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Dolphin Essence

Honokohau Marina, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-896-7391
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We have been going out each year with John for 12 years. Each time is an amazing experience, the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
cpa1492
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Carson City, Nevada
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This is a must-take outing. John is warm, caring and an expert on cetaceans. He knows the waters... read more

Reviewed January 8, 2018
Pixelpanderer
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Chicago
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Wild dolphin swims and humpback whale watching
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Honokohau Marina, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been going out each year with John for 12 years. Each time is an amazing experience, the last trip on February 8th was exceptional. We were able to watch whales and swim with the dolphins. The excursions have a small amount of people...More

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John F, Owner at Dolphin Essence, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What a magical day we had with our ceracean cousins. I am so grateful to have shared it with you, especially over the years when you visit the Big Island.

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Reviewed January 8, 2018

This is a must-take outing. John is warm, caring and an expert on cetaceans. He knows the waters off the Kona area like the back of his hand. We saw many pods of spinner dolphins and swam with them. Most of the whale sightings were...More

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John F, Owner at Dolphin Essence, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2018

What a fabulous day it was with the dolphins playing and displaying what they do best: sharing their joy! Thanks for swimming with us. It was early in the season for whales, so join us again for a close encounter with the humpbacks. Aloha.

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Reviewed January 5, 2018 via mobile

John is a great guide who truly respects dolphins and local traditions! We had a wonderful morning with the dolphins and on his Zodiac. We even saw whales very close on our way back. The biggest advantage when going out to the dolphins with Johnis...More

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John F, Owner at Dolphin Essence, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2018

Wonderful to have you on board with such beautiful weather and hundreds of dolphins. And how thrilling to see many whale breaches and even a close up encounter with a humpback. Thanks for joining us.

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Reviewed November 26, 2017

Thank you, John for an amazing day! This experience was everything I could have hoped for and more. John seems to know the right spot to go to, we must have seen over a hundred dolphins! We swam close enough to touch them (but didn't...More

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John F, Owner at Dolphin Essence, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2017

Thanks so much for sharing in this peak experience with us. It was so nice having your open heart, mind and spirit on board and in the water with the dolphins. They loved you!

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Reviewed October 24, 2017 via mobile

We wanted a personal and somewhat private experience, one that was ultimately very respectful of the dolphins and we got exactly that! It was wonderful to have it be just our family and John was so easy to be with, perfect for my introverted family....More

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john f, Owner at Dolphin Essence, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2017

What a magnificent day that was! And so happy you and your family could have such a great experience.

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Reviewed August 12, 2017

Dolphin Essence gives you an experience like no other for swimming with Spinner Dolphins. We’ve done it twice with John and both times qualified as a Peak Life Experience. John has been taking small groups to see the dolphins for 25 years. He’s not in...More

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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

It was incredible! You could swim with the dolphins, more than 50 dolphins surrounding us. JOhn is very profesional, high standard, knowledge and respect to the animals. Our 3 kids enjoyed the most in our trip to the Big Island. Mahalo John

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john f, Owner at Dolphin Essence, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2017

What a great time we all had. It was so fun having you onboard the boat!

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Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

John is truly a dolphine whisperer. Before we went put on our trip, he sang a Hawaiian chant or song it was so beautiful. It felt as though we were surrounded by dolphins the entire time we were out at sea. You can just tell...More

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john f, Owner at Dolphin Essence, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2017

What a magical day! Just when you think it can't get any better, it does! Thanks for joining us.

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Reviewed October 17, 2016

This was a very well-organized, environmentally-conscious operation. We were instructed not to swim toward, kick in the water or attempt to touch the dolphins. They also made sure that we applied sunscreen before boarding the boats to minimize the wash off that can damage the...More

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Reviewed August 6, 2016

It was spectacular to swim with dolphins & watch their joy & grace from the boat too. Also wonderful to see John's love & respect for them.

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john f, Owner at Dolphin Essence, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2017

It really is the highlight of the holiday to swim with the dolphins. Thanks for being with us.

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