Big Kahuna Tiki Tours launch at Canalside Thursday morning


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–Canalside’s newest attraction is launching today.

Buffalo’s largest tiki boat, the “Big Kahuna,” will debut at the Central Wharf Thursday morning.

Spirit of Buffalo says the Big Kahuna Tiki Tours offer fun-filled daily cruises on the Buffalo River, Buffalo Harbor, and Lake Erie.

Aboard the boat, there’s Caribean style music and drinks while maintaining social distancing rules.

The tours are available for 60 or 90 minutes and will have cruises for adults and separate family friendly tours.

“Our goal is to erase some of the stress people have been feeling and replace it with a smile,” a spokesperson said.

Passengers age 21 and over should bring their ID. The Big Kahuna is also equipped with a bathroom.

Cruises will begin tomorrow and will be available seven days a week.

There will be a daily one-hour afternoon Family Tiki Cruise. Tickets will be $16 for adults and $10 for children.

Adult Tiki Harbor Cruises will be 90 minutes and cost $23 per adult 21 and older.

You can book tours online here or by calling 716-796-4556. It’s available for groups as well as charters.

It’s a 48 passenger vessel during normal operations, but officials say due to the pandemic, they’re required to reduce to half capacity, which is 24 individuals.

Masks will be required for boarding, disembarking, moving about the vessel, as well as any time within six feet of other passengers.

Hand sanitizer will be available throughout each trip. Following each trip, a thorough cleaning of surfaces will be performed, as well as while underway.

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