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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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Great experience for young kids

Our three young grandchildren had a really fun time - even after some initial hesitation from the 3 and 5 year-olds. The staff are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and encouraging, so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Canberra, Australia

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Our three young grandchildren had a really fun time - even after some initial hesitation from the 3 and 5 year-olds. The staff are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and encouraging, so each child in the small groups had an opportunity to touch and interact with several dolphins. The introductory 45-minute session, looking at various sea-stars, sea anemones etc, was sufficiently hands-on to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Our kids loved this. We went to look only as 210 a person seemed like too much. A lady came up to talk to us while we were watching the dolphins and offered to let the kids go two for one. She was trying to fill up a group they already had scheduled. The kids loved it. We had to... More 

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Ladera Ranch, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We have been blessed to do this a few times. The trainers are very knowledgable and friendly. We loved all the Dolphins and getting to be up close and personal with them. I highly recommend this adventure, it's an amazing experience my kids will never forget!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This was an amazing experience. Much time spent interacting with the dolphins. We have a new appreciation for the intelligence and beauty of these creatures. Our guide was knowledgeable and fun. The only critique is that the photos seem expensive. Not outrageous but a bit high. Overall, though, we recommend the experience and would do it again.

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

My teenage daughter and her friend had signed up for the Sea Quest program. The day before we had chartered a boat and had ended up swimming with tons of spinner dolphins, so I was worried that this experience would be anticlimactic. That was not the case! These are bottlenose dolphins that are trained, so it was very different. The... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Loved that dolphins were at the hotel, making it convenient, although for a family, it can be a bit pricey.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I spent my landmark bday in Hawaii, and ever since I was 5 yo and witnessed the DIP program at Sea World, this was one of the top things I wanted to do. Unfortunately, because of how expensive it is, I had to do the experience by myself while my family and friends watched from the Souvenir shop. Maybe I... More 

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Issaquah, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This was one of the coolest things I was able to do! Swimming with the dolphins and being able to have an up close encounter while touching them was amazing. They are so soft and silky. The only downside is that it is really expensive so you wouldn't want to do it every vacation. But the staff is so good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The trainers were so friendly; they told the kids a lot abt dolphin; gave a lot of water time wurh dolphins! They gave a lots of ops to take pictures from outside; the pictures they too were reasonably priced. Overall great attraction for kids!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Our 3 kids aged 13, 11 and 7 did the Encounter deluxe. It was 45 minutes with the Dolphins and they had an amazing experience!....but it did cost us close to $1000. Such beautiful creatures, great trainers...just hoping a lot of the money goes back to dolphin conservation...and the Dolphins aren't kept in their small pools for all their lives!

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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
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kohala Coast  >  Waikoloa
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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