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Hawaii Combo: Wild Dolphin Swim and Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling

Highlights
  • 5-hour combination tour to swim with dolphins and snorkel on the Kona coast
  • Swim with wild dolphins in their ocean habitat
  • Admire the acrobatic antics of bottlenose or spinner dolphins offshore from the Big Island
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Hawaii Combo: Wild Dolphin Swim and Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling
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Hawaii Combo: Wild Dolphin Swim and Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling
From US$158.61
Overview
On this Kealakekua Bay snorkeling adventure, experience the thrill of swimming with dolphins in the crystal-clear waters off Kona. You’ll head to one of Hawaii’s best snorkeling spots to swim with tropical fish above colorful corals in a protected turquoise cove. Later as you cruise along the volcanic shoreline, look for lava tubes and sea caves, turtles. Throughout the 5-hour excursion, expect to see wildlife splashing in the water — in the winter months, you could even spot breaching Humpback whales. Groups are limited to 14 people, ensuring a personalized experience. 
What to Expect
Drive to Keauhou Bay on your own to meet your professional guide, who will provide you with a safety briefing and help you aboard the boat. This inflatable raft has a rigid hull as well as a canvas sun shade, which makes the boat exceptionally maneuverable and keeps you out of the sun.
Once on the water you’ll search for pods of Spinner and Bottlenose dolphins, and when you locate a pod in the cobalt waters, your captain will cut the engine and allow you to jump on in for a swim. All the gear you’ll need is provided, and don’t be surprised if you hear whistles and clicks as the dolphins circle around you. If you’re lucky, there’s the chance that one could even jump up out of the water right by you—showing off for their newborn young and teaching them how to play.
After the thrilling dolphin encounter, continue on to Kealakekua Bay to snorkel the colorful reefs, which have been protected as a marine reserve for over 30 years. Thanks to the schools of tropical fish and crystal clear conditions, this spot is often considered as one of the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii.
Back in the boat your guide will point out the famous Captain Cook Monument, which stands where the village of Kaawaloa once stood in ancient times. This is the spot where Captain Cook first ventured ashore on the Big Island—and also the place where he met his eventual, untimely, and violent demise.
Over the course of this 5-hour tour, you’ll have the chance to buzz by sea caves that are formed by volcanic lava tubes, and you might even spot a Hawaiian green sea turtle as it comes to the surface for air. Your guide will explain the area’s history as well as discuss the marine life, and there are drinks, snacks, and a deli lunch to help you refuel on the water.
Finally, this Kona snorkeling tour comes to a close when you return to Keauhou Bay, having swam with dolphins, snorkeled with fish, and a scoured the volcanic coast.
Please note: Kealakekua Bay is the preferred destination for snorkeling, although an alternate site might have to be substituted depending on the location of the dolphins.
Reviews (31)
1 - 5 of 18 reviews
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile
Highlight of our trip to The Big Island

Spent a wonderful, exciting time with Breden and the crew! Loved being on a smaller Zodiac boat with just 12 passengers. We felt safe and had lots of fun. The dolphin swim was simply amazing! We highly recommend you do this trip with Sea Quest!

2  Thank janetwP6169AB
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile
Rencontre exceptionnelle

A great team, Nathalie and Hope our Captain! The best swim with wild dolphins and amazing cruize along the coast

1  Thank Sabine F
Reviewed 13 September 2018
Great value and amazing experience!

For someone who has always been a dolphin lover, this was a dream come true! For my friends that I dragged along, it was a wonderful treat. We saw too many dolphins to count, pilot whales, and sea turtles. The crew was absolutely incredible, friendly...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank simplee_christina
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile
Awesome excursion

We had an incredible time with Seaquest. The crew were top notch, super friendly and knowledgeable. We never felt rushed. If we encountered something interesting on the way (like a manta feeding at the surface) they were happy to stop and linger. Zodiacs arent for...More

1  Thank Jenifer D
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile
Such A Treat!!!

Captain Bill and McKinley where so awesome and knowledgeable about the island and its culture!!! Our dolphin guide kept us right in the action the whole time!!! Will absolutely be booking again the next time we’re on the island and highly recommend it as a...More

Thank Heather H
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Contact the company directly and ask if 8 year olds are allowed. You may be able to find another company that allows 8 year olds. My husband is 70 and I had to look at different companies before I could find one that... More
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