Schmooze with the Dol­phins

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - WATERWORLD -

There’s some­thing spell­bind­ing about squint­ing into the Pa­cific and spy­ing a pod of wild dol­phins spin­ning like shiny toy tops out of a sun-pol­ished sea. Th­ese marine mam­mals may ap­pear out of the blue and put on a show for you. And when they do, there’s an al­most ir­re­sistible urge to get in the water with them.

A num­ber of Big Is­land tour boat com­pa­nies un­der­stand that urge and pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to do so. Most of them fol­low self-reg­u­la­tory guide­lines devel­oped to safe­guard dol­phins as well as hu­mans.

Dol­phin Dis­cov­er­ies pi­o­neered Big Is­land dol­phin swims 15 years ago, de­vel­op­ing the guide­lines cur­rently in use by most com­pa­nies that of­fer dol­phin tours. The com­pany spe­cial­izes in small group tours, and their guides are trained marine-mam­mal nat­u­ral­ists.

An­other way to get to know dol­phins is to par­tic­i­pate in the Dol­phin Quest marine re­search and ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram at the Hil­ton Waikoloa Vil­lage.

Sun­Light on Water, a tour com­pany with 15 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in dol­phin en­coun­ters, guar­an­tees dol­phin sight­ings and the op­por­tu­nity to get in the water with them on its Kona Coast tours.

You can also swim and snorkel with wild dol­phins on ocean raft­ing tours with Ad­ven­ture X Raft­ing, Nep­tune Charlies and Cap­tain Zo­diac Raft Ex­pe­di­tions.

• Ad­ven­ture X Raft­ing (808) 937-7245 • Cap­tain Zo­diac Raft Ex­pe­di­tions (808) 329-3199 • Dol­phin Dis­cov­er­ies (808) 322-8000 • Dol­phin Quest (800) 248-3316 or (808) 886-2875 • Ka­manu Char­ters (808) 329-2021 • Nep­tune Charlies Ocean Sa­faris (808) 331-2184 • Ocean Eco Tours (808) 324-7873 • Splasher’s Ocean Ad­ven­tures (808) 326-4774 • Sun­Light on Water (808) 896-2480

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