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

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Big Island of Hawaii, USA

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Drawing on years of experience, our captains and crew will take you up close and personal with the dolphin. As we search for these beautiful creatures in the warm tropical waters off the coast, our crew will share their knowledge about these fascinating creatures, how they live and their role in the ocean’s ecosystem. Nearly every day, year-round we are able to encounter these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.



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Average 4.77 out of 5 stars based on 75 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Culture53964812001, Oct 2022 Verified
Great experience for everyone. My kids had so much fun and loved the crew. We saw tons of dolphins and learned a lot about the coast. Will def do it again next time we are in Kona. They wanted to help me write this review so here it is in their words:10 year old- ‘I want to give them five stars but really, they should get infinite stars because it was so awesome. The boat ride was awesome and the bumps were so fun. The snorkeling was very beautiful. We saw about 37 dolphins. The snacks were superb.’6 year old- ‘The guys were super nice and the best. They were super kind. The spinner dolphins were awesome. I wish I could give them a thousand stars.’
NorthStar96096, Oct 2022 Verified
This was an excellent adventure and highly educational. The variety of sea life and wildlife was incredible. Shelley and Jen were very knowledgeable about the environment, the history, and culture of Hawaii. I would highly recommend this tour, snorkel and over all fun!
L5502ENeriks, Oct 2022 Verified
Captain Chad is excellent! Funny, informative, respectful. We saw 100s of dolphins, a turtle, Mahi-mahi, the snorkel was excellent as well. I can only recommend this trip. A lot of fun for the kids as well.
Caron_S, Oct 2022 Verified
We had a great morning! The best things about this tour were: 1) the boat was small and not crowded with people 2) Captain Shelley was fun and a wealth of information 3) we found lots of spinner dolphins 4) the snorkel was great and well managed All in all, I didn’t want it to end! I will be back next year!
Daydream32645722132, Oct 2022 Verified
Wonderful trip. Perfect day of snorkeling, great stories and Hawaiian history from guides. Saw lots of dolphins. Ate great snacks. Highly recommend.
A133XFtamarat, Sep 2022 Verified
Time with Captain Chad on the Dolphin Discovery/Captain Cook excels. He manages to be fun and informative as well as respectful of the dolphins. He provides close to the shoreline thrills as well as ocean searching.
Troy_L, Aug 2022 Verified
This was a great time for all of us! Our group had a wide range of swimming experience and the guides were very helpful. We all felt safe and enjoyed the amazing snorkeling! This turned out to be one of our favorite days!
Julia_V, Aug 2022 Verified
This was a wonderful experience for our family, including my 7 year old twins. We chose this outing because of the sea-life component as our kids love all animals. Not only did we see pods of spinner dolphins, but we also saw a pod of pilot whales, which I understand is a rare experience. It was mesmerizing! The snorkeling at the Captain Cook monument was great too. It was my kids' first experience with snorkeling and they loved it. A great experience to cap off our Hawaiian vacation!
Brent H, Aug 2022 Verified
I loved the respect that Captain Mano and his daughter have for the dolphins and sea environment, as well as their expertise in Polynesian Hawaiian island history. It was an extremely educational tour AND fun!The following isn't a review of Dolphin Adventures (they are tremendously respectful and appropriate in their actions) but rather of the overall tour operator industry. There are simply too many tour operators and others visiting the bay at the Captain Cook Monument. It would be wonderful if the tour operators would form a professional society to self-regulate their use of such sites in hopes that it would better protect them and create some incentives for sensitive use behavior while at these sites. For example, diving off the tour boats too close to the snorkel area should be banned - there is absolutely no reason those boats couldn't move out further in the bay for that dangerous and disrespectful activity.
wendycK4394UH, Aug 2022 Verified
Captain Alan and Seth were amazing. We learned so much on the tour. The snorkeling was phenomenal and the snacks were delicious. We had a fantastic time as a family and I overcame a 30+ year-old fear after a semi-traumatic experience on Oahu. Thank you both for your kindness and the awesome day!!

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