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Morning Deluxe Dolphin Swim & Kealakekua Bay Snorkel

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    What to Expect
    This excursion is offered as a morning 4-hour adventure and as condensed express 2.5-hour afternoon adventure, as well as ride-along options without snorkeling. Go out in the super safe Willard Navy Seals boats to swim in the area known for wild spinner dolphins. Experience their energy and curiosity towards humans. Following, you will enjoy a quiet and relaxing snorkel in the Kealakekua reserve, often called the best snorkeling spot in all Hawaii, and only accessible by boat (or a very long hike). In season, we will also look for other natural sea creatures such as whales and sea turtles.
    Because this local operator limits their customers to six per boat, they have plenty of room, plenty of individual attention, and plenty of time to ensure that they can get to everything and still have time to relax. These tours have something for the entire family, and guaranteed to leave you longing to come back!
    8 am 100% 1st Aid/CPR Trained Crew with Certified Safety Professionals will provide detailed safety instructions. (afternoon tour briefing 12:15 pm)
    8:15 am Depart Keauhou Harbor, headed north in search of Hawaii's famous spinner dolphins. (afternoon tour departs 12:30 pm)
    Swim with Dolphins:
    8:30 am - 10 am Once we find a pod of friendly dolphins, we take a very cautious and respectful approach. If they feel bothered, they can be gone in a flash! Dolphins are very curious and may swim over to look at us. They are particularly drawn towards children.
    Explore the Coast
    10 am Head south along the Kona Coast to explore sea caves en route to Kealakekua Bay. The Captain or guide will point out interesting facts about the unique coastline of Hawaii. Waves permitting, you might be able to enter a grotto...
    Kealakekua Bay
    10:45 am Enjoy snorkeling in what is usually considered the BEST snorkel spot in all of Hawaii. Calm water...fish everywhere...crystal clear water.
    Snack Time
    11:15 am Re-board boat, enjoy fresh fruit platter and snacks while learning some Hawaiian history and culture.
    Depart Kealakekua Bay
    11:35 am Head back north to Keauhou Harbor
    Arrive at Harbor
    12 pm Tour ends (afternoon tour ends 3:00 pm)
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    This was a spectacular way to enjoy and embrace the Big Island from the water. The captain was SO knowledgeable and experienced in getting to the right places to see the dolphin with VERY good support in guiding you to optimize following whole pods of...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Lamuckle
    Reviewed June 27, 2019

    We took our 8 year old to swim with the dolphins and it was magical. Captain Bambi was informative and patient and we felt comfortable. We loved it so much we came back in the evening for the manta rays swim. Both were wonderful experiences....More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Centiemme
    Reviewed May 27, 2019

    After two weeks enjoying many of this beautiful Island's best snorkel beaches my wife and I topped off our trip with an excellent outing with Captain Bambi to swim with dolphins and snorkel at the amazing Kealakekua Bay. Bambi seemed to have a relationship with...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Ben R
    Reviewed January 2, 2019

    Bambi gave our family of 5 adults an amazing experience! In addition to the promised dolphin swim and K-bay snorkeling, she also shared her family history and connection to the island. We felt like we had a top-notch experience in all regards. The boat was...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank 456gretchenr
    Bambi W, Manager at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2019

    Mahalo for your review! It's nice to know that your family felt you had a "top-notch experience" seeing dolphins and manta rays. And we're glad that you were feeling safe and comfortable while aboard with us! Aloha

    Reviewed December 31, 2018 via mobile

    This was one of the highlights of our trip! It was the perfect tour for our family of four (with kids age 7 and 10). The tour caps at 6 people but it was just the four of us and our wonderful guide, Murray. We...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
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    Bambi W, Manager at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2019

    Thank you for your review letting us know that your trip with Kona Ocean Experience was the "perfect tour" for your family! We're glad you had a morning of amazing encounters with countless pods of dolphins and other colorful marine life. And we do appreciate...More

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