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Dolphins and You

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Honolulu, HI, USA
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About Dolphins and You
Discover what more than 200,000 Dolphins and You guests have experienced: Encountering wild dolphins in Hawaii is the memory of a lifetime! With transportation from Waikiki included, our tour also includes a traditional Hawaiian ceremony and snorkeling with tropical fish and sea turtles. After snorkeling enjoy our kayaks, SUP boards and new 20-foot water slide! Sit back and relax while our staff entertains you with hula dancing and ukulele performances or answer your questions on Hawaiian culture and history. It’s no wonder our dolphin encounter tour is the longest-running and highest-rated on the island!
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hapimama wrote a review Jan 9
Portland, Oregon4 contributions9 helpful votes
We waited almost an hour next to a stinky dumpster with biting flies for the guides to give boarding information. There was a hard sell for a photo package and had to wait for each person/group to decide if they were going to do it or not. Both my daughters got bitten by flies. I indicated we would do photo package. Once on board children were required to wear lifejackets - great except one of my kid's jacket did not fit appropriately and the guide tried to adjust it and then gave up and walked away. I asked another guide who then got an appropriate life jacket for her. There was lots of hype and not much action. "Snacks" were Costco granola bars and chips which was disappointing. Snorkeling was some of the worst I've seen. The guides were enthusiastic but not authentic and seemed forced. In this day and age I would even say their attempt to have us chant a Hawaiian song and their hula dance could be construed by some as cultural appropriation. I didn't choose this tour for that, but to swim with dolphins, which is no longer allowed by law. I would not recommend this tour. It was not a good value of my time or money.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Renae R wrote a review Jan 1
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The whole premise of their marketing material leads you to think you will get to swim with dolphins and turtles; however, a new law was just passed so you can’t swim with the dolphins. We saw dolphins from the boat, but it’s not the same thing. Also, they take you to this spot to snorkel where the current is strong, so they rope off a small area next to the boat you have to stay. 45 people all snorkeling in an area of 100 yards doesn’t make for a pleasurable experience. The only reason I gave this any rankings for the positive was because of the people. The crew was amazing! But what they have to work with now is a let down. Don’t spend the extra money on this tour because you’re not swimming with dolphins!
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from AndYouCreations, Manager at Dolphins and You
Responded 2 weeks ago
Aloha! We're glad you enjoyed the experience from our crew! We pride ourselves in providing an enjoyable experience for our guests. Regarding the marketing for swimming with dolphins and turtles, we had revised all positioning on our website and third-party channels as of mid-November in anticipation of NOAA's regulation that bans swimming with dolphins. If you have seen such positioning elsewhere, please let us know and we will address. Mahalo nui and we hope you may join us for a future adventure!
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matthewmagda84 wrote a review Dec 2021
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania2 contributions
On our last day on the island, we saved our best activity for last. The boat and crew were amazing. We were able to see whales, dolphins and turtles as well as snorkel. I do want to take a moment to mention Jenn. She greeted us on the bus and her positive energy and love for Hawaii is infectious. Jenn also snorkeled with the group and took pictures. Jenn made an already amazing day better and the adventure was better because of her. If you are in Honolulu, Dolphins and You is a must!
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from 808GuestServices, General Manager at Dolphins and You
Responded 2 weeks ago
Aloha! Thank you for joining us on our dolphin tour. We're glad to know that you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to your next visit!
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Kara wrote a review Dec 2021
Plymouth, Minnesota4 contributions1 helpful vote
Great trip for first time snorkeling and for families with children. The crew is very friendly and they all keep a very close eye on the whole group while you are in the water.
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Response from 808GuestServices, General Manager at Dolphins and You
Responded 3 weeks ago
Aloha! Thank you for joining us on our dolphin tour. We're glad to know that you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to your next visit!
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Chase C wrote a review Dec 2021
Bluff City, Tennessee47 contributions22 helpful votes
No swimming with the dolphins, but we saw a large pod of spinner dolphins. We did snorkel with turtles and saw some rays on the bottom. So many fish to see, and the amazing crystal blue pacific waters allowed for you to see for such a great distance. I’ve never seen the ocean floor quite like this before. I would advise booking this excursion for sure, but it’s not guaranteed that you will see or swim with dolphins. Keep that in mind. So you aren’t disappointed. The experience of snorkeling with the turtles and fish was amazing enough even without the dolphins, if you see dolphins it would have to be even more incredible.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from 808GuestServices, General Manager at Dolphins and You
Responded 3 weeks ago
Aloha! Thank you for joining us on our dolphin tour. We're glad to know that you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to your next visit!
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