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Dolphin Excursions on Kauai

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Kauai Dolphins and Kauai Dolphin Watches are total fun!

Dolphin tours on Kauai pass what we refer to as the "sizzle" test! This is the test that measures the excitement and sheer joy that exudes from the pours of its participants. Do your own experiment: Ask a child what sea animal or fish is the most fun or which they would most like to be. Nine times out of ten the answer will come back quickly with the word "dolphin". Dolphins seem to take that position in our "mind's eye" as the most carefree and happy of the animals found in the ocean. This is quite simply why the Kauai dolphin tours and Kauai dolphin watches are so very popular. A young child cannot be an adult, but an adult can still be a young child, and the child within us all recognizes the dolphins and all they embody as the most exciting sea animal in the ocean. When dolphins jump and race and flip and play they raise the spirits of all who see them and it is for this reason that when the very first dolphins are spotted on a dolphin watch the side of the vessel they were seen from will be swamped with both children and adults who can't wait to get a first glimpse. Going on a dolphin tour on Kauai will bring you great joy and should be a "must do" on your Kauai activities list.
The Hawaiian name for dolphin is Nai'a, and refers to all species of dolphins found in Hawaiian waters. Four species of dolphins are often found in the waters around Kauai. They are the Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin, the Rough-toothed Dolphin, the Spotted Dolphin and the Spinner Dolphin. Other dolphin species have been known to pass through the islands but are relatively rare. The two most popular species of dolphins seen in Kauai waters are the Bottlenose Dolphins and the Spinner Dolphins.

The Hawaiian name for dolphin is Nai'a, and refers to all species of dolphins found in Hawaiian waters. Four species of dolphins are often found in the waters around Kauai. They are the Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin, the Rough-toothed Dolphin, the Spotted Dolphin and the Spinner Dolphin. Other dolphin species have been known to pass through the islands but are relatively rare. The two most popular species of dolphins seen in Kauai waters are the Bottlenose Dolphins and the Spinner Dolphins.

  • Spinner Dolphins are the smallest of Kauai's common dolphins. The Spinners are generally between 4 and 6 feet in length and weigh 125 to 180 pounds. Kauai has its own subspecies that is easy to recognize by its distinctive "three-tone" color pattern which consists of a sharply defined dark gray "cape" on their backs, a stripe of lighter gray on their sides and a white or pink belly. These Spinner dolphins gets their name from their peculiar habit of jumping high into the air and spinning several times on their tails before falling back into the water. No one is quite sure why the dolphins spin, but this particular maneuver is one of the most fun to watch. Around Kauai, Spinner Dolphins congregate at night in large herds in the deep underwater drop-offs that surround the island. In the daytime, they separate into smaller groups and come near shore to relax and to frolic. The Spinners Dolphins can often be seen on the coastline leading from Port Allen on the way to the Na Pali Coast at great delight to those taking day trips to visit the spectacular Na Pali Coastline.

  • The second species of dolphin most often found in the waters off Kauai is the Bottlenose Dolphin. Known for their playfulness around vessels and star performances at oceanariums, Bottlenose Dolphins are probably the most popular of all cetacean species. Adults range in size from seven to eleven feet in length and weigh between 600 and 850 pounds. Their backs are medium gray, their sides are lighter gray and their bellies are white or pink. Offshore animals are darker in color than those found inshore and sometimes appear to be less interested in swimming along with boats. A few thousand Bottlenose Dolphins are believed to inhabit the waters around Kauai, usually living in groups of two to fifteen individuals. Most of these groups are permanent residents of certain coastlines and harbors, and are therefore easy to spot.

The life cycle cetaceans in general is also the life cycle of the dolphin. Both bear live young which are nursed on mother's milk as they provide care for their young. A dolphin calf is born ready for action with its eyes wide open and it already has enough muscular coordination and alertness in its senses to immediately follow its mother. Immediately after birth the mother will take its calf directly to the surface for its first breath of air. Unlike other mammals the dolphin's mother will nurture it and stay with it for years often nursing it for two years and caring for it for an additional two to five years. Dolphins can have a life expectancy of up to thirty years and they tend to bear one calf once every other year.

