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Whale Watching On The Big Island

Whale Watching On The Big Island

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Hawaii’s Big Island is home to migrating pods of humpback whales, which often breach as they build up energy for their northward migration. This narrated tour brings you to some of the best viewing grounds via 24-person catamaran. You’re able to hear the whales singing through the provided hydrophones. The tour provider guarantees whale sightings or the next trip is free.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Wake Up With the Whales Cruise

Wake Up With the Whales Cruise

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Go in search of humpback whales as they pass through the waters off Hawaii on their annual migration. Cruise out in a comfortable and stable catamaran along the Kohala Coast. Enjoy expert commentary from an onboard naturalist, and the change to listen to whale songs with the underwater hydrophones. Snacks and beverages, including alcohol, are all included. Humpback whale sightings are guaranteed, or you can cruise again.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure

Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure

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Winter is the most exciting time to be out on the water in Hawaii, as it’s the time of year when thousands of migrating humpback whales visit the islands. On this exciting Big Island whale watching tour, experience the thrill of traveling aboard a high-speed raft, and then seeing a whale swimming just in front of the boat. Though the boat will obey the federal laws and not approach within 100 feet (30 meters), it isn’t uncommon for the whale to decide to swim up under the boat!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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COMBO: Wild Dolphin / Whale Watch & Reef Snorkel Adventure on Speed Boat!

COMBO: Wild Dolphin / Whale Watch & Reef Snorkel Adventure on Speed Boat!

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Explore the waters off the Big Island on this exciting combo tour. Get your adrenaline pumping as you cruise out and along the coastline on a speedboat. Look for caves, cliffs, whales, dolphins and other marine life along the way. Afterwards, jump into the clear waters and explore the underwater world as you snorkel around. Snacks, drinks and snorkel equipment are all included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD150.00
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Whale Watch Excursion from the Big Island

Whale Watch Excursion from the Big Island

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Get up close with humpback whales near the Big Island of Hawaii on this guided, whale watching excursion. During Hawaii's whale season, the ocean is full of activity from humpback whales migrating from the Pacific Northwest to breed and nurse their young. Hear the whales with a hydrophone and learn about their behavior patterns from the certified naturalist guide. Snacks and light refreshments are provided.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History

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The Big Island of Hawaii has a diverse ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the planet, and on this day-long nature tour, experience the beauty of its black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you’re lucky, find Hawaiian green sea turtles basking on the coast. Since the tour only requires a moderate amount of walking, it's an educational adventure for travelers of all ages, with snacks and refreshments included.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kawaihae Whale Watch - Guaranteed

Kawaihae Whale Watch - Guaranteed

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Get up, close, and personal with some of the most impressive creatures on earth during this Hawaiian whale-watching tour. Enjoy the serene journey along the Kohala Coast—looking out for lava walls and sandy stretches of beach—before reaching a spot infrequently visited by other boats for a near-exclusive and unspoiled whale-spotting experience. Learn about the whales along the way, as you sip on complimentary soft drinks.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Mid-Morning Whale Watch

Mid-Morning Whale Watch

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Every winter, humpback whales migrate past the waters of Hawaii. Embark on a mid-morning whale-watching cruise on a comfortable catamaran from Kawaihae Harbor to see humpback whales in the waters off the Kohala Coast. Learn about whales from onboard naturalists and listen to their sounds from the underwater hydrophone. Snacks and beverages are included. Humpback whale sightings are guaranteed, or you get to sail again.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI
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Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI

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Have the opportunity to admire wild manta rays in their natural habitat on this evening cruise. Set sail after dark, when the manta rays come out to feed on plankton, and use a custom-made lightboard that attracts the rays. Float through the warm waters for up to 40 minutes, use your snorkel to watch as the rays swim and feed, and learn more about the majestic creatures from your guide.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii

Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii

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View dolphins in their natural environment with guides who respect these intelligent creatures’ boundaries. After feeding in deeper waters at night, spinner dolphins come close to the Kona shore where they often interact with boats, playing in their wake. The utmost respect and care are given to our aquatic friends to assure that we do not disrupt their rest, nursing and breeding behaviors. Depending on where and when we locate the dolphins there may also be time for a quick snorkel at one of the many beautiful reef areas along the Kona coast line, quite possibly Kealakekua Bay.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

