Dolphin Reef & Captain Cook Snorkel Adventure

Fantastic snorkeling
January 04, 2024
This was a very personalized snorkel trip... only 6 of us on the boat! Chris was an excellent captain and shared many interesting facts about the area. Nice sandwiches for lunch, too.
Reviewer: Pam Groebner
5 Stars
Great trip
December 25, 2023
Kris was an excellent guide. He was super nice and very informative. I enjoyed the boat ride and snorkeling too. Definitely recommend!
Reviewer: Mark Dunn
5 Stars
An experience
October 30, 2023
I enjoyed the 3 hour excursion. Our captain and Guide were very good. They explained the history of the area and made it fun. The snorkelling was interesting. I would recommend this excursion. Carol
Reviewer: Carol King
5 Stars
October 30, 2023
A very knowledgeable crew and a fantastic excursion. Beautiful fish and colors the corrals where gorgeous. Would do this excursion again.
Reviewer: Lu Ann Marino
5 Stars
Best snorkeling I have ever done
September 11, 2023
We had such a great time on this excursion! The boat ride/tour was a lot of fun, and we saw dolfins! The snorkeling spot was the best snorkeling we have ever done, absolutley amazing! Then on the way back, we got to see the lava rock tubes and caves which was really cool.
Reviewer: Geoff Croteau
5 Stars
Dolphin reef and captain Cook snorkel
April 26, 2023
This was an awesome trip to a really nice cove and reef. Plenty of room to swim and snorkel and see all kinds of fish, corral, and just about everything else. The boat ride was perfect and the Capt / first mate were awesome 👍
Reviewer: Mark Thunell
5 Stars
Awesome snorkeling adventure & great communication
April 26, 2023
Loved this trip! The crew was fun and friendly and flexible, we got to snorkel for basically as long as we wanted and it was a wonderful spot. We saw so many dolphins as well. Crew provided wraps, chips and drinks for lunch. Take cover-ups and sun hats, not a lot of respite from the sun, but the boat is fast and the water was nice and cool at the beginning of April, we were super comfortable both in and out of the water. Hawaii has thankfully outlawed non-reef-safe sunscreens but you can easily purchase Reef Safe Sunscreen at your local stores before you go or at the many Long’s Drugs or Safeway or ABC stores on the islands. Several of our shipmates saw a sea turtle while snorkeling, but we missed it on this trip. The group we went with was called Iruka and they were great!
Reviewer: Frankie Mreen
5 Stars
Good snorkeling
April 11, 2023
The reef was full of fish and clear. Smooth boat ride. Even saw a pod of dolphins on the way back. The guides provided snacks and wraps and they were good. Classic corny jokes etc. from the guides. Enjoyable time.
Reviewer: Tony Dirr
5 Stars
Dolphin Reef & Captain Cook Snorkel Adventure
March 04, 2020
We enjoyed the snorkeling portion of this tour. Our boat captain was 45 minutes late due to boat maintenance problems. We finally got underway and spotted a school of bottle-nosed dolphins then some humpback whales. We had a blast snorkeling which lasted an hour. The wind picked up substantially. Our boat ride back was very, very rough. We were coming off the seat and hitting our tailbone. One senior slid off her seat. it was then the captain made arrangements to pull into a harbor nearby and we were shuttled back to the pier. The captain can't be blamed for the weather. I would not recommend this for elderly person or anyone with back issues for this reason.
Reviewer: Connie H Guillory
4 Stars
Dolphin Reef & Snorkel
November 25, 2019
Excellent snorkeling & dolphin sightings. One is only able to see the Capt. Cook Monument from the water. It was a disappointment to not be able to go on land to have a photo with the monument. One is not told that in the information.
Reviewer: Karen Berg
5 Stars
Fantastic Day
October 26, 2019
Got to swim with the dolphins then head over to captain cook snorkel spot. Water was clear the tour guides were awesome. Gave some history on the way back. There will be no bathrooms once you leave the pier so make sure you go before you go LOL. Would definitely recommend this tour
Reviewer: Stephanie Fritsche
5 Stars
Great time!
August 28, 2019
We had Buddha and I believe maybe Chris? (Sorry!) and they were absolutely wonderful. Took us to the best place to snorkel and even showed us some really awesome sights along the way with some history.
Reviewer: Jamie
5 Stars
Amazing amazing excursion!!
April 30, 2019
Just got back to the ship after an amazing afternoon at dolphin reef and captain cook memorial snorkeling. On the way to the coral reef snorkeling we got to stop off and get into the water with a pod of around 30 dolphins! An amazing experience. The two tour guides were awesome and very knowledgeable of the area and folklore. Also felt like a private tour as there was only 4 of us on it. If you are in Kona 100% do this tour! Free lunch and drinks included too :-)
Reviewer: Tom Johnson
5 Stars
Snorkel Adventure
February 13, 2019
We loved our guide on our snorkel adventure. On our zodiac boat we got up close to spinner dolphins and the volcanic coastline. It was a relaxing time on the water and perfect amount of time doing it.
Reviewer: Kristina peeples
5 Stars
Great fun! Delivered on everything promised!
November 24, 2018
We saw the spinning dolphins, caves, cormorants, and more. The ride on the Zodiac was exhilarating! Lunch sandwiches were OK. Crew friendly and knowledgeable! As others have stated, there is no head (toilet) on the Zodiac.
Reviewer: Henry Werch
5 Stars
Very fun snorkel adventure
November 11, 2018
This excursion was so fun we saw spinner dolphins it was perfect there were probably about 14 of us nice small group got to ride a zodiac boat which was fun the guides were awsome.
