The only company on Kaua‘i offering guaranteed dolphin sightings on their morning tours is Blue Dolphin Charters—if the captain confirms no dolphins were sighted, then guests get a complimentary ride on the same tour!
Two other factors that differentiate Blue Dolphin from other companies is the opportunity they offer customers to upgrade from snorkeling to scuba diving on two of its tours, as well as being able to accept keiki (kids) as young as 2 years old because of the vessels’ design and build.
“Our 5.5-hour Deluxe Na Pali Snorkel Tour is recommended for our families,” says Jade Casmass, Blue Dolphin’s senior reservationist. “The tour is aboard one of our custom-built 65-foot catamarans and travels far up the Nāpali Coast where guests can snorkel or dive among turtles and tropical fish. It also includes a continental breakfast and deli-style lunch. The highlights include a waterslide, snorkeling, riding the bow of the boat and the highest probability of seeing wildlife.”
For those seeking a wild ride and adventure, Casmass suggests the 5-hour Na Pali Raft Snorkel Tour aboard a 25-foot rigid hull. You’ll snorkel for an hour or so, enter multiple sea caves (weather permitting) and get up close with dolphins. Deli lunch included.
Casmass adds, “Our captains have their own style, but all have amazing knowledge of the Nāpali Coast and Kaua‘i’s history. They’re well seasoned; a few have been with us for 25-plus years.”
As senior reservationist, Casmass must have a favorite tour. “It’s the 7-hour Niihau Na Pali Snorkel Scuba Tour,” she says. “I’m in love with the snorkel and dive spot, which is between Ni‘ihau and Lehua Rock, a bird sanctuary, with lots of shearwaters and albatross soaring around. Lehua Rock is also home to a few resident Hawaiian monk seals, which we often spot while snorkeling and diving.”