Kona Shore Excursion: Wild Dolphin - Reefs -Sea Caves -Kealakekua Bay Snorkel 15 reviews
Big Island of Hawaii, United States

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  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Activity Highlights

Tour travels south to Kealakekua Bay, home of the Captain Cook monument. Along the way, we stop at historical sites and sea caves. Our skilled captains watch for whales and dolphins so that we can encounter the wonderful marine from onboard. Once in Kealakekua Bay, we snorkel there for approx 1 hour. Guest can expect to see turtles, bright-colored reef fish, coral that’s over 1500 years old, the Captain Cook Monument, freshwater springs, and be on the lookout for Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins.

IMPORTANT: On this tour, we used to snorkel with the wild dolphins. As of 2021 The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) is now being enforced and swimming with wild dolphins is now considered harassment. We will still be able to go encounter the dolphins at a safe distance but will not be able to enter the water with them.

Stop At:

• Kailua Pier, 75-5660 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3612
• The Captain Cook Monument, Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
• Kealakekua Bay, Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
Activity Details
SMALL GROUP minimum 6 passengers Max 16

Depart from the Kailua Kona Pier at 9 am for your approx 3 -3.5 hr ocean adventure on your Zodiac vessel that holds up to 16 passengers.

**While most of the time we depart at 9:00 am, there are some dates we must adjust departure time in order to accommodate cruise ship guest according to their ship itinerary ***

IMPORTANT: On this tour, we used to snorkel with the wild dolphins. As of 2021 The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) is now being enforced and swimming with wild dolphins is now considered harassment. We will still be able to go encounter the dolphins at a safe distance but will not be able to enter the water with them.

Wild Spinner Dolphins,

Hawaiian Sea Turtles, and

exotic fish.  Spend approximately one hour at

Kealakekua Bay enjoying the reef and sea caves. Your lunch is also included consisting of a deli wrap, fresh fruit, chips, granola bars, juice, and water.  All snorkel gear and flotation devices are included.
Departure & Return
Departure Point74 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA Traveler pickup is offered CRUISE SHIP GUESTS: Check-in Time 8:45 am. This tour departs from the Kailua-Kona pier. When you get off your tender please wait under the green shaded tent look for a sign that says " C Big Island / Dolphin Reef Snorkel" Ports Kailua Pier, Kaahumanu Pl, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • Snorkel gear equipment
  • Lunch wraps, snacks & refreshments
  • Flotation devices
  • Professional local captain and crew
  • Port pickup from Kailua Kona Pier
  • Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Gratuities
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Boat is not wheelchair accessible
  • Weight limit is 275lbs (125kg)
  • Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name
  • Suggested items to bring: sunglasses, sunblock and towel
  • Please have your bathing suit on before the trip begins.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Cancellation Policy
Free Cancellation - upto 24 hours in advance
Traveler Reviews

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  • Great captain. Boat was quite comfortable for an inflatable. We got to see lots of dolphins which was amazing instead of going to the crowded bay.

  • We had a great time snorkeling on this adventure. What a super and educational trip. I recommend this to everyone.

  • Very knowledgeable crew who made sure we got to so swim with the dolphins and the had time to snorkel. Well worth tie money.

  • So much fun. We saw saw so many Dolphins. While snorkeling we saw eels and lots of fish! Water was very clear. The captain and his team were nice, helpful and provided everything you needed. They took us along the coastline and showed us additional landmarks as well as Captain Cook monument. All around excellent excursion. I definitely recommend this one if you are trying to decide which one to pick.

  • Our guides were so friendly and knowledgeable. The water was gorgeous. They give you swim noodles so you can float above water and just dunk your head in. The food spread they had ready for us was amazing!

  • This was so fun! We were with agroup of 8 and everyone of us absolutely loved it. The crew was so helpful and so friendly. Worth every penny spent!

  • For anyone that likes snorkeling this is a trip you will want to do. We snorkeled and saw several dozen dolphins including some that came pretty close up. The reef was very clear and had interesting fishes.

  • Dre and Captain Laura were great! Due to confusion on our part, they accommodated us by picking us up at an alternate site. While watching out for our safety, they provided good instruction on use of the equipment and how to exit the boat. We had ample time to snorkel at the Captain Cook site. Both Dre and Laura provided good information about the sites we visited. While the dolphins were not at the expected sites, they caught sight of a pod on the way back to the harbor. We took a few minutes to watch them as swam past us. We would highly recommend this tour.

  • This tour was one of the highlights of my Hawaiian adventure. We saw 4 dolphin pods and were able to view one of the pods in the water. Captain Laura and first mate Dre were the best crew. This tour is different from others as it is very respectful of the dolphins and will not chase them.

  • Absolutely awesome! Captain Chris was superb,,,informative, patient and helpful. This was a highlight of our trip.

  • This was an amazing tour, many many cute dolphins will be around you, my 2 teen daughters loved it so do I. Crew was very nice and very respectful for the marine life which is the reason we decided to see them in wild life rather than in captivity. We are looking to booking them again because the experience is just unbelievable.

  • True to what they say! We were able to swim with the spinner Dolphins and check out some cool reefs and underwater caves!

  • This tour was the highlight of our entire trip to Hawaii! Best way to travel by fast zodiac in a small group. Snorkelling was the best by FAR with clear waters, abundant variety of fish and friendly and knowledgeable staff. Thanks for a fantastic trip! Skip Molokini Crater in Maui and do this!!

  • A dream come true!! It was soooo worth it to swim with them in the wild instead of in a sea life park. It is a workout if you are not used to swimming in the ocean!! (Ended up being too much for my husband who is not a strong swimmer- he went back to the boat). Bring a waterproof camera!!

  • This was the highlight of our trip! The staff was amazing and very fun to be around. It didnt take long for them to find the dolphins and we got to swim with them for about an hour. It was amazing!!!! They were so close!! and there were dozens of them! We also got to see other landmarks and snorkel in clear blue water. Well worth our money.

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$139 USD
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