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Ultimate Ocean Encounters Midday Snorkel provided by Ocean Encounters

Ultimate Ocean Encounters Midday Snorkel

Ultimate Ocean Encounters Midday Snorkel
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h
Group size:
30
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Group size:
    30
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Snorkel Mask and Fins
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Soda/Pop
Exclusions
  • Reef safe sun block, towels.
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Bite Me Sport Fishing- Kona Deep Sea Fishing Charters, 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy #1, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Additional information
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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 30 travellers
Inclusions
  • Snorkel Mask and Fins
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Soda/Pop
Exclusions
  • Reef safe sun block, towels.
Departure details
  • Bite Me Sport Fishing- Kona Deep Sea Fishing Charters, 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy #1, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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 30 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Bite Me Sport Fishing- Kona Deep Sea Fishing Charters
    74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy #1, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
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  • 1
    Honokohau Marina & Small Boat Harbor
    Stop: 30 minutes
    On this 3-hour excursion you can expect to see and snorkel with as much sea life as possible. Trust our Captains and Crew with their knowledge of the Kona Coast and all the beauty it has to offer. Keep your eyes out for spinner dolphins, turtles, whales, colorful schools of fish and vibrant reef. Our crew will be happy to share some fun historical facts, snorkel tips, and fun fish stories. Strap on your snorkel gear and get ready to jump into the warm Hawaiian sea, for the Ultimate Ocean Encounter.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
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Sunshinejoaniej
San Diego, CA8 contributions
Mar 2022
Reviewing 230pm snorkel tour with Groupon. The young lady who checked me in was friendly and the process was easy. Captain Lena's enthusiasm set the tone for the trip. She was so happy you'd have thought it was the first time she'd seen spinner dolphins! Very positive & professional woman with a warm smile. Crew members Connor and Cher were both friendly and helpful as well. I needed extra help boarding due to a physical challenge and they were all accommodating and lent me their strength. They seemed attentive and friendly to all of the guests.

We saw the aforementioned spinner dolphins, a manta ray and a honu from the deck of the boat. There were plenty of reef fish to swim with at both sights. It would be a nice touch if the boat had laminated ID cards so people could identify what they saw. Also, this is not Fiji, so set your expectations of coral accordingly. There is quite a bit of motion both aboard the boat and in the water, so set yourself and your children up for success and take seasick meds before you check in if you are prone to mal de mer. There were maybe 16 of us and there was ample room for everyone and our stuff. I don't know what capacity is, but it didn't feel crowded. Noodles were available for those who desired them. Water, juice, and the typical snacks were provided, as was de-fog for your mask. I didn't check it out, but there is a head available if you need it. There is limited shade available, so if you need to stay out of the sun, make sure to position yourself near the front of the pack as you follow your crew down the walkway so that you can board first.

My only complaint is that it is a 3 hour tour, so now I have the Gilligan's Island theme song stuck in my head.

Overall a pleasant experience. Remember it takes a whale to tip the boat, but only you can tip the crew.
Written 4 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Paradise814885
2 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
I've been snorkeling before, never while in Hawaii, but other places and this excursion was amazing. We had a great boat crew that was informative and enjoyable. They brought us to different sites to snorkel and were in the water to help us find and/or identify and sea life we saw. Our group of 9 which consisted of 2 adults, 2 teenagers, and 5 young adults(18-20 yr. olds) all had a great time. We would highly recommend this tour!
Written 1 July 2021
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Frank
1 contribution
Feb 2022 • Couples
Captain Lena snd crew made the trip a great time. Very chill attitude, relaxed easy going. Snorkeled in two locations. Good tunes too. They offer a ride along rate for the spouse that does not care to snorkel.
Written 3 February 2022
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ndser
Vancouver, B.C.308 contributions
Mar 2022
We booked the Ocean Encounters (or was it the Bite Me Company ... hard to tell .. they seem to use both names and boats) mid-day snorkel tour in March using a combination of a Groupon, an additional discount and a Groupon credit that reduced the cost to less than $10 for the two of us. I wish I could say it was worth that much. We have dived & snorkeled in the Caribbean, Fiji, Cook Islands, Australia, Bali, Central America, Canada, and I have to say that I have never encountered such a poor selection of dive sites, a staff so uninterested in their customers or such unethical behaviour. Where to start?

First, the dive sites – one just south of the harbour entrance and one in an area just south of the airport – were barren with virtually no live coral, few fish and very poor species diversity (although clarity wasn't bad, it wasn't much of a benefit with little to see).

Second, the crew's interaction with their customers almost non-existent, consisting of a very brief introduction to explain procedures then ... nothing. When the boat was running, they disappeared – either forward near the head staring at their electronic devices or talking to each other, or up on the flying bridge with the pilot. When we were snorkeling, they were off on their own, totally ignoring their customers as they looked for their prey. When we were re-embarking, they were out of sight, offering no help to the people climbing up the ladder with their gear (and many were inexperienced and needed the help), something I have never seen before with any other operator.

Third, and in my mind, most importantly, was the unethical practice that we observed. One of the staff caught an octopus, which she showed to a few customers as she brought it back to the boat. We watched her as she swam surreptitiously to the bow, hoping to get a photo when she released the animal. We were quite shocked when she killed the animal and passed it in a plastic bag up to the pilot standing in the bow. Now, I don't know what the Hawaiian recreational fishing regulations might be, but that isn't the point. This was advertised as an ocean encounter, not a hunting trip. I had to wonder if the sites were chosen, not for what the customers might see, but for what the crew might take home for dinner.

