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The Dolphin Journeys Difference

We are the Original Company to take people to meet and encounter the dolphins as their primary activity. Started in 1996, Capt. Nancy & her crew have been leading people to the joy and amazing experiences of open water encounters with dolphins, manta rays and whale watching. We strive to offer the most safe, educational and deeply rich experience. We understand your precious vacation dollars deserve to be spent on the very best.

Benefits we provide that are not usually found with other operators:

  • Safety Swimmer in the water for every 6 people
  • Neoprene Vests
  • Wet Suits
  • High Quality Masks & Fins
  • Educational component on our trips is second to none

Your Guide

About Your Guide: Captain Nancy Sweatt. A dynamo of many talents, Nancy blends her scientific background as a geologist and oceanographer with years of metaphysical study. Her experience of human cadence gives her a unique understanding of people. Known for her laughter and easy manner, you will be intrigued with her company as she guides you on your journey to renewal and healing.

Formal Training:
B.A. degree in Geology & Oceanography, 1974-78
(studied in the classroom and attended field study in the Bahamas)
NAUI Certified Diver in 1976
PADI Advance Diver in Australia 1982
PADI DiveMaster in 2000
Licensed U.S.G.C. Captain, 2002

Hawaiian Dolphins: Hawaii is a special place to swim with dolphins in the wild. The most common dolphin to swim with is the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin.  There are about 700 t0€“ 1000 Spinner Dolphins that call the Big Island water’€™s home.  Dolphins love to swim with people.  Additional dolphins in Hawaiian waters: Spotted Dolphins, who like to swim with us, Pilot Whales, who may swim with us, and small pods of Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins. Rare and very special to see are:Dense Beaked Whales, False Killer Whales, Pygmy Killer Whales, and extremely rare, but I have swam with the Sperm Whale.  In the winter the Humpback Whales are in the warm sub tropical waters of Hawaii to give birth to their young.

Dolphin Journeys focuses on the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, Pacific Spotted Dolphins and in the winterseason, Humpback Whales.  Most cetaceans are gregarious and love to share their joy.  They have been interacting with humans around the Big Island for about 20 some years.  The Island of Hawaii (Big Island) has a perfect oceanographic floor for the dolphins.  They like shallow, sandy bottom bays to play, teach their young and sleep in by day.  The Kona Coast with the very narrow continental shelf provides the unique co-habitation of human coastal life and marine mammals living and working in the same environment. The water along Kona is clean as an ocean can be and provides a beautiful home for the dolphins.  Humans have had a small impact on the water of West Hawaii.  The primary industry is fishing and that has been the only threat to the dolphins.

Excursions – Book Online

Our renowned Dolphin Journeys ocean excursions will delight you. It is the best way to experience sea life up close in Hawaii. We also offer unique land tours that will enhance your experiences when touring some of the most amazing locations on earth. Due to limited availability, we suggest you reserve today by booking online or contacting us.

Our Excursions

 

 

Package Specials

 

You check in for your trip at the Dolphin Journeys Shop.  The Shop is located at Honokohau Harbor in the Gentry’s Marina shopping area.
Take the Queen K Hwy, Highway 19. From the North you will travel 4.6 miles south of the airport. From the South, it is the 3rd stop light after Palani.
Turn into the Harbor, then take your first right hand turn.
Take the 2nd left – just 100 yards from your right-hand turn.
You will see a strip of buildings with blue roofs. Turn into the parking lot. Dolphin Journeys is on the right hand side next to the Coast Guard.
Come on in. The door maybe closed for air conditioning or because our dogs Chester and Bess are visiting.

 

 

Information for this post was taken from Dolphin Journeys Website.  When on the Big Island, this is a must do event. Su’s daughters recently experienced the Dolphin Journey excursion and said it was awesome!

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See the breathtaking landscapes of the Big Island of Hawaii like a VIP on this unforgettable helicopter tour from Kona. Home to some of the most biologically diverse and dramatic natural features on the planet (volcanoes, beaches, rainforest, lava fields, waterfalls… need we go on?), the Big Island was made for helicopter tours, and this one is particularly wonderful, as it includes a Champagne toast, is perfectly timed with the sunset and is a whopping two hours long. Circle the whole island, from the Hamakua Coast to Kilauea, enjoying the amazing aerial views. This exclusive Viator experience can’t be booked anywhere else!

After hotel pickup, head to the Kona airport to begin your VIP helicopter tour over the Big Island. When you arrive, enjoy a traditional lei greeting and glass of Champagne to mark the occasion. Then board your comfortable Bell 407 helicopter and take off, heading north to fly over the secluded beaches and lava fields along the Kona, Kohala and Hamakua coasts. Throughout the tour, listen to commentary from your pilot, who you can communicate with via your two-way headset.

Next, fly to the far side of the Kohala Mountains to look down on a series of lush hidden valleys, and then cruise down to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to hover over Mauna Loa, the largest volcano on Earth, and Kilauea, the most active of the Big Island’s volcanoes. By this time, the sun will have fallen behind the mountains, allowing you to spot the glowing lava more easily and admire the magma lake in Halema’uma’u Crater.

Continue to the southern tip of the Big Island, passing over the black-sand beach of Punalu’u and the green-sand beach of Papakolea, two of Hawaii’s most striking stretches of coastline. Round the tip of the island and head back north along the west coast, flying over Pu’uhonua ‘o Honaunau National Historic Park, which once served as a refuge for ancient Hawaiians who broke a law. As you fly from the park to Kealakekua Bay, a couple of miles north, the sun begins to set, creating quite a show.

Watch the sky turn shades of yellow, orange, red and purple, and keep your eyes peeled for the rare flash of green that appears on the horizon when the conditions are just right. When the sky finally turns dark, return to the airport, from where you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.

Flight time is approximately two hours; total duration is approximately three hours including the check-in and pre-departure process.  For more information, call +1 855 275 5071

Information for this post taken from Trip Advisor

A must see when you travel to the Big Island of Hawaii is the Thurston Lava Tube in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  Lava tubes are natural tunnels where lava flows underneath the ground, sometimes for many kilometers. After the eruption is over, you can be left with a long empty tunnel that seems almost man made.  It is truly one of mother nature’s most amazing formations.

A lava tube happens when low viscosity lava forms a continuous hard crust that gets thicker and thicker, while lava is flowing inside it. Eventually the lava forms a thick hard crust above, but low viscosity lava continues to flow inside. In fact, the thick sides act like insulation to keep the inner lava hot and molten. When the eruption finally ends, the lava flows out of the tube, emptying it out.

Lava tubes can be many meters wide, and typically run several meters below the surface. One tube on Mauna Loa starts at the eruption point and then flows about 50 km to the ocean. Inside the tube there can be various formations, like lava stalactites known as lavacicles (named after icicles). You can also get pillars that stretch from the top to the bottom of the lava tube.

Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube) is open every day to the public. Pua Po’o, another lava tube cave, is open to the public only through pre-arranged Ranger led tours every Wednesday.

Please call the Visitors Center for reservations at (808) 985-6000. Due to the sensitive and fragile nature of cave resources, all other caves within the Park are closed to the general public. 

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