Combine the magic of swimming with wild dolphins off the Kona coast with an amazing snorkel adventure in stunning Kealakekua Bay. Set out from the Big Island to locate the dolphins, then hop in the water to see them play from up close ... More info ›
Combine the magic of swimming with wild dolphins off the Kona coast with an amazing snorkel adventure in stunning Kealakekua Bay. Set out from the Big Island to locate the dolphins, then hop in the water to see them play from up close. Then continue to one of Hawaii’s best snorkeling spots where you snorkel around the colorful coral reef with a variety of fish. As you cruise past lava tubes, sea caves, and perhaps even whales and sea turtles, your guide shares informative commentary with your small group, limited to 14 people.
Make your own way to Keauhou Bay in the morning to meet your experienced guide. After a safety briefing, board your boat — a rigid hull inflatable raft equipped with a sun shade — and head out on the ocean to look for wild dolphins. When your guide locates a pod, your boat stops so that you can meet the dolphins. Wearing the provided mask and snorkel, hop into the water as the dolphins arrive to play. You may hear excited whistles and splashes from the amazing creatures as they swim, eat, jump, and, if you’re lucky, show off with their babies. Admire the grace and strength of the curious dolphins as you swim and watch them at close quarters.
Once you have experienced the wild dolphins, your boat heads to Kealakekua Bay, a protected marine sanctuary for more than 30 years and considered one of the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii. The bay typically has excellent visibility with a variety of multi-colored fish and coral to delight both experienced and novice snorkelers.
Your guide points out the Captain Cook Monument, located where the Hawaiian village of Kaawaloa once stood on the edge of the bay. Both the monument and the village form an important part of Hawaii’s history, as Captain Cook first came ashore in Hawaii at the village and later perished there.
Throughout the 5-hour tour, your guide shares informative commentary about Hawaii’s marine life, geology and history. You may get close to sea caves and lava tubes as your boat cruises along the coast and you might even see whales and sea turtles on the open water. While on the boat, your guide provides snacks, drinks and a deli lunch to refuel your energy during the adventure.
At the end of a memorable tour, your guide returns your small group to Keauhou Bay.
Please note: The tour aims to snorkel at Kealakekua Bay after the dolphin swim. However, an alternate site may be substituted due to the unpredictable location of wild dolphins.