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Sunlight on Water

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Address: 74-381 Kealakehe Pkwy, Suite A, Honokohau Harbor, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
Phone Number: 808-896-2480
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Amazing Experience with Great People!

Even reading reviews from other people, it's always hard to decide which company to go with for this type of experience. But I'm so glad I chose Sunlight on Water for the dolphin... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Brittany P
Laie, Hawaii

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Laie, Hawaii
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Even reading reviews from other people, it's always hard to decide which company to go with for this type of experience. But I'm so glad I chose Sunlight on Water for the dolphin swim. The workers were so great, and I liked that they didn't pack the boat full of people. It seemed like much more of a personal experience.... More 

Thank Brittany P
Park City, Montana
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent crew! They were great and engaging! We had a group of 11 and we all thoroughly enjoyed this nighttime snorkel with the Manta Rays!

Thank JennyKeeland
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the tour boat that has an amazing crew and creates a truly amazing experience to go swimming with the dolphins. This was truly and amazing and unimaginable adventure. There were over 200 dolphins in dozens of pods that were swimming around in the bay. There were so many dolphins it was hard to decide in which direction to... More 

Thank Roy H
Cumberland, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Swimming with wild dolphins was the best experience I've ever had. Most of that was to do with the dolphins, but the experience was just made better by the wonderful crew that took us. China (the captain), Drew and Bree were wonderful. I told them up front that I suffer from panic attacks and they went the extra mile to... More 

Thank Gillian O
Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is definitely a unique and worthwhile experience, with a couple of exceptions noted below. Sunlight on water is a very well run operation, but their launch site is hard to find. GPS sent us to the wrong place, and we had to call several times for directions. The dive is for snorkelers only, and the crew is friendly and... More 

Thank CastAColdEye
Portland, Oregon
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96 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went out twice in one week and were spoiled with smooth water and hundreds of dolphin the first trip. Next trip we had to sail an hour north to find dolphin and they were only dozens, but the dolphin interacted with us more rather than just swimming by. I don't know if China guarantees dolphin every trip, but it... More 

Thank PaulParks
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This experience was truly awesome. The rays came within inches of our body doing their back flips so gracefully. The crew were amazing and looked after you every step of the way, particularly if you are not confident in the water. I would highly recommend

Thank Kes J
Chandler, Arizona
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43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This was the one activity that will bring me back to the big island! We have snorkeled more times than I can count.... But to swim with these gentle giants was AMAZEBALLS! Seriously they make it very easy, not a tough snorkel, not scary at night (beautiful sunset to start). Boat was easy access and the experience was one of... More 

Thank John B
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

After watching the night ship bobbing in the water and the lights we decided to try a night snorkeling trip ourselves. The crew at Sunlight on the Water were wonderful. They had everything ready for us and were very knowledgeable about the manta rays. Their underwater lights were great at attracting the plankton which in turn brought the manta rays.... More 

Thank Marconn1
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

I went on the night snorkel with manta rays which was incredible. The crew at Sunlight on Water are fantastic and the trip was incredible, several huge mantas joined us! I had such a good time I went the following morning for the dolphin swim, which was amazing. China Mike and the team are absolutely brilliant and I would make... More 

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