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Swim with Dolphins on Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii

Kailua-Kona, United States
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


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. The utmost respect and care are given to our aquatic friends to assure that we do not disrupt their rest, nursing and breeding behaviors. Depending on where and when we locate the dolphins there may also be time for a quick snorkel at one of the many beautiful reef areas along the Kona coast line, quite possibly Kealakekua Bay.
  • Combination dolphin and snorkeling adventure
  • See wild dolphins in their natural environment
  • Naturalist guides who respects 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 for your crew always appreciated
Please bring towel, cover-up & easy to remove shoes
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

We launch from the boat ramp dock at KEAUHOU BAY, Kailua-Kona. Parking is on the street. Walk past boat trailer parking to boat ramp. Look to your right for our crew checking in guests at picnic table next to restrooms. Always allow 20-30 minutes’ drive time from airport or downtown Kailua- Kona.

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
  • Minors 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
  • Our vessels are RHIBS (seating is on a pontoon).
  • We have a 48 hour cancellation policy. Please contact us for a refund if cancelling more than 48 hour prior to scheduled tour.
  • 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

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 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.
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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218 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Fun times
, Sep 2021
I genuinely loved this experience! We saw dolphins but my favorite part was actually the snorkel at Captain Cook. Shelly and Jen (our captain and crew) were so awesome and knowledgeable.
Dolphin swimming
, Aug 2021
This was a great tour! We were able to swim with a pod of dolphins and then had time to snorkel too. Additionally, we saw eagle rays and a tiger shark. Captain Shelley was a great guide and gave us the history of the area too.
cant go wrong with this trip!!
, Aug 2021
The guys were awesome and knowledgeable. They made sure everybody had a good time. well worth the money!!
Very respectful of the dolphins
, Aug 2021
I really like Shelly our captain. He maintained the respect for the dolphins and kept us safe while swimming. Unfortunately there were a few other tour boats out there who where not. People chasing the dolphins around and swimming in the channel where boats come in and out. So our boat barely had anytime in the water with the dolphins. It’s a bummer that the people who broke the rules got the reward of the dolphins. We did have a fun boat ride to captain cook and had some beautiful reef snorkeling. He also taught us some history which we enjoyed. I wish everyone was ethical like this company. But I also wish we had more dolphin time/experience and less of everything else as it’s a dolphin tour.
Snorkeling better than dolphins
, Aug 2021
The best snorkeling ever! Swimming with the dolphins was great too.. but don’t get the impression you’re going to get very close to them. The crew was saying ‘they were right next to your face’ and No, they weren’t! Not sure why they say that.. obviously I know how close they were. Swam with them coming into view and not for about 40-50 minutes.. then into great snorkeling. So many fish!
All around perfect first experience!
, Aug 2021
Knowledgeable, fun and friendly crew, excellent swim with dolphins and snorkel at Captain Cook’s. Loved the history along the way.
Dolphins & Capt. Cook Snorkeling
, Jul 2021
Capt. Shelly and his wife were awesome. Very knowledgeable and created a fun experience for everyone on board. We got to swim with the wild dolphins, and the snorkeling at Capt. Cook was amazing.
, Jul 2021
AMAZING! Saw many dolphins. Pod of dolphins swam beneath us & next to us.Snorkled with beautiful fish.Crew was informative and kind. A must do while in the big island.
Loved it
, Jun 2021
The captain was very knowledgeable and provided a great experience. He had knowledge of the island that added depth to the experience. My teenage kids and I had a great time.
Loved it!
, May 2021
This is an awesome tour! It was great to see the dolphins so close! The guides are very nice and the boat trip and snorkeling are a great bonus! Loved it!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Mahalo for the 5 star review! We are so happy that you loved our wild dolphin adventure! We do hope that we can see you the next time you visit Big Island.

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