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Dolphin Dreaming - Dolphin Swim provided by Hawaii Oceanic

Dolphin Dreaming - Dolphin Swim

Dolphin Dreaming - Dolphin Swim
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Tour snapshot
Swim with wild dolphins on a small-group tour 
Duration:
3h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
12
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    12
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Experience the bliss of swimming with dolphins—plus snorkeling at a nearby reef—on a personalized boat excursion. Skip the crowds and chaos of larger dolphin-viewing cruises and book this small-group trip that offers guidance on how to interact respectfully with the dolphins. Plus, a guide takes photos of your dolphin experience so you can focus on the moment without worrying about taking photos. 
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Learn about the dolphin habitat and lifecycle from your guide
  • Take home photos at no added cost
  • Spot tropical fish, sea turtles, and rays while snorkeling at a reef
What to expect
  • Swim with dolphins in Kona, on The Big Island of Hawaii. In this small-group experience with a maximum of 12 passengers, you will experience wild Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins in their natural habitat. We are the first dolphin tour boat out of the harbor in the morning, which allows us to deliver a more private, crowd-free experience. Before entering the water, you'll receive a briefing on our process to safely and humanely engage with the dolphins. We enter the water at least 50 yards from the dolphins, and we float in their presence as they choose to swim through our group. While in the water, the dolphins often come within inches of us, but we do not reach out and touch them. We simply float in their presence, avoiding overhand swimming or kicking when dolphins are nearby. After 1-3 "snorkel drops," time permitting, we may stop at another coral reef on the way home, for a chance to snorkel on Kona's beautiful coral reefs. This tour lasts a total of 3.5 hours.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Learn about the dolphin habitat and lifecycle from your guide
  • Take home photos at no added cost
  • Spot tropical fish, sea turtles, and rays while snorkeling at a reef
What to expect
  • Swim with dolphins in Kona, on The Big Island of Hawaii. In this small-group experience with a maximum of 12 passengers, you will experience wild Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins in their natural habitat. We are the first dolphin tour boat out of the harbor in the morning, which allows us to deliver a more private, crowd-free experience. Before entering the water, you'll receive a briefing on our process to safely and humanely engage with the dolphins. We enter the water at least 50 yards from the dolphins, and we float in their presence as they choose to swim through our group. While in the water, the dolphins often come within inches of us, but we do not reach out and touch them. We simply float in their presence, avoiding overhand swimming or kicking when dolphins are nearby. After 1-3 "snorkel drops," time permitting, we may stop at another coral reef on the way home, for a chance to snorkel on Kona's beautiful coral reefs. This tour lasts a total of 3.5 hours.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 40277P2
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
  • All necessary equipment
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from harbor
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • 78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA We will meet you near the boat ramp at Keauhou Small Boat Harbor. Please call 808-326-2682 if you do not find us immediately.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking
  • Swimming experience required
  • Ride along is an option
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
  • All necessary equipment
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from harbor
Departure details
  • 78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA We will meet you near the boat ramp at Keauhou Small Boat Harbor. Please call 808-326-2682 if you do not find us immediately.
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking
  • Swimming experience required
  • Ride along is an option
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 14 Jul 2021
A note from Dolphin Dreaming - Dolphin Swim
Snorkel gear is sanitized between usage.
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Tiffany K
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Couples
We did a dolphin swim yesterday morning and we couldn’t be happier with our guide (Hunter) and captain (Jeff)!! The amount of knowledge we learned is indescribable! We got to swim with the dolphins and snorkel in multiple areas. Both Jeff and Hunter made the experience and we even booked another snorkle with the Manta Tays becuase of them! If your looking for an affordable tour this is place to go and DEFINITELY try and get on one of these guys boats you WON’T regret it!!!
Written 18 September 2021
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Tania K
2 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Best excursion ever! Chad and Jesse were great hosts! Floated with the dolphins who put on quite a show. Then went to amazing reef and ended with swimming with the manta rays! Def a bucket list trip! Well worth the money!
Written 9 September 2021
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Robyn B
Saint Louis, MO101 contributions
Wow. Wow. Wow. Chad and Jesse - first thank you! What a trip! Within the first 15 minutes Chad and Jesse spotted dolphins and we were off. We got so close it was absolutely amazing. For almost an hour, we got to witness the wild dolphins, wow! Then on the way back they said we would snorkel. Haha. They pulled us up to a reef and immediately Chad found four huge manta rays. We swam with them, so beautiful. Chad had the knowledge to explain how it was a female and a mating chain. It was very special to witness all of this. At the end, Jesse was able to air drop his video he took of the trip. Spectacular underwater photography uploaded so quickly to my phone. Best snorkel trip EVER!
Written 4 August 2021
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Hawaii O
The Kona coast never fails to deliver, and we're happy to hear about your experience with dolphins, manta rays, Chad, Jesse, and underwater photography! That's a combination that should always earn 3 wows :) Mahalo
Written 9 August 2021
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elizabeth c
Lynwood, CA5 contributions
Jul 2021
These guys really know what they’re doing but more importantly, they care about delivering an exceptional experience. They showed the highest level of respect for both their human charges and the dolphins and sea life we were gifted with visiting.
Since I assume every outing is a little different depending on conditions or even luck, I was impressed with their flexibility and perseverance in working to make sure everyone, including young children and those with limited swimming skills, had the optimal experience.
Written 30 July 2021
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Shannon S
3 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
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Thanks, Captain Chad & Jesse, for giving us an extraordinary experience during this morning’s Dolphin Dreaming tour. We had an outstanding time from start to finish. We appreciated you sharing your knowledge and expertise with us so we could float with dolphins right off the Kona coast.

