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Dolphin Quest

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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Ranked #3 of 7 Attractions in Waikoloa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Swimming with dolphins
Owner description: Dolphin Quest Hawaii, located at the spectacular Hilton Waikoloa...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Swimming with dolphins
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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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Lorain, OH
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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I like to watch the dolphins not swim with them. All the people we encountered after their interactions with the dolphins said it was worth the money. The children especially enjoyed dolphin quest.

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Denver, CO
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

They have a wee-tot program (so they call it) which is about $115 including tax. For this price, one child, age 3 - 4, gets to experience the dolphins with a parent. They have a little introduction to talk about the dolphins and why the kids should not touch the blow hole, eyes or teeth. The kids clearly get excited... More 

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Oahu, Hawaii
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This is a lot of money for what they do. 1/2 hour in the water and the kids don't swim with the dolphins. Other resorts I have been at you actually swim with them. You can sit and watch them all day for nothing and it is just as nice.

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Hawaii
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Our 3 year old grandson participated in the Wee Tots program in which they were able to touch and hug the dolphins with their parents next to them. What a wonderful experience for all.

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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Really neat experience. Get up close with dolphins, touch them, learn about them. Must be comfortable in the water. You will wear a life vest and use a face mask.

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Chicago
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This was one of the highlights of our family vacation. It was such a treat for our six grandchildren ages 5 to 14. The staff was so great in making sure that it was an experience that each of them never forget. I also have to commend the The Hilton Waikoloa for designing the Dolphin pond in such a way... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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28 attraction reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My 8 year old son enjoyed the 30 minute class that included talking about sea life with about 6 other children of his age, and then visiting the small shark lagoon. They then entered the water with safety jackets and kissed and touched the dolphins. He loved it!

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Wisconsin
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Kids like very much interacting with the dolphins and learning about them. The price is quite high for this experience. 30 min for almost $200/person is steep. Pictures you purchase are awful. Sit on the bridge to watch your kids interact with the dolphins and toward the end walk to the opposite side and zoom in on your child with... More 

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Murrieta, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Our kids loved this! Evan was very patient with my niece and nephew who were very scared. The kids especially loved feeding the Dolphins.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Having your children swim with dolphins is a good experience, in that these are magnificent intelligent alien creatures that resonate with children and adults too. Seeing them up close is pretty amazing. But in reality, these creatures are nothing but captive circus performers. I had my children sign up for different encounters due to their age differences and capabilities. While... More 

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