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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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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Swimming with dolphins
Description: 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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For the family this is such a top notch experience. The dolphins are so friendly and happy and at the end of the day so were my kids. This was fantastic

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

For the family this is such a top notch experience. The dolphins are so friendly and happy and at the end of the day so were my kids. This was fantastic

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San Jose, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Ok, so I have to say (again, this just my own experience/review) but I have to say that Dolphin Quest was just okay, not great, not horrible, but just average. 'Why?' you ask Ken, well, Id have to say that the dolphin experience we had in another country was more entertaining, LESS expensive, and less crowded. Now our child had... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

You get to see the dolphins up close or you can swim with them. If you get an ocean view room, in the Lagoon Tower, you can see them from your balcony.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This was an interesting experience but I was more "wowed" by seeing dolphins up close in the wild while kayaking then these dolphins in a captive area - though they appeared well cared for. I felt the program was too focused on taking expensive photos to sell us ($20 per photo) and to convince us that DolphinQuest is not SeaWorld.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

My daughter is 3 and could only do this program. We had about 20 minutes interaction time with the dolphin. We and another family of 4 were in our session. It was really fun and my daughter enjoyed it very much. We bought the whole CD of photos for memories :)

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

$200 for 30 mins with a dolphin is a little much. Front desk staff could not have been more rude. The lady that did not have on a name tag should not be working with the public and hopefully doesn't work with the animals. The dolphin trainers seem very knowledgeable and have a true love for the Dolphins.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The program is fun for a first time, the only thing that I had a complain about is that they do not let us actually swim with the dolphins, you just stay close to shore area and pet the dolphins and get pictures taken with them. The staff is really friendly and easy to understand you can tell the staff... More 

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Dawson Creek, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Our family loved this! Very fun and informative. I bought the digital images after because there were so many great pictures that they took.

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Kealakekua, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I did this with my family and son on Easter Sunday, and my son got to do this again the same week on a field trip with his school. Stephanie remembered my son, addressing him by name and even gave him a special "Minion" nickname too! She spent a lot of time with us - but it was definitely the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Do this, especially with your children. An experience they will remember for the rest of their life. I know mine did. 30 years ago they swam with the dauphins, now it was our turn. It was almost like walking your dog. They cuddled with you, performed for you and kissed you. This might be the highlight of our trip, but... More 

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