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Swim with Dolphins on Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii

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

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Overview

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. Slip into the water and swim alongside these playful mammals, then enjoy a snorkeling excursion in Kealakekua Bay.
  • Combination dolphin and snorkeling adventure
  • See wild dolphins in their natural environment
  • Naturalist guides who respect 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
Gratuities
Please bring towel and cover-up
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

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
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age requirement is 8yrs 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
  • Not recommended for travelers with neck problems
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dolphin Discoveries

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.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Swim with Dolphins on Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Swim with Dolphins on Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Swim with Dolphins on Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Swim with Dolphins on Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Swim with Dolphins on Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Swim with Dolphins on Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii.

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No dolphins to speak of.
Pamela_L
, May 2021
We followed a small pod for 2 hours. Never really got to see them while in the water. Too many people chasing them. The highlight was the snorkel at the end. The captain however was quite knowledgeable and helpful.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Aloha Pamela. Mahalo for your feedback. Unfortunately, we cannot control how the dolphin interact and how they will be traveling, as they are wild animals. Every day is different out there. We are sorry to hear that other people were chasing them away. That is always tough. Especially when our guests are doing the right thing. Mahalo for the shout out to your captain and choosing to join us!
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Good Stuff
Carlton
, May 2021
Trip was great. My wife and I are experienced scuba divers, but had never seen dolphins in the wild. Landon and Kelly were great! Very knowledgeable and made sure we all saw dolphins - not so easy when they are moving around - unlike turtles!! They also took us to a few interesting places and gave us some local knowledge. We finished the trip with some snorkeling on a reef near Capt Cook statue - really good snorkeling. Good trip. The only negative would be the boats they use are inflatable and not the most comfortable.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Mahalo Carlton for the 5 star review! Mahalo for choosing to join us! The RHIB style boats can be bouncy at times, but they do make for quick access into the water. But we are stoked to hear that you had a great time out on the water. Mahalo for choosing us!
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Great Dsy
HLL
, Apr 2021
We loved seeing the Dolphins and had a wonderful time. The boat ride was fun and the scenery was amazing.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Mahalo for the 5 star review! We are so happy to hear that you had a great day out! Mahalo for choosing to join us!
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Lovely...
Wendy_T
, Feb 2021
They were wonderful, Shelley really knows his history. I’ve lived in Kona and he still was able to share things that I didn’t know. We loved it!
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Best dolphin tour
NDel
, Dec 2020
Perfect morning. Can’t recommend Dolphin Discoveries enough. This was so much more than a dolphin snorkel - I loved learning about animal behavior, marine protection, and island history. Victoria, Amber, and Captain Keith were generous and fun; this is the company to use.
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star-4
Things to think about before signing up.
Carol_M
, Nov 2020
Good adventure. Wish then captain knew more about dolphins that he could have educated us. After signing up for the swim I read how it can be threatening to the dolphins to have people trying to swim in their daytime rest areas and felt bad that we were doing that. So maybe look online and find out for yourself and decide. We enjoyed the boat ride and seeing the coastline of Hawaii and snorkeling as much as anything.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Carol, we do appreciate the 4 stars and feedback, but I am actually shocked by your review. We are 1000% an ethical wild dolphin swim company. Dolphin Discoveries assisted with writing the rules and regulations on how to snorkel with wild dolphin. That we are EXTREMELY proud of and carry proudly. Yes, there are discussions related to snorkeling with dolphin, which is nothing new. That is why we have guidelines and rules in place so that we may enjoy seeing the dolphin wild and free, like it should be and not in a pool. And I can assure you that we never run our tours after the dolphin start to settle into their rest state. We will, however, have a conversation with the Captain regarding your comment related to knowing more about the dolphin to ensure that he is relaying these rules and regulations according to our company standards. Thank you for your feedback and hope you are enjoying the rest of your stay.
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star-5
Fabulous day
Debra_W
, Mar 2020
We had a great time. We saw so many dolphins, and Mike was very knowledgeable. He also gave us great recommendations for restaurants.
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EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS!!
Flyin_soloSR
, Dec 2019
Captain Erika took us on an absolute adventure that I will never forget. We snorkeled with multiple pods of spinner dolphins in their natural habitat (the ocean). I loved that she reminded us not to chase after them and respect their space, which i felt made the dolphins want to swim close to us. Its an experience I will never forget, but wait there's more. I'm sure this doesn't happen on all trips, but we were able to get in the water with pilot whales and watch them swim by. She warned us in advance that there could possibly be sharks and that we signed a waiver if we decided to get in the water and to stay as close to the boat as possible if we decided to get in. I, of course, could not resist and saw a pilot whale with its calf. Sure enough we were in the water with oceanic white tips as well and as soon as someone saw them we rushed backed into the boat. I didn't even see them until I looked at my gopro video later. We even had time to check out the reef close to shore. I cannot express how much I enjoyed this tour and thank you again Captain Erika for a memorable trip.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
WOW! What an experience! Mahalo for the shout out to your Captain. We really respect the wild life and our opportunity to observe them in the wild. Mahalo nui for recognizing that. We would be trilled to see your video. It's not everyday that someone gets to see an oceanic white tip :) We hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay here on the BI. We would love to see you on your next trip! Dolphin Discoveries Team info@dolphindiscoveries.com #dolphindiscoverieshi
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