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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 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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews 85 reviews
33 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This was very expensive. A friend said it was life changing for them so the bar was high. I felt bad for the animals even though they were obviously very well cared for. These are beautiful animals and obviously very intelligent. I would not promote participating in this activity.

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Pacific Grove, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Especially to children, not enough time with dolphin. Time spent with dolphin is less than 10 minutes.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The kids really wanted to do this, so we did! The kids loved it, and the trainer we were with (Nina) was so friendly and warm. You aren't allowed to bring cameras into the water. My spouse wasn't interested in swimming with the dolphins, so stayed on the grassy area near by. They are very clever at Dolphin Quest, as... More

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Conroe, Texas
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Dolphin Quest exists for research, yet provides sea-life education and familiarization for all ages. Entertaining and educational at the same time.

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Buford, Georgia
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81 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I have done several dolphin encounters in various locations and this was the best one ever. It was a little pricey, but worth it. We first snorkeled in a natural salt water lagoon. We used see-doo jet propulsion devices that gave us alot of freedo without wearing ourselves out. We swan with sea turtles and ells - was phenomenal. I... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is the most amazing thing you can do! The trainers have such passion for what they do and it shows. They’ll teach you anything and everything you want to know about dolphins. Where else can you hug a dolphin and brush his teeth? This is a “must do.” I loved every minute of it, and can't wait to do... More

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

My 9 and 6 year olds absolutely loved the experience! I think this is one of those memories they will carry with them for the rest of their lives! The setting was beautiful at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. The program is well run and the dolphins were well trained. We signed up for the 45 minutes encounter experience and the... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

My 10 year old daughter did 'the Encounter' experience at the Dolphin Quest at the Hilton Waikoloa Village and it was outstanding. She and one other person were the only ones in her group that spoke English and she was impressed that the trainers described everything in both English and Japanese. There were only five people in her group and... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We reserved Encounter Deluxe spots for my husband and two children: 6 and 9 year olds. They had the time of their life. All I could see while taking pictures was smiles and bright eyes. I was allowed to take pictures from behind the fence (not too far away) although they do want you to purchase their pictures/movie. They spent... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Very expensive considering the first hour is just educational talk with the staff. Only 20-25 mins. in the water. But still a very unique experience to be able to kiss and pet a dolphin in shallow water. Great for kids who are not ready to snorkel in the ocean but want to touch a dolphin.

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