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Swim with Dolphins on Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii

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Kailua-Kona, United States
Swim with Dolphins on Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

View dolphins in their natural environment with guides who respect these intelligent creatures’ boundaries. After feeding in deeper waters at night, spinner dolphins come close to the Kona shore where they often interact with boats, playing in their wake. The utmost respect and care are given to our aquatic friends to assure that we do not disrupt their rest, nursing and breeding behaviors. Depending on where and when we locate the dolphins there may also be time for a quick snorkel at one of the many beautiful reef areas along the Kona coast line, quite possibly Kealakekua Bay.
  • Combination dolphin and snorkeling adventure
  • See wild dolphins in their natural environment
  • Naturalist guides who respects the ecosystem
  • Lunch, snacks, and beverages included
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Naturalist guides
Snacks, fruit, juice and bottled water
Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Flotation Aids included
Gratuities for your crew always appreciated
Please bring towel, cover-up & easy to remove shoes
Use reef safe sunscreen only (zinc based recommended-no oxybenzone or octinoxate, lotion, NO spray)

Departure Point

78-7138 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age requirement is 8yrs old
  • Must be comfortable swimming in the ocean
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Electronic Waiver required to be signed prior to tour
  • We do not offer refunds in the event we do not see dolphin as they are wild animals.
  • Must be under 285lbs
  • Must be able to climb up a metal ladder to get back in the boat
  • Our vessels are RHIBS (seating is on a pontoon).
  • We have a 48 hour cancellation policy. Please contact us for a refund if cancelling more than 48 hour prior to scheduled tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for travelers with neck problems
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dolphin Discoveries

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Swim with Dolphins on Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Swim with Dolphins on Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Swim with Dolphins on Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Swim with Dolphins on Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii.

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198 Reviews

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Dolphins & Capt. Cook Snorkeling
TJ_S
, Jul 2021
Capt. Shelly and his wife were awesome. Very knowledgeable and created a fun experience for everyone on board. We got to swim with the wild dolphins, and the snorkeling at Capt. Cook was amazing.
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Awesome
Pw7
, Jul 2021
AMAZING! Saw many dolphins. Pod of dolphins swam beneath us & next to us.Snorkled with beautiful fish.Crew was informative and kind. A must do while in the big island.
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Loved it
Kory_W
, Jun 2021
The captain was very knowledgeable and provided a great experience. He had knowledge of the island that added depth to the experience. My teenage kids and I had a great time.
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Loved it!
Paula_C
, May 2021
This is an awesome tour! It was great to see the dolphins so close! The guides are very nice and the boat trip and snorkeling are a great bonus! Loved it!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Mahalo for the 5 star review! We are so happy that you loved our wild dolphin adventure! We do hope that we can see you the next time you visit Big Island.
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100% perfect
Peter_S
, May 2021
Perfect 👌🏼 Dolphins are beautiful . Thanks for Program on 100% ✅ Everything was wonderful 👀 Dolphins 🐬 come play and show their talent
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Mahalo for the 5 star review! We certainly hope that we can see you again on your next visit to Big Island.
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No dolphins to speak of.
Pamela_L
, May 2021
We followed a small pod for 2 hours. Never really got to see them while in the water. Too many people chasing them. The highlight was the snorkel at the end. The captain however was quite knowledgeable and helpful.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Aloha Pamela. Mahalo for your feedback. Unfortunately, we cannot control how the dolphin interact and how they will be traveling, as they are wild animals. Every day is different out there. We are sorry to hear that other people were chasing them away. That is always tough. Especially when our guests are doing the right thing. Mahalo for the shout out to your captain and choosing to join us!
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Good Stuff
Carlton
, May 2021
Trip was great. My wife and I are experienced scuba divers, but had never seen dolphins in the wild. Landon and Kelly were great! Very knowledgeable and made sure we all saw dolphins - not so easy when they are moving around - unlike turtles!! They also took us to a few interesting places and gave us some local knowledge. We finished the trip with some snorkeling on a reef near Capt Cook statue - really good snorkeling. Good trip. The only negative would be the boats they use are inflatable and not the most comfortable.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Mahalo Carlton for the 5 star review! Mahalo for choosing to join us! The RHIB style boats can be bouncy at times, but they do make for quick access into the water. But we are stoked to hear that you had a great time out on the water. Mahalo for choosing us!
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Great Dsy
HLL
, Apr 2021
We loved seeing the Dolphins and had a wonderful time. The boat ride was fun and the scenery was amazing.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Mahalo for the 5 star review! We are so happy to hear that you had a great day out! Mahalo for choosing to join us!
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Lovely...
Wendy_T
, Feb 2021
They were wonderful, Shelley really knows his history. I’ve lived in Kona and he still was able to share things that I didn’t know. We loved it!
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Best dolphin tour
NDel
, Dec 2020
Perfect morning. Can’t recommend Dolphin Discoveries enough. This was so much more than a dolphin snorkel - I loved learning about animal behavior, marine protection, and island history. Victoria, Amber, and Captain Keith were generous and fun; this is the company to use.
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