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5 Ways to Experience the Magic of Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay is about 12 miles south of historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) in South Kona and is a great place to snorkel, scuba dive and kayak. The bay is filled with coral reefs and schools of tropical fish. There are times when you can see spinner dolphins and seasonal humpback whales swimming in the bay….

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November 18, 2022

Everything You Need to Know About Manta Ray Snorkeling in Kona

Have you been dreaming of experiencing manta ray snorkeling in Kona? You’ve probably heard about plenty of incredible things and adventures to try in Kona, but there is nothing else like manta ray snorkeling! What’s so unique about manta ray snorkeling? For starters, you’ll be swimming with one of the world’s most famous fish species,…

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November 4, 2022

Why Kona Snorkeling is The Best in Hawaii

The sunny Kona District stretches across almost two-thirds of the entire West side of the island of Hawaii—from south of Anaehoomalu Bay (Waikoloa Beach Resort) to Manuka Park (Kau). To the south, Kona boasts calm and clear waters perfect for snorkeling, diving, sailing, and spotting dolphins and honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles). For those who…

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September 28, 2022

What to Expect from a Night Snorkel with Manta Rays in Kailua-Kona

For many, witnessing the majestic manta rays has become part of their must-do activities when planning a trip to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. However, night snorkeling may sound somewhat intimidating, especially for first-time snorkelers. To put your mind at ease, we’ve created a quick guide that will help you prepare for a night filled with unforgettable underwater…

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July 8, 2022

Why You Should Experience Snorkeling in Captain Cook on the Big Island, Hawaii

The ocean is a treasure trove for adventure, all the more to experience through water activities that put you right in the water amidst the beautiful, graceful creatures of the sea. There’s no better way to enjoy this unique experience than to go snorkeling at Captain Cook. When locals and repeat visitors speak of Captain…

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June 15, 2022

Why You Should Try the Manta Ray Snorkel Kona, Hawaii

Traveling to the beautiful island paradise of Hawaii is a wonderful experience that will remain with you for a lifetime. There are tons of sights to view and activities to do, from soaking in the warmth of the sun while laying on its beautiful white sand beaches to enjoying its azure waters through water activities…

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May 13, 2022

Learning to Snorkel in Kona Hawaii

Snorkeling is one of the most wholesome and rewarding water activities in Hawaii. Hawaii Island or Big Island has some of the best reefs in all of Hawaii. Snorkeling allows you to observe the beauty beneath the water with very little experience and limited equipment.  Here at Dolphin Discoveries, we provide proper fitting and snorkeling instruction…

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January 10, 2022

About Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 snorkeling location in the world (https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/best-snorkeling-spots). Kealakekua Bay is a state historical park and underwater marine sanctuary (https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/hawaii/kealakekua-bay-state-historical-park/). The name “Kealakekua” means “Pathway to God” and the “mana” (spiritual power or energy) can be felt here by all. The large bay provides calm waters year-round and…

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December 4, 2020

About Honaunau Bay

Honaunau Bay at Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historic Park is often referred to as the “Place of Refuge” (https://www.nps.gov/puho/index.htm).  Pu’uhonua means “Place of Refuge”.  From our boats you’ll see Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historic Park, a historic site that was of great importance in Hawaiian history and is more than 500 years old. This location…

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September 9, 2020

Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins

CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea SUBORDER: Odontoceti FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS:  Stenella SPECIES: longirostris SUBSPECIES: Gray’s Spinner Dolphin VAREITY: Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin Spinner Dolphins are the undisputed gymnast of the sea!  Their ability to perform tight aerial twists and high leaping flips is the envy of any Olympian. Spinner dolphins have four sub-species: the Eastern Spinner Dolphin, the Central American Spinner Dolphin, Gray’s Spinner Dolphin,…

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December 1, 2019