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The Big Island of Hawaii is blessed with an almost constant temperature of 75 to 85 degrees all year making the ocean temperature perfect for swimming with dolphins and sea turtles. The most frequently seen dolphins are the Bottle Nose and Spinner dolphins. Swimming and snorkeling with these amazing creatures can be a great experience for couples and families. In many cases you can just leave right from the beach as many resorts offer snorkeling equipment and don’t forget your underwater camera. You’ll be sure to get some amazing shots that words will not be able to describe!
Sea turtles are a regular encounter on the Big Island whether you are on the beach or swimming in the ocean. They can weigh between 270 and 400 pounds and are protected by the Endangered Species Act so you can look but don’t touch. Watch for them feeding on the seaweed that grows on the rocks and shallow areas. If you see one while snorkeling be sure to leave about 10 to 15 feet away so they have room to surface and breathe.
There are several companies that specialize in dolphin and sea turtle excursions and as this is a very popular activity it is suggested that you book early.