Why Small Groups are Best for Dolphin Tours in Hawaii

Embarking on a dolphin tour in Hawaii is a magical experience, offering an up-close encounter with one of the ocean’s most enchanting creatures.

However, the size of your tour group can significantly impact the quality of this experience. Opting for a small group tour not only ensures a more personal and serene adventure but also benefits the dolphins, the crew, and you – the guest.

When searching for a dolphin tour in Hawaii, it is recommended that you check the group size or boat capacity limits before booking. While some tours allow more than 50 guests at a time, Aloha Ocean caps its tours at 6 guests, ensuring a memorable and positive experience for all involved.

Here’s why small groups are the best choice for dolphin tours in Hawaii.

Small Groups are Best for the Dolphins

Oahu Dolphin Species: Hawaii Pelagic Dolphins


Dolphins thrive in environments where they feel safe and unencumbered. Large tour groups can be intimidating for these intelligent creatures, making it harder for them to swim freely and interact naturally.

Imagine that you are a dolphin swimming through the great blue open ocean and you come across a mass of 50+ humans bobbing in the water. You would probably steer clear of that. But a handful of humans is less intimidating to approach.

By opting for a small group tour, you minimize disturbances and allow dolphins to approach on their own terms, ensuring a more authentic and respectful encounter.

Small Groups are Best for Safety

Life Preserver in Ocean Water
Credit: Bandiera Studio


For our crew, your safety is paramount. With small groups, we can maintain constant visibility of every guest on board, providing personalized attention and assistance as needed.

In addition to maintaining a visual line of sight, small groups allow for us to communicate at a normal volume while in the open water, without needing to yell or speak over a microphone. Preventing yelling automatically makes an encounter feel more peaceful and natural. 

Whether you’re a seasoned swimmer or a novice, our experienced crew members are always on hand to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Small Groups are Best for CONNECTION


With fewer guests to manage, we can focus on building meaningful connections with each member of your group, enhancing your overall tour experience. 

At Aloha Ocean, we prioritize getting to know everyone on our tour. We also take the time to tell you about our own local connections and the stories behind the places we’re visiting. 

Small groups allow for authentic experiences and connections that last a lifetime.

And When swimming with Dolphins in Hawaii,
Small Groups are Best for You!

Guests on Dolphin Tour in hawaii
Credit: Aloha Photo Studio

In a small group setting, you’ll enjoy uninterrupted views of Hawaii’s stunning marine life without the distractions of overcrowding.

Say goodbye to jostling for position or getting kicked in the water by fellow tour members. With ample space and fewer people, you’ll have the freedom to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the ocean and its inhabitants.

Choosing a small group for your Hawaii dolphin tour enhances the experience for everyone involved. Dolphins can swim freely and interact naturally, unbothered by large crowds. Our crew can provide personalized attention and ensure your safety, creating a more enjoyable and intimate experience. For you, it means uninterrupted views and the freedom to fully appreciate the beauty of Hawaii’s marine life.

With small group tours, you’ll create unforgettable memories in a tranquil and respectful setting.

Aloha Ocean limits its small group Dolphin tours in Hawaii to 6 guests


Ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime? Join us on a small group dolphin tour and experience the wonders of Hawaii’s marine world in the company of knowledgeable guides and like-minded travelers.

Don’t miss out – reserve your spot today and discover the magic of swimming with dolphins in paradise!