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Kealakekua Bay and Wild Dolphin Adventure

Kalaoa, United States

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


There are few places in all of Hawaii more historic than Kealakekua Bay, as it's the spot where Captain Cook was killed in a skirmish with native Hawaiians, and the Hawaiian monarch, King Kamehameha III was born just a few miles away. The history aside, it's also one of the best places to snorkel on the Big Island of Hawaii, and you'll have the chance to experience the beauty on this snorkeling tour from Kona. Search for dolphins on the way to the bay while admiring the volcanic coast, and after scouring the red for coral and fish, climb aboard for a lunch that's served by the friendly crew.
  • Visit historic Kealakekua Bay
  • Search for and get in the water with wild dolphins
  • View Humpback whales in winter
  • Cruise the volcanic Kona coast
  • Lunch and snorkeling equipment included
Bottled water
Light refreshments
Professional guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Lunch (sandwiches, fresh fruit) -if any diet restrictions, please bring food specific to your needs.
Hotel pickup and drop-off (NOT included in this tour. Please be sure to check-in at Honokohau Marina North Boat Ramp 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740)
Underwater disposable camera is available for purchase on board
GoPro rental (upon availability -call to reserve)

Departure Point

Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off is NOT included. Please be sure to check-in at Honokohau Marina North Boat Ramp 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide English and Japanese (upon availability)
  • Age restriction: minimum age 4 years old; maximum age 65 years old
  • Not recommended for pregnant women in an advanced pregnancy
  • Supplier's cancellation policy is 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience for a full refund. Cancellations made within 48 hours of the start date of the experience will receive no refund.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hang Loose Boat Tours

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • 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 Kealakekua Bay and Wild Dolphin Adventure?
This activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Don't take any other snorkel tour dolphin trip, this one blows them out of the water." See review
  • "A must to add to your to-do list on Big Island!" See review
  • "This is the second time that I have taken this excursion, and it’s truly worth every penny." See review


186 Reviews
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Great Experience
, Mar 2020
We had an awesome time. Nathan Jacob couldn’t have been more helpful or more accommodating. Saw dolphins and whales. Great snorkeling. Good snacks and sandwiches. Pick this boat!
Swimming with the Dolphins
, Feb 2020
Great day with Adam and Jacob swimming with the dolphins, snorkeling and having lunch at Captain Cooks cove
Swimming with the dolphins
, Feb 2020
This was an awesome trip. Guides were very knowledgeable and fun to spend time with. Very accommodating and easy going. We saw whales on the start of our trip and were fortunate to swim with the dolphins on two occasions. They moved and we followed and were able to interact again. Everyone on our boat that entered the water was able to see and swim with theses beautiful animals. We end up in captain cooks bay where the snorkelling was as good as anywhere in the world. Lots of fish. Excellent lunch and a safe trip home. This is a 4-4.5 hour trip. Lots of time to search for sea mammals and to interact with them. I highly recommend Hang Loose boat tours. The highlight of our Big Island Vacation Gary
Dolphin swim and snorkeling
, Feb 2020
Great snorkeling band dolphin swim with wonderful guides. Only negative was the rough waters on the ride home, obviously not to be helped. I would recommend this company to go on a tour with, for sure.
Lifetime Trip !
, Feb 2020
The most wonderful tour I have been in in a lifetime ! Tiger sharks, dolphin , humpback whales and so many fish on the reef !! Adam and Jacob beyond knowledgeable and so much fun. They know where to take you !! The best !!
Not as described.
, Jan 2020
The main reason I booked this “adventure” was to swim with the dolphins and our guides didn’t even try. They took us to Kealakekua Bay and along the coast and that’s it. Also departure was scheduled for 8am and we didn’t leave until 9am. The tour is advertised for 4 to 4.5 hours but ours was only 3. If you wanna swim with dolphins, go with a different company that actually makes that experience a priority.
, Jan 2020
The boat was nice and there was shad or sun; the service was great...they came around asking if we need something all the time. they were really nice. swimming with the dolphins was the highlight of this tour (it should be the captain cook snorkeling which was great but for me it was the dolphins!
Great crew!
, Jan 2020
The ocean was very rough and it was difficult to find spinner dolphins. After 3 tries we went to Captain Cooks snorkeling area. Area is easy swimming with lots of beautiful colored fish. Lunch sandwiches, snacks and drinks were delicious. Crew want helpful friendly and knowledgeable.
When everyone backs out and you have a private tour
, Dec 2019
High seas got everyone to bog out, except us. Danny and Candice were competent, calming influence to safely deliver a once in a lifetime experience of the Na Pali coastline.
Ronnie B
, Nov 2019
Very enjoyable experience, the Captain and crew were friendly and knowledgeable. They delivered all that was advertised!

Product code: 8571P2

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