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Set sail down the Kona coastline aboard a trimaran, arriving in the Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve for an afternoon of snorkeling. Splash into the turquoise waters near the Captain Cook Monument, and search for pods of spinner dolphins that frequent the bay. All equipment is provided along with light snacks and reef-safe sunscreen to make the trip convenient.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Waikoloa Catamaran Morning Snorkel & Lunch

Waikoloa Catamaran Morning Snorkel & Lunch

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Step aboard a 54 foot catamaran for a dolphin and turtle cruise from A-Bay that includes snorkeling gear and assistance from on board snorkel guides. Since the catamaran has ample deck space and shaded areas to relax, it’s a comfortable, uncrowded way to cruise the coast, and you’ll have the chance to spot humpback whales during the whale watching months of December through April.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kona Shore Excursion: Wild Dolphin - Reefs -Sea Caves - (Small Group)

Kona Shore Excursion: Wild Dolphin - Reefs -Sea Caves - (Small Group)

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Make the most of your time in port on this Kona shore excursion timed to your cruise's arrival and departure. Get picked up from the port and head out on a sailing adventure to the Captain Cook Monument and Kealkeaua Bay where you can snorkel, swim, and explore caves and lava tubes. Expect to see spinner dolphins, sea turtles, colorful fish, and ancient reefs. Lunch, snacks, and use of snorkeling gear are all included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Pelagic Wildlife Excursion
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Pelagic Wildlife Excursion

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On the Kona Coast and in Kealakekua Bay, the wildlife-watching isn’t seasonal—whales, dolphins, sharks, seals, birds, and more call this tropical paradise home year-round. On this tour, hop on a small, open-air zodiac, hear stories of old Hawaii, and zoom along the rugged coast spotting creatures big and small, wild and wonderful, going for a true ocean safari.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD120.00
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Snorkel with Manta Rays Guaranteed
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Snorkel with Manta Rays Guaranteed

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Embark on an evening adventure and swim near Hawaii’s manta rays. Start the tour with a sunset sail on a comfortable trimaran to ‘Manta Ray Village’. After a safety briefing, put on your snorkel gear and spend an hour in the water using a state-of-the-art, lit up flotation device to stay on the water’s surface and observe the manta rays bellow as they feed on plankton. Finally climb aboard the boat and warm up with hot chocolate and snacks as you return to shore.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

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This half-day boat cruise takes you to the two best snorkeling sites in Kealakekua Bay: The reef beneath Captain Cook's monument and the underwater lava formations of Red Hill. In addition to breakfast and lunch, your guides provide all necessary equipment, basic snorkeling tips, and identification charts to help you spot fish and dolphins in their natural habitat. Don’t forget your camera—the route showcases sweeping views of the Kona coastline.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Kaimana Ocean Safari
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Kaimana Ocean Safari

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This "safari" style trip lets you avoid the crowds that are typical of many boat tours. In a small group, head out along the Kona coastline in search of marine life, including dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and whales. When the crew have found the right spot, you can put on your snorkeling gear, jump off board and explore the underwater world.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD185.00
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ADVENTURES IN PARADISE 11:30AM Departure KAYAK & SNORKEL - Meet time: 11am

ADVENTURES IN PARADISE 11:30AM Departure KAYAK & SNORKEL - Meet time: 11am

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Enjoy the waters of Kealakekua Bay with this kayak-and-snorkel combo adventure. You'll climb aboard a two-person kayak and make your way out to the still waters of the Ka'awaloa Cove to swim and snorkel. You'll also get the chance to visit the Captain Cook Monument before heading back to shore.
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  • 3 hours
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USD99.95
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Luxury Dolphin Sail and Kona Snorkel

Luxury Dolphin Sail and Kona Snorkel

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Take the ultimate snorkeling and sailing trip along the Kona Coast during this 4-hour luxury yacht trip with a small group. Explore the stunning beaches and bays of the Big Island aboard a high-end boat, stopping at top snorkel sites and spotting marine life like dolphins, turtles, and whales. Unlimited refreshments, plus snorkel gear and a tasty picnic- or bento-style lunch are also included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Hāmākua Historical Hawai‘i Waterfall Afternoon Cruise
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Hāmākua Historical Hawai‘i Waterfall Afternoon Cruise

