Dolphin/Whale Watch & Snorkel Cruise

Dolphins - Kona, Hawaiibook-now-small-blue



Join the friendly and knowledgeable crew of Jack’s Diving Locker on a Dolphin/Whale Watch & Snorkel cruise.  We set out looking for residential pods of Spinner Dolphins that swim along the Kona coast in family groups of 50 – 100 animals.  Occasionally, small groups of Bottlenose Dolphins say hello while swimming in the bow wake.  During the winter months, we often view Humpback Whales from the boat.  These magnificent mammals come to the warm welcoming waters of Hawaii to mate and give birth.  Kona is also home to pods of Pilot Whales that travel a few miles offshore in the deep blue water.  Join us for a glorious day on the boat while we cruise the coastline looking for these amazing cetaceans and slip into the water for some snorkeling on a coral reef.

RESERVATIONS: Please call our friendly staff directly to make reservations for a dolphin swim at (808) 329-7585 or (800)345-4807.  If you have any questions, please call or e-mail

FOR:  Snorkelers or Riders.  Family groups welcome.  Private charters are also available.

COST: $175 per person, plus tax (min of 3).

  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied at all times, both in and out of the water, by a capable adult or hire a private guide, unless they are enrolled in a course.
  • Children age 12-14 must be accompanied on the trip by an adult, but do not necessarily need to be in the water or on the boat together. Otherwise they must hire a private guide, unless they are enrolled in a course.

SCHEDULE: Tuesdays and Thursdays and by request.  Let us know when you want to go.  Minimum of 3. INCLUDES: Mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit.  Light lunch and drinks.  In-water guide.

BOAT AMENITIES: Rinse buckets for camera equipment, fresh water shower, dive ladder, head (marine toilet).  Boats equipped with safety equipment such as oxygen, first aid, life vests, fire extinguishers, VHF radio, and E-PIRB.  All captains are licensed by United States Coast Guard.    

WHERE TO MEET: Please come to our shop in the Coconut Grove Marketplace (75-5813 Ali’i Drive, Kailua Kona, HI 96740).  Feel free to stop by any time prior to your trip to say ‘Aloha’ and pre-check in.

WHEN TO MEET:  Meet at 8:00 a.m., return approximately 12:30 p.m.

WHAT TO BRING:  Bathing suit, towels, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal items, and your own snorkel gear if you prefer to use that.  A lightweight jacket in winter months.

SUNSCREEN:  Please use a waterproof, environmentally friendly sunscreen and apply it prior to arriving to increase its effectiveness and to reduce the amount of unabsorbed sunscreen ending up in the ocean.  Reapply as needed throughout the day.

SEASICKNESS MEDICATION:  While Kona usually has calmer seas than most places in the world, we recommend considering sea sickness medication before you dolphin swim, and consulting with your physician as needed.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  You may make changes or cancellations to your dolphin watch reservations up to 24 hours* prior to the trip without charge. All changes or cancellations after that will result in the full price being charged to the credit card used to make the reservation(s). *A 48-hour cancellation policy applies to the Pelagic Magic Dive and all reservations between December 20th and January 5th.

SNORKEL LESSONS: Jack’s Diving Locker also offers snorkel lessons for those who want some instruction.



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