Swimming with the Wild Dolphins

Kona Diving EcoAdventures - Reef & Dolphin Snorkel Tour

Listen for the high pitched clicks, and look around to see a splash! It is the interplay of dolphins! Swimming with Dolphins on The Big Island will provide the opportunity to see a dolphin’s acrobatic exhibit in which they spin longitudinally along their axis as they jump through the air. Dolphins love to swim with people in the pristine, crystal clear water off the Kona coastline. Enjoy swimming with dolphins in their natural environment and have an experience of a lifetime. Some of our guests remark that swimming with the dolphins changed their aspect on life! The guides with Swimming with Dolphins on The Big Island of Hawaii tour will take you to the best locations to spot spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, spotted dolphins, turtles, manta rays, tropical fish, and during the winter months, pilot or humpback whales. As the Swim with the Dolphins tour heads up the coast feel the warm gentle sea breeze. Dolphins locate in different places varying day to day. They have been spotted at Kiholo Bay, Makalawena, Bay, and Hoona Bay. The location of the dolphins may change, but the mystique and magic of these splendid wildlife marine mammals remains the same.  Buzz Hawaii can help you experience this magical wonderment of Swimming with the Wild Dolphins with a Big Island Dolphin Swim, Hawaii Activities, or Kona Attractions and save with discounted prices.

The most common and smallest dolphin to swim with is the spinner dolphin. There are hundreds of spinner dolphins that call the Kona coastline home. During the day dolphins travel to the waters near the protected bays where they play and rest and at night they are found feeding off shore. Dolphins feel comfortable in sandy, shallow bays to teach their young, play, and sleep. When they are resting you will not be able to get the attention of the dolphins. But when they are awake they will intensify their aerial behavior and sounds. The pods may go for long deep dives together and stay on the surface for just short periods of time. When they are playful they may break into smaller groups and swim much faster. These are the traits to look for so you will know when the conditions are right for humans to encounter the dolphins. These marine mammals are regularly encountered by humans because they are very predictable.

When the Swimming with the Dolphins tour guides locate a pod, the boat will stop and those that have the desire can slip into the water with snorkel, fins and swim with as many as 300 hundred dolphins. What an experience it is to swim with dolphins on their terms in their territory. An important tip is to let the dolphins approach you. DO NOT approach them.  Let the dolphin choose how long, when, and if it wants to share an encounter with you. Do not pursue or chase the dolphins…only swim gently around them. When you are swimming with the dolphins, please respect their personal space. Please try not to splash, stay close to the boat, swim with your arms and hands by your side, do not feed or touch any dolphins. Please remain alert for they may suddenly swim under or behind you. Please do not descend with the dolphins. Sudden noises or movement may startle a dolphin. Smaller groups are limited to ensure the best dolphin experience.

Wearing your swimsuit under your clothing is recommended. If your Hawaii vacation is in the winter months a lycra jacket or top is suggested. A snorkel, fins, mask, snacks, and water are provided by Swimming with Dolphins on The Big Island of Hawaii Tour. A Big Island Dolphin Swim is an adventure that is truly a memorable experience. For a fun and easy Kona Attractions contact Buzz Hawaii.com and save with our discounted prices.

Tour Highlights:

  • Four hour snorkeling with dolphins adventure on Kona
  • Snorkel in protected waters of Keahole Bay, Makalawena, Ho’ona Bay or Kiholo Bay
  • See spinner dolphins, green sea turtles and tropical reef fish


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Where and When:
Check in at 8:30 am. Tour returns at 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm.
Check in at Honokohau Harbor, Slip C-1. Look for a Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii sign. View Map

From the Kona International Airport:
- Turn right onto HI-19/ Queen Kaahumanu Hwy, go 3.5 miles
- At light, turn right on Kealakehe Pkwy into entrance of Honokohau Marina
- **Take the first right** and follow the road around
- After passing Gentry's Sea Store Deli / Gas Station, turn left
- Park on the right side of the boat ramp near the pavilion / bathrooms
- Check-in at our boat named, **THE MANTA** slip C-1, just left of the boat ramp

From Kona:
- Take HI-19/ Queen Kaahumanu Hwy, north towards the Kona International Airport
- At light, turn left on Kealakehe Pkwy into entrance of Honokohau Marina
- **Take the first right** and follow the road around
- After passing Gentry's Sea Store Deli / Gas Station, turn left
- Park on the right side of the boat ramp near the pavilion / bathrooms
- Check-in at our boat named, **THE MANTA** slip C-1, just left of the boat ramp

Latitude - Longitude:
- Latitude: 19.669487 Longitude: - 156.022228
- Lat: 19 40' 10.1532" Long: -156 1' 20.0208
Snorkelers must be able to swim. Snorkeling is not recommended for those under 6 years of age.
Snorkelers age 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Special Notes:
Dolphin sightings are not guaranteed, but there is a 98% chance of seeing dolphins.
Operation Days:
3.5 - 4 hours
Kona Diving EcoAdventures
Big Island
Kona Diving EcoAdventures utilizes at 40-foot Newton Customs 36 Dive Special boat that feature FlyBridge seating with a 360 degree view, swim platform, extra large ladder and a hot water shower.
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