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Ocean Encounters

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74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Honokohau Harbor, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2708
+1 808-494-9150
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Fabulous Dolphin Swim And So Much More

We can’t say enough about our morning Dolphin Swim with the Ocean Adventure Team - it was fabulous... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
anne901
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Seattle
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Manta Night Tour

My wife and I are experienced snorkelers and swimmers, although my wife can get seasick when seas... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
PhillyCyclist
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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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Take advantage of all the fun the Pacific Ocean has waiting for you on an Ocean Encounters expedition! With years of experience boating, snorkeling, fishing and seeking marine creatures in the Kona region, we are proud to offer the best marine wildlife encounters in the area. Our experienced guides and crew love these animals so intently that they know most of what there is to know about them and are excited to share that knowledge with you. Whether you are looking to witness whales, encounter dolphins and manta rays, meet new friends or just get away from it all, Ocean Encounters can help. So shed the stress and worry of everyday life and enjoy a fantastic time.
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  • Very good5%
  • Average9%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible5%
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74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Honokohau Harbor, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2708
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We can’t say enough about our morning Dolphin Swim with the Ocean Adventure Team - it was fabulous! Taylor, Ian and Mika went the extra mile to show us these amazing creatures - guiding us on a swim as we swam alongside these majestic animals....More

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KonaFish1, General Manager at Ocean Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha, Thank you for your review. The crew on Ocean Encounters is truly amazing, and it sounds like you had a wonderful morning! We can only hope the rest of your vacation was just as memorable. We hope to see you again on your next...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I are experienced snorkelers and swimmers, although my wife can get seasick when seas are rough. We asked three different sales representatives about the conditions of this trip prior to paying and boarding and none of them were forthcoming about the high...More

Thank PhillyCyclist
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KonaFish1, General Manager at Ocean Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha, Thank you for your review. You booked with a third party 2 hours prior to departing. When you checked into the office we talked about the sea conditions and you had stated the sea sick issue, we try to leave it up to the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an awesome time with Captain Sean and his cute crew, they all looked out for whales for us on the nice cruse down the Kona coast. We were lucky enough to spot four whales, one came up to breath close enough to startle...More

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KonaFish1, General Manager at Ocean Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Aloha, Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the manta night snorkel, they truly are the super stars of the ocean. The crew on Ocean Encounters seems to be a favorite of all guest. =) We hope you enjoyed the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had so much fun! The boat ride was great, the crew was knowledgeable and friendly. The manta rays are must-see!

Thank Amy S
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KonaFish1, General Manager at Ocean Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Aloha, Thank you for your review. Manta snorkel is a must do while visiting Kona, and we are happy you enjoyed the experience. Thanks again for your review and we hope you have safe travels home. Mahalo, Ocean Encounters Charter Team.

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Reviewed December 15, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had a wonderful experience with the manta rays. I would highly recommend this trip to see multiple manta rays. Follow the instructions of the crew and float to see more. Excellent adventure.More

Thank Alanna D
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KonaFish1, General Manager at Ocean Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2018

Aloha, Than you for your review. We are happy you enjoyed your manta snorkel with us. We hope your vacation to the Big Island was as memorable as the manta snorkel! Once again thank you for your review. Have safe travels home. Mahalo, Ocean Encounters...More

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Reviewed December 1, 2017 via mobile

We had an amazing encounter with the Manta Rays. We sailed out with the lovely crew at dusk and not long after we entered the water our lucky party encountered he Manta Rays first. They swam up, around and towards us mouths open. It was...More

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KonaFish1, General Manager at Ocean Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2017

Aloha, Thank you for your review. The manta's are amazing to see that's for sure! We hope you enjoyed your vacation to the Big Island and had safe travels home. Once again thank you for your kind words. Mahalo, Ocean Encounters Charter Team.

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Reviewed November 21, 2017

We booked the dolphin encounter and snorkel combo. Taylor and Judah were an excellent team and flexible with our tour experiences. We were able to see the dolphins in multiple locations and even went out to look for a whale sighted earlier in the morning....More

1  Thank hawkimd3
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KonaFish1, General Manager at Ocean Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2017

Aloha, Thank you for your review. Our morning dolphin encounter and reef snorkel is a wonderful way to spend the morning! Taylor and Juda are a great team and we are happy to have the part of the team. We hope you enjoyed the Big...More

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Reviewed November 16, 2017

For the most part the boat was clean and the crew were excellent. The snorkel was a joke. Get your act together and be prepared ahead of time. The lights were a joke. They tell you to turn off your flash there will be plenty...More

1  Thank Kevin S
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KonaFish1, General Manager at Ocean Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2017

Aloha, Thank you for your review. Sorry our lights were not working properly the night you snorkeled with us. We have fixed that problem with new lights, they are working wonderfully now, brightest lights at the manta site! Next time you are back for a...More

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Reviewed November 9, 2017

The good: - Boat crew and captain were personable, fun, and helpful - We saw manta! The bad: - The lights on our floatation device, which were 2 flashlights stuck into a surfboard, were much less bright than the lights other groups were using, so...More

Thank Andrea A
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KonaFish1, General Manager at Ocean Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2017

Aloha, We apologize the lights were not working properly. They are currently being serviced. To clarify the lights we use are extremely powerful underwater dive lights not flash lights. The ocean gets active (choppy) at times during the winter months, we recommend customers take the...More

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Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

5 adults and 1 child under 10. Was a great trip! We booked trough a third party and were unfortunately late. Terry in the office was great in getting us ready quickly and efficiently. Offered snacks and refreshments on the ride. About 30 minute ride...More

Thank Breanna L
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KonaFish1, Manager at Ocean Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2017

Aloha, We are sorry about the depart time not being clear and we reached out to the 3rd party you booked through so we do not have any more confusion. The month of October starts the new depart time, we must follow the sun all...More

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