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Each winter, scores of majestic humpback whales make their way to Hawaii. This Big Island boat tour cruises the dramatic Hamakua Coast in search of whales. In summer, when whales are less numerous, the tour seeks out scenery like waterfalls and sheer cliffs. The tour includes drinks and snacks, and leaves from Wailoa Harbor.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure

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Splash into the crystal-clear waters of Kealakekua Bay on this Big Island snorkeling adventure! Dart in and out of sea caves and explore the gorgeous Kona coastline in an agile Zodiac raft. Snorkel among colorful tropical fish, and keep an eye out for other marine life like whales, dolphins and sea turtles. Along the way, learn about the island’s geologic history and local legends from your expert guide, and see the spot where Captain Cook first landed in Hawaii.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kealakekua Snorkel and Sail Adventure
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Kealakekua Snorkel and Sail Adventure

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Sail along the Kona coast aboard a spacious catamaran during this half-day tour to Kealakekua Bay, and take advantage of multiple amenities like the shaded cabin and sunny splash nets. Start with a continental breakfast, then build your own sandwich after a snorkeling session (equipment and instruction included). Beer, wine, and liquor are available to purchase.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay

Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay

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Kealakekua Bay is one of Hawaii's best marine sanctuaries, which means it is often crowded with visitors. This snorkeling tour lets you avoid the crowds by taking you out onto the bay in a Zodiac raft, which can reach the places bigger boats can't go. Once in the water, you can explore the marine life-filled world beneath the bay's crystal-clear water.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Snorkel Tour to Captain Cook Monument Kailua-Kona, Big Island

Snorkel Tour to Captain Cook Monument Kailua-Kona, Big Island

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Explore the waters off the coast of Hawaii during a small-group snorkeling excursion from Kailua-Kona. Board an inflatable boat and enjoy easy transportation to Captain Cook's Monument at Kealakekua Bay for a couple hours of snorkeling time. Plus, view the sea caves and lava tubes along the scenic Kona coast and catch sight of dolphins and humpback whales, depending on the season.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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What people are saying about Whale Watching in Big Island of Hawaii

