4 hrs
Duration
All Ages
Minimum Age
Big Island
Island
Kona
City

Morning Deluxe Dolphin Swim and Snorkel – Big Island

An exclusive Hawaiian excursion that is basically two fantastic tours in one!

This four-hour Big Island snorkel adventure takes you out in our super safe Willard Navy Seals boats to swim with wild spinner dolphins. Experience their energy and curiosity toward humans as we play in their natural habitat. If you love animals, you won’t want to miss this incredible thing to do on the Big Island!

Afterward, it’s time for a quiet and relaxing snorkel in the Kealakekua reserve, often called the best snorkeling spot in all Hawaii, and only accessible by boat (or a very long hike). Swim with colorful fish, see the unique underwater rock formations, and enjoy the pristine, clear waters of this Big Island snorkeling destination. In season, we also look for other natural sea creatures such as whales and sea turtles.

Please note, we only do “swim encounters” with dolphins before they begin their rest period, which starts around 10 am.

On the rare occasion, you don’t see any dolphins, you can join with us again for free on the next available scheduled Big Island dolphin swim tour (pending space availability).

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION 78-7100 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2527
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive promptly 15-30 minutes before your adventure.
WHATS INCLUDED
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Flotation aids
  • Fruit platter, snacks, and beverages
CANCELLATION POLICY
Tours canceled by a guest within 48 hours of the departure time will be charged the full booked rate. In some cases, depending on your method of payment, a credit card processing fee of 6 % may be charged. Tours canceled by Kona Ocean Experience for last-minute reasons such as weather changes or mechanical reasons will not be charged.

Manta Rays are wild animals and although it is rare, there are days which the manta choose to not swim in the vicinity of people or simply are not around. Refunds are not provided in such cases and the tour experience overall is considered completed. In the event there are no Manta sightings, you may go out on the next regularly scheduled tour, pending space availability free of charge. Returns to the harbor early, such as for customer’s physical condition or seasickness may not easily be accommodated, nor will any refunds be provided in such cases.

Morning Deluxe Dolphin Swim and Snorkel
Adults
12 years and older
$150
Children
Under 12 years old
$125
Ride-Along $100
Four Hour Private Charter $895

This adventure is operated by Kona Ocean Experience

Can I bring my own snorkeling gear?
Absolutely, YES, but there is no discount for bringing your own equipment.

Should I bring a camera?
Please feel free to bring a waterproof camera with you.

What about bathrooms?
There are no restrooms aboard. The last chance to use a restroom is at the
boat ramp before check-in.

What should I bring with me on the morning tour?
Your swimsuit, a towel, sandals, sunscreen, sunglasses, long sleeve rash
guard, a hat, and your waterproof camera.

What should I bring with me on the afternoon tour?
Your swimsuit, a towel, sandals, sunscreen, sunglasses, long sleeve rash
guard, a hat, and your waterproof camera.

What should I bring with me on the manta tour?
Your swimsuit, a towel, sandals, a change of clothes, and your waterproof
camera.

Can I get directions?
We meet you at the Keauhou Bay Boat Ramp, 78-7100 Kaleiopapa
Street, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

FROM THE NORTH (Kohala Coast or Waikoloa Resort Areas):
• Take HI-19 South and continue onto HI-11.
• Turn RIGHT onto Kamehameha III Road
• Turn LEFT onto Ali`i Drive
• Turn RIGHT onto Kaleiopapa Street
Going downhill, continue over the series of speed bumps. Pass the Sheraton’s
entrance (on the left), stay to the right and arrive at Keauhou Bay.

PLEASE NOTE: When traveling from the Kohala Coast or Waikoloa Resort
Areas, please allow a minimum of 1 Hour travel time for the morning and
afternoon tours. Due to local evening traffic, a minimum of 1.5 Hours travel
time is advised for either Manta Tour.

FROM THE SOUTH (South Kona or Ka`u Districts):
• Take HI-11 North.
• Turn LEFT onto Kamehameha III Road
• Turn LEFT onto Ali`i Drive
• Turn RIGHT onto Kaleiopapa Street
Going downhill, continue over the series of speed bumps. Pass the Sheraton’s
entrance (on the left), stay to the right, and arrive at Keauhou Bay.

MORNING DOLPHIN SWIM & SUNSET MANTA TOURS:
The KOEX dive guide or captain meets you in front of the public restroom area.

AFTERNOON SNORKEL & NIGHT MANTA TOURS:
The KOEX dive guide or captain meets you at the water’s edge where the
boats go in and out.