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The tour was well worth waking up at 5 AM and walking 3 miles from Magic Sands to Keauhou Harbor in time for our. 6:45 AM departure. You guys really know what’s up, and we would highly recommend Dolphin Dreaming to anyone who wants to experience dolphins up close and personal in their natural habitat, while observing some simple guidelines to minimize our impact to their environment.

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It was truly a magical and awe-inspiring adventure, and one we will remember forever. We’d gladly book another trip with you, and only wish we could do it again during this trip. Mahalo for being awesome!
Written 22 July 2021
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Hawaii O
Thank you for the feedback, and we're glad to hear Chad and Jesse showed you a great time with our beloved Spinner Dolphins. Since Spinner Dolphins enter a rest cycle in the late morning, we've found them to be most interactive and engaging early in the morning. We agree it's worth waking up early to experience! Mahalo for being awesome!
Written 9 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Marla
2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Chad and Jesse were amazing!!! They went above and beyond to ensure everyone on the boat had a great time! They were knowledgeable, friendly, and just a joy to be around. It was amazing to see the pods of dolphins. Highly recommend this tour!
Written 14 July 2021
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Hawaii O
We're happy to hear you enjoyed the dolphins! Engaging with Hawaii's wild Spinner Dolphins is a great experience that's even better when you're around knowledgable and friendly people, like Chad and Jesse.
Written 21 July 2021
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Shelby S
1 contribution
We had such a great time! The two gentlemen that ran the tour did a fantastic job with safety and best practices around the dolphins. They quickly found dolphins and showed us how to float with them to encourage them to come close enough just to see. It was an amazing experience! After we saw the dolphins a few times, our group was able to go to another location to snorkel, which was equally as amazing! It was a great tour for families. They truly went above and beyond what we expected! They even took photos of the dolphins and everyone on the boat to document and put it together into a quick video! Thank you guys!! Keep up the great work!
Written 8 July 2021
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hawaiioceanic
Mahalo for your feedback, and we're happy to hear you had a wonderful time with Captain Chad, our boat crew Jesse, and Hawaii's famous spinner dolphins. We take great pride in our humane and environmentally cautious approach to engaging with the dolphins, and we go out of our way to improve our guests' experience by taking photos and videos that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
Written 10 July 2021
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Marlon
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Friends
This was an awesome experience with a great staff. We were able to swim with a pod of dolphins multiple times and even get to see more on the way back. Crew was very professional & knowledgeable. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to have a phenomenal & unforgettable experience. Mahalo! 🤙🏽
Written 6 July 2021
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hawaiioceanic
Mahalo for your feedback, and we're glad you enjoyed the intimate experience with Hawaii's famous spinner dolphins!
Written 8 July 2021
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Julia C
2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
This was an awesome trip and clearly Chad and Jessie knew what they were doing. We were able to float and view the pod of dolphins three times and watched as other tours attempted and failed to do the same. This crew was so quick to chart the right course and pivot when needed. Worth every penny - don’t hesitate!
Written 2 July 2021
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hawaiioceanic
Aloha Julia - thank you for the feedback, and we're glad you had a great time with Captain Chad, Jesse, our amazing Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, and Hawaii Oceanic. Mahalo
Written 3 July 2021
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Lizbeth S
1 contribution
Feb 2020
This trip was truly amazing. Imagine swimming with a pod of 200 dolphins! And the best part is your the fisrt group to see the dolphins in the morning. In addition we had 3 or 4 whale sightings( one with a calf) while enroute to locating the pod.

