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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 #3 of 13 attractions in Waikoloa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Swimming with dolphins
Owner description: Dolphin Quest Hawaii, located at the spectacular Hilton Waikoloa Village, brings people and dolphins closer than ever in fun, interactive dolphin... more » 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 2 months 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. « less
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henderson.nv
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

First-this is a very expensive activity. BUT-it's one your children/grandchildren will remember forever! Our granddaughter did the 90 minute adventure-45 minutes of "classroom" and 45 minutes of water time with all the dolphins. She loved everything! The parents can stand inside the dolphin facility...others behind the wooden fence. Either place offers plenty f opportunities for pictures, so make sure you... More

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RSM, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
10 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This was our 2nd time participating in Dolphin Quest... the other was about 4 years ago. Both times it was wonderful. The guides and trainers are excellent, very friendly, and REALLY provide such individual attention to each of the participants. Typically, each group is 5 - 8 people. One VERY critical area to be aware. If the program indicates 30... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

There are a few things you need to know in order to set your expectations appropriately. My kids did the Dolphin Encounter Deluxe which is listed in the materials as 45 minutes. The program began at 1:45 and my kids were done by 2:20. I'm not sure how that totals up to 45 minutes. They spent a total of 30... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

First of all, I would like to set things straight. There is a rated 'terrible' review which criticizes the dolphins environment, and says that their natural habitat is only a barrier away. If the reviewer actually attended the session and listened to the trainers, these dolphins are actually Atlantic Bottlenose, who are coastal dolphins and spend the majority of their... More

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47 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Didn't do it and never will. I am sorry but trapping 12-14 dolphins in a small pen and making them perform dozens of times a day seems horrible. Do an open water dolphin swim. You visit the dolphins in their natural environment and preserve their dignity and sanity.

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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was a good experience if a bit pricey. We chose the Sea Quest option and I would not do that again. It includes snorkeling which you can do on your own in the lagoon without paying for it. The experience with the dolphins is good and the trainers try to make it as entertaining as possible. Keep in mind... More

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Frisco, Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I've always said dolphins are the golden retrievers of the fish world. Dolphin Quest lets you get up-close-and-personal with these amazing animals. Don't expect to hold on to their dorsal fins and get pulled along like you see in the movies, but you get to touch, play, feed, and interact with multiple dolphins during your time with them, The time... More

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Seattle
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We did a group with three kids (between 5 and 13) and one adult. The kids nearly lost it having so much fun with dolphins. The trainers made sure everyone got their time with dolphin. The time goes very quickly. It was way overpriced (especially the photos/video) and doubt we would do it again, but a worthwhile indulgence for dolphin... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I did a dolphin dip and I'm so glad I did!! It was more than I expected and I would do it all over again. My dolphin Lono was kind and gentle and the staff was fantastic!!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I paid $220 for my five year old to have the Dolphin Quest experience. Be forewarned, 1 hour of this 1 hour 15 min experience is not even close to the water but in the club house. My son came out twice to find me because he was bored. Once in the water, the experience and guides were fantastic -... More

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