Coral Reef Snorkel Adventures

Coral Reef Snorkel Adventures

Coral Reef Snorkel Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkelling • Swim with Dolphins • Dolphin & Whale Watching
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Swim with Wild Dolphins & Manta Rays everyday. Established in 2002 and still going strong; We have been the Winner of the Certificate of Excellence for 10 years now. We are a Big Island of Hawaii adventure for swimming with Dolphins & Manta Rays. Eco friendly, we follow the guidelines established to make our tours safe for the Manta Rays, dolphins and our guests. We are on the GREENLIST FOR MANTA RAY TOURS. ONLY CHOOSE A COMPANY THAT IS REGISTERED FOR SAFETY OF THE MANTA RAYS on the Green List. Morning Dolphin charters take you up the Kailua Kona coast to a pod of wild dolphins, usually 100 plus. Snorkel with them right next to you. Lunch & snacks included. Rated as #1 Night Manta Ray snorkel company by all the review web sites. These are the most exciting activities you'll do here. All gear included. These 2 activities with marine life will be a highlight of your trip. We take children of all ages.
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Debra Phillips
2 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
We did the manta ray nightvsnorkel with Jolly Jeff and Jacob. It was very well organized. The boat was comfortable. We liked the 6 person limit for the group. We were able to get in and out of the water quickly and easily. We saw manta rays up close as soon as we got in the water. Our guide, Jacob moved the group well and communicated what we needed to do politely, but firmly so everyone was safe, comfortable, and able to see the manta rays. I have done 4 different manta ray tours and I highly recommend this one over the more crowded groups.
Written November 10, 2022
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Pjj
Washington Township, OH6 contributions
Apr 2022
I can't say enough great things about this excursion. Starting with the sightings of spinner dolphins on our way and the beautiful sunset. As the boat arrived at the site we could already see manta rays at the surface! This is truly one of my best experiences on the water. I am a certified diver and have had amazing dives through the years, but I assumed being on the surface instead of diving would be best. I was right because you get to watch the underwater ballet of the mantas coming up to scoop the plankton. Having a great boat captain and crew member certainly added to the experience along with the max of six snorkelers.
Written April 27, 2022
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ChiQuynh
Fort Lauderdale, FL33 contributions
Feb 2012
My family (4 adults) went on a 7-day intra-island cruise in Hawaii. I always do my best to avoid being herded around like cattle, so I research and book excursions outside of the cruise ship. Knowing that my sister and I wanted to swim with dolphins (not in captivity), I found Coral Reef Snorkel Adventures and booked it after seeing the site, speaking with Captain Ron and seeing the good reviews. We could not have been more pleased with our experience. We got personal service as we were the only 4 people on the boat. We saw the boat from the cruise ship excursion near us and were so happy to see how cumbersome it was for them to have about 30 people on the boat, having to corral everyone in and out. Since we only had 4 people, we could easily get in and out of the water to get to the next great spot to head-off and swim with the dolphins. We must have gone into 5 different spots and saw pods of 200-300 dolphins. From seeing them below our feet sitting on the boat, to swimming right next to them multiple times, this was our favorite experience in Hawaii. Don't get me wrong; seeing the volcanoes and waterfalls, hiking, going to the beaches and luaus were great, but being able to be so close with so many dolphins in their own environment was amazing. Captain Ron and Natalie were so personable and fun. They ordered our sandwiches from a local deli (that were great); Ron's wife cut fruit for us from their own tree, and she even baked us homemade macadamia nut brownies! The experience was so fantastic; Captain Ron obviously knows how to make his clients feel comfortable and excited, knew exactly where to bring us to see and play with the most dolphins, and even got us to see some whales. I can't speak more highly of this experience. Thank you!
Written February 5, 2012
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mackieman
Cupertino, CA7 contributions
Aug 2011
When you are dealing with Mother Nature, you cannot always predict how things will turn out. I had read all the glowing reviews, so perhaps I had unrealistically high expectations when I booked this tour for my family of four for about $750 including taxes. Since it was Sunday morning, we had a substitute team, Captain Carl and Jessica, a new swimmer with Coral Reef. Both were very friendly and helpful. To avoid motion sickness, we showed up well-dosed on Bonine - somewhat stuporous as a result, especially our two daughters who did not say 10 words apiece in 4 hours - despite Captain Carl's valiant efforts to stir up some conversation.

We headed North towards the Four Seasons, but about 30-40 minutes out we had to turn around because the winds and chop were restricting our forward motion. So we turned around and headed south for another 40 minutes before getting into dolphin territory. Now, you read about 200-500 dolphins, but they live over several miles of coastline and the trick is to find some. Perhaps because we were late in arriving, we found a few very small pods of 3-5 dolphins. When we jumped in the water, they typically dove down about 2-30 feet and swam away faster than we could keep up. So, we'd jump back in the boat and try again. We did this 6 or 7 times.

