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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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Best Excursion on the Big Island

You will absolutely love this trip! From swimming with 300-400 dolphins to watching whales from 100 yards doing flips, to Manta Rays swimming on the reefs, Chinak Mike and his... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 21, 2015
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

You will absolutely love this trip! From swimming with 300-400 dolphins to watching whales from 100 yards doing flips, to Manta Rays swimming on the reefs, Chinak Mike and his staff are there to please. I have been over 10 different excursions on the Big Island and this is #1.

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Last month while I was in the Kona area on the Big Island I took this tour on the recommendation of the owner of our condo. I arrived early and met Captain John and his crew member Drew. Both of them were amiable and easy to talk to. This was my first night time snorkel and although I had swam... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We had a fantastic time on these tours (we did both dolphin and mantas at night.) Both crews were caring and attentive, but relaxed and professional. The captains made us feel confident even in the big swells. When our first attempt to swim with dolphins was cut short due to bad weather, they happily rescheduled our trip. (They also offered... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

we traveled to the Big Island with another family with teens - this activity was picked by one of the teens who likes sealife. We had a great time! A great deal depends on the captain spotting the dolphin pods, and Captain China Mike was an expert. We were able to snorkel pretty close to the dolphins, they passed within... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Awesome! The crew is great and very professional. And the boat is well equipped. We had a great time watching and swimming with dolphins, and we even saw a whale.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Our second trip with Sunlight on Water (we went two years ago). We were excited to see many of the same guides, which shows they keep their crews happy. They take special care of all the swimmers. And floating in the open ocean with spinner dolphins is a perfect day on the Big Island.

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Jackson, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

It may sound a little scary, but doesn't have to be. This is one of the most amazing experiences we have ever had. It is well worth the money and overcoming some initial concerns. What happens is that you gear up and hang onto a lighted raft, floating flat on the ocean surface (snorkel equipment lets you look down.) The... More 

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Indio, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Beginning with the help Melainah gave me before I booked the swim, I loved everything about this tour. Capt. John took us out to an area where we saw and swam with plenty of these gorgeous creatures. The small group meant everyone received personal attention. Drew in particular assisted me with snorkeling, which I'd never done before. These are special,... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

My wife and I did the manta ray night snorkeling 2 years ago with Sunlight On Water, and those darn Manta Rays did not show up! We got skunked! The Captain told us that we could go on another tour anytime: Just call or contact their office and we'd be in another tour for free. No voucher, no confirmation email,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

There is no problem rating this company the best! They developed a special lighted floating platform that shines below the water to attract plankton. The plankton attracts the manta rays. Outfitting us with wet suits and snorkel gear we held onto the platform and looking below we watched the rays feeding sometimes coming inches from us. There were other companies... More 

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