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Coral Reef Snorkel Adventures
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Swim with Wild Dolphins & Manta Rays everyday. Established in 2002 and still going strong; We have been the Winner of the Certificate of Excellence for 10 years now. We are a Big Island of Hawaii adventure for swimming with Dolphins & Manta Rays. Eco friendly, we follow the guidelines established to make our tours safe for the Manta Rays, dolphins and our guests. We are on the GREENLIST FOR MANTA RAY TOURS. ONLY CHOOSE A COMPANY THAT IS REGISTERED FOR SAFETY OF THE MANTA RAYS on the Green List. Morning Dolphin charters take you up the Kailua Kona coast to a pod of wild dolphins, usually 100 plus. Snorkel with them right next to you. Lunch & snacks included. Rated as #1 Night Manta Ray snorkel company by all the review web sites. These are the most exciting activities you'll do here. All gear included. These 2 activities with marine life will be a highlight of your trip. We take children of all ages.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed December 3, 2017 via mobile

We are a family of 3, with a 7 yr old son who is very solid in the water. We booked the morning dolphin swim/snorkel with Owner Ron.
We were happily greeted by owner Ron, his swim guide Chelsea , and boat captain Justin. Chelsea and Justin prepped and briefed us and we were aboard and under way without delay.
Immediately outside the harbor we encountered Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins and enjoyed observing them while learning more about them and in-water procedures. Chelsea led us on what was an amazing snorkel swim dubbed ‘dolphin cardio’ for quite some time. We were able to enjoy the dolphins without the ‘cattle boat’ crowds.
We later motored to another location where Justins eagle eyes spotted a manta near the surface. Again, Chelsea calmly led us on what was an amazing adventure with 3 mantas at a cleaning station. A Hawksbill turtle swam by to top it off.
We snorkeled a third reef with amazing fish and corals.
We would definitely go with them again. Justin and Chelsea were very personable, funny, and informative.

Thank Waterborn
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Reviewed November 30, 2017

The crew was AWESOME! Took our 3yr old and 5yr old and they were fantastic with them and us! Very friendly, knowledgeable, and caring. Would for sure do it again, although for us we told our kids this was a once in a lifetime experience. Emily had our 10yr old daughter doing small free dives by the end of the couple hours. I know it’s something she’ll never forget... protect the dolphins by swimming with them in their own environment, leave them untouched and admire their beauty.

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Reviewed November 26, 2017

We couldn't have been in better hands. Captain Emily, Captain Chelsea and Captain Justin took amazing care of us on both our trips with them. The first trip was with Emily and Justin for a morning Dolphin swim. They taught us about the wild spinner dolphins and how to interact with them without taking away from their natural environment. It was just my friend and I as well as our 10 yr old girls that went out. Very intimate and beautiful boat trip to the beautiful coast of Hawaii. Emily really took care of our girls and taught them everything they wanted or needed to know. Her special interest and education in Dolphin behaviour helped us learn even more then we could've imagined.

There were flying fish skimming through the waves as we jetted out to sea to find the spinner dolphins. When it was time to dive in, we slapped on our snorkels and got into the water. At first we couldn't see them and then the Dolphins out of curiosity swam up and it was as though they came to say hello .. It felt like we were swimming with the discovery channel!!

Next couple of nights we went out again with Captain Emily and Captain Chelsea to find the Manta Rays. The ballerinas of the sea! It was dark and eerie with plankton everywhere. We were attached to light up boards to attract the mantas. We waited a bit then they came up and did a show for us. They really are majestic creatures!!!

We will be going out with Coral reef dives again next time we come to Kona. We really loved the intimate adventures. Having just us and the Captains really elevated our experience.. They really know how to treat their guests.. I almost forgot to mention they also even fed us; their delectable macadamia nut brownies, yummy sandwiches, snacks and (non alcoholic) beverages!!

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Thank Charissa M
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Reviewed November 25, 2017

We had an amazing time with Chelsea and Emily on Thursday night. The tour size is small - just 6 of us on our evening tour. We caught a gorgeous sunset on the way out on the 5 pm tour on their clean and comfortable boat. The guides were friendly and well-organized. Chelsea took us around in the water and we saw at least 6 of these beautiful manta rays gracefully swooping through the water - and one came right up to the bottom of the surfboard! I'll never forget this incredible visit with these wild and beautiful creatures. It was absolutely awesome! The macadamia nut brownies on the moonlit ride back was a nice touch too!

Thank JPA3
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Reviewed November 24, 2017

Emily and Justin were awesome. Got into the water at just the right time. Small group of 6 so felt like a personal trip. Brownies were fabulous but the manta rays stole the show.

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Thank Jim R
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