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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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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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Wonderful experience

We had six in our group so we had the dolphin to ourselves. Even grandma, who doesn't like water, loved getting up close with the dolphin. The trainer was very knowledgable and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
JLP1226
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had six in our group so we had the dolphin to ourselves. Even grandma, who doesn't like water, loved getting up close with the dolphin. The trainer was very knowledgable and friendly.

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Thank JLP1226
Longmont, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The trainer was fabulous with our son who is a little anxious- Dolphin Quest was his favorite part of our trip. Yes, the dolphins have a small space- but they seem pretty content. One is 45 years old and they average 15 years in the wild!

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Thank hawthorne2016
Bloomington, Minnesota
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was an amazing experience for my husband, myself and our girls!! We loved the Dolphins and could have spent all day with them! Our instructor was Kelly and she was so kind and so much fun! Worth every penny!

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

Aloha Pamela, Thank you for sharing your kind words with future travelers to the Big Island. Please consider also sharing your experience on the Hilton Waikoloa TripAdvisor page, as they are always interested in Dolphin Quest feedback as well. We're thrilled to read that you found Kelly to be "so kind and so much fun" and we look forward to... More 

Morrison, Colorado
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wheelchair bound 16 year old son and us shared a great time swimming with the dolphins at Hilton Waikoloa Village Dolphin Quest. The attendants and trainers were great and made sure we all had a chance to swim with and experience the dolphins up close and personal. Highly recommend this special for anyone. The special needs experience is not... More 

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

Aloha Rick, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your Dolphin Quest Special Needs experience with future travelers to Hawaii. Please consider sharing your review on the Hilton Waikoloa TripAdvisor page as well. It was great to read that you and your son enjoyed this awesome experience together. We offer this program daily at all three of... More 

Surprise, AZ
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209 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I felt kind of guilty doing this. I did not want to add to the dolphins' stress. But I can honestly say they seemed kind of happy to swim with us and play in the water and have us gently stroke them. They are the most blissful creatures; it was a kind of spiritual experience for me, very moving. The... More 

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Redding, California
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36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our two youngest grandchildren to Dophin Quest - ages 8 and 10. What a wonderful experience. The program offers 40 minutes in a learning classroom and a good 20 minutes hands-on experience with the Dolphin. Class size was small - only 4 children. They children will never forget their experience attending Dolphin Quest.

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

Aloha Susie, We’re so thrilled to read that your grandchildren enjoyed their Kids Quest program at Dolphin Quest. We love to share in the creation of life-long memories! The Hilton Waikoloa also enjoys hearing great guest feedback, so please consider sharing your observations on their TripAdvisor page as well. We also have a great kids program at our Oahu location,... More 

Norman, Oklahoma
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163 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had so much fun with the dolphins! The staff was very friendly! It was apparent the staff loves the dolphins. It was fun to see how the dolphins have so much personality! Well worth the money!

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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went there with my family. My son and my daughter was excited to see and wanted to touch the Dolphins. So we booked for my son and my daughter but unfortunately there only have one available session for each one, on the different day. We wanted to take both of them together as a whole family and we did... More 

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Tatabanya, Hungary
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5 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been there with my mother in the Big Island. We were not sympathetic for the trainer, so we was able to touch just the dolphin's tail. We did'nt get anything for our money.

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

Aloha, We appreciate your review of your Dolphin Quest experience. We strive to provide an amazing experience for each and every guest. Your feedback has been shared with our training team and we are now taking extra care to ensure that guests experience the dolphin’s rostrum/melon as well as the fluke. We apologize for falling short of your expectations and... More 

Richland, Washington
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My dad and I had a magical time swimming with these great mammals. The best part for me was feeling the heartbeat, very touching. A cherished memory. The trainer was very pleasant too. Super experience.

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

Aloha and mahalo for sharing your “magical” experience with other travelers to Hawaii. We love reading that our dolphin “ohana” (family) has contributed to your memories, and helped to create a cherished experience with your dad. The Hilton Waikoloa also enjoys knowing how the resort experience has been enhanced by our dolphins, so we hope you will consider also sharing... More 

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