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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
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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.
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Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Not cheap, but a once-in-a-lifetime experience for my teenage daughter. Such close and personal interaction with dolphins (a group of half a dozen for one part, then on her own with a trainer for another part) had the smile on the face as wide as its ever been! They clearly care for the dolphins and are about education and encouraging... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We participated in the Dolphin Quest Experience on 10\11\2014. Everything about the experience was first class and the chance to touch and interact with these wonderful creatures is very special. I highly recommend it. All of the staff are very knowledgeable about their dolphins.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We did the basic experience. The time spent in the water with the dolphins was a little over 30 minutes. My niece was able to play catch with one of the dolphins! It is pricey, but well worth the experience. We met 4 different dolphins and were able to experience the difference in their looks and personalities. The proceeds go... More

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Campbell, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We did the encounter deluxe. It is very expensive, although it is a very unique experience. You get to be in the water with the dolphins right up next to them. You stand in the water with a trainer and learn about the dolphins, watch them do tricks, touch them, and pose for pictures with them. At one point we... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

One of the best experiences for both adults and children alike. We did the basic adventure which includes 20 minutes with the dolphins, this was plenty of time. Well worth the $$ for a once in a lifetime experience. Photo of the quest are fairly reasonable for purchase afterwards as you cannot take your own camera.

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Orange, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Very expensive, but since some of the money went to dolphin conservation, I felt OK to spend that much. I wanted to make sure I could touch and take a pic with dolphins and the boat tours couldn't guarantee that. You are in water with dolphin for 30 min. Wished it was longer. Small groups are nice - we had... More

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Cupertino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Excellent place if your kids love to be around water and dolphins. It was just the right amount of time to spend with the dolphins. Pricey but worth it. Lots of places around the water to get your own pictures but ended up buying their pictures because they had the right angles with the kids looking straight into their camera.... More

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Three teenagers had a blast at Dolphin Quest. It is a bit pricey, but a once (maybe twice) in a lifetime experience.

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