Dolphin Encounter / Kealakekua Reef Snorkel

Strap on your snorkel gear and get ready to jump into the warm Hawaiian sea for the swim of a lifetime. On your 4-hour Ocean Encounters journey you will travel to Kealakekua Bay to join more than 600 underwater species, including Hawaiian spinner and spotted dolphins.

“It was amazing! We got to be with he dolphins twice and they were so close and playing around us. You can hear their voices in the water. The snorkeling is pretty awesome too! One of the best memory in Kona. Plus, my son who is 3 didn’t want to go and he stayed with the screw. It was nice to have the opportunity to leave him on the boat.”

“Our family of four enjoyed a two week vacation on the Big Island. The dolphin encounter was one of the major highlights of our trip. Captain Glenn, Taylor, and JJ were excellent guides and helped us see many beautiful dolphins in their natural environment. Mahalo, The Johnson’s from Minnesota”

First Time Snorkeler? — Not a Problem!

We specialize in first-time snorkelers, because we believe that everyone should get the chance to experience Kona’s spectacular underwater beauty. If you feel uncomfortable at first, don’t worry! Our first mates will snorkel with you until you feel comfortable on your own.

We have excellent flotation devices and a wide assortment of masks, snorkels, and rubber fins, from sizes 1 to 13. All gear is included for your enjoyment. We will give you a 10 minute lesson on how to use the gear properly, so that you will enjoy every moment of your snorkel.

Price includes all necessary gear: Mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit (if necessary), and flotation devices if needed. Soda/water and dry snacks provided.

You should bring: Towel, Sunscreen and don’t forget your Camera!

As you make your way down the exquisite Kona coast, heading south to Kealakekua Bay, we will be focused on finding the Hawaiian spinner and spotted dolphins. You will spend some time with them, so be sure to bring your camera. Meeting the Hawaiian dolphins in their natural environment is something that you won’t soon forget. Some people even call it a spiritual event.

Your Kealakekua Bay snorkeling adventure will begin in the pristine waters and the vibrant reef of the marine sanctuary at Kealakekua Bay, near the Captain Cook monument. This is perhaps the best snorkeling spot you will find anywhere in the state. Take your underwater camera back out to capture the colorful schools of fish, reefs, and pods of spinner dolphins that are also commonly spotted in the bay.

You will then have a moment to take in another breathtaking view of the bay and its natural beauty, while you enjoy a light lunch. We only serve light snacks.

Adults $135.00
Childrens $95.00
Ride Alongs $65.00
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Client Testimonials

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  • Whether its Dolphin or Manta, the captain and crew really took great care of me. I really enjoyed swimming with the dolphins. The Manta Rays are even better. The Mantas were the highlight. A must do for anyone coming to the island.
    Teresa Lambert Customer
  • We had an amazing experience even though it took a while to see the mantas, but once we did - WOW. The staff was friendly and wonderful and stresses the importance of having an encounter that was safe for the animals.
    Kathleen O Awesome Customer
  • Captain Charlie took us out deep sea fishing. It was an absolute blast. Captain was very Knowledgable and we had so much fun with the Dolphins! We ended up catching a 400 lb blue marlin. It was honestly a trip of a lifetime.
    Ryan R. Davis Customer