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Dolphin Encounter and Reef Snorkel

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Kailua-Kona, United States

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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.
  • 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
  • Great way to get an in-depth look at Hawaii's amazing marine life
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Bottled water
Professional guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy #1, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants four and under must provide their own life vests
  • Collasible wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bite Me Sportfishing

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Dolphin Encounter and Reef Snorkel?
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Bring your kids to them if you want an early start on the sport of diving." See review
  • "It was worth seeing the dolphins even though I didn't get in the water." See review


45 Reviews
2 stars

Reviews by Viator travelers

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, May 2021
We had such a great time and our crew was absolutely the best with such great personalities! We seen so many dolphins and felt like we were in a tropical fish aquarium!
A nice day on the water
, Nov 2020
The crew were very friendly. They made several attempts to get close to the dolphins until they suceeded. It was worth seeing the dolphins even though I didn't get in the water.
Incredible display of dolphins
, Nov 2020
We had never experienced so many dolphins in one setting. Over the coarse of an hour, we were able to see and swim with dozens of dolphins. The crew did an incredible job pinpointing where the dolphins were running to make the most out of the morning. The captain and crew were very helpful and worked to make sure everyone aboard fully enjoyed the experience.
Excellent Tour Experience
, Mar 2020
Excellent tour. We saw > 100 dolphins and the bay they took us to was beautiful. Highly recommend bringing a good camera, even if it isn't water proof. There will be plenty of good picture opportunities besides the dolphins. On our tour, we were even lucky enough to see two whales.
Viator as a third party booking company/TERRIBLE COMPANY
, Nov 2019
We booked an event in Hawaii"I through Viator because it came up as an associate of Trip Advisor. It turned out to be the worst experience we have ever had with a booking company. They canceled a booking because an event was not available, then tried to book us on another trip that was much cheaper without giving us a refund. The first agent said we could not cancel because of the one day cancel policy. Viator canceled our trip and booked a trip that was much cheaper and would not give us a refund. The discussion with the agent was not friendly, not helpful, and didn't seem to know what she was doing. A supervisor was supposed to call us within a few hours to discuss the situation. We received an email much later and called Viator again in the morning. No change. We didn't go on the trip. After much pushback and frustration, the agent finally reluctantly suggested that we call the sailing company actually putting on the trip. We contacted the company and the representative was gracious, very helpful, and apologetic for our experience with Viator. We read a lot of reviews on different websites, and was not surprised that there were lots and lots terrible reviews about Viator which read much like ours. We consulted with our bank and are filling a dispute. We are writing a review to Trip Advisor about our experience as well.
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Dolphin Encounter
, Nov 2019
This activity is a must for any trip to the Big Island. We were able to see multiple pods of Dolphins.
Swimming with the Dolphins
, Nov 2019
My husband, myself and another couple signed up for this excursion. Only 1 other couple showed up for the tour so the fact that the tour wasn't canceled or rescheduled was awesome! We were pretty much able to do whatever we wanted instead of stick to a schedule. We got to swim with 2 different pods of dolphins and a few of us even jumped in to see a few sharks. I wasn't feeling well and they made sure to go out of there way to give me a great experience. They pulled the boat up right alongside the pod of dolphins and I was able to watch them as if I was in the water with them. It was fabulous. I highly recommend this tour!
Very nice swim with dolphins
Barbara R
, Aug 2019
The crew was nice and swimming with the dolphins was an awesome experience. Just don't expect to really go to Kealakekua Bay.
Would do it again
, Aug 2019
Captain Taylor and Sage were amazing people. They make every effort to find dolphins for us to snorkel with and on multiple occasions we would relocate to an area of high concentration of them. The dolphins will do tricks and swirls and even interact with us visitors. Sage shows to enjoy his job as he even did a lot of free diving and inspire a couple of youth to this activity. Positive sanctioning is always a plus. Bring your kids to them if you want an early start on the sport of diving.
Amazing snorkel adventure!
, Jul 2019
Saw Spinner Dolphins breach! They were so happy and swam right by us! I had an amazing tour guide as well!

Product code: 30433P11

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