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Luxury Dolphin Sail and Kona Snorkel provided by Hawaii Nautical

Luxury Dolphin Sail and Kona Snorkel

Luxury Dolphin Sail and Kona Snorkel
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Tour snapshot
Snorkel in secluded locations far from the crowds
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
6
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    4h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    6
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Skip the impersonal large group tours and head out into the waters off the Kona Coast on this half-day luxury sailing excursion capped at 6 guests to ensure a personal experience. In addition to offering background about the area’s marine life, your guide supervises snorkeling in secluded locations often inaccessible to visitors. A picnic lunch, private changing rooms, and fresh-water showers are available on board for your comfort and convenience.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Private changing rooms, showers, and restrooms on board
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch and unlimited refreshments
  • Small group size ensures an intimate experience
What to expect
  • Head to Honokohau Harbor in the morning and check in at the Hawaii Nautical dock. Climb aboard this luxurious cruising vessel, complete with private changing areas, fresh-water showers, and in-cabin restrooms, as you set off to experience the magic of coastal area near Kona. Depending on the day’s conditions and guest request, your vessel will head for one of several top-notch snorkeling spots. You might get to enjoy the swim-throughs, caves, and arches of Pawai Bay, or head to Makalawena, a secluded area that’s typically only reachable by boat or rugged off-road vehicle. Each guest will have access to an inflatable snorkel vest, gear, and even prescription masks to maximize the fun. When you’ve had your fill of snorkeling step back on board your yacht to enjoy an included lunch. Choose between a picnic lunch and special Japanese “Bento-style” meal options, washing it down with unlimited refreshments. Make sure to keep your eyes on the water as you eat, as you may be able to observe marine life like turtles, dolphins, and sometimes even whales, swimming nearby. At the end of your fabulous day at sea you’ll return back to the harbor where you started the trip. Certified Dolphin Smart Supplier Viewing wild dolphins in their natural habitat can be a thrilling experience. However, we can disturb dolphins’ natural behaviors, such as migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding, and sheltering by approaching wild dolphins too closely in vessels; moving vessels too quickly, or making too much noise. The Dolphin SMART program is a voluntary education program that encourages responsible advertising and viewing of wild dolphins; thereby, minimizing the risk of disrupting their natural behaviors. You are a steward for wild dolphin conservation by being a Proud Supporter of Dolphin SMART!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Private changing rooms, showers, and restrooms on board
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch and unlimited refreshments
  • Small group size ensures an intimate experience
What to expect
  • Head to Honokohau Harbor in the morning and check in at the Hawaii Nautical dock. Climb aboard this luxurious cruising vessel, complete with private changing areas, fresh-water showers, and in-cabin restrooms, as you set off to experience the magic of coastal area near Kona. Depending on the day’s conditions and guest request, your vessel will head for one of several top-notch snorkeling spots. You might get to enjoy the swim-throughs, caves, and arches of Pawai Bay, or head to Makalawena, a secluded area that’s typically only reachable by boat or rugged off-road vehicle. Each guest will have access to an inflatable snorkel vest, gear, and even prescription masks to maximize the fun. When you’ve had your fill of snorkeling step back on board your yacht to enjoy an included lunch. Choose between a picnic lunch and special Japanese “Bento-style” meal options, washing it down with unlimited refreshments. Make sure to keep your eyes on the water as you eat, as you may be able to observe marine life like turtles, dolphins, and sometimes even whales, swimming nearby. At the end of your fabulous day at sea you’ll return back to the harbor where you started the trip. Certified Dolphin Smart Supplier Viewing wild dolphins in their natural habitat can be a thrilling experience. However, we can disturb dolphins’ natural behaviors, such as migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding, and sheltering by approaching wild dolphins too closely in vessels; moving vessels too quickly, or making too much noise. The Dolphin SMART program is a voluntary education program that encourages responsible advertising and viewing of wild dolphins; thereby, minimizing the risk of disrupting their natural behaviors. You are a steward for wild dolphin conservation by being a Proud Supporter of Dolphin SMART!
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2774P18
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Unlimited refreshments
  • All snorkel equipment
  • Picnic or Bento Lunch
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation.
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA Honokohau Harbor, 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Outer Basin Slip #38 “Hawaii Nautical”
Additional information
  • Certified Dolphin Smart Supplier
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please select #1 Picnic or #2 Bento in notes menu when booking, or inquire with provider about catering upgrade options for purchase
  • A maximum of 6 people per tour
  • Make it a private charter by purchasing all 6 available tickets on the four-hour tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Inclusions
  • Unlimited refreshments
  • All snorkel equipment
  • Picnic or Bento Lunch
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation.
Departure details
  • Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA Honokohau Harbor, 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Outer Basin Slip #38 “Hawaii Nautical”
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Certified Dolphin Smart Supplier
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please select #1 Picnic or #2 Bento in notes menu when booking, or inquire with provider about catering upgrade options for purchase
  • A maximum of 6 people per tour
  • Make it a private charter by purchasing all 6 available tickets on the four-hour tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 1 Jul 2021
A note from Luxury Dolphin Sail and Kona Snorkel
All guests must submit this health-screening form prior to boarding. To help keep you and our staff healthy, and maintain Hawaii as the safest U.S. state for visitors and locals alike, we strictly adhere to every possible precaution against the transmission of COVID-19.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use

