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“Absolutely Amazing, Definitely 5++++” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dolphin Journeys - Day Tours

Dolphin Journeys - Day Tours
74-425 Kealakehe Parkway #14, In Honokohau Harbor, Gentry's Kona Marina, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-329-3030
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Ranked #10 of 204 Activities in Kailua-Kona
Type: Boat Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: Dolphin Journeys offers unique and intimate excursions daily, both shared and exclusive. We take you swimming and snorkeling with dolphins during the day and with the angelic manta rays after sunset. All meals, snacks, drinks and snorkel gear are provided for you, as well as a swim support crew member who is in the water with you at all times. During the winter season, we take you out on our boat to see the magnificent Humpback whales. In addition, we snorkel around beautiful reefs, and can take you hiking around Volcanoes National Park and Pololu Valley. We also offer very exclusive, week long transformational retreats in March and September.
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Absolutely Amazing, Definitely 5++++”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

On May 7th my husband and I did a dolphin excursion with Dolphin Journeys. Cathy and Jason were our crew for the day and the whole trip was incredible. We had a small group on our trip (5 including ourselves) which is one thing that drew us to Dolphin Journeys. As we set off, Cathy made the decision to go North instead of South for the day and we ended up having most of the dolphins and snorkeling to ourselves. We saw dozens of dolphins and Cathy would be sure to position the boat ahead of them and then stop motors and give us the go sign of "pool's open". Jason swam with us to be sure everyone was safe and having a good time. They thought of everything from sunscreen to extra towels to a delicious lunch and a multitude of drinks. We ate lunch parked over a reef and afterwards, were able to snorkel along the reef and even catch sight of some Mantas. This is truly a trip we will never forget and I'd recommend anyone thinking of taking a dolphin excursion to use Dolphin Journeys. WELL worth the price and an amazing adventure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

Kathy and Justin were absolutely wonderful guides. They took our group of 6 out today 5/4/13 for a half day excursion and they delivered big time. We were visited by multiple pods of over 50 dolphins at a time and the pods graced us with their presence the whole time. Kathy and Justin worked great with people with disabilities and did everything to make sure everyone was comfortable and happy. Each were very knowledgable and I would definitely recommend.

Visited May 2013
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“An experience unlike any other and the best part of our trip.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

This was the most memorable event of our trip to the Big Island. We swam amidst dolphins that sometimes came within just a few feet of us. Justin and Captain Nancy were great. Captain Nancy spent the time to talk to us on the ride out to let us know about the dolphins and what we'd be doing. Justin was spectacular, keeping us comfortable and providing excellent customer service. In the water, he kept us well positioned and helped us feel very comfortable. We also got a chance to explore some of the reef, and saw a wide variety of sea life including a cruising turtle. What makes this trip especially good is that you are in a small group and get individual attention. The other boats are packed with people (we saw some of them while on the water) and they seemed to be more concerned about getting people off an on the boat than anything else. It appeared very frantic. With Captain Nancy and Justin, we had a magical and relaxing time and had the pleasure of lingering in the water and enjoying the ocean. We can't recommend this experience enough. The food was great (loved the purple chips) and the crew was spectacular.

Visited April 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Dolphins and Mantas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Our second day in Kailua Kona we did a Dolphin swim with Dolphin Journeys. The water was very warm, the dolphins were playful and the Dolphin Journey's staff was enthusiastic, helpful, thoughtful and welcoming. The day could not have been better. We saw hundreds of dolphins from the bow of the boat, and swam with small pods of dolphin families. We even were able to see a hump back whale! The trip was a great way to start our vacation. A few days later we did an evening trip to see the Manta Rays. A beautiful Manta did acrobats right beneath the surface where we were floating. The Manta stayed close for quite a long time and seemed to enjoy "showing off" for his human friends. What an awesome experience! Many thanks Captain Nancy and her crew: Justin, Randy, and Andreas!

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Toronto, Canada
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“Dolphin swim”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We had a great time and saw many many dolphins, as close as 5 ft away. We had a 6 year old and a 10 year old. Justin was awesome, making sure the kids were ok and everyone was in position at all times. He was very enthusiastic and kept the kids and adults excited with every encounter. We came to see dolphins and they did not disappoint. Lunch was awesome and they take customer service very serious. Thank you Dolphin Journey and Justin, what an awesome experience.

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