FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
01. What exactly is a Fantastic Race®?
02. Oh, a scavenger hunt. Sounds boring.
03. OK, not boring. Tell me more.
04. Don't you mean the team that crosses the finish line first is the winner?
05. My family and friends are arriving in Kona on the cruise ship. Can we do the Fantastic Race® Kona as our Cruise Ship Excursion?
06. What is the difference between Fantastic Race® Kona and Special races?
07. You keep saying it's tricky. Just how tricky?
08. How do I get this aid? And what happens if I get lost?
09. I'd like to play but I don't have a team.
10. We're a team of two. Does that put us at a disadvantage or advantage against larger teams?
11. I've never played before. How will that affect my chances?
12. What do I get if I win?
13. OK, what's it cost?
14. Custom games?
15. Awesome! I'm in. Where do I sign up?
Fantastic Race® Kona is an interactive, clue-based adventure game. Or, as one recent participant called it, “a scavenger hunt on steroids”.
While the average scavenger hunt is indeed boring, a Fantastic Race is anything but average. It’s like the “Da Vinci Code,” “The Amazing Race,” and “National Treasure,” but instead of watching it, you’re actually living it. It is immersive and completely addictive, and unlike anything you’ve done before.
Fantastic Race® Kona is a competition where teams of two or more start off at a common location, receive the first of a series of cool clues which leads them to a second location where they’ll receive a second clue and so on. But these ain’t your mamma’s clues. They’re tricky, sometimes very tricky. Not only that but often you won’t even know what they are; the trick may be in actually finding the clue. The team that solves all the clues and crosses the finish line in the least amount of time is the winner.
Not necessarily. As we said, Fantastic Race® Kona is a tricky game. Often participants need aid. We are happy to provide assistance, but it’s not free. Hints will cost a team 5 minutes, outright solutions cost teams 15 minutes. Frequently a team crossing the finish line first has had a number of hints; so that team is not always the winner.
Yes! The Fantastic Race® Kona is designed with cruise ship passengers in mind. The Race begins and ends within walking distance of the cruise ship pier and is an amazing excursion. The Race start and end times give passengers time to disembark and re-board the ship. The Race is one of the best things to do in Kona to sample local culture, sightseeing and maybe even... a local brew.
The Fantastic Races in the Kona, Hawaii area are daily games designed to be a great way to experience the sites of Hawaii and Downtown Kona. Perfect for the out-of-town visitor or someone who wants an immediate scavenger hunt fix. A Special Race is essentially the name we give to our private, long form, or custom races. The rules and concepts are similar, but generally those games are much longer and more elaborate.
Among the many things that make Fantastic Race® Kona so unique is that once the race begins, you are never told what to do. It’s up to you to trust your instincts and figure it out. Figuring it out can be challenging; but, you don’t have to be a member of Mensa or a rocket scientist to prevail at the game. You do have to have to have some problem-solving skills and a flexible brain. Also, it is a race; so if you’re competitive, you’ll be running around. Again, you don’t have to be a triathlete to compete, but if getting up from the couch and getting a beer is about all the exercise you can handle, you may prefer to hear about how cool Fantastic Race is from your satisfied friends.
All teams will be provided with a phone number that has a direct link to Fantastic Race® Kona “mission control.” If you need help with a clue and/or get lost, you can call mission control. Of course this call comes at a price.
That’s sad, but not a problem as far as we are concerned. We will happily place individuals on teams. Many lasting friendships have come from players assigned to teams. (Though we make no guarantees.) Incidentally, unless determined otherwise in advance, a team is defined as two or more and 8 or less. (Though we have been known to make exceptions.)
We have found that teams of 4 are optimal. However, the most successful teams are those that can work together without too much bickering. (A little bickering during Fantastic Race® Kona is expected, even encouraged.) Team size doesn’t matter. So, if you’re a duo that can’t drive to the market without a major conflagration, you may be better off asking some other folks to come along and play (if only to keep you separate). If however, you get along as well as the parents of the creators of Fantastic Race Kona, you should call a divorce attorney. Kidding again. You’ll be fine.
Fantastic Races® Kona, like crossword puzzles, chess, sex, (you know, fun stuff worth doing right), is definitely one of those things at which you become better with practice. We make accommodations for newbies, i.e. free hints throughout the game, and even free solutions, but the truth is teams have played the game at least once before probably have a slight advantage. However, we can’t stress enough: Fantastic Races are about the experience, not the order of finish.
Usually the winning team receives medals, and bragging rights. Second and third place teams get medals and a sense of pride. Non-winning teams, of course, feel shame. Kidding. All teams, regardless of where they finish, enjoy a completely unique experience and the post-game awards ceremony, where we provide snacks, beverages, and the opportunity for you to relive the awesome experience you’ve just shared with your fellow Fantastic Race® participants. Prizes in the private games are determined by the game’s host.
Your $88 adult ($68 child ages 8 - 12) ticket includes all the items you will need to complete the 2-3 hour race. Includes one drink per person and one pupu per team at the finish line celebration!
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Absolutely. We specialize in private games. Fantastic Race® Kona makes an awesome corporate retreat, team-building event, fund-raiser, alternative to the same old Hawaiian theme party, you name it. The private events are tailor made, so prices vary depending upon the number of participants and the sophistication of the event. Contact us to set one up!
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