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Dolphin Encounter and Kealakekua Bay Reef Snorkel

  • Snorkel among some of the 600+ species of marine that call Kealakekua Bay home
  • Learn about Kealakekua Bay's connection with British explorer Captain Cook
  • Jump in the water with a pod of wild spinner dolphins on an optional swimming experience
Dolphin Encounter and Kealakekua Bay Reef Snorkel
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4 Hour Dolphin Encounter and Reef Snorkel
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THIS IS A NON-SWIMMING OPTION 4 hour Dolphin Encounter and Reef Snorkel
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Enjoy two Hawaiian underwater adventures for the price of one with this 4-hour combination dolphin-swimming encounter and snorkeling trip. Start by exploring the 600+ species of marine life like sea turtles, coral and tropical fish that call the reefs of Kealakekua Bay home. Then meet up with a local pod of wild spinner dolphins for an optional swimming session. A trip choice without the dolphin swimming portion is also available.
What to Expect
Meet in front the ‘Bite Me’ sport fishing store at the Big Island’s Honokohau Harbor. You’ll continue by 46-foot (14-meter) boat to the marine life sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay, also home to the historic marker for seafarer Captain Cook. During the ride make to watch for views of the Big Island’s sea caves and volcanic lava flows.

Spend the next 45 minutes of your trip enjoying snorkeling amidst the area’s mix of vibrant reefs. Depending on where you go you might see creatures like sea turtles, coral, tropical fish, and much more. During the winter, Humpback whales have been known to frequent the area as well. Once you’re back up on deck, you’ll also learn about the historical significance of the area, known for its connection to British explorer Captain Cook.

Continue your trip by heading out to find the pod of wild spinner dolphins that frequents the bay. Those who selected the dolphin swimming package will then have the opportunity to jump in the water with these wild fish, a magical experience that is sure to delight. You’ll return back to the harbor at the conclusion of your trip.
Reviews (14)
1 - 5 of 9 reviews
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile
Amazing snorkelling and swam with many dolphins

This trip was AMAZING, we were lucky that there were only a few of us onboard so we were able to jump on and off the boat multiple times to swim with the dolphins. The crew were very attentive and always asked if we needed...More

Thank mbdxgss2
Reviewed 30 October 2018
Great snorkeling adventure!

Do not be put off by the INCREDIBLY RUDE woman who works there named Terry (sp?). She is as rude in person as she is on the phone and a real liability to the reputation of Bite Me Sportfishing. The captain of the boat, however,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Sharyn T
Reviewed 12 July 2018
Great family experience!

WOW! We had an amazing adventure yesterday, the trip to see the dolphins did not disappoint. Taylor and Brian were great! Thank you for being so great with the kids!

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Heather P
Reviewed 30 May 2018
Captain Taylor and crew ROCK!!

Went out twice with them for the dolphin and snorkeling, they were wonderful hosts. Welcoming, patient and informative. I cannot say enough good things about Captain Taylor and crew. I highly recommend Bite Me Sport fishing to anyone visiting the Big Island. I will be...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank darkhorsetradingpost
KonaFish1, General Manager at Dolphin Encounter and Kealakekua Bay Reef Snorkel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Aloha, Thank you for your review. Captain Taylor and the crew on our vessel Ocean Encounters is truly amazing, and we are happy you had a good time with them. We look froward to taking you back out when you return! Thank you again for...More

Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile
Absolutely a must see!

Captain Mark and his crew were outstanding. We followed the dolphin pods and stopped at three different locations. Had unforgettable encounters with these amazing animals. Then we went to a “secret” snorkeling location and had one of our best snorkeling experiences of all four of...More

Thank bronstmj
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