In summary, bad snorkeling, bad crew, and an apalling level of unethical behaviour. Avoid this one regardless of the price.
Written 9 March 2022
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alwayz_on_vacation
Michigan416 contributions
Mar 2022
A disappointing experience.
We fortunately used a Groupon making the afternoon snorkel excursion under $60 for the two of us.
Our trip was changed from 1 pm to 2:30 the day before departure and instead of being a 3 hour trip we were back to the marina after 2.5 hours.
Later realizing the same boat left at 5:37 for the manta ray night sunset and snorkel so obviously why we were back early.
The boat, amenities, etc. were disappointing and the service even worse.
The crew was uninterested in educating, assisting, interacting and hung out on the upper level with the captain and in the water snorkeling on their own and then at the end asked for tips . . . really?!?!
We stopped at 2 snorkeling spots with somewhat rough conditions and limited fish.
Did see a small eel at the second stop.
I cannot recommend this excursion/company!
Written 9 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Juliet1320
Homestead, FL7 contributions
These people were amazing! Not only were they very experienced and knowledgeable but they were FUN! Sooo fun! Everyone was having a great time, such cool people running this tour. By far our favorite tour! Brian and Nalu were amazing, and our captain too! They were a whole mood, great music and fun times. The snorkeling was very nice we saw an octopus that Brian found, and there were lots of schools of bright yellow fish! There were snacks and refreshments on the boat too so you don’t feel like you’re stranded (I mention this because I’ve felt like this on yours before). I hands down recommend this snorkeling experience, we loved it.
Written 24 June 2021
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Tami J
6 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
The BEST part of our girls trip! We had the greatest time sailing with Lina, Mylee and Rubee. They were friendly, helpful, and fun to adventure with! We had a great time snorkeling, but then they helped us spot two whales that we were able to see up close. Then the fun continued when we spotted several dolphins that we were able to follow and encounter for about 20 minutes. Everyone was squealing! We all had the best time. Thank you so much! We would highly recommend!
Written 26 January 2022
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Montana S
1 contribution
This was awesome!!! We all had a blast! The crew was great, everyone was nice and easy going. They explained everything and were really helpful. It was not my first time snorkeling, but it was nice to know they were there to help. Awesome for all ages, I took my grandma with me and she had a great time. The animals I saw and held were so cool! I held a Collector Sea urchin and a cool starfish, touched a octopus, saw multiple different fish. As well as a manta ray, and a pufferfish! Last but not least but they gave the option of having a pool noodle to have with you as your snorkeling which I found super helpful actually. Thank you!!!
Written 4 June 2021
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acousineau
Highland, CA1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Family
The best snorkeling we have experienced after coming here for 5 years. The crew was great and very helpful to all. We saw all kinds of fish and a giant sea turtle. Can’t wait to go back.
Written 14 July 2021
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Frankie C
1 contribution
May 2021 • Couples
10/10 this was hands down the BEST experience we had in Kona. Beautiful stops, pretty fish, and an INCREDIBLE crew!! Shout out to Kayin and Kai!! If you decide to do this snorkeling tour be sure to request these guys!!!!!!!
Written 7 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Ocean Encounters
danmE6586CT
danmE6586CT
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Just magical
We had such a great experience. We were the only boat out there and we had a manta all to ourselves. He wouldn’t le
AdamA31642
AdamA31642
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Incredible Crew and Experience
The crew was knowledgeable, friendly and super accommodating, especially for our 4 year old. The manta rays were ma
tforney001
tforney001
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Manta Rays in Abundance and Up Close
This was one of the highlights of our trip to Hawaii. Ocean Encounters got us to a site where we saw dozens of man
Adventurer561884
Adventurer561884
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A must do while in Kona
Took the entire family on the night Manta experience and it was definitely an awesome experience. The crew was kno
scottmN1304CO
scottmN1304CO
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Epic Manta Ray Adventure!!
Review of Manta Ray Night Snorkel Adventure Reviewed today via mobile Great trip the top event of our 12 days here
SIM3105
SIM3105
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Amazing!
Great whale watching experience with Lena and Rory! We were able to see a mama and baby that breached at the same t
Mike M
Mike M
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Manta Rays all over the place - great!
Excellent crew and organization with many manta rays near us as soon as we got into the water. At times there were
kimberlymX8084DV
kimberlymX8084DV
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Hawaii MUST DO!
Hawaii MUST-DO! We live in Orlando and have Sea World just minutes away, so I was not sure how impressed our teens
Jordana S
Jordana S
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Great experience!!
Incredible experience!! We saw the manta rays up close and basically touched them, and had a great boat ride there
Howard G
Howard G
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Does NOT go to Kealakekua Bay.
The crew were wonderful. However.. the website for the "Morning Reef Snorkel" specifically indicates that the tour
TriciaB766
TriciaB766
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Just do it!
Great crew, awesome family experience 11-50 years! The mantas are majestic and so close they accidentally touch you
Leslie C
Leslie C
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The best crew for a once in a lifetime experience
We had a FABULOUS time on the manta ray night snorkel. I didn’t plan in advance for the manta ray snorkel but lucki
Resort698397
Resort698397
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Always on point
Captain Lena and her crew such as Bryan were amazing. It was fun and the were so patient with our children’s endles
estimatedtimeofa
estimatedtimeofa
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Highly Recommend the Manta Ray Night Snorkel with Ocean Encounters
The Manta Ray Night Snorkel was AMAZING! I originally scheduled the snorkel for Oct 9, but needed to change it abou
ashleyst509
ashleyst509
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Great 4 hour cruise with amazing views- but that's it.
I booked this on groupon because it was cheap and I thought why not? We booked for midday snorkel but were upgraded
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