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Dolphin Encounter and Kealakekua Bay Reef Snorkel provided by Ocean Encounters

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Dolphin Encounter and Kealakekua Bay Reef Snorkel

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Book a scenic boat ride through Kealakekua Bay that offers the chance to snorkel along the Kealakekua Bay Reef before taking you to a prime dolphin-spectating location. On this expertly organized tour, marine-life lovers can spot more than 600 different species throughout the journey. Plus, while onboard, learn about the history of the bay and see the Captain Cook monument.
  • Enjoy a combo tour with the chance to swim with dolphins, sea turtles, and tropical fish
  • Learn about the bay’s history and environment from your guide
  • You can choose a more affordable option that includes the reef snorkel but not swimming with dolphins
  • Combining two trips lets you see more in one day
Important Information
Departure Point
Bite Me Sport Fishing- Kona Deep Sea Fishing Charters, 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy #1, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Pam H wrote a review Mar 2020
Des Moines, Iowa156 contributions53 helpful votes
Justin and Rory gave us a great experience swimming with dolphins. Saw several large pods. Snorkeling was just ok, but the dolphins made it a great trip. The crew was good to point our whales. I had better whale pictures from this trip than with a whale watching trip!
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Date of experience: February 2020
Bailstorm wrote a review Feb 2020
Victoria, Canada13 contributions
We signed up for the Dolphin Encounter and Kealakekua Bay Snorkelling Tour. There were four of us at $135 each. We specifically signed up to do both of these experiences. When I called to book I specifically asked if it went to the Kealakekua Bay as advertised and was told yes.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Wanning J wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution
We had a great time. The crew were super nice. We went down the water 3 times. We saw a big pod of spinner dolphins about 10 meters from us in the water. We also drove north and saw a big whale. We also snorkeled in some nice reef with lots of fish. Water was a big cold though.
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Date of experience: January 2020
ebinder wrote a review Jan 2020
3 contributions
Taylor and Rory led our family on a day we will never forget. Swimming with the spinner dolphins in the wild is one of the highlights of a life. We were also fortunate to see whales very close multiple times and were followed by very playful bottleneck dolphins on the way in.
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Bitey wrote a review Aug 2019
3 contributions3 helpful votes
Captains Taylor and Mollie went out of their way to deliver our just-right-sized group of passengers an exceptional trip. We had just wanted to see and snorkel with colorful reef fish at Kealakekua Bay. We spent lots of time there, with Mollie pointing out and sometimes
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Date of experience: August 2019
About the operator

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By: Ocean Encounters
Worst experience in Kona
This was my third time going diving with the manta rays, the other times were with other companies. I highly recom
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A must do !
This is a MUST do on the Island! We booked via Hawaii Discount with Ocean Encounters. I highly recommend them. They
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Highly Recommend Dolphin Tour!
I did the Dolphin Encounters tour. We swam in a pod of 100 dolphins 4 times!!! It was the most incredible experienc
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Whale watching
Crew very knowledgeable and personable enjoyed every minute: but your map for directions is wrong, they are no long
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Amazing experiences and beautiful scenaries
That was the first time for me to experience a whale watching. It was really exciting to see whales come out of the
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Manta ray night snorkel delivered!
Manta ray night snorkel delivered! Great boat and crew, would absolutely recommend and would go again.
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Mark A
Great Whales thank goodness
Watching today was amazing. Captain n deck hand were "serviceable" on this afternoon. They added very little insigh
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Dolphin snorkeling encounters then night Mantaray snorkeling
We did the night Mantaray and we were in the water with a mantaray giving us the best show ever. You would think is
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Amazing trip. Will remember forever.
We saw so many whales. They were everywhere. Mums and their babies came right up to the boat and stayed with us f
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Captains are awesome!
Such a wonderful experience. The sunset was amazing from the boat and the captains were friendly and made it so fun
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Otherworldly Experience!
We had an eventful adventure. On the way to the snorkeling site, we spotted two humpback whales along with dolphin
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A tremendously exciting evening swimming with these enormous gentle giants.
After a brief synopsis of the rules, and putting on your wet suit, you board the Hawaiian traditional canoe, which
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Skyland S
The BEST part of our trip!
I can’t even describe the amazing time we had in enough detail. The staff were fantastic. The equipment was great.
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Manta Ray Snorkel
What a great trip! The guys were very helpful and we saw several mantra rays up close and personal. I could swear
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Best ocean adventure on island
WOW is all I can say! This was my first trip with my partner and a Christmas gift for him. Ocean encounters really
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  • Duration: 4h
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