a cold beer/cocktail). The sunsets were awesome, and since we are early risers, we saw some of the best sunrises imaginable. One day when my wife and I were on a hike by ourselves, we found a spot we both said, “the sunrise from here would be amazing”, when we got back to the boat we mentioned that to Kelly and his response was “if you want to see it, I will have coffee ready at 5:00 am and we will take the dingy to shore at 5:30”. We saw a sunrise none of us will ever forget that morning. That is the attitude both Kelly and Dawn had the entire week, if we wanted to do something or see something they made it happen, if we wanted to just relax and enjoy the sun they let us do that as well. They were AWESOME!! Thank you Kelly and Dawn for making our 25th wedding anniversary trip (and our first sailing trip) absolutely AMAZING!!"
~ Randy and Elizabeth, Minnesota
"Kelly and Dawn are great hosts! We got married on St Patrick's day and found Dawn by chance, someone was watching out for us cause it was AMAZING!! When we booked our sunset sail Dawn asked if there was anything she could get for us. My husband jokingly said that he would need some Dom Perignon! When we arrived Dawn pulled out a bottle of Champagne just for us! It's the little things like that, that makes all the difference. It was the first time on a sailboat for me, and now I can't wait to get back to the islands and book multiple days with them. I would recommend Hakuna Matata Charters to EVERYONE that is visiting the island, you will kick yourself in the tush for not going! We are landlocked in Kansas City, I think about our sunset cruise every nite and I smile about the memory that was created. Thank you Captain Kelly & First Mate Dawn!!!"
~ Sarah and Jeff, Kansas
"We chartered the Hakuna Matata for a day sail and it ended up being the highlight of an already unforgetable trip! Captain Kelly and First mate Dawn were fun, gracious, and knowledgeable. Rarely in our travels have we seen such a team. It was a priveledge to see them work together. They took us to a great reef and outfitted us with top end gear. It definitely helped us, as beginners, feel comfortable, so we could enjoy the beauty around us. We learned more about sailing and snorkeling than we could have thought possible. They provided drinks and a meal that was very good. Their home, the Hakuna Matata, was inviting and ship shape. It was a perfect adventure. I highly recommend this charter to anyone looking for an amazing time with amazing people"
~ William and Kristi
"Captain Kelly and Dawn gave us an amazing sailing experience during our trip to the USVI for my husband's birthday. Captain Kelly was extremely welcoming upon meeting our group at the dock and both him and Dawn provided us with a very relaxing charter. Dawn made an AMAZING lunch and her cocktails were quite delicious! Captain Kelly snorkeled with us and pointed out things for us to look at. I would highly recommend Hakuna Matata and we will definitely look into chartering with them again in the future."
~ Suzie and Dave, Ohio
"This was the most one of a kind adventure we have taken yet...We’ve had excursions in the Bahamas, Costa Rica and Mexico but this latest adventure really captured our hearts...If you have a desire for that one of a kind experience or adventure this may be the excursion you are looking for!
Location; on the waters of the US Virgin Islands. Specifically...St Thomas. Place of stay... Hakuna Matata Charters...We booked 3 nights, 2 of which were out at sea. It was wonderful!
Captain Kelly and First Mate Dawn were fantastic host/hostess.
Dawn served us simple yet delicious meals, loved them all. She took us on a snorkel tour to see some fantastic sights...and because of Dawn we even saw an Octopus! Exciting! Words really can't express enough the wonderful experience we had while on the Hakuna Matata. So relaxed, loved the conversations that came about. The entire setting was wonderful. I can’t say enough about it! Captain Kelly and 1st Mate Dawn are so down to earth and great people to sail with.
Thank you so much for the experience and creating a friendship that I hope will last a life time! The two of you are great fun and we are truly happy with our excursion with Hakuna Matata Charters and would gladly recommend you to anyone and everyone who may be interested! The BEST to you both!"
~ MJ and Todd
"From the moment Dawn and Kelly sat down with us at Molly Malone's, we knew we were in for a phenomenal week. Rarely do you meet such funny, down-to-earth people, and we were lucky enough to stay with them for our dream Caribbean vacation. We felt so welcome and comfortable staying on the Hakuna Matata - such a beautiful boat! Everything was clean and organized. Their recommendations for nearby beaches and restaurants were spot-on, and we appreciated how accommodating they were with helping us go back and forth to the island. We were also able to meet the most amazing people through them, which made our vacation even more memorable.
For our birthdays, we booked an overnight charter with them, and it was easily the best birthday either of us has ever had. The meals Dawn prepared were delicious and healthy, while Kelly shared his love and knowledge of sailing. The snorkeling was unbelievable! We were blown away by the beauty of the underwater reef and sea-life.
The week we spent in St. Thomas went by far too quickly. The passion Dawn and Kelly both have for what they do shines through, and honestly inspired us to want to sell our house, buy a boat, and go join them in the Caribbean! Thank you so much for such an incredible trip"
~ Kraig and Logan, St. George, Utah