HWO was launched in 2014 by globally recognised professional waterman, and native Hawaiian, Mark Healey. A professional big wave surfer, accomplished free-diver, awarded spear fisherman, Hollywood stuntman and dedicated conservationist, Mark thrives on the challenge of the elements, has an insatiable urge to explore our planet, plus has a deep respect for the world’s oceans and its resources.
From his home on Oahu, Mark’s childhood was immersed in all-things-ocean. From experiencing surf at an impossibly young age, he went on to harness his fascination for the power of nature, and ever-changing seas, by accomplishing and mastering a variety of water-based pursuits and skills. From paddling in and riding the face of a forty-footer at notorious Waimea Bay as a 14 year old, Mark grabbed the attention of the surf world; never looking back, Mark still competes and pushes the boundaries at an exceptionally high level today all across the planet. Not only does he still travel globally for Big Wave World Tour (#8 in the world, 2016), and prestigious invite-only contests, but he also participates in science driven conservation and wildlife protection studies, such as shark tagging in Japan, Philippines and elsewhere.
Committed to a sustainable lifestyle and intent on sharing his passion, skills and discoveries for all things water related, Mark Healey has established an inimitable team of like-minded water experts and professionals. This super-human collective brings together various water-based disciplines and aqua expertise to provide an enviable opportunity for clients to experience a truly inspirational as well as educational ocean adventure – be it above or below the waves. From gliding down the face of a wave, learning specialist breathing techniques from an acclaimed champion free-diver, swimming with Whale Sharks, spear-fishing, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, kiteboarding or exploring hidden coves, there is an expert and water activity waiting to make your nautical dreams come true — not to mention the natural beauty, dynamism and elite land-based tours available within Hawaii and her unique islands.
Delivering far more than simply a luxury holiday with a diving or surfing lesson, Elegant Resorts and HWO have created two special suggested itineraries, which delve far deeper than a dedicated course of tuition. Clients have the flexibility to choose their preferences from an exhaustive menu of water activities, explore their passions and push the watery boundaries of any pre-conceived adventure holiday. With an extensive and exhaustive list of formidable water activities for all skill levels, and educational options for all ages, boasting exceptional experts and complemented by luxurious hotel accommodation, guests can indulge their daring wish lists, exceed their aquatic expectations and achieve once-in-a-lifetime ocean experiences — all whilst enjoying the freedom of exploring Hawaii and her impressive islands. These options can be tailored for adults as well as families creating an adventure that is bound to create unforgettable memories and one which turns the tide on more conventional water pursuits. Privileged clients will gain unprecedented access to ground-breaking ocean professionals and experience Hawaii like never before.
"The concept of HWO emerged over the last two decades while exploring our watery planet as a professional surfer, diver, stunt man and shark expert. Throughout the diverse evolution of my career, I realized that there was a void for a first-in-class, professionally run guiding service designed specifically for a private, personalized experience with the ocean. I was aware of various places that specialized in one or two activities, but none that could handle the diverse array of client ambitions for a totally customized adventure and experience, which includes unparalleled attention to service and providing unlimited access to all water disciplines. Through my varied pursuits and experiences, I not only have a very unique perspective on how to achieve this, but I also have exclusive relationships with the most talented ocean professionals on the planet. HWO has been designed to bring all of these elements and influences together to carefully curate and facilitate experiences for our clients that would be unattainable otherwise."