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Swim with Dolphins Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii

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Kailua-Kona, United States

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

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Overview

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. Slip into the water and swim alongside these playful mammals, then enjoy a snorkeling excursion in Kealakekua Bay.
  • Combination dolphin and snorkeling adventure
  • See wild dolphins in their natural environment
  • Naturalist guides who respect 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
Please bring towel and cover-up
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

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
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for child under 8
  • 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. However, we do offer a re-ride on a space available basis.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Must be under 285lbs
  • Must be able to climb up a latter to get back in the boat
  • Not recommended for travelers with neck problems
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dolphin Discoveries

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Swim with Dolphins Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Swim with Dolphins Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Swim with Dolphins 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 Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Swim with Dolphins Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Swim with Dolphins Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii.

Reviews

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Carol_M
, Nov 2020
Good adventure. Wish then captain knew more about dolphins that he could have educated us. After signing up for the swim I read how it can be threatening to the dolphins to have people trying to swim in their daytime rest areas and felt bad that we were doing that. So maybe look online and find out for yourself and decide. We enjoyed the boat ride and seeing the coastline of Hawaii and snorkeling as much as anything.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Carol, we do appreciate the 4 stars and feedback, but I am actually shocked by your review. We are 1000% an ethical wild dolphin swim company. Dolphin Discoveries assisted with writing the rules and regulations on how to snorkel with wild dolphin. That we are EXTREMELY proud of and carry proudly. Yes, there are discussions related to snorkeling with dolphin, which is nothing new. That is why we have guidelines and rules in place so that we may enjoy seeing the dolphin wild and free, like it should be and not in a pool. And I can assure you that we never run our tours after the dolphin start to settle into their rest state. We will, however, have a conversation with the Captain regarding your comment related to knowing more about the dolphin to ensure that he is relaying these rules and regulations according to our company standards. Thank you for your feedback and hope you are enjoying the rest of your stay.
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Fabulous day
Debra_W
, Mar 2020
We had a great time. We saw so many dolphins, and Mike was very knowledgeable. He also gave us great recommendations for restaurants.
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EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS!!
Flyin_soloSR
, Dec 2019
Captain Erika took us on an absolute adventure that I will never forget. We snorkeled with multiple pods of spinner dolphins in their natural habitat (the ocean). I loved that she reminded us not to chase after them and respect their space, which i felt made the dolphins want to swim close to us. Its an experience I will never forget, but wait there's more. I'm sure this doesn't happen on all trips, but we were able to get in the water with pilot whales and watch them swim by. She warned us in advance that there could possibly be sharks and that we signed a waiver if we decided to get in the water and to stay as close to the boat as possible if we decided to get in. I, of course, could not resist and saw a pilot whale with its calf. Sure enough we were in the water with oceanic white tips as well and as soon as someone saw them we rushed backed into the boat. I didn't even see them until I looked at my gopro video later. We even had time to check out the reef close to shore. I cannot express how much I enjoyed this tour and thank you again Captain Erika for a memorable trip.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
WOW! What an experience! Mahalo for the shout out to your Captain. We really respect the wild life and our opportunity to observe them in the wild. Mahalo nui for recognizing that. We would be trilled to see your video. It's not everyday that someone gets to see an oceanic white tip :) We hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay here on the BI. We would love to see you on your next trip! Dolphin Discoveries Team info@dolphindiscoveries.com #dolphindiscoverieshi
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