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Wild Dolphin and Reef Snorkel

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Kalaoa, United States
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icon3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

From the moment you see their silvery backs appear in the cobalt waters, to the moment you're swimming right alongside and hearing their high pitched clicks, there's an enchanting rush of tropical adrenaline that accompanies swimming with dolphins. Here off the Kona coast of the Big Island, Hawaiian Spinner dolphins are year round residents that ply the volcanic shore, and this tour offers local, professional captains who know where to look to find them. In addition to watching and swimming with dolphins, you'll also snorkel with tropical fish in some of Hawaii's clearest water, before returning back to shore in Kona with an experience you'll never forget.
  • Swim with wild dolphins off Kona
  • Snorkel with colorful, tropical reef fish
  • Tour the volcanic Kona coast
  • Hear local history from a knowledgeable guide
  • All snorkeling gear included
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Beverages
Bottled water
Light refreshments
Snacks
Driver/guide
Use of snorkel equipment and wetsuit
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Underwater disposable camera is available for purchase on board
GoPro rental (upon availability -call to reserve)

Departure Point

Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA

Departure Time

8:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not recommended for pregnant women in advanced pregnancy
  • Age restriction: minimum age allowed is 4 years old; maximum age allowed is 65 years old, unless approved by the supplier
  • Things to bring: swimsuit, change of clothes, beach towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, long sleeve jacket or shirt
  • Supplier's cancellation policy is 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience for a full refund. Cancellations made within 48 hours of the start date of the experience will receive no refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hang Loose Boat Tours

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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Wild Dolphin and Reef Snorkel?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Wild Dolphin and Reef Snorkel.

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  • "If swimming with wild dolphins is exciting to you, this experience is totally worth it." See review

Reviews

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Dolphins and whales oh my!
Daniel_T
, Mar 2020
This boat is fantastic. It’s big and stable and rides well. A double hauled aluminum boat is much more than others I saw. For instance I saw many other people in zodiac boats which would not have been as good. A zodiac or small boat with ten people is not conducive to a full half day out at sea. We swam with dolphins two times. We saw whales. The reef was superb and the snacks were quite nice. This trip was everything advertised and more. We were done once we arrived afternoon. Was fantastic! The crew is very professional. Gives all the help and responsive. Their knowledge and demeanor were reassuring. We had several kids on this trip and so is perfect for families. I highly recommend!
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Big Island snorkel
marnettbel
, Nov 2019
Awesome!!! Crew was amazing made sure everyone had an opportunity to see the dolphins up close. Tour a must when you visit the big island.
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Amazing
ScottyD77
, Jul 2019
We did the dolphin swim and snorkeling departing at 8.00am and it was faultless. From the moment we checked in the whole tour was extremely professional and entertaining. We stopped 3 time to swim with the dolphins seeing two big pods. The snorkeling and lunch after was the cherry on the cake of a wonderful morning. We had also done the night Manta Ray snorkel with hang loose and that was also amazing. The Captain the Crew the equipment and the boats we experienced were second to none. It was our first trip to the island from Australia and would highly recommend Hang Loose 🤙
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Amazing time!
cece924
, Jul 2019
What a great experience this was swimming with dolphins with my niece! It was so surreal to see them right under you. The staff was great especially when I had a bout of motion sickness. We also saw a baby whale shark up close and personal which was awesome! Lastly, snorkeling through the Captain Cook reef was like swimming in an aquarium. Definitely the highlight of my trip to the Big Island! Highly recommend!
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Wonderful experience!
Mariam C
, Jun 2019
Exceeded expectations. Guides were great and accommodating to my entire family young and old. Definitely recommend
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Dolphin/Reef Snorkel
soniamC6705BG
, Jun 2019
This was an excellent outing. The boat ride was wonderful and lunch/drinks were provided. Swimming with the dolphins was an incredible experience, as was the snorkeling in a marine sanctuary. The crew and equipment were fantastic. Definitely a must do!!
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Great day
Y5931HHians
, May 2019
From start to finish was a wonderful day.the crew were very helpful and informative. The dolphin swim and reef snorkel was eveything it was meant to be and more. Would recommend this to anyone.
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Amazing Dolphin Experience
Rebecca N
, Nov 2018
If swimming with wild dolphins is exciting to you, this experience is totally worth it. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The snorkeling area was pretty crowded, but I think that's to be expected. Swimming with dolphins was absolutely what made the day for me. You get multiple opportunities to get off the boat and swim right alongside the dolphins.
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Swimming with wild dolphins - what...
Karen M
, Jan 2018
Swimming with wild dolphins - what more is there to say? A lot! Our guide, Troy, and boat captain whose name I can't remember, were super friendly, funny and appropriately concerned with both our experience and our safety. We were dropped three times, and saw dolphins streaming by each time. The reef snorkle was fantastic, too, as was the snack advertised, which was actually a large tray of three kinds of croissant sandwiches. Lots of beverages and salty and sweet snacks were offered throughout. We'd do this again if ever back in Kona.
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Such a great experience to be able...
orchardmelissa
, Aug 2017
Such a great experience to be able to swim with the dolphins!! Tour was well organized and the hosts really friendly and looked after us well! Thank you!
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