The dolphins have a brain size roughly the size of a human. Their superior intelligence to that of other mammals in unquestionable and they have an impressive ability to learn and to imitate behaviors. These talents have not gone un-noticed by dolphin attractions throughout the world who train them to perform various acts of agility.


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$131.90
(5 Reviews, 5 Stars)

This 5 hour morning trip to the NaPali coast includes it all. Thrill to the sight of playful spinner dolphins, sea turtles and the spectacular beauty of NaPali. Your friendly and attentive crew share history…

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$147.00
(4 Reviews, 5 Stars)

You will find the hospitality of the captain and crew every bit as comforting as the stable ride you'll encounter on this sea worthy ocean sailing catamaran. Expect dolphins, turtles and whales (in…

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$129.90
(3 Reviews, 5 Stars)

The Na Pali Explorer II allows for a more comfortable yet still adventuresome ride. This experience will bring into view the Na Pali Coastline, secluded beaches and marine life. Swim and snorkel near a…

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$101.90
(2 Reviews, 5 Stars)

A 3.5 to 4 hour cruise along Kauai's spectacular coast as the afternoon light brings a special magic to NaPali. Hear the history and legends from the crew and experience sightseeing, dolphin watching…

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$185.00
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Be one of the lucky few who have had the privilege of experiencing the crystal clear waters off the forbidden island of Niihau. This tour is similar to the NaPali trip but after going to NaPali they set…

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$184.90
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This trip will not only show you the towering sea cliffs of the NaPali Coast but will also take you across the channel to the forbidden island of Ni'ihau. This is one of the few boats with the speed…

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$134.90
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

6+ hour ultimate adventure tour explores the nooks and crannies of NaPali in all of its majesty! Travel under the waterfalls and into sea caves (conditions permitting). Encounter playful dolphins, sea…

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$126.90
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Five hour trip along the Napali Coast with snorkeling and whale watching in season. This catamaran can go into some of the larger sea caves if ocean conditions permit.

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$131.90
(4 Reviews, 4.8 Stars)

This wonderful excursion to the NaPali Coast on board the Leila will sail you to pristine snorkel sights. Along the way, you will see waterfalls, sea caves, shear cliffs, and marine life sightings. Our…

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$151.90
(4 Reviews, 4.8 Stars)

Start your morning with a beautiful cruise along the Na Pali Coast, where you'll see spectacular sea cliffs, enchanting waterfalls and timeless lava tubes. Enjoy the history and legends of the ancient…

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$126.90
(2 Reviews, 4.5 Stars)

Five hour snorkel and sightseeing trip along the Na Pali Coast. This catamaran can go into some of the larger sea caves if ocean conditions permit.

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$133.90
(4 Reviews, 4.3 Stars)

Start your morning with a beautiful cruise along the NaPali Coast and snorkel. Explore Kauai's rugged NaPali Coast where you'll see spectacular sea cliffs, enchanting waterfalls and timeless…

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$114.90
(4 Reviews, 4 Stars)

Five hours of your breathtaking adventure explores the nooks and crannies of NaPali in all of its majesty! Discover lush valleys and majestic cliffs. Explore sea caves and waterfalls. Encounter playful…

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$147.00

Enjoy an afternoon snorkel with a dinner buffet and a light snack of cheese and crackers deli style, soft drinks of juice, soda and water. Sight see along the NaPali coastline where you'll see sea…

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$159.00

Encounter dolphins, turtles, whales (when in season) and more. You will always remember the sight of dolphins swimming right in front of you. We limit our capacity to 6 guests per tour, so you can be sure…

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$102.90

This tour offers a 4 hour sightseeing adventure along Kauai's spectacular coast. Morning tour available year round and Spring through Fall offers an afternoon tour where light enhances the beauty of…

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$154.00

This afternoon 3 hour sightseeing tour along the NaPali Coast is breathtaking. The rugged terrain of the coast is unforgettable. HoloHolo offers two tours daily one at 12:30 pm, the other at 1:00 pm. Tour…

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$74.90

This seasonal tour is available December through April, when the Humpback Whales come to Hawaii for a little rest and relaxation. The tour includes a ride along Kauai's beautiful South Shore to spot…

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