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Kailua-Kona, United States
Dolphin Encounter and Reef Snorkel

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

Overview

Enjoy two Hawaiian underwater adventures for the price of one with this 4-hour combination dolphin-swimming encounter and snorkeling trip. Start by exploring the 600+ species of marine life like sea turtles, coral and tropical fish that call the reefs of Kealakekua Bay home. Then meet up with a local pod of wild spinner dolphins for an optional swimming session. A trip choice without the dolphin swimming portion is also available.
  • Snorkel among some of the 600+ species of marine that call Kealakekua Bay home
  • Learn about Kealakekua Bay's connection with British explorer Captain Cook
  • Jump in the water with a pod of wild spinner dolphins on an optional swimming experience
  • Great way to get an in-depth look at Hawaii's amazing marine life
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Bottled water
Snacks
Professional guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy #1, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Please join us at Bite Me Sportfishing Logo and Charter Shop.

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet in front the ‘Bite Me’ sport fishing store at the Big Island’s Honokohau Harbor. You’ll continue by 46-foot (14-meter) boat to the marine life sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay, also home to the historic marker for seafarer Captain Cook. During the ride make to watch for views of the Big Island’s sea caves and volcanic lava flows.

Spend the next 45 minutes of your trip enjoying snorkeling amidst the area’s mix of vibrant reefs. Depending on where you go you might see creatures like sea turtles, coral, tropical fish, and much more. During the winter, Humpback whales have been known to frequent the area as well. Once you’re back up on deck, you’ll also learn about the historical significance of the area, known for its connection to British explorer Captain Cook.

Continue your trip by heading out to find the pod of wild spinner dolphins that frequents the bay. Those who selected the dolphin swimming package will then have the opportunity to jump in the water with these wild fish, a magical experience that is sure to delight. You’ll return back to the harbor at the conclusion of your trip.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants four and under must provide their own life vests
  • Collasible wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bite Me Sportfishing

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.

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 Dolphin Encounter and Reef Snorkel?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Reviews

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star-5
Fantastic
Michelle_P
, Sep 2021
Seeing the dolphins was awesome. The crew made several attempts for us to get in the water with the dolphins. It was such a cool experience. We also went snorkeling at a really nice location
star-5
The Palmer’s
Joyce_P
, Sep 2021
This was awesome the crew were great and deserve a huge raise the best experience I could’ve had and will do it again
star-4
Good experience and kind service
Joe_H
, Aug 2021
Very kind and professional ! We saw dolphins and many other fishes. Both adults and kids enjoyed the tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Worth every penny!
kmschaef
, Aug 2021
Lana, Rory and Cody were excellent. They gave us such a great trip! A pod of bottlenose dolphin chases and played with our boat on the way out. We looked for manta rays and pilot whales which was fun even though we didn’t have any luck. We stopped at 2 snorkel spots and both had a nice variety of fish with excellent visibility. The team was educated and knowledgeable on the wildlife. It was a great day!
star-5
Wheelchair
Stephanie_B
, Aug 2021
The crew was awesome. Eventhough I'm in a wheelchair they made sure I had a good time. They also paid attention to my family's sunburn. They let us hold sea creatures.
star-5
Great experience!
Laura_B
, Aug 2021
Crew were interactive and experienced, quality time snorkeling and gorgeous views above and below water!!
star-4
Good snorkeling and able to catch some views of a sea lion and dolphins
Ryan_B
, Aug 2021
This was a good tour but I have some mixed feelings. You're not going to swim with dolphins so get that out of your head now. Dolphins are nocturnal and while some of the other boat companies let their attendees into the water to swim with them, this one won't b/c they want to protect the dolphins while they are sleeping, and good for them. The dolphins just swim away anyway, however, a several did ride our wake and come around the boat. As far as the snorkeling, we did go to this placed called the Chimney which had some very deep parts to it but with the clear water you could see the bottom nearly 40 ft. down. It was a nice spot. We then went to a second spot for a more shallow reef and spent some time there as well. Overall, it was pretty good but be prepared to spend some time on the boat getting where you need to go and pack reef safe sunscreen.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing
Layani_G
, Aug 2021
It was amazing. They was generous and they make you feel comfortable. Help you even if don’t how to swim.
star-5
Extremely amazing experience
Cati_G
, Jul 2021
This trip was INCREDIBLE!! The staff were very knowledgeable and attentive. Tory and Cher were the best guides in the water. We got super lucky and encountered a playful pod of dolphins who swam right up to us while we snorkeled. I’ve snorkeled all over the pacific and Caribbean and being this close to wild dolphins was a first. Worth every penny!! Thank you BiteMe!
star-5
Swimming with dolphins
Steven_H
, Jul 2021
Best experience on our trip. We had a great time. My grand daughter and wife loved the experience. I would recommend this to everyone.

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