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Whale and Dolphin Search and Snorkel

This morning adventure is a fantastic opportunity for snorkelers to experience the incredible marine diversity of Hawaii. On this safari-style excursion, we will be on the search for all wildlife both nearshore and offshore. It is common for us to encounter dolphins, manta rays, sharks and other pelagic species on these excursions.

Guests will also have the opportunity to snorkel at some of the many vibrant coral reefs along the coast.

The Kona coast hosts a diverse array of whale and dolphin species, making its waters some of the most exciting to explore in Hawaii! Join us as we seek out the most exciting cetacean encounters we can find, whilst cruising the beautiful blues offshore.

What to Expect

This trip is our top recommendation for intrepid snorkelers with a sense of adventure. Its early start means we are one of the first boats to leave the marina and often the first to find the wildlife.

Departing from the Honokohau Harbor, our custom vessel takes you into the deep blue off the Kona Coastline for an incredible sea life experience. During the tour we will get within close viewing distance to witness dolphins, whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and more!

During the tour, our professional naturalists are here to educate, and enhance your experience. With their in-depth knowledge of the diverse marine life here in Hawaii, you’ll leave with a greater understanding of, and respect for, the wildlife you encounter.

After that, we will anchor near a snorkeling reef for your to enjoy the tropical coral and a variety of exotic fish. This is not a destination-specific trip, which allows us to be flexible as new information regarding wildlife sightings becomes available.

We always recommend wearing a swimsuit, as you never know when the perfect opportunity for an intimate wildlife encounter may arise, whether on the reefs or in the blue. Slide off the back swim-step into turquoise waters, and easily climb back onboard with our deep swim-ladder. Rinse-off with a fresh-water shower and sink back into padded seats to resume the search. Trust us when we tell you the experience will be well worth the early wakeup.


  • Professional Naturalist Crew
  • Comfortable and Safe Boat
  • Snorkel Gear and Life Vests
  • Onboard Restrooms
  • Shaded seating area
  • Snacks, water, and soft drinks onboard.
  • BYOB (no glass allowed)
  • Padded seats and ample dry storage for cameras and gear
  • Fly bridge for height advantage when searching for marine life


4.5 hours


Honokohau Boat Harbor - 247 Kealakehe Pkwy. Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Cancellation Policy

24 hours notice is required for all cancellations. All canceled reservations are subject to a 5% cancellation fee per person to cover the merchant service charges. Reservations canceled less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled tour are not eligible for a refund. Guests may reschedule reservations at no charge up to 24 hours prior to the tour.