Hawaiian Sea Turtle & Reef Snorkel Tour

Hilo, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Dawn

2.5 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

Have you dreamt of swimming with sea turtles? Snorkeling with various fish? Swimming in pacific waters as the vigorous ocean waves crash upon lava rocks not far away? Then this is the tour for you!

We will ocean hop to two different spots where we will swim with wildlife, snorkel, explore, float and enjoy Hawai'i and all her majestic beauty!

While wildlife is certainly on no strict schedule, we are sure to encounter various species throughout the tour. Our goal is always to see turtles, however since it’s wildlife and not a zoo I cannot guarantee anything. What I can guarantee, is that we WILL see beautiful coral, HUGE sea urchins, tons of colorful fish and sea cucumbers. Sometimes we see eel and unicorn fish too! It is a rare occasion that we do not see the Hawaiian honu (turtle), but either way I will teach you about the coral, reef fish, āina and share Hawaiian legends and turtle facts with you!

Please keep in mind, we must stay 10 feet from turtles by law at all times. We cannot feed them or touch them.
Also keep in mind, these are Pacific waters. The currents can be quite strong which can make swimming harder. Terrain is also rough in some areas.

***I CAN CUSTOMIZE ANY TOURS, PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION IF NEEDED, & SCHEDULE TOURS ON DATES NOT PROVIDED ON THE CALENDAR HERE. PLEASE MESSAGE ME FOR DETAILS. MAHALO!
Have you dreamt of swimming with sea turtles? Snorkeling with various fish? Swimming in pacific waters as the vigorous ocean waves crash upon lava rocks not far away? Then this is the tour for you!

We will ocean hop to two different spots where we will swim with wildlife, snorkel, explore, float and enjoy Hawai'i and all her majestic beauty!

While wildlife is certainly on no strict schedule, we are sure to encounter variou…
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What's included

  • Equipment
    Snorkeling mask and breathing tube, life vests. Swimming fins not included,...

Meet your host, Dawn

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 20 Reviews
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I am a mother, travel lover and adventurer with a passion for the island! I love to travel like a local and want to provide other adventurers the same opportunity by taking them to experience places and moments that are local treasures <3 I left Florida where I had lived most of my life, sold my house, quit my job and moved to the island without knowing anyone here. I have embraced the culture and it has embraced me. My unique perspective will provide travelers with an experience like none other!
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Where you'll be

We will visit two beach parks, the first is where we will look to swim with sea turtles, the second has a small beach and the best snorkeling on the east side of the island! Filled with beautiful fish, eel, and even turtles sometimes as well!

The water at the second location is deep and the current can be strong. I do provide life vests. The water is brackish so can be quite chilly that's why we do this midday when it's hottest :)

Rated 4.80 out of 5 from 20 reviews.

Quoc
July 2021
We felt so lucky to see the turtles! Something spiritual about the Honu of the islands. Dawn went above and beyond to provide us with extra gear for our comfort and safety!
Varun
July 2021
Dawn led us on an incredible experience through two snorkel sites in Hilo (the less touristy yet equally breathtaking eastern town on the Big Island). The second snorkel site was especially delightful with a beautiful reef densely rich with marine life. Dawn was very knowledgeable about the various creatures we encountered and was just overall super pleasant to spend an afternoon with. She was kind enough to offer to drive us from the first site to the second, gave us fantastic recommendations for the rest of our stay on the big island, and icing on the cake - offered us delicious mochi donuts at the end of our trip! I highly recommend this experience and host, and please do take her up on the wetsuits! Some spots on the lagoon can get a little chilly :)
Dawn led us on an incredible experience through two snorkel sites in Hilo (the less touristy yet equally breathtaking eastern town on the Big Island). The second snorkel site was e…
Amity
July 2021
This was a great experience! Dawn's knowledge of the local area, turtles, and best spots for snorkeling were excellent. She shared tips about other local places to check out, too. We would definitely recommend this experience!
Megan
June 2021
What a great experience. We saw 4 turtles immediately and they were very engaging. we saw another beautiful one later as well in the trip. we went to two sites and she made sure that we were all comfortable before moving on. She had great ways to explain and implement safety. Loved it. would go on her other adventures too if I had time.
What a great experience. We saw 4 turtles immediately and they were very engaging. we saw another beautiful one later as well in the trip. we went to two sites and she made sure th…
Autumn
June 2021
Experience was very good!! Dawn and her son were amazing and accommodating. She is such a good guide and had amazing spots. BUT be sure to specify what size wet suit and life vest you are gonna need, as she provides them but since she doesn't ask specifically the sizes you need, just reach out to her.
Experience was very good!! Dawn and her son were amazing and accommodating. She is such a good guide and had amazing spots. BUT be sure to specify what size wet suit and life vest…
Kristine
June 2021
The best takeaway from our experince with Dawn, apart from being nose to nose with a sea turtle, was her spiritual life philosophy sharing that she does for work exactly that which she would do for her own personal enjoyment… and this really shows. Dawn’s adoration and respect for Mother Earth’s beautiful creatures along with her connection to “what She brings forth” allows for an easy and fluid snorkeling adventure. We were even so lucky to have the most beautiful huge sea turtle greet us upon arrival to the water and even luckier to snorkel amidst volcanic warm currents as we floated mesmerized by the vibrant sea world just below us. Dawn made sure we had wetsuits, gear and even a fresh shower to continue on for the rest of day… Thank you Dawn! You’re a true mother on our Mother 🌎🌞🐢🐠🐡🙏🏻.
The best takeaway from our experince with Dawn, apart from being nose to nose with a sea turtle, was her spiritual life philosophy sharing that she does for work exactly that which…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 7 and up can attend.

What to bring

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