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Dolphin Quest

425 Waikoloa Beach Dr, at Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96738
+1 808-886-2875
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Waikoloa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Swimming with dolphins
Owner description: Dolphin Quest Hawaii, located at the spectacular Hilton Waikoloa...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Swimming with dolphins
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Woodstock, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I would recommend swimming with the dolphins at Dolphin Quest to everyone. It doesn't matter your age. The dolphins are gorgeous and so well trained. The trainers are incredibly knowledgeable and able to answer all questions you may have. It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had.

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Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

a lot of fun for family!! the kids loved it! tons of once in the life time pics, but u may want to use the resort's video people they do a better job. The best way to get a reservation for the Quest is to be a guest @ the Hilton,,,,,,,they let their guest in first. It's not cheap, but... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

My wife has always wanted to swim with dolphins – tamed ones. There are not too many places that offer this in a clean and friendly environment. The Hilton is one of them. On the upside, my wife could feed, kiss, hug, and pet the dolphin. We have great photos to prove it. But, there were several in the party,... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My family visited Hawaii for Thanksgiving. Swimming with dolphins has been something my daughter has wanted to do for as long as we can remember. Well this was her dream come true. All the staff and dolphins were amazing. We were all amazed at their intelligence, playfulness, and tenderness. They are amazing animals and we all loved it.

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Sacramento, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My son did this last time we were here (he was just 3) and he was afraid of the dolphins but this time (almost 5 yr old) he was a pro. He signed up for a group session and was the only one there so he got a one on one with the dolphin. He was so excited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My daughters (8 and 5) did the encounter deluxe and found it very fun! you get really up close and personal with the dolphins and interact with them quite a bit. We have done one in the Bahamas and found this one much more fun. You get to learn about them, do very tricks with them one on one, and... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The staff is great and the dolphins are fun. You spend most of your time getting staged pictures and the swimming isn't swimming amongst the dolphins (you hold on and swim beside them very slowly), though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Whole family (70 down to 6) loved the experience. Interaction with dolphins was phenomenal; didn't expect to learn as much or share as much time with the Dolphins. Wonderful scientific staff and amazing marine mammals!

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Castro Valley, California
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196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We gave our daughter the 30 minute dolphin experience for her 12th birthday. While it is very pricey at $200, it was a wonderful experience. The trainers work with small groups, so while there were 12 people or so in the large group, there were two trainers working with 6 people each in seperate areas of the lagoon. Each person... More 

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The dolphin swim was one of the highlights of our trip and well worth the money. The dolphins seem happy and well cared for, which made it an even more gratifying experience. Do it!

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