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Wild Dolphins and Reef Snorkel Kealakekua Bay provided by C Big Island Tours

Wild Dolphins and Reef Snorkel Kealakekua Bay

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2 adults
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Head out on a snorkel adventure to Kealakekua Bay on this tour from Kailua-Kona. Visit the sea caves and local landmarks while listening to commentary from your tour guide. Learn about how the sea caves were formed, then jump in with provided gear to search for marine life, such as dolphins, sea turtles, and tropical fish.
  • Enjoy a snorkel tour of Kealakekua Bay
  • Search for native animals, such as dolphins, sea turtles, and tropical fish
  • Learn about the local environment and pass the Captain Cook monument
  • Satisfy your hunger with an included lunch and refreshments
What to Expect
Make your own way to Honokohau Harbor in Kailua-Kona to begin your tour with a group of 16 or fewer. Sail south toward Kealakekua Bay and pass sites, such as the Captain Cook Monument, as the crew gives informative commentary about the history of the area. If weather permits, explore the nearby sea caves—unusual rock formations—which are only accessible by water. Snorkel around the bay to observe colorful coral and tropical fish. Keep a lookout for green sea turtles and dolphins that are usually seen swimming around these waters with their pods. Enjoy refreshments and a light lunch before heading back to the harbor.
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Important Information
Departure Point
74 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Snorkel gear
  • Lunch, snacks and refreshments
  • Flotation devices
  • Professional captain and crew
  • Gratuities
  • Towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • For adults who prefer not to snorkel but just ride along, pricing is the same as a child
  • Boat is not wheelchair accessible
  • Weight restriction: 275 lbs
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Skycaptain220 wrote a review Oct. 2019
5 contributions
My wife and I booked the activity but had some issues with the date I originally picked. Mar was so amazing and help me change the date. The crew on the boat were very funny and interactive. I highly recommend it!!
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from Oletocbig, Owner at Wild Dolphins and Reef Snorkel Kealakekua Bay
Responded Oct. 29, 2019
I remember this from other day :) So glad it worked out and we were happy to accommodate ! Mar is a great part of our team!
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kristenamelia90 wrote a review Oct. 2019
10 contributions2 helpful votes
It was a good tour, but we felt really cheated because we specifically paid for this tour to swim with wild dolphins like the photos show, and we were not ever allowed to swim with dolphins. The boat is really nice and relaxing, has a bathroom, the crew is great and picked us
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Response from Oletocbig, Owner at Wild Dolphins and Reef Snorkel Kealakekua Bay
Responded Oct. 26, 2019
Aloha Kristen, happy to have you join us on a spectacular day. Remember this trip is not with dolphins in captivity. Our beautiful spinners are wild and even though they come swim with us 90-95% of the time, it is not guaranteed. Neither do we advertise guarantee. When the dolphins are swimming in the bay that is a boating zone and we, nor any other company, are ABSOLUTELY not allowed to let allowed to put passengers in a dangerous boating zone. That is why the captain let you at least view them from the boat. If you would like to specifically swim with dolphins guaranteed I would recommend Sea World or the Hilton where dolphins are in captivity. Mahalo
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Liz wrote a review Aug. 2019
Chicago, Illinois2 contributions
We recently went on the dolphin snorkel excursion with Kris as our tour guide and had an excellent time. It was a small intimate group of 6 which was perfect, so we could take our time and Kris catered the tour to our liking. We were able to snorkel with the spinner dolphins
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Date of experience: August 2019
Response from Oletocbig, Owner at Wild Dolphins and Reef Snorkel Kealakekua Bay
Responded Aug. 7, 2019
Wow thanks for the spectacular review! Swimming with the wild dolphins is one of my personal favorites also. The dolphin reef snorkel really is a spectacular trip and Captain Kris really is the icing on the cake. So glad you promoted him BEST TOUR GUIDE EVER! He will be so excited to read this.
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Yipsel S wrote a review Jul. 2019
1 contribution
Really nice crew and overall experience. Was able to see dolphins, and the amazing life on the coral reef. Even saw a reef shark! Definitely recommend
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Date of experience: July 2019
Response from Oletocbig, Owner at Wild Dolphins and Reef Snorkel Kealakekua Bay
Responded Jul. 29, 2019
Thank you Yipsel for your review. Much appreciated. Last week we had whale sharks ( harmless of coarse ) which also was a really neat experience.
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Cheryl C wrote a review Jul. 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan34 contributions16 helpful votes
We took the Dolphin snorkel trip in July with Captain Kris, and we were thrilled throughout the journey. Captain Kris was professional, entertaining and found us 3 pods of spinner dolphins to snorkel with. It was a terrific experience and Captain Kris and the C Big Island was
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Date of experience: July 2019
Response from Oletocbig, Owner at Wild Dolphins and Reef Snorkel Kealakekua Bay
Responded Jul. 25, 2019
Aloha Cheryl, we were happy to have you join us and so glad you had an excellent experience with the dolphins and snorkel trip. Thanks for taking the time for an excellent review.
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By: C Big Island Tours
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