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Yasmine K
Corte Madera, CA32 contributions
Mar 2020
We had such a nice morning out on the water with these guys. I am 6 months pregnant and this was the only tour that would accommodate me. My husband and I expected there to be 4 others on the boat, but it was just us + captain mike and clark as the crew / scuba guide. Usually, tours will cancel if they aren't closer to capacity so we were grateful that they took us out. It was pretty chill moving at our own pace.

There was a nice spread of banana bread, fruit, nuts and coffee when we arrived.

Clark and Mike were super friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The weather was a bit overcast but it was still a great day on the water. We saw a baby whale and its mama!!! Hung out for a bit just to watch them swim by.

Then we headed out to a good spot for scuba diving. They provided a snorkel mask and a neon vest that you can inflate if you want, for visibility / safety. The water was warm and we got to see a lot of different fishies. I really enjoyed just floating and swimming around with this big pregnant belly. It was such a relief on my back to feel the buoyancy of the salt water :) Clark and Mike really just let us move at our own pace and wanted us to enjoy ourselves.

When we got back on the boat there was lunch. We ordered the bento boxes, which they microwaved. Nothing too fancy, but it hit the spot.

The boat was also stocked with tons of drinks. If plenty of beer and cocktails for those who can/want to have some.

Overall, it was a really nice way to spend a morning / early afternoon in hawaii.
Written 13 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
hawaiinautical
Mahalo for reaching out and sharing your experience with us! We're happy you enjoyed the sail and will share your feedback with the crew.
Written 17 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

cphart01
1 contribution
Oct 2019 • Couples
Great experience! Guys on the boat were super friendly, i felt safe the whole time, and it was the perfect amount of time!
Written 29 October 2019
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hawaiinautical
Mahalo for your feedback Cphart01! A hui hou (until we meet again!)
Written 19 December 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Coolieana
Captain Cook, HI19 contributions
Jun 2019
Our trip was outstanding! The boat is so large and comfortable, no problems with a choppy sea. Great food, good drinks and a nice and friendly crew. I think it's the only tour like this on the Big Island and will definitely go again.
Written 23 September 2019
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hawaiinautical
We’re so happy you enjoyed your sail! We hope you come back soon.
Written 21 October 2019
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Glovergirls
2 contributions
Jun 2019
Our family of 4 sailed with Captain Kirk and his Skipper Bridgett on June 19th. We have been to The Big Island 4 times and have been on a boat each trip, but no other experience compared to this one. We did the 4 hour Kona snorkel adventure and saw several spinner dolphins. Kirk and Bridgett couldn't have been any friendlier or more accommodating and we all agreed that it was by far the best excursion of our 2 weeks in Hawaii. We will definitely do this again next time, it is worth every penny!!
Written 18 August 2019
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hawaiinautical
Mahalo for your feedback! We're so happy you had a good snorkeling experience and really appreciate you taking the time to review the sail. :0)
Written 19 October 2019
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Oded N
17 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Memorable experiences are the best part of a good vacation. This trip on this specific boat and this crew delivered in spades. Priceless.

Mike and Liz provided a perfect welcoming environment in the spirit of the island - a perfect blend of great hospitality and leaving us space to enjoy the journey.

This boat is not for a racy day going somewhere and getting back. Sitting on the front deck of the Catamaran in comfortable chairs, gazing at the water as the boat navigates through the island waters. I wish there was a bottle we can put that feeling into and open it up back home daily :)
Written 30 July 2019
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hawaiinautical
We really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us and are so happy you enjoyed the experience!
Written 19 October 2019
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The Kinos
Calgary, Canada7 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
Absolutely amazing 4-hour adventure today (9-1) with Captain Kirk (yes!) and his Skipper Clark!! We were a family of 4 (2 adults, a 17-yr old son and 14-yr old daughter). The guys were so kind and very knowledgeable! We were welcomed with fresh fruit, coffee, orange jc and freshly made banana bread (and options for any kind of drink!!). We anchored after an hour and enjoyed lots of dolphins beside the catamaran then jumped in to snorkel (turtles, lots of fish and swam through a sea cave or two). Had a warm freshwater shower on the steps of the boat and were given big fluffy towels to dry off. Our delicious lunch was served while we headed out for another sail and Clark surprised us with homemade, baked on board chocolate chip cookies while we relaxed on deck. The ultimate trip - thank you guys sooooo much for the memories. This is definitely a fav (and we’ve done many in Mexico, the Cook Islands, etc). Hope to meet again!
Written 27 April 2019
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hawaiinautical
Mahalo for your feedback! We're so happy you had a good snorkeling experience and really appreciate you taking the time to review the sail. :0)
Written 17 October 2019
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Marc R
Manchester, TN10 contributions
Went out on 1/18 with Doug and Tess for the Luxury Dolphin Sail and Kona Snorkel tour. Early 50s couple with very little snorkel experience. They explained everything great and we had a nice quiet spot to snorkel for as long as we wanted. Many cool things to see up and down the shore! Tess stayed in the water to give tips and direction. What was initially a nervous experience turned into a great morning in the water.