Aali our captain and Micah our dive guide were just wonderful. Aali has the best assortment of music for the trip and kept us close to the pod for 3 individual swims. Micah would direct us in the water and would free dive down to 15 to 20 ft to get pictures of dolphins and us as we snorkeled. Thanks again!

This is one not to be missed!

George and Beth
Red Wing, Minnesota
Written 16 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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PeterP683
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Amazing Manta Experience with a Top Rate company! 6-Stars!
What an amazing experience. We went out on the 6:50P trip. Staff was awesome, from the wetsuit fitting, instruction
B3359MKerics
B3359MKerics
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Must do Activity
What an absolutely amazing snorkel! Hunter was incredible and got us positioned to have 4-5 manta rays underneath u
43kellyc
43kellyc
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Enjoyed this snorkeling trip!
The captain and first mate were knowledgeable and lots of fun. And the outing with a small group was great. Good sn
Song4koj
Song4koj
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Best part of our trip
We had a wonderful experience overall. It was confusing trying to find where to check in as it was not very visibl
Journey780424
Journey780424
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Great tour, lots of manta rays up-close, knowledgeable guides
Very well organized tour. The guide, organizer and captain were very knowledgeable and experienced. Got to see lots
Cardinalcrazy
Cardinalcrazy
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Incredible experience!
This was truly one of the most amazing things I’ve done in my life! The captain and crew were knowledgeable, friend
AnnaCamburn
AnnaCamburn
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Would recommend Hawaii Oceanic!
Husband and I went on an 8pm tour on 12/28/21 with Lexy (intro + organize), Justin (boat driver + manta expert), an
EatWellHere
EatWellHere
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Choose this company above all else!
Fabulous experience. We have snorkeled/dived many places all over the world. This is just an experience you won't
peggy890
peggy890
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Favorite Tour
My husband and granddaughter had the best time. The crew was wonderful and very knowledgeable. By far the favorite
Tracy W
Tracy W
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Amazing!
Incredible experience. You feel as though it is just you and the mantas, even though there are a bunch of people a
Janine R
Janine R
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Do it!
We had a great time. Very short ride to the viewing site, just hop in and hold onto the light board! Rays showed up
ashwinbahulkar
ashwinbahulkar
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Informative, well conducted and absolutely worth it
We absolutely loved the our snorkeling experience with Hawaii Oceanic. The boat tour itself was a highlight, passin
bethgC9099PF
bethgC9099PF
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Awesome
Jeff and Jesse were both amazing! Very knowledgeable and accommodating! We had a wonderful time and would definitel
Tedoops
Tedoops
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Loved it!
Big thanks to Jeff and Hunter for the awesome experience! Had such a great time getting up close and personal with
morenos141
morenos141
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Excellent experience
Jeff and Hunt were great. We saw MANY rays and they were very close. Excellent experience in general. Highly recomm
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