Kona Ocean Experience, Kailua-Kona

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Kona Ocean Experience offers quality personalized excursions to interact and observe dolphins and other natural ocean creatures of the beautiful Kona Coast of Hawaii. With experienced and knowledgeable guides you can experience a personalized encounter with dolphins - swim near them, and learn about them in their natural habitat. Snorkel in the most pristine waters of Hawaii off the Kona Coast, and enjoy the comfort of a state of the art Willard Ribbed Inflatable Boat.
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  • I went two days ago with my family (my parents and my three brothers, which gives a total of 6 passengers, stop allowing the boat.) The walk that we did consisted of two hours, of which one hour - more or less - was devoted to a glimpse of the coast with their respective peculiarities Hawaiian such as explanations of the formation of the Bay, the history of the ancestors and other (very interesting for) us since we had zero knowledge on the history of hawaii and turned out fun - were just data, but they helped put into context). You could see that Cassie and Murray, guide and Captain, knew much about the place. Then they offered us some chips (doritos, lays, etc), water and an excellent sushi, which was abundant and really rich. For the Grand Finale - and the part that we were really expecting - took us to where were the rest of the boats go up where the manta rays. They gave us good water suits and made us wait until it could be seen that some had sight before sending us to the Sea (thing qua appreciated very much since we saw that on other ships they sent them to the water from most early and waited there). I really don't have words to describe what I felt at the time that came up the first manta-raya. It was a mixture of excitement, fear, joy and wanting more. Since my father up to the smaller of my sisters we cry (12 years) and were excited. I highly recommend the experience. The fact that there have been two hours and no more is one of the things that most rescue because it is not really needed more time and leaving evening gives you time to do things during the day. The offered food was very rich and also rescued be few within the boat because you have more power of decision about if you have cold or if you return earlier, apart from the fact that less time is wasted by lowering and rising water. The deal is super custom, which ended up making that experience has been the best part of my trip to Hawaii.
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  • We booked at the last minute while in Kona on the Pride of America. The owner was able to arrange an afternoon our for our family of 4 (2a 2c) at a reasonable price. Instructions to the slipway were c...  more »
  • We did both, swim with Dolphins in the morning and Manta Rays swim at night. Captain Justin was with us in the morning and we liked his genuine and easy going personality and the atmosphere he created...  more »
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  • I couldn't recommend Bambi and Murray enough. They squeezed us into a late booking and were very accomodating. We weren't sure if the smaller boat would be better or worse, but I'd definitely do the smaller boat again next time. Their knowledge and experience of the area is second to none. We had 3 large mantas hanging around for our swim.

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