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Dolphin Essence

Honokohau Marina, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-896-7391
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A Peak Life Experience

Dolphin Essence gives you an experience like no other for swimming with Spinner Dolphins. We’ve... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2017
mvisbal
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Yellow Springs, Ohio
AWESOME! Super experience! Top!

It was incredible! You could swim with the dolphins, more than 50 dolphins surrounding us. JOhn is... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
MO72
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Madrid
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Wild dolphin swims and humpback whale watching
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Honokohau Marina, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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+1 808-896-7391

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Reviewed 12 August 2017

Dolphin Essence gives you an experience like no other for swimming with Spinner Dolphins. We’ve done it twice with John and both times qualified as a Peak Life Experience. John has been taking small groups to see the dolphins for 25 years. He’s not in...More

Thank mvisbal
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

It was incredible! You could swim with the dolphins, more than 50 dolphins surrounding us. JOhn is very profesional, high standard, knowledge and respect to the animals. Our 3 kids enjoyed the most in our trip to the Big Island. Mahalo John

Thank MO72
john f, Owner at Dolphin Essence, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

What a great time we all had. It was so fun having you onboard the boat!

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

John is truly a dolphine whisperer. Before we went put on our trip, he sang a Hawaiian chant or song it was so beautiful. It felt as though we were surrounded by dolphins the entire time we were out at sea. You can just tell...More

Thank tmsalley
john f, Owner at Dolphin Essence, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

What a magical day! Just when you think it can't get any better, it does! Thanks for joining us.

Reviewed 17 October 2016

This was a very well-organized, environmentally-conscious operation. We were instructed not to swim toward, kick in the water or attempt to touch the dolphins. They also made sure that we applied sunscreen before boarding the boats to minimize the wash off that can damage the...More

Thank Michelle P
Reviewed 6 August 2016

It was spectacular to swim with dolphins & watch their joy & grace from the boat too. Also wonderful to see John's love & respect for them.

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john f, Owner at Dolphin Essence, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

It really is the highlight of the holiday to swim with the dolphins. Thanks for being with us.

Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

We had the boat just for us, so we've got a lot of time to find quiet places with the Dolphins. We've seen lots of those beautiful creatures. John knows how it works. Thanks a lot for a great day!!! 🐬🐬🐬

Thank ruppert100
john f, Owner at Dolphin Essence, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Thanks so much for making this a great day out with the dolphins. So incredible!

Reviewed 22 July 2016

John brings a kind spirit to the experience and takes it seriously. I appreciate his respect for the dolphins. He has a seasoned intuition and the perfect sized boat to maneuver into the right positions. I was fortunate to have swam above a circling pod...More

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john f, Owner at Dolphin Essence, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Such a magical experience. I love sharing the dolphin swim with you!

Reviewed 11 February 2016

John is an authentic being whose professionalism, knowledge, experience and wisdom of the water and it's creatures is evident in how he conducts his outings/excursions. Our trip to sea with John was a highlight of our Big Island adventures. The dolphin encounters were magnificent, I...More

Thank Lo L
john f, Owner at Dolphin Essence, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

I love the fact that you really appreciate the sacredness of our journeys with the dolphins and whales in their ocean home. So heart opening!

Reviewed 29 August 2015

I’ve been out with John four times over the last few years. I’ve never been disappointed on any of those adventures. Dropping into the water and being surrounded by dolphins and hearing them is truly an amazing experience. I don’t know how John keeps an...More

Thank HappyGirl1995
Reviewed 11 July 2015

All home in Oz now, met up and reviewed our experience. We just experienced such a magic day and all loved John and his energy, knowledge so very much. Thanks for the amazing adventure and connections to our dolphin/whale families! Just a highlight of experience...More

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