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Itinerary
Drive to Keauhou Bay on your own to meet your professional guide, who will provide you with a safety briefing and help you aboard the boat. This inflatable raft has a rigid hull as well as a canvas sun shade, which makes the boat exceptionally maneuverable and keeps you out of the sun.

Once on the water you’ll search for pods of Spinner and Bottlenose dolphins, and when you locate a pod in the cobalt waters, your captain will cut the engine and allow you to jump on in for a swim. All the gear you’ll need is provided, and don’t be surprised if you hear whistles and clicks as the dolphins circle around you. If you’re lucky, there’s the chance that one could even jump up out of the water right by you—showing off for their newborn young and teaching them how to play.

After the thrilling dolphin encounter, continue on to Kealakekua Bay to snorkel the colorful reefs, which have been protected as a marine reserve for over 30 years. Thanks to the schools of tropical fish and crystal clear conditions, this spot is often considered as one of the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii.

Back in the boat your guide will point out the famous Captain Cook Monument, which stands where the village of Kaawaloa once stood in ancient times. This is the spot where Captain Cook first ventured ashore on the Big Island—and also the place where he met his eventual, untimely, and violent demise.

Over the course of this 5-hour tour, you’ll have the chance to buzz by sea caves that are formed by volcanic lava tubes, and you might even spot a Hawaiian green sea turtle as it comes to the surface for air. Your guide will explain the area’s history as well as discuss the marine life, and there are drinks, snacks, and a deli lunch to help you refuel on the water.

Finally, this Kona snorkeling tour comes to a close when you return to Keauhou Bay, having swam with dolphins, snorkeled with fish, and a scoured the volcanic coast.

Please note: Kealakekua Bay is the preferred destination for snorkeling, although an alternate site might have to be substituted depending on the location of the dolphins.
Locations visited
Kealakekua Bay
Kona Coast State Park
Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve
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Overview
On this Kealakekua Bay snorkeling adventure, experience the thrill of swimming with dolphins in the crystal-clear waters off Kona. You’ll head to one of Hawaii’s best snorkeling spots to swim with tropical fish above colorful corals in a protected turquoise cove. Later as you cruise along the volcanic shoreline, look for lava tubes and sea caves, turtles. Throughout the 5-hour excursion, expect to see wildlife splashing in the water — in the winter months, you could even spot breaching Humpback whales. Groups are limited to 14 people, ensuring a personalized experience. 
Highlights
  • 5-hour combination tour to swim with dolphins and snorkel on the Kona coast
  • Swim with wild dolphins in their ocean habitat
  • Admire the acrobatic antics of bottlenose or spinner dolphins offshore from the Big Island
  • Marvel at the colorful fish and coral in the sheltered waters of Kealakekua Bay
  • See the Captain Cook Monument, which marks the shore where the explorer first landed in Hawaii and later perished
  • Check out lava tubes and sea caves as your boat cruises along the coastline
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 14 people allows a more customized experience with your guide
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Awesome excursion

We had an incredible time with Seaquest. The crew were top notch, super friendly and knowledgeable. We never felt rushed. If we encountered something interesting on the way (like a manta feeding at the surface) they were happy to stop and linger. Zodiacs arent for...More

Thank Jenifer D
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile
Such A Treat!!!

Captain Bill and McKinley where so awesome and knowledgeable about the island and its culture!!! Our dolphin guide kept us right in the action the whole time!!! Will absolutely be booking again the next time we’re on the island and highly recommend it as a...More

Thank Heather H
Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile
Dolphin swim

Had a great day on the water with Captain Bill and crew McKinley and Kai! Saw and swam with the spinner dolphins several times and watched them play along the boat. The crew gave a great explanation of how to swim with them, making it...More

Thank Amy R
Reviewed 19 June 2018
If only I could give 10 stars...

Start off with a fantastic crew (Hope, Natalie and Kelly), add in spending 30 minutes viewing a dolphin pod, going to the top snorkel spot on the island that is difficult to access and top it all off with eagle eyed sightings of a sea...More

Thank Bob D
Reviewed 10 June 2018
Three stop snorkel tour to Kealakekua Bay and other locations with lunch included: FABULOUS!

We had a most wonderful time this morning with Sea Quest Tours. Captain Steve and assistant Skylar were both super friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and really funny too! Captain Steve took us to many beautiful places and we learned about lava tubes, Captain Cook as well...More

Thank ALISON G
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