2.5 Hours
Duration
Big Island
Location
7:30AM
Tour Times
Best Of Hawaii

Imagine your first sighting of a pod of Hawaiian spinner dolphins. They swim effortlessly along in large social groups called “pods”. Our Zodiac approaches cautiously and then suddenly there they are amazingly close, right next to the raft. Your captain, careful not to disturb them, follows along as they circle their resting area.

You suit up into mask and fins and gently slip over the side. Having been briefed on proper protocol, you gently float in the vicinity of the dolphin pod, hoping they will approach. Then it happens, the pod moves closer and you see them gliding along beneath you. You see a “keiki”, or baby dolphin, keeping close to its mother. You hear the “clicks” of their sonar and it seems like they are looking right at you!

A dolphin encounter is the experience of a lifetime. Hawaii’s spinner dolphins are a close knit family unit. Pods of dolphins frequent the Kona coast waters taking time to rest during the day before their nocturnal feeding schedule. Captain Zodiac follows NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) recommendations for safe encounters with marine mammals.

Tour includes soft drinks, snacks, snorkel gear and professional instructions.

Schedule:

  • Availability: Tuesday and Friday
  • Tour Time: 7:30 AM
  • Duration: 2.5 Hours

Recommendations:

  • Wear swimsuits, bring towels, light cover up, sun protection (including sunscreen, hats or visors and sunglasses) and cameras.

Restrictions:

  • This is an open ocean activity recommended for swimmers, experienced snorkelers and healthy people.
  • Ocean Rafting can be a bouncy, rough ride; we do not allow any persons with back or neck problems, recent surgeries and no pregnant women.

Location:
Address: 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy., #16, Kailua Kona, 96740
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/bowdUkYpPtA2

Directions From Waikoloa Area: Travel SOUTH on HWY 19 Queen Ka’ahumanu  Hwy. 4 stoplights south of Airport Make a RIGHT on Kealakehe Pwky – Honokohau Harbor entrance. Take First Right Turn about a block down. Our parking lot is on the left, Gentry’s Marina. Check in at our Office in the Blue Roof building

Directions From South Kona: Travel NORTH on HWY 19 Queen Ka’ahumanu Hwy. Make a LEFT on Kealakehe Pwky – Honokohau Harbor entrance. Take First Right Turn about a block down. Our parking lot is on the left, Gentry’s Marina. Check in at our Office in the Blue Roof building

Directions From Hilo: Travel WEST on Saddle Road (Hwy 200) to Kona. Stay Left on the Daniel K. Inouye Hwy. Make a LEFT on Mamalahoa Hwy (190). Make a Right on Hina Lani. Make a LEFT on HWY 19 Queen Ka’ahumanu Hwy. Travel SOUTH on HWY 19 Queen Ka’ahumanu Hwy. Make a RIGHT on Kealakehe Parkway – Honokohau Harbor entrance. Take First Right Turn about a block down. Our parking lot is on the left, Gentry’s Marina. Check in at our Office in the Blue Roof building

Directions From Alii Drive: Travel NORTH on Alii Drive. Make a LEFT on HWY 19 Queen Ka’ahumanu Hwy. Travel NORTH on HWY 19 Queen Ka’ahumanu Hwy. Make a LEFT on Kealakehe Pwky – Honokohau Harbor entrance. Take First Right Turn about a block down. Our parking lot is on the left, Gentry’s Marina. Check in at our Office in the Blue Roof building

Special Notes:
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled your time for check-in.

Activity Company: Captain Zodiac