The goal of this tour is locating Hawaiian spinner dolphins. They swim effortlessly along in large social groups called “pods”. The Zodiac approaches cautiously so 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.
What to Know
Check in: 7:00am at the Honokohau Marina.
Tour duration: 2.5 hours 7:30am-10am
Includes: All snorkel gear, high quality silicone masks, Rx masks, fins, float boards and detailed instructions. Soft drinks & snacks.
Please bring: towel, a light cover up, sunscreen, hat or visor, sunglasses, and camera.
Passengers sit on the side pontoons and each boat will hold up to 16 passengers.
Restrictions: Due to the bouncy nature of ocean rafting we do not allow pregnant women or people with back or neck problems on our tours.
Children under 4 are also prohibited.
Captain Zodiac is located in the Honokohau Marina and small boat harbor located approximately 5 miles south of the Kona Airport (3rd traffic light) and approximately 2 miles north of the town of Kailua-Kona ( 2nd traffic light).
The harbor entrance (Kealakehe Street) can be found by looking for a sign on the highway marked "HONOKOHAU MARINA" between mile markers 97 and 98. After turning onto Kealakehe Street make your first right and look for a mall with a blue tile roof. Our office is the first in the mall on the right.
Available on Tuesdays & Fridays