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Dolphin Quest

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Waikoloa, HI, USA
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About Dolphin Quest
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)!
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Liz D wrote a review 21 Oct
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My son absolutely loved this! He loved being able to interact with the dolphins and knowing the money helps fund research and initiatives to protect these animals and their environment is huge!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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pokeytodd5 wrote a review 20 Oct
Salem, Oregon1 contribution
My wife and I had a wonderful time with the dolphins. Our instructor was knowledgeable and made our experience extra special. We learned a lot about the dolphins. It was very special. Also we were very happy to purchase the photos. The photographer did a wonderful job.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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kdallenx2 wrote a review 17 Oct
Camby, Indiana1 contribution
It does cost a good amount, but it is totally worth it in my opinion. We had a blast and learned more than we already knew. All of the workers were friendly and welcoming.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from Ryan B, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Quest
Responded 1 week ago
Aloha and thank you for the five-star review! We're glad to hear you had a fun, educational, and worthwhile experience while visiting us at Dolphin Quest. We hope to see you again in the future!
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SmilingCuzGodLovesUs wrote a review 17 Oct
Island of Hawaii, Hawaii1 contribution
Dolphin Quest instantly is welcoming and calming. The staff members are so kind, humble, professional, and exuberant. The dolphins are magnificent. Seeing them interact with staff and visitors is beyond-words beautiful. These dolphins are diurnal, so when you visit with them, it is not during a time that they should be sleeping. The dolphins played and swam with us, under the guidance of their trainers. We were hosted by trainers Sarah and Maddy (I hope that is how their names are spelled). We learned a lot of wonderful dolphin facts and were privileged to meet 5 of the 14 dolphins: Kona, Alaula, Halia, Nimbus, and Iwa (she is the eldest, 50 years young). Two of us were celebrating our birthdays. As a birthday present, Dolphin Quest gave a free photo of the encounter with the dolphins. I purchased the entire digital supply of photos because the encounter was very amazing and, I feel, life-changing. This is an opportunity to interact with marine mammals who are well cared for. You will totally enjoy your encounter. It is time well spent!! Oh, their gift shop is also awesome. I would like to go back to the store to purchase items. They even have paintings that were painted by the sweet dolphins. These dolphins have a fun life! What a nurturing place Dolphin Quest is for the dolphins and the humans!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from Ryan B, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Quest
Responded 1 week ago
We really appreciate you taking the time to leave this astounding review - mahalo for the five-stars! We'll be sure to pass on all your kind words to our wonderful Crew Members and we truly hope you'll come back and visit us soon!
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DeneceFolling70 wrote a review 15 Oct
Los Angeles, California1 contribution
Sarah the trainer was amazing, the whole experience was just wonderful I am the biggest dolphin love or so to be able to swim with the dolphins and hug them and had them and everything else it was just really amazing and everyone’s so kind
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Aloha and thank you for the wonderful words about your experience and our dedicated Crew Members! Please do visit us again soon, we'd love to have you back!
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