Swim with the Dolphins hawaii • SunLight On Water • swimming with Dolphins • wild Dolphin swimming • Dolphin swim • Dolphins and Whales
Header Image3 Sunlight on Water

Dolphin Swim in Hawaii!!

E Komo Mai! Welcome…

Come experience a morning swim with us and the Dolphins on the beautiful Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii! The Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins are year round residents so you can expect to see them whenever you are in Hawaii…

SunLight On Water, with Melainah, Michael and their exceptional staff, offer you the opportunity to have an experience that you will easily remember for the rest of your life – swimming with Dolphins that are wild and free in their natural habitat.

There is nothing that compares to the feeling of being in the ocean with the Dolphins! You can see Dolphins on tv, can visit them in captivity, and you can even see them from a boat – but swimming with them in their natural ocean habitat is a unique and magical experience that can touch you in ways you might not be able to imagine.

We’ve been conducting Dolphin Swims longer and more successfully than any other Hawaiian Dolphin Swim eco-tour operator for almost 20 years! We have a 99% success rate in finding the Dolphins each day! Equally important is the context within which we offer our tours. Our philosophy is one of total respect for the Dolphins, all marine life and the ocean.

When Michael is the morning captain, your journey will start with a Hawaiian ceremony to greet the day, and then it’s off to the adventure of a lifetime – a morning swim with the Dolphins! Simply put, the experience is transformative, and it’s frankly impossible to fully articulate. Dolphins are amongst the most intelligent beings on the planet and being with them in their own habitat will amaze you. Imagine your excitement as we cruise out to where the Dolphins live and play.

Best Kona Dolphin Swim Hawaii | SunlightOnWater.com

Photo by Don Hurzeler...one of our guest!

Swim with the dolphins up close while respecting their space.


8:00a.m.--12:00p.m. Check-in 7:30 a.m.

Provided: snorkel gear, flotation as needed, swim guide(s) in Ocean with you, fresh fruit, muffins, water/juice/soda, and a variety of dry snacks. Also included are 10-15 photos of your trip.

Click Here for Directions & Map to our departure site at Honokohau Harbor




$120 Adults (Normal retail $135 - Save $15 by booking now)
$80 Children 12 and under (Normal retail $95 - Save $15 by booking now)
$65 Ride Along with a swimmer

Choose Date:

Discount applied at checkout.

Total Price with all Taxes & Fees:

If booking your trip 10 days in advance take an additional $5 off by entering promotional code: 10ADV5OFF in the promo field.

Promotional Code (optional):

Goldcard Number (optional):
If you don't have a Shaka Club Gold Card yet, you can buy it now.

Book a Combo Package with any two or more activities and save! For Combo, Group or Private Charter Rates please CLICK HERE.
Please call 808/896-2480 for Reservations by telephone 8a.m.—8p.m. Hawaii Standard Time.

As we are making our way along the Kona Coast, relax and let yourself enjoy the feel of the wind and notice how the sun glints off the surface of the Ocean, hence our name, SunLight On Water. Take in the beautiful color of the Ocean as she beckons to you... The setting is perfect...

And then you see them-- Spinner Dolphins spinning in the air to greet you! They love to ride the bow wake of our boat. They are sleek and graceful and exude absolute joy.

There is nothing like it.

After receiving instruction about the proper protocols for entering into the Dolphins' world and receiving some insider tips on how to get the most out of your Dolphin swim, the moment comes when quietly and gently you ease into the water with these incredible Beings and join the Dolphin pod. It is completely safe, and a rewarding experience for the entire family. Children of all ages are welcome. If young children do not choose to go into the Ocean, for their safety, an adult must remain on board with them at all times. There is usually time for parents to take turns going into the Ocean. All you need is your sense of wonder and a willing Spirit.

Use the controls at left to stop
the music if you like. It is
an excerpt of "Taua Mai E"
from "The Calling" by
Kutira & Raphael

During the winter, there is a good chance you will see Humpback Whales on the way to be with the Dolphins. Other interesting sea life has been known to pay us a visit as well such as Spotted Dolphins, Bottle Nose Dolphins, Whale Sharks, Pilot Whales, Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, the Honu (turtles) among others. Michael may even find an Octopus for you to see!

Captain Michael (aka China Mike), operated the first charter boat offering Dolphin Swims here in Hawaii. Michael and Melainah are both USCG Licensed Captains, and their boat, Uhane Nui O Nai'a, is one of the most comfortable around. They also have an exceptional kinship with these marvelous creatures, and can offer you a Dolphin experience unlike any other.

If swimming with Dolphins is something you have always dreamed of experiencing, please give us a call at SunLight On Water, and we will make your dream come true...

The crew will take photos of you on the boat and in the water. 10-15 photos will be provided to you at no extra cost. We are happy to provide you with this complimentary keepsake of your tour.

All equipment is provided, snorkel gear, flotation if needed, as well as water/sodas, fruit, muffins and dry snacks. All you need to bring is a towel, sunscreen, cover-up and maybe a camera. Prescription masks are available in a limited range.

Personal items such as cameras, cell phones, or any other valuables brought on board are at your own risk.

You can read more about us, Michael and Melainah, and our connection to the Dolphins on our About Us page.

Footer Image Sunlight on Water