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Morning Reef Snorkel

Kailua-Kona, United States

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  • Offered in: English


Enjoy two Hawaiian underwater adventures for the price of one with this 4-hour combination dolphin-swimming encounter and snorkeling trip. Start by exploring the 600+ species of marine life like sea turtles, coral and tropical fish that call the reefs of Kealakekua Bay home. Then meet up with a local pod of wild spinner dolphins for an optional swimming session. A trip choice without the dolphin swimming portion is also available.
  • Snorkel among some of the 600+ species of marine that call Kealakekua Bay home
  • Learn about Kealakekua Bay's connection with British explorer Captain Cook
  • Jump in the water with a pod of wild spinner dolphins on an optional swimming experience
  • Great way to get an in-depth look at Hawaii's amazing marine life

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Bite Me Sport Fishing- Kona Deep Sea Fishing Charters
    74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy #1, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    Please join us at Bite Me Sportfishing Logo and Charter Shop.

Start time

08:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet in front the ‘Bite Me’ sport fishing store at the Big Island’s Honokohau Harbor. You’ll continue by 46-foot (14-meter) boat to the marine life sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay, also home to the historic marker for seafarer Captain Cook. During the ride make to watch for views of the Big Island’s sea caves and volcanic lava flows.

Spend the next 45 minutes of your trip enjoying snorkeling amidst the area’s mix of vibrant reefs. Depending on where you go you might see creatures like sea turtles, coral, tropical fish, and much more. During the winter, Humpback whales have been known to frequent the area as well. Once you’re back up on deck, you’ll also learn about the historical significance of the area, known for its connection to British explorer Captain Cook.

