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Address: 425 Waikoloa Beach Dr, at Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96738
Phone Number: +1 808-886-2875
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Activities: Swimming with dolphins
Description: Dolphin Quest Hawaii, located at the spectacular Hilton Waikoloa Village...
Dolphin Quest Hawaii, located at the spectacular Hilton Waikoloa Village, brings people and dolphins closer than ever in fun, interactive dolphin encounter programs for all ages. This unique experience is on-of-a-kind on Hawaii's Big Island and is great for kids, adults or the entire family! Reservations can be made a year in advance. Dolphin Quest's Learning Center Lagoon, opened in 1988, was the first of its kind and inspired a new generation of large, natural habitats for marine mammals. A portion of the proceeds from your Dolphin Quest encounter program supports vital marine education, conservation and research.
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Dolphin Quest

My daughter had an incredible time and my mother-in-law, who speaks no English, was very at ease with the instructors.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

My daughter had an incredible time and my mother-in-law, who speaks no English, was very at ease with the instructors.

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Cochrane, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

People will often be critical of animals being kept in captivity for entertainment purposes. The people at Dolphin Quest treat those beautiful creatures like family. You don't just go there to have your picture taken, you also get to learn about the dolphins and get to know them. The Dolphin enclosure is only open for a few small hours each... More 

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Maui, Hawaii, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

First of all it is not cheap. Second of all, they are going to get even more money out of you with the pictures their camera people take (their camera people have access to the dolphin area). That being said my two year old was the happiest child on the planet during his time with the Dolphins. Staff was very... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I'm not going to waste much more time with this event. We had VIP event scheduled it was anything but that. It felt nothing like a dolphin experience and more like a chance to have your picture taken with a dolphin and pay a lot of money to buy the picture. The staff allowed a mother and her toddler to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

Went to visit the big island and we were so horrified by how many Dolphins there were in such a small enclosure. What a horrible business!

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

At Dolphin Quest, the welfare of the dolphins in our care is our top priority. The animals that you saw are coastal bottlenose dolphins, well adapted and evolved to living in shallow coastal waters and bays. They thrive in their ocean water sanctuary at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort. Dolphin Quest exceeds both the US regulations and the Alliance of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The dolphins were very active, jumping out of the water and coming very close to the edge for everyone to see.

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Seaside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

You are in a small lake with real dolphins and interacting directly with them. It's also fun for adults.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The Dolphin Quest attraction was very cool to have at my hotel! I loved walking by and seeing the Dolphins playing and having a good time. Watching other groups interact with them was also neat to see. When my group was able to go in the water with them I was a little timid at first. The instructors were very... More 

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McKenna, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

My wife planned this as a surprise experience for our kids and grandkids last July. We all participated in the program from me being 51 down to our youngest granddaughter at age 6. I was just as excited as she was. The hands on experience will not be soon forgotten. Though a little pricey we would not hesitate to have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

For the family this is such a top notch experience. The dolphins are so friendly and happy and at the end of the day so were my kids. This was fantastic

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