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Dolphin Discovery - Kona’s Original Swim with Dolphins Tour (from Keauhou Bay)


Set out on a search for wild spinner dolphins! Kona’s first and original “Swim with Dolphins” Adventure! Spot and swim with wild dolphins on this 4 hr adventure with one of Kona’s most experienced dolphin tour company, Dolphin Discoveries!

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Dolphin Sighting Guarantee (until 2020/12/31)

We are extremely proud of our “Dolphin View” record being nearly 98%. However, if for any reason we are unable to view Dolphin on the day and time you have joined us, we will gladly offer you an opportunity go out a second time at no additional charge on a space available basis. Therefore, we recommend you plan your Dolphin Discovery Adventure early in your vacation.

- Based on space availability.
- This non-transferable offer allows you to reschedule your tour for free; it does not entitle you to a refund.

Set out with Dolphin Discoveries on Kona’s original dolphin swim and snorkel adventure, a 4 hour cruise focused on locating and spending time with the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins. With over 20 years of experience observing and interacting with these animals, a great amount of care and respect is given to our ocean friends, guaranteeing that your interaction with the dolphins will not disturb their natural behaviors. If conditions permit, you will be able to observe the dolphins in the water, but it is very important not to disturb them mid-rest. Your guides will assist you in the proper viewing etiquette without upsetting their natural cycles. You may get to swim with the dolphins depending on where they are, and what they are doing during the tour's duration.

Are we guaranteed to swim with the dolphins?

Dolphin Discoveries is very proud of their 98% success rate of locating dolphins and letting them choose whether or not they want to swim with us. However the utmost care and respect is given to the dolphins as to not disturb their rest, nursing and breeding behaviors. For this reason, swimming in the ocean with dolphins cannot be guaranteed.

While swimming in the ocean with the dolphins is not guaranteed, you are guaranteed to view dolphins from the boat. If you do not spot any dolphins from the boat during your cruise you will be offered an opportunity to go out a second time depending on availability. For this reason, it is recommended to book this tour towards the beginning of your stay on the Big Island as their are no refunds if you do not see dolphins or whales.

Boat Information:
Name: Whalesong Kai Mana (Ocean Spirit) Nai'a Nui (Many Dolphins)
Capacity: 12 Passengers 6 Passengers 12 Passengers
Type: Rigid Inflatable Boats  (RIB)
Safety: Lifeguard-certified crew members on board
Accessibility: The boats are not wheelchair accessible
Amenities: Our boats are rigid hull inflatable vessels, they're built for speed in getting us to our destination and back. Boats offer high-speed rides as well as comfort and fun! All of our boats offer shade. There are dry storage, life jackets, and other flotation devices on board. There are no bathrooms on board. With that in mind, we suggest you plan ahead and use the facilities near our check-in location before you depart.
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GE Tax and Harbor Fee included
  • Duration: 4.5 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Beverages / Flotation devices / Snacks / Guide
Package detail / Schedule
Schedule & Location
  • Schedule
  • Check-in
    Time & Location
  • Check-out
    Time & Location

  • 07:30 Check-in
  • 07:30 Dolphin Discovery Adventure (4.5 hrs)
  • 12:00 Check-out
    • Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.
    • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
    • Children 8 years old and above can participate in this activity.
    • Guests must be below 285 lbs (129 kg) to participate in this activity.
    • Guests should have some snorkel/swimming experience and be comfortable in the ocean.
    • Guests must be able to speak, read & understand English well enough to sign a waiver and comprehend safety instructions.
    • If less than 4 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Swimsuit
Requirement(s) - Others
    • Participants are required to sign a liability waiver at the time of check-in.
Additional Note(s)
    • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
    • All participants who go in the water must wear a flotation device.
    • Dolphin sightings are not guaranteed.
Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
    • You can book a maximum of 12.
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Are you required to wear a life jacket?
  • No, but they are on board in case of an emergency.
Do I need to be able to swim to participate?
  • Yes, you will be dropped into the water with dolphins so you do need to be able to swim.
How far in advance should I book this activity?
  • We recommend booking at least a few days in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last minute availability is often possible, but limited.
Is there a safe place to store my belongings while on tour?
  • Yes, there is dry storage on the boat
Can I swim with dolphins on this tour?
  • Yes, you will get to be in the water as the dolphins swim by you.
What kind of boats will be used?
  • All the six to twelve passenger RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) that offer high-speed rides as well as comfort and fun!
Will we see whales?
  • Every year Humpback Whales migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii, and although not guaranteed, they are often seen between the months of December and April.
What kinds of snacks are served on the boat?
  • The menu includes an array of tropical fruit, cheeses, and crackers.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
Credit card payment
Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 18:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
USD 149.72
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(4.65/5.00) 4.65 / 5
(23 reviews)

Pick-up Not available
Duration 4.5 hour(s)
Availability Daily


by: Maria Christiansen
Absolutly awsome!!! Mike knew excatly where to drop us in the water and we got the dolphins right in our heads almost every time. So cool to experience that!!!
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by: Leah
Cannot miss an opportunity to try this. Unforgettable! Well organized and professional crew
by: Alexis Albert
We had Kim and Captin Alexia. They were both AMAZING!! They were both super nice and always helped to direct us which way the dolphins were coming from. They made something new and scary into an excit...more

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Dolphin Discovery - Kona’s Original Swim with Dolphins Tour (from Keauhou Bay)