Continue your trip by heading out to find the pod of wild spinner dolphins that frequents the bay. Those who selected the dolphin swimming package will then have the opportunity to jump in the water with these wild fish, a magical experience that is sure to delight. You’ll return back to the harbor at the conclusion of your trip.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants four and under must provide their own life vests
  • Collasible wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Bring your kids to them if you want an early start on the sport of diving.
It was worth seeing the dolphins even though I didn't get in the water.
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I fear the fishes 🫣
Ashley_H, Mar 2023
I had a blast at both spots! The crew was fantastic and we got to do alot! I highly recommend this! You will thoroughly enjoy yourself!
Good time
Stephen_B, Jan 2023
Perfect weather, water warm, saw manta ray. Boat captain was good, first mate was knowledgeable about the area and what we would see.
Great experience with many added touches!
Karen_L, Jan 2023
We went to two different spots that each had distinctly different species of fish. It was very fun and interesting. In addition we saw a whale breaching on our way out to the first spot!! Kathy, they took is to a blow hole so we could see up close what it looks like and how the water is forced in and up to shoot out. The crew was excellent! One even got an octopus so we could all see it and learn about it! I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for this type of experience!
The crew was amazing and...
MLinda_R, Oct 2022
The crew was amazing and the reason they received three stars. It was not what was advertised we did not swim with dolphins, we did not go where the ad said we would go. There was no history tour. We were late getting out of the harbor because we were waiting for a party of 10. The highlight was seeing the baby reef sharks.
Maribel_M, Jul 2022
I booked and excursion, paid and received a confirmation. A day before excursion, by excursion was cancelled for “over booked”. 3 days to get refund and now all excursions are sold out. Fck your services.
Who runs the world? GIRLS!!!
samaiyah_m, Jun 2022
First and foremost the fact that It was an all woman crew was amazing!! The women were very nice and knowledgeable. I would recommend this to everyone!!
Great excursion
Felipe_R, Jun 2022
Great crew went above and beyond to make it a memorable experience! Also got to see Pilot whales on the way back
1 traveler found this review helpful
So glad we did this!
Alexis_L, Apr 2022
Our family of five had a marvelous time! Kind and helpful guides who knew just where to take us and captured some great go pro video of turtles we saw that they shared with us. A highlight of the trip.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Fun day on the boat, not a good snorkeling trip
Adam_F, Apr 2022
As others have noted, swimming with dolphins is not allowed in HI so that is not part of the trip. Was sad to find that out when we got there and not before. Had a fun day on the boat and the crew was friendly, but the snorkeling was pretty bad. Not many fish varieties and the coral was dull. We were told we were being taken somewhere better than Kealakekua Bay, but since it was bad and I've not been to Kealakekua Bay I'm left wondering. We snorkeled for maybe 30 minutes on the 4 hour tour. The waves and current were pretty bad. I understand that's part of being in the ocean but I expect the crew to be more attentive and proactive. Many swimmers had problems getting back to the boat and the crew had to swim them a rope.
1 traveler found this review helpful
It was great to see coral...
Deirdre_F, Apr 2022
It was great to see coral and fish, but we did not go to Kealakeua Bay as described, and were told when we got on board that they stopped including swimming with dolphins a few months ago. We instead went to 2 different stops that were not in a bay/calm waters which was ok for me, but some struggled with current. Enjoyed the trip and the crew were helpful, but wasn't what we expected - need to update the trip description on Viator.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Sparkling morning on the water
Deborah_A, Feb 2022
Captain and mate were fantastic, flexible, friendly. Saw some whales. Really wonderful morning on boat. Would recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
It was a great day with...
Lorelei_M, Jan 2022
It was a great day with Dolphins, Whales, and your staff was so nice and fun to hang out with. What a great day we had.
The tour operators were...
Danielle_J, Jan 2022
The tour operators were excellent! I think there were about 10 of us, which was a good group size. There was ample seating room on the boat and they also provided non alcoholic drinks and snacks. There were also floating noodles available for those who wanted them. We ended up seeing dolphins and humpback whales and the crew was great at pointing them out!
Super fun family experience
Randall_D, Dec 2021
Staff was excellent. We saw dolphins, turtles, an octopus, and many types of colorful fish. It was a great time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Thank you for an amazing experience!
Elizabeth_R, Nov 2021
I can’t say enough good things about the crew, Brian, Rory and Lena! My mom is not a swimmer and had a bad experience the last time she attempted to snorkel in Hawaii. Brian stayed with her the whole time, allowing her to conquer her fears! This was a big deal! They were also so great with my two young boys, 5 and 7. Very kind and entertaining crew!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Seeing the dolphins so close was an amazing experience. One not to be forgotten.
Ann_L, Nov 2021
Our boat captain and instructor were very serious about protocols and safety. We were lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins who swam with our boat as we headed out from the harbour. We drove out for about an hour before locating a protected area to snorkel and thoroughly enjoyed a safe, fun, relaxed experience. Saw a few fish and were reminded not to touch the coral. On the way back we explored the shoreline.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great snorkeling...highly recommend!
Carlos_S, Oct 2021
We had a blast! Went out hoping to see some dolphins and snorkel. Unfortunately no dolphins, but we had a blast snorkeling. Manta rays to Huma Huma triggers, Puffer fish to Long Nose Butterfly fish quite the array of see life. Crew was great, Lena and Louis. Can't say enough nice things about them and the customer service they showed my family. Highly recommend this trip, even without the dolphins. We were lucky enough to get a second trip, because we didn't see the dolphins. This was an afternoon trip, Lena was still the Captain and she is a Rockstar! The other crew members were nice and courteous as well. This time we went up towards the airport and at our first stop saw more Manta Rays. Second stop was right above a reef arch that had tons of fish, best spot by far. We all agree we would do this all over again.
Michelle_P, Sep 2021
Seeing the dolphins was awesome. The crew made several attempts for us to get in the water with the dolphins. It was such a cool experience. We also went snorkeling at a really nice location
The Palmer’s
Joyce_P, Sep 2021
This was awesome the crew were great and deserve a huge raise the best experience I could’ve had and will do it again
1 traveler found this review helpful
Good experience and kind service
Joe_H, Aug 2021
Very kind and professional ! We saw dolphins and many other fishes. Both adults and kids enjoyed the tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful


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