Dolphin Encounter, Sea Caves & Captain Cook

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. If the ocean conditions permit we will let guest “splash” into the ocean for the dolphins to swim up and play with them. 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, fresh water springs, and be on the lookout for Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins.

This amazing experience includes:

*Exclusive Small Group

* Encounter with Wild Spinner Dolphins, Reefs and Exotic Fish

* 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:

  Hotel Guests:

Meeting location: Honokohau Harbor pavilion 74 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Check in 8:30 AM Depart 9:00 am - Return 12:00/12:30 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 12:30 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.

Tour Duration:Approx.


   What to bring:

Sunscreen, hat, camera & towel.


All snorkel gear, flotation device, deli wraps or sandwiches, snacks and refreshments.

Boat Type

Honokohau Harbor ( Hotel Guests ) 43ft Zodiac Rigid Inflatable.  30 passenegrs

Kona Pier ( Cruise Ship Passengers) Boat is a 30ft Zodiac Rigid inflatable. 19 Passengers

Can we swim with wild dolphins?

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.

Can I feed the dolphins?

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.

Will there be Hawaiian Sea turtles or Hawaiian Monk Seals?

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.

Do I have to be a strong swimmer ?

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.

What is the water temperature in Kona Hawaii?

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.

Is the snorkel boat wheel chair accessible?

No sorry.

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