To his credit, Captain Carl stayed out about an hour longer than the other boats to make up for our lost time, but I think the dolphins were entering their sleep mode as the morning wore on. The one group we saw was pretty motionless about 30 feet below us. Jessica sat out the last couple of swims, leading me to think she was off the clock at noon.

Bear in mind these bottlenose dolphins are not the big fish you see at Disneyland's exhibit. The biggest ones here are about 4 feet long and weigh 150 pounds. Still, they are beautiful to watch, and we saw several babies swimming close to their mothers.

We did get fairly close to one pod of 3, and another single one swam almost close enough to touch. We saw several jumping and spinning right in front of our boat and a pod of five or six swimming in formation alongside the boat. For the most part, however, we spent our time in fruitless chases and water jumps.

Now, my wife had not read any reviews, so she had no expectations. She though it was a terrific day out on the water with a nice crew and some fun in the water near the dolphins. I have to agree with all that, but the between the money and the memory of the experience, I think I'd prefer the $840, including tips. This is nothing against the crew or the firm, just luck of the draw. I wrote this review so you'll have the chance to moderate your expectations as I should have.
Written August 22, 2011
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kdsensei
Seattle, WA1 contribution
Apr 2017 • Family
Just came back from a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii and went snorkeling to see manta rays with Coral Reef Adventures. This experience was the highlight of our vacation!!! I booked with Coral Reef adventures for myself, my wife, and our two kids ages 10 and 7. My kids were a little hesitant at first, but once they jumped in the water and were able to see the manta rays, they were thrilled and mesmerized!!! Coral Reef Adv can only take 6 guests maximum per trip so you get a very personalized guide and experience. Emily was our guide and Zack was our boat captain and they were amazing especially with my kids. They provided everything you needed to the wetsuits (we looked at other places that charged extra for wetsuits), free drinks, and even home-baked brownies with macademia nuts for after the swim. You don't get more personal than home baked goods! The manta rays came so close to us that one slightly grazed my leg! Next time we go to the island, we plan to book a dolphin snorkeling tour with Coral Reef Adventures! I can't recommend Emily and Zack enough and my kids couldn't stop raving about this experience. They're bragging to all their classmates about it!!!
Written April 18, 2017
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Thank you for such a nice compliment for company. Especially our captain Zac and swim guide Emily. We count it a privilege to be able to offer visitors to Hawaii this wonderful experience. Our past guests have mentioned that even years later it truly is a memory that is never forgotten. Thank you so much for going with us and we're so glad you had a great time.
Written April 21, 2017
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WeLove2Travel2345
Los Angeles, CA223 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
We were originally scheduled to go with Big Island Divers for the manta snorkel; however, they phoned me that day to tell me they had an issue with their boat and referred us to Coral Reef. I was a little bit hesitant to reschedule with this company that I didn't know anything about. I went ahead and booked with Coral Reef last minute since I really wanted to do this nighttime snorkel trip. There were only 6 people (4 of us in my family and another couple) on the boat with two crew. It was really nice to have such a small group. The crew knew all about mantas and gave us some info before we got in the water. We all wore full wetsuits, as the water gets chilly at night. One of the guys got in the water with a lighted, modified surfboard with outside rails that everyone holds on to. We all got in the water and held on. We were pulled right over the mantas as they came up to feed. It was amazing! They are enormous, yet amazingly graceful. It was an awesome trip!!! I think taking the boat ride out at sunset and getting into the ocean at night was half the fun. My family was a little worried about getting into the ocean at night, but I did not think it was remotely scary. There are tons of boats around, you're not far off the shore, the water is calm (at least it was on our night) and the guides know the area well and do this all the time. We took our 10 year old daughter and she did great. I recommend Coral Reef to anyone looking to do this snorkel trip. It is more personal when there are only 6 of you on the boat. These guys are very friendly and know what they're doing. This was a memorable trip for sure and something different than your typical daytime snorkel trip looking at fish and coral, which we've done lots of times. Snorkeling at night with the mantas doing somersaults right below you is something you'll never forget! I highly recommend this trip to anyone!
Written July 1, 2015
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TimothyG1957
Fairfax, VA1,130 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
We are experienced snorkelers (nearly 20 years) and have our own masks, snorkels, fins, and cameras. We took two different snorkel trips, the early morning (8am) dolphin trip and the late (830pm) manta ray trip. They were both great.

Ocean Safari restricts the number of snorkelers to six. We only had four in the morning. This is great because you do not have to deal with lots of people getting into and out of the boat.

The boat has a place to get in out of the sun. Overall, this is much better than the groups we saw going in open Zodiacs (no sun protection) with nearly fifteen people. The Zodiac based trips are cheaper, but this is one of those times it is worth paying the extra money for a better boat and a longer trip.