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Whale Watching On The Big Island
"Being on a boat on such a beautiful day, with a great speedy view on deck and seeing a few of the humpbacks for a couple hours, plus sightings of spinners and manta rays."..."
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Wake Up With the Whales Cruise
"Unfortunately the Whales left a little early for Alaska (and we were plenty warned that whale sightings were slim) but we welcomed the visit by the spinner dolphins and the lovely boat ride with plenty of good information! The crew was very friendly and gracious. Would recommend!!"..."
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Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure
"I loved this tour! My boat guide Ashley was awesome and very knowledgeable and even gave us some recommendations for things to do on the island. We saw a lot bottlenose dolphins, spinner dolphins, one sea turtle, and lots of humpbacks! We were able to see a heat run which included a breach! It was amazing. Thank you!!!"..."
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COMBO: Wild Dolphin / Whale Watch & Reef Snorkel Adventure on Speed Boat!
"Great trip! Amazing snorkelling and awesome staff. They were so helpful and made it lots of fun. Thank you!"..."
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Whale Watch Excursion from the Big Island
"We had a great time . It was a beautiful day. We knew it was the end of the season but we’re still able to see a whale"..."
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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
"I enjoyed the whole trip, very well paced. David the guide was very knowledgeable about so many events on the BI. Would def recommend."..."
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Kawaihae Whale Watch - Guaranteed
"Even though we didn't see any whales, we saw a pod of spinner dolphins and they sure put on a show for us! Wow!! Julie and Faith were very knowledgeable and they made our excursion very exciting! We had a great time!"..."
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Mid-Morning Whale Watch
"We saw whales at the end of the season! My kids had fun and my wife didn't yell at me! Capt was super knowledgeable and I leaned many tales of Hawaiian lore!"..."
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Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI
"The Manta Rays were centimeters from my face. The amazing size of the animals is unforgettable. I will remember this for a lifetime. The Rays brush against you and act as of you are not even there."..."
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Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument Big Island Kailua-Kona Hawaii
"Bianca and Kai (hopefully I spelled that right) were awesome captains. They were very sociable. Kai was a wealth of knowledge about the island and the animal life. I was scared in the beginning but they set me at ease. My son loved the snorkeling. Kia gave wonderful tips and hints to encourage my son. Definitely worth the money."..."
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
"The crew wa awesome! Rose was super helpful and informative. I brought my whole family. Snacks were amazing! I the crew was in the water w us making sure everyone was safe. Rose dove down to retrieve my snorkel from the bottom and called as we left a bag of dive gear on the boat. Highly recommend."..."
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Waikoloa Catamaran Morning Snorkel & Lunch
"The crew was amazing and attentive. Great snorkeling and great time. Would recommend to anyone of any age!"..."
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Kona Shore Excursion: Wild Dolphin - Reefs -Sea Caves - (Small Group)
"Beautiful views on very nice boat and exceptional guides. Had plenty of snacks, drinks and lunch on the boat. Guides took the time to explain everything to everyone. Great snorkeling experience"..."
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Pelagic Wildlife Excursion
"First trip for us. Everything we hoped for and more! Darren was a great captain. Mia was super helpful! Very professional and fun!"..."
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Snorkel with Manta Rays Guaranteed
"The Capt and crew were very knowledgeable and helpful. The experience was incredible. Lots of mantas swam right up to us, and we had so much fun."..."
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
"We had a great time on this trip. The crew and captain (Alex) were awesome. They were very professional, knowledgeable and fun. The snorkeling was fantastic, we saw lots of great wildlife. The crew watched over everyone while we swam. The food was good too. They kept things flowing seamlessly the whole time."..."
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Kaimana Ocean Safari
"What a fantastic group of three knowledgeable tour guides. We had an absolute blast. The best part is they gave us options on what we wanted to see and do. And that choice ended up being one of the greatest highlights of our trip. Highly recommend this tour."..."
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ADVENTURES IN PARADISE 11:30AM Departure KAYAK & SNORKEL - Meet time: 11am
"Great tour, exactly as described. Guides were knowledgeable, fun and made everyone feel safe. They shared some cool stories and history. Kayaking, snorkeling and the scenery were great. Good way to spend 3 hours!"..."
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Luxury Dolphin Sail and Kona Snorkel
"Best experience of our visit to Hawaii! Captain Brooke and Liz are awesome. Exceeded our high expectations"..."
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Hāmākua Historical Hawai‘i Waterfall Afternoon Cruise
"Kiko (not sure that's how you spell his name) was very laid back & friendly. He shared his culture and history of Hawaii & it was very interesting. I would recommend that you do not listen to him at the back of the boat (due to engine noise) but sit up front and listen to his stories at the front of the boat, where you can hear him better. My husband is hard of hearing so it was a little hard to hear him speak, but it was definitely better at the front of the boat. It was great to view Hilo from the ocean and learn a little more about the history of Hawaii and how people came to the islands."..."
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure
"Crew was great, fun, and lively. Opted for this over a catamaran. Smaller and more flexible allowed us to see some awesome caves, turtles, and about 50 dolphins. The water was so clear and the snorkel was amazing. I would totally do this again with my family. Highly recommend!!!!"..."
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Kealakekua Snorkel and Sail Adventure
"Brit great tips on island activities. Great organized group leading you never knew anything might be going on other than making sure you had a great time! Tanner and Dan were great too!"..."
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Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay
"Darren shared so much with us - the end of the world, Pele, how to search for and protect wildlife. We really enjoyed learning so much about the island."..."
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Snorkel Tour to Captain Cook Monument Kailua-Kona, Big Island
"The captain and his deck hand were incredible! Professional, polite, very knowledgeable about culture as well as snorkeling. He took the time to talk to all of us, there were 9 of us on the boat, as we rode to our spot. I felt very safe with him in charge. We felt very fortunate that we booked with Dolphin! Would highly recommend!"..."
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