Reviewer: Irene Groves
5 Stars
Excellent snorkel adventure
June 01, 2018
We chose this snorkel adventure instead of booking with the cruise. So happy we did! There were 6 passengers on this snorkel and we got a lot of individual attention. Captain went out of his way to get us to see dolphins, spinner whales and other sights. Great, great trip! Highly recommend!
Reviewer: Sandra Capasso
5 Stars
Dolphin and Snorkel adventure
May 21, 2018
The crew was very knowledgeable about the wild life and laws concerning marine life in Hawaii. We got to snorkel with wild dolphins swimming along the ocean floor below us. Totally unexpected and awesome! We were also served a sandwich lunch with drinks and chips which was unexpected. Great excursion and the 3 hour time was perfect.
Reviewer: Connie Toombs
5 Stars
Like swimming in an aquarium!
July 04, 2017
We loved this tour! On the way out the captain spotted a pod of Spinner Dolphins and we got to snorkel with 18 dolphins who were as interested in us as we were in them. We then spent about an hour snorkeling among the most beautiful assortment of fish we had,ever seen! Just be aware of the fact that the boat is,an inflatable "zodiac" type boat. It has no facilities and the ride I'd fast and rough. This wasn't a problem for us but could be for anyone with back or sea sickness issues. The crew was very helpful and experienced. This tour was the highlight of our trip to Hawaii.
Reviewer: Robert Furtado
5 Stars
Best snorkeling ever!
June 01, 2017
The trip to the Captain Cook's place was fantastic by itself. Small group of people ( 10 of us) were taken on the Zodiac boat along the coast , stopping twice at the latitudes to enjoy the blue clear waters, abundance of Yellow Tangs ,openings of lava tubes, - all that while absorbing information provided by our frendly Captain. The actual snorkeling beat all expectations! All colors, shapes, sizes- amazing! I even saw a couple of gorgeous Humumununukuapua'a fish!
Reviewer: Roma Klicius
5 Stars
Dolphin Reef & Captain Cook Snorkel Adventure
May 31, 2017
Great crew, great boat and an awesome adventure. Can not rave about this excursion enough. The boat is just the right size for an intimate ride. Everyone is looked after and there is some flexibility to allow for the unexpected.(Like spotting a wild goat herd)
Reviewer: Piero Calligaro
5 Stars
Snorkel fun
January 08, 2017
It was very exciting to snorkel at the reef and hear the Dolphin facts from the two gals escorting us by boat. They were very knowledgable!! The unexpected picnic lunch was a bonus too!! Use sun screen before getting on their boat like they tell you!!
Reviewer: Terri Brightwell
5 Stars
Like jumping into a tropical fish tank
December 23, 2016
This is an awesome excursion. The scenery is breathtaking; the history intriguing; and the snorkeling unforgettable. When you go under the crystal clear water, it's like you jumped into the middle of a tropical fish tank. All shapes, sizes, and colors of fish swim all around you and throughout the colorful coral below. If you're lucky - I was not - the dolphins may even visit your snorkeling site.
Reviewer: George Tower
5 Stars
Amazing experience.
May 20, 2016
I never expected in my life to swim with 50+ dolphins in open waters. What a life experience. The snorkeling at Captain's Cook is pristine and peaceful. The colors are spectacular. What I also liked was that they are small zodiac that accommodate approximately 15 persons, so very small groups which is perfect.
Reviewer: Sue
5 Stars
Big swells the day we went.......big fun involved!
April 21, 2016
All other trips were cancelled on this particular day. Our guides were so experienced it was no problem for them. We swam with spinner dolphins and went to a reef and snorkeled there as well. Great experience!
Reviewer: T from Griffith IN
5 Stars
In spite of VERY windy weather, it was a great tri
April 20, 2016
It was an unusually windy day, so we did not get to go to the planned snorkeling spots. However, we did still get to swim with dolphins, and they took us to an alternate snorkeling spot. There was a special needs young lady on the trip, and the guides really made sure she had a great time. I, and my two active boys, had a great time!
Reviewer: Fishykiller
4 Stars
The BEST!!
February 10, 2016
It was a thrilling experience. if you are on a cruise, as were we, please do not hesitate to take this unsanctioned cruise excursion. it was the best experience.
Reviewer: Barbara
5 Stars
Splasher's Crew Rocks!
January 21, 2016
Dre, Shawty and Josh from Splasher's were great guides! Swam in the ocean surrounded by dozens of dolphins, saw beautiful under water scenery while snorkeling and even saw a couple of whales. The guides were educational, lots of fun and want above and beyond in making it a fantastic adventure. Would definitely recommend this crew!
Reviewer: azmarti
5 Stars
Great time - Wonderful Crew - Lots to see
October 23, 2015
We were picked up in a zodiac boat, it was a small group of 20 with 3 crew members. The crew knew exactly what they were doing. They had enough equipment for everyone and clearly explained what we could and COULD NOT do. We were able to get in with the dolphins because the crew evaluated the situation and did not think it would stress them out BUT we were told not to splash or kick - just to float an observe the dolphins. And everyone listened. We were able to see the dolphins swimming close to us and then under us. Then we moved on to Capt Hook's cove. The fish were beautiful- they had sandwiches, snacks and drinks for everyone. It was such a great time.
Reviewer: Lilly
5 Stars
Swim with wild dolphins
May 14, 2015
We were lucky to go with Snorkel Splash on this trip. Terrific !!!!Our guide was very informative and gave us great information about how to be able to swim with the dolphins and not cause THEM distress. Take this trip. I am 67 and had a hip replacement 2 months ago. The guide made sure I enjoyed the experience.DO GO WITH THIS TRIP!!!!!!
Reviewer: Patty C
5 Stars
awesome snorkeling with dolphins
January 02, 2015
the tour was great
Reviewer: roberto
5 Stars