Swim with Dolphins on Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii 6 reviews
Big Island of Hawaii, United States

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What you can expect during your visit
  • 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
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Activity Highlights

Swim with wild dolphins! We are Kona’s first and original “Swim with Dolphins” adventure the whole family will enjoy and talk about for years to come. You'll get some great photo opportunities both above and below the surface while viewing dolphins in their natural environment.

This adventure is focused on locating and spending quality time observing Hawaiian Spinner and possibly Spotted Dolphins. Depending on their desire to interact with us; you may have an opportunity one or more times to view them from the boat and in the water. 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.

Check-in is at 7:30 am.

Stop At:

• Dolphin Discoveries, 78-7138 Kaleiopapa St Keauhou Bay, Boat Launch Ramp, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
Activity Details
Drawing on years of experience, our captains and crew will take you up close and personal with the dolphin. As we search for these beautiful creatures in the warm tropical waters off the coast, our crew will share their knowledge about these fascinating creatures, how they live and their role in the ocean’s ecosystem. Nearly every day, year-round we are able to encounter these beautiful animals in their natural habitat. We have 98% success rate of locating the dolphins and letting them "choose" whether to swim with us or not. However the utmost respect and care are given to our aquatic friends to assure that we do not disrupt their rest, nursing and breeding behaviors.

When they do choose to swim with us, it is truly magical and can be a life changing experience.
Departure & Return
Departure Point78-7138 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA Departure Time7:30 AM
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • 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)
Additional Information
  • 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 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Follow the State's testing requirements. All gear is cleaned and disinfected after each use. All disinfectant products used are EPA approved. Each boat is sanitized after each trip.
Cancellation Policy
All sales final and incur 100% cancellation penalties
Traveler Reviews

Average based on 6 reviews.

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  • 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.

  • Perfect 👌🏼 Dolphins are beautiful . Thanks for Program on 100% ✅
    Everything was wonderful 👀
    Dolphins 🐬 come play and show their talent

  • 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.

  • We loved seeing the Dolphins and had a wonderful time. The boat ride was fun and the scenery was amazing.

  • Captain Erika took us on an absolute adventure that I will never forget. We snorkeled with multiple pods of spinner dolphins in their natural habitat (the ocean). I loved that she reminded us not to chase after them and respect their space, which i felt made the dolphins want to swim close to us. Its an experience I will never forget, but wait there's more. I'm sure this doesn't happen on all trips, but we were able to get in the water with pilot whales and watch them swim by. She warned us in advance that there could possibly be sharks and that we signed a waiver if we decided to get in the water and to stay as close to the boat as possible if we decided to get in. I, of course, could not resist and saw a pilot whale with its calf. Sure enough we were in the water with oceanic white tips as well and as soon as someone saw them we rushed backed into the boat. I didn't even see them until I looked at my gopro video later. We even had time to check out the reef close to shore. I cannot express how much I enjoyed this tour and thank you again Captain Erika for a memorable trip.

  • Good adventure. Wish then captain knew more about dolphins that he could have educated us. After signing up for the swim I read how it can be threatening to the dolphins to have people trying to swim in their daytime rest areas and felt bad that we were doing that. So maybe look online and find out for yourself and decide. We enjoyed the boat ride and seeing the coastline of Hawaii and snorkeling as much as anything.

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