Dolphin Encounter and Snorkel - Splashers Ocean Adventures
Travel 17 miles south to Kealakekua Bay, home of the Captain Cook monument. Along the way, stop at historical sites and hear local legends and see points of interest. Your captain will watch for whales and dolphins. If the ocean conditions permit, they will let you get into the ocean for the dolphins to swim up and play with you. Once in Kealakekua Bay, you will get to snorkel for about 1 hour. You can expect to see turtles, brightly colored reef fish, coral that is over 1,500 years old, the Captain Cook Monument, fresh water springs, and possibly some Hawaiian spinner dolphins. Once back on board, lunch is provided. Travel another mile south to a second secret snorkeling destination, time permitting. On the return trip, stop at the sea caves and lava tubes, and visit Red Hill, where Madame Pele can only be seen by boat. Your knowledgeable crew will point out a few other points of interest on your return back to the harbor.
Operates: Daily at 9:00am.
Departure Point: Honokohau Harbor fueling dock.
Duration: 4 hours.
Equipment: 30 foot rigid hull inflatable raft with two 250 Yamaha HP, shaded padded seating and easy re-entry ladder.
Capacity: 19 passengers.
Turkey or veggie deli wrap or sandwich with chips, pineapple and a granola bar.
Juices and bottled water.
Inclusions: Lunch, snorkel gear, and reef safe sunscreen.
Serves Alcohol: There is not any alcohol available during the activity.
Foreign Language Translation: German translation is available during this activity. Japanese translation is available during the activity. Spanish translation is available during this activity.
Handicapped Accessible: This tour is not suitable for handicapped individuals.
Required Certifications: The participant is not required to have any certification or special license in order to participate.
Restrictions: We have a 48 hour cancellation policy. This activity is not accessible by wheelchair or walker and is not for people with bad backs or women who are pregnant. The minimum age to participate in this activity is 5 years old.
Per Person - 5 Years and Up
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- # 26-35 Feet
- # Zodiac Raft / Speedboat
- # 16-30 People
- # Kona Area
- # Snorkeling
- # 2-4 Hours
- # Tours With a Guide
- # Not Handicapped Accessible
- # Hotel Pickup is Not Available
- # Includes Lunch
- # Swim Stop Included
- # No Certification or Special License Required
- # Does Not Serve Alcohol
- # Moderate
- # Strenuous
- # Midday
- # Morning
- # Sea
- # German Translation Available
- # Japanese Translation Available
- # Spanish Translation Available
- # 3-5 Year Minimum Age
- # Kona Area
- # Honokohau Harbor
There have been 3 reviews written about the Dolphin Encounter and Snorkel with Splashers Ocean Adventures.
Average Product Rating: 3.0 / 5
This tour was just what we wanted. Our guide, Sidney, was the perfect host for our trip. The boat was spotless and comfortable. The trip to Capt. Cook's was a sight seeing delight of water, sunshine, lava tubes and whales. Once at the cove our snorkel was almost endless in the under water scenes of Coral and Sea life. We next moved to the cove by the city of refuge, and again the under water panorama of fish,coral, and turtles made the time on the trip fly by. Our guide provided the physical and cultural history along the way, and made sure not to give us so much information that we were overwhelmed. It was an enjoyable way to start our Hawaiian adventure.
Good points, The snorkelling around Kealakekua Bay was amazing, with beautiful coral and marine life. The dolphin sanctuary adjacent to Kealakekua Bay was also wonderful to see. I would be recommending to people that they visit these areas of the island. Points for improvement Location: It was very difficult to find Splashers. There were about a group of people wondering around both sides of the marina looking for the meeting point. The directions could be improved. There were 2 guides, a male and female guide. Unfortunately, the male guide did not make it a pleasant experience. I found the male guide was not very friendly, or client/ customer focussed. There was an instance where he yelled at one of the clients. The client had a snack of seeds, she threw the husk of the seed into the water, and the male guide yelled at her. I don't think it's necessary yelling at someone, especially to a client, and especially if the guide has not established what the rules are. A gentle correction would have resolved the issue. The female guide on the other hand was very friendly, and client focussed, she was advising, and helping clients in and out of the vessel. Lunch was nice, but they were very small portions, and some people like myself missed out on lunch because not enough sandwiches were packed. Second snorkelling location: When we finished with Kealakekua Bay, it would have been nice to keep snorkelling around the area, or another area nearby. Instead we drove 30 minutes out to sea searching for dolphins, and we didn't find any in the end. Didn't quite make sense to me, there was a dolphin sanctuary next to Kealakekua Bay, we could've just viewed the dolphins from the boat. Overall, the snorkelling experience was nice, but could have been improved by Splashers. Regards
Planned our trip with Splashers, it got delayed for 3 days then when we showed up were put on another company's boat. The captain told some crude jokes(doesn't bother me but be glad my kids weren't there), we didn't get lucky enough to get on top of the dolphins but the snorkeling was amazing.