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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Enjoy two Hawaiian underwater adventures for the price of one with this 4-hour combination dolphin-swimming encounter and snorkeling trip. Start by exploring the 600+ species of marine life like sea turtles, coral and tropical fish that call the reefs of Kealakekua Bay home. Then meet up with a local pod of wild spinner dolphins for an optional swimming session. A trip choice without the dolphin swimming portion is also available.
  • Snorkel among some of the 600+ species of marine that call Kealakekua Bay home
  • Learn about Kealakekua Bay's connection with British explorer Captain Cook
  • Jump in the water with a pod of wild spinner dolphins on an optional swimming experience
  • Great way to get an in-depth look at Hawaii's amazing marine life
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Bite Me Sport Fishing- Kona Deep Sea Fishing Charters , 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy #1, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Please join us at Bite Me Sportfishing Logo and Charter Shop.

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet in front the ‘Bite Me’ sport fishing store at the Big Island’s Honokohau Harbor. You’ll continue by 46-foot (14-meter) boat to the marine life sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay, also home to the historic marker for seafarer Captain Cook. During the ride make to watch for views of the Big Island’s sea caves and volcanic lava flows.

Spend the next 45 minutes of your trip enjoying snorkeling amidst the area’s mix of vibrant reefs. Depending on where you go you might see creatures like sea turtles, coral, tropical fish, and much more. During the winter, Humpback whales have been known to frequent the area as well. Once you’re back up on deck, you’ll also learn about the historical significance of the area, known for its connection to British explorer Captain Cook.

Continue your trip by heading out to find the pod of wild spinner dolphins that frequents the bay. Those who selected the dolphin swimming package will then have the opportunity to jump in the water with these wild fish, a magical experience that is sure to delight. You’ll return back to the harbor at the conclusion of your trip.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants four and under must provide their own life vests
  • Collasible wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Bite Me Sportfishing
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "Bring your kids to them if you want an early start on the sport of diving." See review
  • "It was worth seeing the dolphins even though I didn't get in the water." See review

