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Address: 5000 Kahala Ave, Oahu, HI 96816
Phone Number: +1 808-739-8918
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Dolphin Quest Oahu, located at the world-famous Kahala Hotel & Resort...

Dolphin Quest Oahu, located at the world-famous Kahala Hotel & Resort just minutes from Waikiki, brings people and dolphins closer than ever in fun, interactive dolphin encounter programs for all ages. Dolphin Quest Oahu's intimate and lush setting is the perfect place for a dolphin experience for everyone from kids to honeymooners.

 

Reservations can be made up to one year in advance. A portion of the proceeds from all Dolphin Quest encounter programs supports marine education, conservation and research.

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We did the toddler program this morning on Oahu. It will be a memory to cherish. Courtney our trainer was informative and engaging. I had just as much fun as my nearly 3yo. There... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2016
Tooshbah
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Melbourne
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Melbourne
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016 via mobile

We did the toddler program this morning on Oahu. It will be a memory to cherish. Courtney our trainer was informative and engaging. I had just as much fun as my nearly 3yo. There was no hard sell for the professional photos.

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Thank Tooshbah
DolphinQuestOahu, General Manager at Dolphin Quest, responded to this review

Aloha, Thank you for letting future visitors to Oahu know about your Dolphin Quest experience. The Wee Family Fins & Fun program is very popular and a great dockside option. We especially appreciate your kind words regarding Courtney and will be sure to share them with her. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to Dolphin Quest... More 

Irvine, California, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We took my two older children to do this several years ago and my youngest was only 4. I was not willing to pay the price for what the under 4 kiddos were allowed to do so we came back! She had a great time and was expensive but worth it! They have a photographer (who is super nice and... More 

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DolphinQuestOahu, General Manager at Dolphin Quest, responded to this review

Aloha, Thank you for visiting us in Oahu, not once, but twice! We have many guests that return year after year and we hope you will too! We appreciate your kind comments with regard to our photographer and we are happy that you got some great photographs to remember your wonderful experience. Please consider sharing your comments on the Kahala... More 

Maple Grove, Minnesota
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

Our family experience included six people, ages 10 - 70: 2 grandparents, 2 parents, 2 children. It was amazing to swim with Lono, our dolphin. Our trainer was incredibly knowledgable and personable. I can't imagine a better experience for us to share together - and the pictures are priceless! It was pricey, but completely worth it. We made memories that... More 

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DolphinQuestOahu, General Manager at Dolphin Quest, responded to this review

Aloha, Thank you for your kind comments regarding our dolphins and trainers, and for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor! We’re so excited to have contributed to your family memories. The Kahala Hotel & Resort is always interested in hearing positive feedback, so we hope you will consider sharing your comments on their TripAdvisor page as well. Thanks for choosing Dolphin... More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

It is hard to find an activity that our whole family enjoys given the age range of our four sons: 15-25 years old! We chose the Dolphin Quest Family Swim Program, which exceeded our expectations. Our trainer, Deborah, was delightful and informative. She answered all of our questions and seemed genuinely pleased that we were enjoying ourselves. The photographer got... More 

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DolphinQuestOahu, General Manager at Dolphin Quest, responded to this review

Aloha Nancy, Thank you for choosing Dolphin Quest for your family, and for taking the time to let other travelers know about your experience. We appreciate your kind words regarding Deborah and your support of Dolphin Quest. The Kahala Hotel & Resort is always interested in hearing about Dolphin Quest from resort visitors, so we hope you will consider sharing... More 

Eagle, Idaho
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17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

My daughter and I love dolphins and we have always wanted to swim with one. Our experience at Dolphin Quest was good. We were able to touch the dolphin, feed him fish, give him signs to do tricks, and swim just a little bit with him. The instructor was excellent, you can tell she was very knowledgeable and enjoyed her... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

We chose the Dolphin Encounter (25 minutes). I was a bit hesitant because of the price, but it was worth every penny! Definitely the best choice for swimming with the dolphins. The options at Sea Life Park are OK, but any way you slice it you are swimming in an oversize concrete pool. Going on a sea excursion to find... More 

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DolphinQuestOahu, General Manager at Dolphin Quest, responded to this review

Aloha! We are so happy to hear that Dolphin Quest was the highlight of your trip to Oahu! Not only are the dolphins’ behaviors fun for guests to experience, but many of the trained behaviors – such as being able to hold the fluke – also allow us to provide the dolphins with voluntary top-notch veterinary care and wellness checks!... More 

Lakewood, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

My 3 kids really enjoyed this. My 11-year old got to actually swim with a dolphin while my two little ones and I did the one where you don't get in the water (they can't swim yet). We learned a lot about the dolphins, and enjoyed feeding them and petting them. This is expensive but the trainers are great and... More 

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DolphinQuestOahu, General Manager at Dolphin Quest, responded to this review

Aloha, Thanks for taking the time to share your Dolphin Quest visit with other travelers! We hope you will also consider sharing your feedback on The Kahala Hotel & Resort’s TripAdvisor page, as Dolphin Quest guest comments are insightful for their future resort guests as well. We hope to see you again on your next visit to Oahu, Hawaii’s Big... More 

Honolulu, Hawaii
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81 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

This is the 3rd time I've had grandchildren enjoy an "KID'S AQUATIC ADVENTURE" at Dolphin Quest. All three times I've been delighted with the experience. When our grandchildren turn 9 we bring them to Hawaii with us. We have 11 so, this is something that has become a family tradition. The younger ones await their 9th birthday from the time... More 

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DolphinQuestOahu, General Manager at Dolphin Quest, responded to this review

Aloha Marie and Stan, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your dolphin family tradition with other travelers. To know we are part of such an amazing family experience is important and meaningful to us and we look forward to your future visits. As you know, the educational component of our programs helps to inspire future generations... More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Swimming with the dolphins was a dream come true, I learned so much about them while getting to touch and swim with them, a truly amazing experience that is hard to explain how it made me feel, you could tell they really wanted to please there trainers it was well worth doing

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DolphinQuestOahu, General Manager at Dolphin Quest, responded to this review

Aloha Wendy! We loved hearing about your amazing experience at Dolphin Quest! The Kahala Hotel & Resort would love to know how much you enjoyed our dolphin family as well. We hope you will also consider sharing your comments on their Trip Advisor page. We look forward to your next visit! Mahalo! More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

We elected this method of meeting dolphins instead of chasing them down in a boat and scaring them half to death in the wild. I read other reviews blasting Dolphin Quest. I presume the negative reviewers have never kept fish, had a cat or dog or have ridden a horse. I hope not anyway. These healthy dudes were playful and... More 

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DolphinQuestOahu, General Manager at Dolphin Quest, responded to this review

Aloha Chris, Thank you so much for taking the time to post such a nice review! We so appreciate that you noticed how healthy and adored our dolphin family is. Thank you also for championing our mission as your participation supports vital marine conservation, education and scientific studies around the globe to help protect these amazing animals in the wild.... More 

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