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Kona Ocean Experience

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Closes in 26 min: 08:00 - 20:00
Open today: 08:00 - 20:00
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Kona Ocean Experience offers quality personalized boat excursions to encounter dolphins, observe manta rays at night and watch for whales. With experienced and knowledgeable dive guides you can experience a personalized encounter with dolphins...more
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 20:00
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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78-7100 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2527
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+1 808-557-5560
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 November 2014

I have been to Hawaii for the past forty years to every island. I took so many different guided trips in every island. However, this experience swimming with dolphins and manta rays was truly an unforgettable life time experience! I also felt so spiritual and...More

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Konaoceanx, Manager at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2016

Our response to is long overdue but we sincerely want to thank you for taking the time to submit a review of your tour with Kona Ocean Experience. It is especially good to receive feedback from someone who has experienced forty years of many different...More

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

So this is complicated to review. As far as the actual manta ray swimming: there only so much anyone can control. The area was crowded. Which they said was due to northern tours coming down because of the high tide. So when we only saw...More

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Konaoceanx, Manager at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2017

The sushi (plus fresh fruit) platter that Kona Ocean Experience offers our guests is made daily by a professional Japanese sushi chef, and consists of 15-18 pieces made with imitation crab as it is usually acceptable to vegetarians. It is meant to be an appetizer...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I did both the manta ray and dolphin swim. Both were very enjoyable. I especially liked the dolphin swim which also includes snorkeling in the coral reef by the captain cook monument. Captain Bambi's boat seems to attract the dolphins and we...More

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Kona Ocean Expe... i, Owner at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Mahalo for joining us and taking the time to leave a review, we greatly appreciate it! We are glad to hear that you "especially liked the dolphin swim" during the tour. We strive to make everyone's experience personable! Thank You again!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great trip with Melissa who not only brought us to the spinner dolphins but gave us many detailed information about wildlife, nature and her beautiful island.

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Kona Ocean Expe... i, Owner at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Mahalo for joining KOEX on our Dolphin Swim Tour. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience and "had a great trip" with us. We appreciate you taking the time to post a nice review and hope you join us again upon your return.

Reviewed 3 October 2018

I wish I would have known that we would be sitting at a mooring for over 1 hour and 15 minutes on a very windy day. Our whole boat got very nauseous. I realize that they cannot predict when a storm may have brewed up...More

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Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

Magnificent... awe inspiring...breathtaking. That just begins to describe the feeling I had being in the presence of the manta rays. And Kona Expeditions with Bambi is the only way to go. Before we jumped in the water to see the mantas, we took a leisurely...More

Thank Nancy R
Kona Ocean Expe... i, Owner at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank You for your glowing review of, "Magnificent... awe inspiring...breathtaking", exactly how we feel about the beauty that the Big Island has to offer. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your experiences with KOEX and appreciate your recommendation! Mahalo.

Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Let me start with the fact that I have been snorkeling with different companies more than 5 times in Hawaii over the past 2 years but I am still not super comfortable in the water. And this is the third time my fiancé (He proposed...More

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Kona Ocean Expe... i, Owner at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha and thank you for the beautiful review. We are glad to hear that you felt "safe" and "super comfortable" on the tour with us! Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! We hope that you return to our beautiful island and join us again.

Reviewed 24 August 2018

We went out first thing in the morning with Bambi as our captain, and found the dolphins quite quickly. It was an amazing experience especially seeing a mother with her calf. After that we went snorkelling near the Cook memorial as well. Really recommended!More

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Kona Ocean Expe... i, Owner at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Mahalo for joining us, we are glad to hear you had "an amazing experience" with us! Whale season can be a spectacular time to take a tour and we are so excited that you were able to view the mother with her calf. We hope...More

Reviewed 10 August 2018

Thanks to Bambi for the wonderful tour. My family and I did the morning dolphin swim and snorkel. It was my mom's 3rd time trying to swim with dolphins, and she had no luck the last 2 times. However this time, Bambi knew exactly what...More

Thank Risa T
Kona Ocean Expe... i, Owner at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Mahalo for your awesome review! We are glad to hear that you, your Mom and your family had a "fantastic experience" and enjoyed the tour! We greatly appreciate the recommendation and hope that you will join us again in the future!

Reviewed 7 August 2018

I cannot say enough good things about this tour company! First, let me preface this by saying that I am 48 years old and had a stroke 2 years ago. My entire right side was affected - arm and leg. I'd been taking swim lessons...More

Thank Laura Q
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

We took the sunset Manta snorkeling tour. They start with a short cruise along the shore and gave us a small history lesson about the events along this coast. This definetely is the team to choose if you are a family of 5 or 6....More

Thank jean l
Kona Ocean Expe... i, Owner at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank You for the "Awesome" review. We greatly appreciate your kind words and are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour and saw "tons of rays" despite your wife and daughter getting sea sick. Mahalo from the KOEX crew!

Reviewed 24 July 2018

We signed up for the Kealakekua Bay activity and chose Kona Ocean Experience ("KOEX") due to the fact they cater to small groups. Although I had taken this tour before, my wife had not. We both found the trip to be both educational and informative....More

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Kona Ocean Expe... i, Owner at Kona Ocean Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha and Mahalo for the wonderful review, we greatly appreciate you taking the time to write in such detail! We are glad that your wife enjoyed the experience so much that she was able to convince you to also join KOEX for our Manta Tour....More

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