The boat is amazing and we did some great sailing after the snorkel. Fun trip all around. Definitely recommend.
Written 19 January 2019
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hawaiinautical
Mahalo for reaching out and sharing your experience with us! We're happy you had a great time and hope to see you again soon.
Written 17 October 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

pro1sro1
Fort Worth, TX9 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
My husband and I visit the Big Island in December and we took this trip and it did not disappoint. The captain and first mate were wonderful and waited on us hand and foot. It was very relaxing and snorkeling was fun, saw lots of fish. I would go again and love to bring my two sons. The food was yummy and drinks came as much as you wanted. When we frist came aboard there was fresh fruit, coffee, and baked goods and it only got better. We had our own cabin with bed, shower and restroom. Albeit we didn't use it we stayed on top the entire visit. But, it was there if we wanted to use it. Sorry, it took me so long to write this review!
Written 14 July 2018
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Gary S
3 contributions
Captain and crew were very good. The boat was very clean. We saw bottle nose dolphin, spinner dolphin, and sea turtles. Then we went snorkeling. The captain knew were to go and the early morning cruise was well worth everything. If asked would I do it again. YOU BET.
Written 12 July 2018
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Tami M
1 contribution
Apr 2018 • Friends
Our catamaran trip consisted of 4 guests total (only 4!). The catamaran was beautiful, luxurious and included any amenity you could imagine. Private bedroom, bathroom etc.

We went to Makalewena which can only be accessed by 4WD or boat. It was clear blue water and snorkeling with sea turtles.

Captain Jack and Gabby were wonderful hosts and catered to everything we could possibly need.

I would take this tour again in a heartbeat.

It was a little tricky finding the boat slip 38 (at the farthest end of the harbor) but other than that, it was a perfect day!
Written 23 April 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Cordovapaula
Cordovapaula
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Just okay
Just okay. Checks the box. Crowded boat full of selfie-stick wielding tourists. One couple brought their young chi
Kimberly D
Kimberly D
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Fun afternoon
Captain and crew were friendly and knowledgeable. There were plenty of turtles so the snorkeling was fun. We really
krichardson8
krichardson8
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Improvements recommended for snorkel
More areas to view underwater. More generous drinks and meal size. More music. Nice guide. Longer… like 6 hrs.
999Lawrence
999Lawrence
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Cocktail Cruise becomes more...buyer beware!
We utilized the services of Hawaii Nautical out of Waikiki, HI for a Sunset Cocktail Cruise in January 2022. Their
999Lawrence
999Lawrence
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Saw some whales, poor Covid protocols
We utilized the services of Hawaii Nautical our of Waianae, HI for a Whale watching tour. Our original tour date an
denisehH8111OY
denisehH8111OY
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Beautiful day on the water
Very professional crew, followed all safety protocol for snorkeling. Lunch was a sandwich and chip. Unlimited drink
Leigh A
Leigh A
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great crew and we saw whales hurrrah
we went on a whale watching trip last week out of Kehalo (something like that) harbour waikiki, 8-10am we didnt rea
mhill7
mhill7
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Saw whales
Bucket list item for me after several visits to Hawaii over the years. Finally saw whales! A mother and baby spouts
Richard A
Richard A
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“Thar She Blows”
My wife and I took this charter out for a sunset cruise and what an Amazing experience we had! As the description s
Barahona2022
Barahona2022
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Great views and drinks!
We originally went on a whale watching experience but unfortunately did not see any whales. This did not take away
pnd1010
pnd1010
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WOW!!!
Those whales were majestic and the views of west Oahu from the boat were treat to our eyes. The good part is our bo
Marygrace P
Marygrace P
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Great time!
The cocktail cruise was a blast. The sunset was gorgeous! The crew were friendly and very accommodating. We even sa
Raymond T
Raymond T
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Great Time
What a marvelous experience! We were truly spoiled. The crew was fantastic, and we even got to see some whales! Eve
paigea838
paigea838
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So much fun
The crew was absolutely amazing!!!! Very personable and attentive. We saw so many fish and sea turtles, and they ma
jaxelli
jaxelli
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Fantastic experience out of Waianae!
We went on the Waikiki side of the island for our first outing and did not see any whales. We were able to rebook
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