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Kona Ocean Experience

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Kona Ocean Experience offers quality personalized boat excursions to encounter dolphins, observe manta rays at night and watch for whales. With experienced and knowledgeable dive guides you can experience a personalized encounter with dolphins...more
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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78-7100 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2527
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+1 808-557-5560
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My family booked the morning tour that included a swim with the dolphins followed by snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay. Bambi, our guide, was fun, and enthusiastic. The wetsuits and snorkeling equipment were in good condition. And the boat was fun. There were 5 of us...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have the chance, I absolutely recommend to swim with dolphins! Our tour-guide was well-experienced , took us to perfect spots and told us storys of the animals and about the island. As we were just a group of 6 on the boat, we...More

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Date of experience: December 2018
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Bambi W, Manager at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your trip with us. We're pleased you felt your guide was experienced, informative and took you to "perfect spots" to see dolphins. Mahalo for recommending Kona Ocean Experience!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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Bambi W, Manager at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 6 days ago

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

Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

The small group is the way to go! These folks offer personalized and environmentally conscious attention. It was a remarkable experience for our family! Alison H

Date of experience: November 2018
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Bambi W, Manager at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2018

Mahalo for your review. Great to hear you had a remarkable experience while aboard with us! Aloha

Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I did both the manta ray and dolphin swim. Both were very enjoyable. I especially liked the dolphin swim which also includes snorkeling in the coral reef by the captain cook monument. Captain Bambi's boat seems to attract the dolphins and we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Josef B
Kona Ocean Expe... i, Owner at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2018

Mahalo for joining us and taking the time to leave a review, we greatly appreciate it! We are glad to hear that you "especially liked the dolphin swim" during the tour. We strive to make everyone's experience personable! Thank You again!

Reviewed October 26, 2018

We had a great trip with Melissa who not only brought us to the spinner dolphins but gave us many detailed information about wildlife, nature and her beautiful island.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 329Joe
Kona Ocean Expe... i, Owner at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Mahalo for joining KOEX on our Dolphin Swim Tour. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience and "had a great trip" with us. We appreciate you taking the time to post a nice review and hope you join us again upon your return.

Reviewed October 2, 2018

I wish I would have known that we would be sitting at a mooring for over 1 hour and 15 minutes on a very windy day. Our whole boat got very nauseous. I realize that they cannot predict when a storm may have brewed up...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank twinkletoesmkr
Bambi W, Manager at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2018

Upon reading your review, it's clear that you may have mistakenly put in a review for a manta tour you took with another company. Kona Ocean Experience does not ever "sit at a mooring" for ANY of our tours. Our sunset/manta tour always travels down...More

Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

Magnificent... awe inspiring...breathtaking. That just begins to describe the feeling I had being in the presence of the manta rays. And Kona Expeditions with Bambi is the only way to go. Before we jumped in the water to see the mantas, we took a leisurely...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Nancy R
Kona Ocean Expe... i, Owner at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Thank You for your glowing review of, "Magnificent... awe inspiring...breathtaking", exactly how we feel about the beauty that the Big Island has to offer. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your experiences with KOEX and appreciate your recommendation! Mahalo.

Reviewed September 7, 2018 via mobile

Let me start with the fact that I have been snorkeling with different companies more than 5 times in Hawaii over the past 2 years but I am still not super comfortable in the water. And this is the third time my fiancé (He proposed...More

Thank Yu T
Kona Ocean Expe... i, Owner at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Aloha and thank you for the beautiful review. We are glad to hear that you felt "safe" and "super comfortable" on the tour with us! Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! We hope that you return to our beautiful island and join us again.

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