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star-5
So glad we did this!
Alexis_L
, Apr. 2022
Our family of five had a marvelous time! Kind and helpful guides who knew just where to take us and captured some great go pro video of turtles we saw that they shared with us. A highlight of the trip.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-3
Fun day on the boat, not a good snorkeling trip
Adam_F
, Apr. 2022
As others have noted, swimming with dolphins is not allowed in HI so that is not part of the trip. Was sad to find that out when we got there and not before. Had a fun day on the boat and the crew was friendly, but the snorkeling was pretty bad. Not many fish varieties and the coral was dull. We were told we were being taken somewhere better than Kealakekua Bay, but since it was bad and I've not been to Kealakekua Bay I'm left wondering. We snorkeled for maybe 30 minutes on the 4 hour tour. The waves and current were pretty bad. I understand that's part of being in the ocean but I expect the crew to be more attentive and proactive. Many swimmers had problems getting back to the boat and the crew had to swim them a rope.
star-3
It was great to see coral...
Deirdre_F
, Apr. 2022
It was great to see coral and fish, but we did not go to Kealakeua Bay as described, and were told when we got on board that they stopped including swimming with dolphins a few months ago. We instead went to 2 different stops that were not in a bay/calm waters which was ok for me, but some struggled with current. Enjoyed the trip and the crew were helpful, but wasn't what we expected - need to update the trip description on Viator.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Sparkling morning on the water
Deborah_A
, Feb. 2022
Captain and mate were fantastic, flexible, friendly. Saw some whales. Really wonderful morning on boat. Would recommend.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
It was a great day with...
Lorelei_M
, Jan. 2022
It was a great day with Dolphins, Whales, and your staff was so nice and fun to hang out with. What a great day we had.
star-5
The tour operators were...
Danielle_J
, Jan. 2022
The tour operators were excellent! I think there were about 10 of us, which was a good group size. There was ample seating room on the boat and they also provided non alcoholic drinks and snacks. There were also floating noodles available for those who wanted them. We ended up seeing dolphins and humpback whales and the crew was great at pointing them out!
star-5
Super fun family experience
Randall_D
, Dec. 2021
Staff was excellent. We saw dolphins, turtles, an octopus, and many types of colorful fish. It was a great time.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Thank you for an amazing experience!
Elizabeth_R
, Nov. 2021
I can’t say enough good things about the crew, Brian, Rory and Lena! My mom is not a swimmer and had a bad experience the last time she attempted to snorkel in Hawaii. Brian stayed with her the whole time, allowing her to conquer her fears! This was a big deal! They were also so great with my two young boys, 5 and 7. Very kind and entertaining crew!
star-5
Seeing the dolphins so close was an amazing experience. One not to be forgotten.
Ann_L
, Nov. 2021
Our boat captain and instructor were very serious about protocols and safety. We were lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins who swam with our boat as we headed out from the harbour. We drove out for about an hour before locating a protected area to snorkel and thoroughly enjoyed a safe, fun, relaxed experience. Saw a few fish and were reminded not to touch the coral. On the way back we explored the shoreline.
star-5
Great snorkeling...highly recommend!
Carlos_S
, Oct. 2021
We had a blast! Went out hoping to see some dolphins and snorkel. Unfortunately no dolphins, but we had a blast snorkeling. Manta rays to Huma Huma triggers, Puffer fish to Long Nose Butterfly fish quite the array of see life. Crew was great, Lena and Louis. Can't say enough nice things about them and the customer service they showed my family. Highly recommend this trip, even without the dolphins. We were lucky enough to get a second trip, because we didn't see the dolphins. This was an afternoon trip, Lena was still the Captain and she is a Rockstar! The other crew members were nice and courteous as well. This time we went up towards the airport and at our first stop saw more Manta Rays. Second stop was right above a reef arch that had tons of fish, best spot by far. We all agree we would do this all over again.
star-5
Fantastic
Michelle_P
, Sep. 2021
Seeing the dolphins was awesome. The crew made several attempts for us to get in the water with the dolphins. It was such a cool experience. We also went snorkeling at a really nice location
star-5
The Palmer’s
Joyce_P
, Sep. 2021
This was awesome the crew were great and deserve a huge raise the best experience I could’ve had and will do it again
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Good experience and kind service
Joe_H
, Aug. 2021
Very kind and professional ! We saw dolphins and many other fishes. Both adults and kids enjoyed the tour!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Worth every penny!
Kelly_S
, Aug. 2021
Lana, Rory and Cody were excellent. They gave us such a great trip! A pod of bottlenose dolphin chases and played with our boat on the way out. We looked for manta rays and pilot whales which was fun even though we didn’t have any luck. We stopped at 2 snorkel spots and both had a nice variety of fish with excellent visibility. The team was educated and knowledgeable on the wildlife. It was a great day!
star-5
Wheelchair
Stephanie_B
, Aug. 2021
The crew was awesome. Eventhough I'm in a wheelchair they made sure I had a good time. They also paid attention to my family's sunburn. They let us hold sea creatures.
star-5
Great experience!
Laura_B
, Aug. 2021
Crew were interactive and experienced, quality time snorkeling and gorgeous views above and below water!!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Good snorkeling and able to catch some views of a sea lion and dolphins
Ryan_B
, Aug. 2021
This was a good tour but I have some mixed feelings. You're not going to swim with dolphins so get that out of your head now. Dolphins are nocturnal and while some of the other boat companies let their attendees into the water to swim with them, this one won't b/c they want to protect the dolphins while they are sleeping, and good for them. The dolphins just swim away anyway, however, a several did ride our wake and come around the boat. As far as the snorkeling, we did go to this placed called the Chimney which had some very deep parts to it but with the clear water you could see the bottom nearly 40 ft. down. It was a nice spot. We then went to a second spot for a more shallow reef and spent some time there as well. Overall, it was pretty good but be prepared to spend some time on the boat getting where you need to go and pack reef safe sunscreen.
3 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing
Layani_G
, Aug. 2021
It was amazing. They was generous and they make you feel comfortable. Help you even if don’t how to swim.
star-5
Extremely amazing experience
Catarina_G
, Jul. 2021
This trip was INCREDIBLE!! The staff were very knowledgeable and attentive. Tory and Cher were the best guides in the water. We got super lucky and encountered a playful pod of dolphins who swam right up to us while we snorkeled. I’ve snorkeled all over the pacific and Caribbean and being this close to wild dolphins was a first. Worth every penny!! Thank you BiteMe!
star-5
Swimming with dolphins
Steven_H
, Jul. 2021
Best experience on our trip. We had a great time. My grand daughter and wife loved the experience. I would recommend this to everyone.

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