Anybody out there want to see
|The Kona coast is home to numerous pods of
dolphins. Boaters may see Spinner, Pacific Bottlenose or
Spotted Dolphins during a day on the water. South Kona offers
some unique opportunities to watch and swim near dolphins. There are
several locations in the area where dolphins are known to hang out from time
|One of the popular activities to do in Kona is kayaking in
Kealakekua Bay. K' Bay is home to the Captain Cook Monument, located
near where he met his demise. The area directly in front of the
monument is quite possibly the nicest spot in Hawaii for snorkeling.
The monument is across the bay from any automobile access and is only
accessible by boat, kayak or a 3 mile hike for those which don't mind the
strenuous uphill hike back. Kayaking is a pleasant and relatively
easy way to reach this spot. During the mile long paddle across the
bay people are often lucky enough to cross paths with some of the many
spinner dolphins which visit the bay to rest and play.
|One thing to remember... dolphins are
protected. Don't chase, harass or approach the dolphins. If you mind
your own business the dolphins will often approach while you kayak across
the bay. When you see them coming towards you, stop, maybe
you'll be lucky and get a visit.
|Other locally well known spots where dolphins are known to
hang out are the bay at the Place of Refuge and the bay off Ho'okena
beach. Note: We do not lead dolphin swims, but many people do
it on their own. There is somewhat of a grey area, as
far as the marine mammal protection act, as to whether
swimming with or near them is legal. The enforcing
powers had a big meeting in town a couple of years back and
basically asked all operators who were leading swims to
stop, they didn't want it to be a commercial activity or
something to that effect.