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Kona Coast Dolphin Cruise Snorkeling & Swimming with Dolphins Tour


Swim along side Hawaiian spinner dolphins

Head out on a Hawaii wild dolphin swim in the clear waters off of the Kona coast and see the Hawaiian spinner dolphins in their natural habitat. A fun dolphin snorkeling adventure awaits with your expert local guide!

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The waters that surround the islands of Hawaii are home to countless marine creatures, and none are more popular than the many pods of Hawaiian spinner dolphins. The calm and shallow coastal areas of the Pacific Ocean are the ideal place to see these marine mammals, and with a convenient departure from Honokohau Harbor, you will be zooming along in no time. Your highly experienced captain and crew will seek out the areas where the dolphins like to play during the morning, and will show you the best way to passively swim alongside of them. An unforgettable Hawaiian dolphin snorkel adventure is waiting for you!

Fun Dolphin Facts! Did you know that the Hawaiian word for dolphin is "nai'a" and the scientific name for the spinner dolphin is "stenella longirostris"? These playful aquatic animals are also nocturnal, and spend each evening heading out into deeper waters to hunt for food. They can be found eating small deep-ocean fish and squid, and after their bellies are full, the pods will come back to shallow areas along the coast to rest, relax, and of course, play!

Although the spinner dolphin is the one that is most commonly found in Hawaii, other dolphins including the Pacific bottlenose dolphin, rough-toothed dolphin, and spotted dolphin can also be seen swimming in these waters. Be sure to keep your eye out for some interesting behaviors performed by all the various types of dolphins, like head slaps that are used to garner attention, fluke dives where their tails pop-up over the water's surface, or the spectacular spins and flips that are done to not just show excitement and happiness, but also removes unwanted parasites!

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Schedule & Location
  • Schedule
  • Pick-up/Check-in
    Time & Location
  • Drop-off/Check-out
    Time & Location

  • 07:20-08:10 Pick-up from Select Kona Hotels or Check-in at Honokohau Harbor
  • 08:20 Briefing at Honokohau Harbor (25 mins)
    さあ出港! Receive a comprehensive safety orientation and get fitted for a wetsuit, fins and snorkel equipment before you head out on the boat.
  • 08:45 Cruise to the Snorkel Spot
    DSCN2252 Your experienced captain and crew will take you to the one one the best places to snorkel along the Kona Coast.
  • 09:00 Dolphin Watching & Swimming (1hr 45mins)
    b4sp5N50_nt76ALX4vAkwjkVIXKkT13aZ0QYrwyrDj8,9jgqZQRDOSh0BMirgSy45KgmirO3Lu63xjqFF75SRUI One dolphin swimming session is about 20 minutes and you can have up to two or three sessions depending on the ocean conditions and the receptiveness of the dolphins.
  • 11:00 Return to the Harbor (30 mins)
    After arriving at Honokohau Harbor, take the opportunity to refresh with a fresh pineapple snack and beverages!
  • 11:00-12:45 Check-out or Drop-off
  • All Packages
    • Guests with asthma or other respiratory problems are not permitted to participate in this activity.
    • Guests with heart and cardiovascular issues are not permitted to participate in this activity.
    • Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.
    • If less than 2 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.
    • Children 8 years old and above can participate in this activity. Children 6 to 7 years old are only allowed to ride on the boat and will not be able to swim or snorkel
Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • All Packages
    • Towel
    • Wear swimsuit under clothing
    • Sunscreen
    • Sweatshirt / light jacket
    • Motion sickness preventative
Requirement(s) - Others
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    • Participants are required to sign a liability waiver at the time of check-in.
Additional Note(s)
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    • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
    • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.
    • The tour guide has full discretion to refuse service to customers based on attire, behavior, physical fitness and condition.
    • This activity may be changed or canceled for your safety, medical issues or comfort.
    • Gratuity is not included in the price.
    • Complimentary parking available.
    • Due to varied nature of wild animals, dolphin sightings and swimming is not guaranteed.
    • Tour route may change due to Department of Land Nature Resources regulations.
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Am I allowed to touch the dolphins?
  • No. It is illegal. Dolphins are protected wild animals so physical contact is not allowed. However, you are sure to have an experience of a lifetime just by encountering these magnificent creatures.
Do you have snorkel masks with prescription?
  • Yes, prescription masks are available. You can request them from the crew when you rent your snorkeling equipments.
Do I need to be able to swim to participate?
  • No it is not very necessary to be able to swim. Life jackets and flotation devices are on board and provided for those that request them. Captain is a certified lifeguard and all crews are well experienced.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
Credit card payment
Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 07:20 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.


Pick-up Available
Duration incl. transportation 3 - 5.5 hour(s)
Availability Daily
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