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Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii

Kailua-Kona, United States
Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


View dolphins in their natural environment with guides who respect these intelligent creatures’ boundaries. After feeding in deeper waters at night, spinner dolphins come close to the Kona shore where they often interact with boats, playing in their wake. The utmost respect and care are given to our aquatic friends to assure that we do not disrupt their rest, nursing and breeding behaviors. Depending on where and when we locate the dolphins there may also be time for a quick snorkel at one of the many beautiful reef areas along the Kona coast line, quite possibly Kealakekua Bay.
  • Combination dolphin and snorkeling adventure
  • See wild dolphins in their natural environment
  • Naturalist guides who respects the ecosystem
  • Lunch, snacks, and beverages included
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Naturalist guides
Snacks, fruit, juice and bottled water
Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Flotation Aids included
Use of binoculars
Gratuities for your crew always appreciated
Please bring towel, cover-up & easy to remove shoes
Use reef safe sunscreen only (zinc based recommended-no oxybenzone or octinoxate, lotion, NO spray)

Departure Point

78-7138 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

We launch from the boat ramp dock at KEAUHOU BAY, Kailua-Kona. Parking is on the street. Walk past boat trailer parking to boat ramp. Look to your right for our crew checking in guests at picnic table next to restrooms. Always allow 20-30 minutes’ drive time from airport or downtown Kailua- Kona.

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age requirement is 6yrs old
  • Must be comfortable swimming in the ocean
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Electronic Waiver required to be signed prior to tour
  • We do not offer refunds in the event we do not see dolphin as they are wild animals.
  • Must be under 285lbs
  • Must be able to climb up a metal ladder to get back in the boat
  • Our vessels are RHIBS (seating is on a pontoon).
  • Not recommended for travelers with neck problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dolphin Discoveries
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • 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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What is the policy on sanitization during Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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240 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Couldn’t have picked a better trip
, Jan 2022
Jen and Alan were super awesome. They made sure we got to see every possible thing on our trip. They found manta rays for us to see, dolphins (Bottle nose and Spinner) and even found a humpback breaching far away. The reef we snorkeled at was beautiful. Plus we got snacks, so all around amazing time
Wonderful trip all around!
, Nov 2021
The cook monument was cool, and we enjoyed all of the information about the history of the island. Sadly we had a strange day where no dolphins were visible at all. Not for lack of trying. The staff were great, although at first seemed a bit rushed. They very much redeemed themselves on the trip and even though we didn’t see any dolphins we had a really enjoyable experience.
Worst Company in Big Island
, Oct 2021
The tour is good, but the company is the worst administration ever. They won’t answer your call for 2 days. And the crew miscommunicate the informations. Our tour guide assured that we would get a refund because our flight changed so we couldn’t do a future tour. We had the opportunity to change the flight time but we didn’t because she assured us. After that they just ignore our emails and don’t care about the word of their team members. Worst customer service ever. If you can just choose another company to don’t have these problems
Beautiful experience! So...
, Oct 2021
Beautiful experience! So many dolphins. Great tour guide! Helped when I didn’t feel to well after the second dolphin jump and they were quick to help!
Fun times
, Sep 2021
I genuinely loved this experience! We saw dolphins but my favorite part was actually the snorkel at Captain Cook. Shelly and Jen (our captain and crew) were so awesome and knowledgeable.
Dolphin swimming
, Aug 2021
This was a great tour! We were able to swim with a pod of dolphins and then had time to snorkel too. Additionally, we saw eagle rays and a tiger shark. Captain Shelley was a great guide and gave us the history of the area too.
1 traveler found this review helpful
cant go wrong with this trip!!
, Aug 2021
The guys were awesome and knowledgeable. They made sure everybody had a good time. well worth the money!!
Very respectful of the dolphins
, Aug 2021
I really like Shelly our captain. He maintained the respect for the dolphins and kept us safe while swimming. Unfortunately there were a few other tour boats out there who where not. People chasing the dolphins around and swimming in the channel where boats come in and out. So our boat barely had anytime in the water with the dolphins. It’s a bummer that the people who broke the rules got the reward of the dolphins. We did have a fun boat ride to captain cook and had some beautiful reef snorkeling. He also taught us some history which we enjoyed. I wish everyone was ethical like this company. But I also wish we had more dolphin time/experience and less of everything else as it’s a dolphin tour.
Snorkeling better than dolphins
, Aug 2021
The best snorkeling ever! Swimming with the dolphins was great too.. but don’t get the impression you’re going to get very close to them. The crew was saying ‘they were right next to your face’ and No, they weren’t! Not sure why they say that.. obviously I know how close they were. Swam with them coming into view and not for about 40-50 minutes.. then into great snorkeling. So many fish!
1 traveler found this review helpful
All around perfect first experience!
, Aug 2021
Knowledgeable, fun and friendly crew, excellent swim with dolphins and snorkel at Captain Cook’s. Loved the history along the way.

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