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“Do this do this do this!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dolphin Essence

Dolphin Essence
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Owner description: Wild dolphin swims and humpback whale watching
Cleveland, Ohio
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10 reviews
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“Do this do this do this!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

This was by far the very coolest thing we did on the Big Island. The experience was amazing. We got to actually swim above and along with a huge pod of spinner dolphins. We took tons of pictures and were able to hear them talking underwater. We were swimming in the open ocean with the gold sun shining and the water the bluest of blues with dolphins all around us. Our boat was just the three of us, and our captain John Float. After we swam with the dolphins is when our tour got truly amazing. While the other large boat tours headed home, John Float took us home with a pod of 60-70 dolphins. We stood at the hull of the boat and watched them swim along with us. We were so close we could have reached out and touched them. There were so many. We even saw a two week old baby that was only as big as my arm. John Float was kind, and truly knew what he was doing. This tour seemed so much more authentic than the others we saw. If you love animals and are going to do only one thing, do this. It was truly a once in a life time awesome experience!

Visited July 2013
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Johns Creek, Georgia, United States
1 review
“Magical”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2013

We went out with John Float on our last day on the Big Island and it is an experience I will never forget. We weren't even out of the marina before we encountered our first pod of spinner dolphins and it only got better. A small Zodiac is the perfect way to interact with the dolphins. I could see, in other boats, they just plop the group in the water, but John takes a much more intimate approach. He paces the pod, so that they are swimming all around you. It's really so much better than I can even describe. I count it as the highlight of our trip to Hawaii and on the short list of best memories of my lifetime.

Marcy W.

Visited May 2013
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Sacramento, California, United States
1 review
“Swimming with wild dolphins!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

A one of a kind ,life changing experience!! Glad we did this instead of para sailing! Our guide and captain, John Float is an expert naturalist who taught us a ton about the dolphins and ocean life! We will be back for the humpbacks in January.

Visited May 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
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“Worth every penny.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2012

Better than the average dolphin excursion because you are limited to only six people in the boat. John took really nice care of us. We saw dolphins, whales, and manta rays and had many opportunities for swimming with both dolphins and manta rays.

Visited January 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
“Most knowledgeable and peaceful guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

In December 2011, I went on John Float's boat, of Dolphin Essence, in Kona, Big Island, Hawaii to swim with the dolphins. There were 100's and we also saw 7 beautiful manta rays. John is very attuned to the dolphins, and always finds them. He is very respectful of all sea life as well as of his guests. He only takes 6 people at a time, and he really cares about you. He offers healthy snacks, plays beautiful meditative music, has a great sense of humor, and generously shares his deep knowledge of the oceans. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants an unusual dolphin encounter. Aloha. Mary

Visited December 2011
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