Dolphin Encounter, Sea Caves & Captain Cook
⚓ Cruise Ship Friendly Tour ⚓
Tour travels south to Kealakekua Bay, home of the Captain Cook monument. Along the way we stop at historical sites and talk about local legends and points of interest. Our skilled captains watch for whales and dolphins to encounter. Once in Kealakekua Bay, we snorkel there for apx 1 hour. Guest can expect to see turtles, bright-colored reef fish, coral that’s over 1500 years old, the Captain Cook Monument, freshwater springs, and be on the lookout for Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins.
IMPORTANT NOTE: On this tour, we used to snorkel with the wild dolphins. As of 2021 The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) is now being enforced and swimming with wild dolphins is now considered harassment. We will still be able to go encounter the dolphins at a safe distance but will not be able to enter the water with them.
This amazing experience includes:
*Encounter Wild Dolphins
* Snorkel over a protected reef
* Sea Caves and Lava Tubes
* Captain Cook Monument
* Kealakekua Bay we snorkel there for apx 1 hour
* Deli wraps or sandwiches, granola bars, and chips, juices & water
Departure times / Meeting Locations:
Meeting location: Honokohau Harbor 74-380 Kealakehe Parkway
Check in 8:30 AM Depart 9:00 am – Return Approx 12:00 PM
Cruise Ship Guests:
Meeting location: Kailua Kona Pier. Your ship will anchor in Kailua Kona Bay. You will first need to take a tender from your ship to the Kailua-Kona Pier. After reaching the pier look for the sign that says “Dolphin Reef Snorkel” / C Big Island) Our vessels have special permits to pick you up from the pier.
Cruise Ship Kailua Kona Pier Pick Up:
Check in 8:45 am Depart 9:00 am Return 12:00 pm
We do offer a 1:00 pm-4:00 pm option on Wednesdays for guests off the NCL Pride of America ship. We only operate a 1:00 pm if our morning tour is sold out. This can be booked by calling our office at – 1-800-901-0468
On certain dates we have Special Departure times due to ship arrival and departure.
Approx 3 hr
What to bring:
Sunscreen, hat, camera & towel.
All snorkel gear, flotation device, deli wraps or sandwiches, snacks and refreshments.
Honokohau Harbor ( Hotel Guests ) 43ft Zodiac Rigid Inflatable. 30 passenegrs
Kona Pier ( Cruise Ship Passengers) Boat is a 30ft Zodiac Rigid inflatable. 19 Passengers
Our local dolphins are loving and friendly and we used to be able to swim with them on this tour however the ( MMPA) Marine Mammal Protection Act has now been put in place as of Oct.2021 that prohibits anyone interacting with the wild spinner dolphins. We can watch the wild dolphins from a safe distance.
First of all dolphins in the wild never eat dead fish. Doing this would be interfering with the dolphins natural food intake, hunting instincts and their balanced diet. You can absolutely not feed the wild spinner dolphins in Hawaii.
Possibly yes. The Honu, Hawaiian Sea Turtle and the Monk Seal are less likely to be seen, however they do surprise from time to time.
Please let the guides know upon check-in if you have never snorkeled or are not a strong swimmer. Snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay near the captain cook monument is very relaxing and laid back as you snorkel above all the beautiful Hawaiian coral reef and view all of our wonderful tropical fish. It is very easy and we provide flotation.
The waters in Hawaii range from 77 degrees F ( 25 degrees C ) in winter months and 82 degrees F ( 28 degrees C ) during summer months.