The owner/Captain (Ron) is very competent and clearly knows what he is doing, but he makes the trip very enjoyable. Ron had the morning trip. The evening trip’s Captain was Zach; he was very good too. Our “in the water tour guide” for both morning and evening was Kira, who has a degree in Marine Biology. She was a lot of fun and we now know more about dolphins and plankton than we thought possible.

The morning snorkel lasts about 3.5 hours. By the time you get in the water and get going it is 830am; you return around noon. On our trip we were very fortunate; we were able to find three dolphin pods of 25-45 dolphins each within 30 minutes. We got right in and swam along with them. We did this for nearly an hour, followed by fresh pineapple back in the boat. Then we went up the coast to a sheltered beach and snorkeled for about 45 minutes. Then, it was back to the first dolphin area, which we now had completely to ourselves because all the other tours only last 60-90 minutes. This snorkel spot was great the second time too. Then we headed back to the harbor. Homemade sandwiches, chips, drinks, and Captain Ron’s wife’s fabulous brownies were passed out on the way back.

The manta snorkel was much shorter. We left the harbor on time (about 815pm,), were given wet suits (shorties), and went up to the same bay where we saw the dolphins that morning. The manta rays eat plankton. In this case, the plankton is tiny shrimp. The plankton is attracted because the boats put out big surfboards with lots of dive lights attached (i.e., lots equals 12+ lights per board). The boats all go to the same spot and pool their lighting resources to get more plankton. Anyway … the plankton are attracted to the lights on the boards, the manta rays want to eat the plankton, you hang on the boards next to the lights, voila!

It was interesting. The water is filled with the plankton; they are everywhere, bouncing off your face and mask, etc. All this can creep some people out.

The manta ray dive consists of hanging onto the board and watching the 1,200+ pound manta rays do loops to scoop in the plankton for half an hour. While the manta rays are pretty cool, you’ve seen about all there is to see in ten minutes. At which point you have another twenty minutes to go. On the way back we got more of the fabulous brownies.

Bottom line: The morning’s dolphin trip was better than the evening trip for manta rays. If you can only do one, do the dolphin snorkel.
Written June 5, 2015
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judy1945
Montana11 contributions
Mar 2012 • Couples
Of course the water, the coral, the ocean floor, the food and the boat were great. However I have been out on other boats less committed to their mission and returned feeling less like an aggressor than I felt on this boat. I think the same situation would be found on all the boats in the area that day so perhaps my feelings are best expressed as feeling some shame for even trying to swim with these sleeping animals in the first place. I also felt we were too close to the whales we saw. In addition, I was uncomfortable with the signs saying a tip or 15% to 20% was appropriate for the trip of a lifetime. I think it would be much better to include the tip up front as part of the cost of the trip. This review may seem hypercritical as well as hypocritical but I feel an obligation to Trip Advisor which is usually a reliable guide for me.
Written March 12, 2012
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uptown_girlNY
New York City, NY24 contributions
Dec 2012 • Couples
My husband and I did the dolphin swim. It was definitely an awesome experience. It took us a while to find the dolphins but we finally found a pod with 100+ dolphins. I really enjoyed seeing these playful animals in the wild but I am not sure if I would do it again because I felt like I was disturbing the dolphins and invading their space.

Our guide Jessica was friendly but she didn't know much about dolphins and other marine animals. But I guess she is not a marine biologist. Capital Andy was not very friendly. My husband and I were the only two on the boat. Andy talked to us for less than 3 mins. I felt like he just wanted to finish the tour so he could go back to sleep more.
Written January 3, 2013
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We are grateful when we receive criticism because it helps us look closely at what we are doing. It is often thought of us here in Hawaii that we live perfect lives and don't experience the problems of life that others face. Unfortunately, we do and our crew this day had a major life changing situation they were dealing with. We most definitely should have canceled this charter especially after this review, also based on the fact that their fare was on a discount and there were only 2 persons and have the whole boat to themselves, which meant that the business would be losing money by going. It is sad that some people just don't realize what a great deal they have. But our goal is to make a great memory not money. Jessica is known for her knowledge of the ocean and is always complemented on how much she shares with our guests about the ocean and the marine life there. Andy is always a fun captain to be with and has so much experience, not only with our company but with others and is well liked and respected. As the previous reviews reveal much about these 2 crew members. So, just because of this one bad review, we will not stop just taking 2 people out, if that's all we have booked and giving them a private charter for a discounted price. Our goal is to make those that choose us to have a great ocean adventure no matter what it may cost us.
Written January 10, 2013
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JenTrygg
Denver, Colorado5 contributions
Sep 2011
My husband & I went on this charter with our 6 y/o daughter. It was her early birthday gift but I think I was more excited than she was! It was amazing!!! Only having 6 "guests" on the boat allowed Capt Ron the flexibility to follow the dolphins! He was also excellent at watching for and helping anyone with equipment issues or problems. They even had a wetsuit on board that fit my daughter like a glove!

Highly recommend! Don't hesitate! It's worth the price for the experience!
Written January 23, 2012
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