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“Expensive, but worthwhile...”
Review of Dolphin Quest

Dolphin Quest
Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Waikoloa
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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 scientific study. TripAdvisor Certificate Excellence winner for the last 6 years (2012 to 2017)!
Maui, Hawaii
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Expensive, but worthwhile...”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

You will definitely feel the pinch in your wallet, but it really was a very special experience for the kids. The staff is upbeat and very knowledgeable and the facility is very well run. The photo drive option was pricey at $155, but temptation got the better of us…alas, while the staff is very good at training dolphins, they might want to invest in a photography class…the shots were very much hit and miss and, at best, amateur.

Visited March 2013
Thank Stephen M
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Austin, Texas, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2013

The dolphins were great but PRICEY! The brochure showed the more expensive options, but if you go to the counter and inquire, there are less expensive choices offered that are fun too!

Visited March 2013
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Pearl River, New York
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241 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Get in the water with the dolphins”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

I really enjoyed watching the dolphins interact with the trainers. We could easily walk around to see the feeding process and the mom and her baby playing together. I decided not to partake in the experience in the water. I noticed that the participants just stood in the water. There was not too much real swimming with the dolphins. There was a little, but mostly people were just petting the dolphins. I was looking for a more interactive experience.

Visited January 2013
Thank dancer735
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Newport Beach, California, United States
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41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Lovely dolphins! :)”
Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

It was an amazing experience and glad we got the pictures! :) The dolphins are lovely and the staff was very good. It was a bit
pricey but worth it for the great memories!

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London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Lovely team provided a fun and educational experience. Lots of dolphin touching. Highly recommended.

Visited March 2013
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