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Ocean Encounters

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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...more
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74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Honokohau Harbor, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2708
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All reviews manta rays captain sean dry change of clothes amazing experience wet suits hot chocolate fish whale watching excursion these majestic creatures led lights once in a lifetime feel comfortable in the water the check in process wonderful snorkeling the entire trip light jacket crew members
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on the manta ray night snorkel with 28 in total, the crew is friendly and the ride to the site easy and quick. The snorkel however is not what we had hoped for and of course it depends on your group and how...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank crazyone2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did the Manta Ray Night Snorkel with Ocean Encounters, and it was truly the highlight of my trip! The boat is smaller, but very nice. The staff is friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about the different flora and fauna found in the water around the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Roam32811392342
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took some family here to do the night time manta ray snorkel tour. This was a small boat than the previous ones I've done which made it feel a little more personal. They provided snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. They let us go out and snorkel...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RodneyB399
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Amazing experience on the Dolphin Encounter!! Our captain Kai and his first mate, (his name starts with L sorry I can't remember😝) were very knowledgable and so hospitable. A must do while visiting the Big Island!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

I went with my family and we enjoyed every minute. We were swimming on different places with the dolphins and had one of our best time in life. It was amazing to hear how the dolphins communicate with each others under water. And we even...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mike N
Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

They canceled on us twice, late in the day so we were not able to re-book with another company. Missed out on a dolphin excursion since we were leaving the next day. They claimed it was ocean swells, however, many other companies were out! What...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank travel0823
Reviewed August 18, 2018

Booked a night Manta Ray tour for me, my husband and my daughter. Absolutely the BEST thing we did on our vacation. The guys on the boat were amazing. We felt very safe. You can't touch the mantas but if a manta brushes up against...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Erin P
KonaFish1, General Manager at Ocean Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Aloha, Thank you for your review. Sounds like you had an amazing manta show! Being "kissed" by the mantas is something special, isn't it? Some folks call the manta experience a life changing event. Come see us again if you make it back to the...More

Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

We are a family of five, three of which are young children with the youngest being seven years old. The snorkel was fabulous! My family loved it, and it’s something everyone should experience at least once in their life. The boat was not overly full,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank desertpalm
KonaFish1, General Manager at Ocean Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Aloha, Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you had a fabulous time with our snorkel and crew. The crew on Ocean Encounters is a customer favorite; they do their job very well, and love what they do for a living. We...More

Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

One of the best experiences I've ever had in my life! Captain Taylor and crew, Matt, Kyle & Lee were amazing, friendly and ready to help at any given moment. They made sure that everyone was happy with their experience and we were. Watching a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Julie N
KonaFish1, General Manager at Ocean Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Aloha, Thank you for the 5 star review. Those mantas can take your breath away, they are so amazing to snorkel with. We like your "run don't walk to them" we agree.... run, don't walk to snorkel with the mantas! Once again thank you for...More

Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

We went out for a half day trip with our family of 8. The guys were extremely nice and accommodating, making sure we were happy with the plan for the trip. All of the kids were able to catch some reasonably-sized fish before we went...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank lisabalvantin
KonaFish1, General Manager at Ocean Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Aloha, Thank you for your review. Good job to the kids for their catch and... bummer on the fish coming off the hook, better luck for you next time! Over all, It sounds like you had a good day with our crew and we are...More

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