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Dolphin Quest, Waikoloa

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Must see · Swim with Dolphins · Boat Tour
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If you'd rather swim with the dolphins than just watch their antics, head to Dolphin Quest. The dolphin center specializes in various dolphin encounter programs, including Dolphin Family and Friends, Trainer For a Day, and even Trainer for a Week. The trainers will teach you a bit about the intelligent animals while you hang out in the pool with them. Watch the dolphins perform their best tricks, touch them, feed them, and take pictures with them. When they take off swimming, see if you can keep up to these speedy creatures. You'll want to invest in a photo of you and your new dolphin friend at the end. Dolphin Quest is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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Dolphin Quest reviews

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4.3
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  • The interaction part was fine. Wish we could’ve done more with them for the cost. The only negative part was when I went to go see my photos I went back several hours later and there was a line... 
    The interaction part was fine. Wish we could’ve done more with them for the cost. The only negative part was when I went to go see my photos I went back several hours later and there was a line...  more »
  • What a great experience. The trainers were so informative and enjoyable. Would highly recommend doing this. 
    What a great experience. The trainers were so informative and enjoyable. Would highly recommend doing this.  more »
  • The dolphins were so sweet and patient with us. The trainer was so upbeat and friendly. The experience of a lifetime 💝 
    The dolphins were so sweet and patient with us. The trainer was so upbeat and friendly. The experience of a lifetime 💝  more »
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  • We did both the Wee Tots experience and the Encounter Deluxe. Both were fantastic. The trainers were great. We got to interact with 2-3 dolphins in each experience. They taught about dolphins, let us do some of the signals, and allowed for a lot of interactions. The loss of one star is because of the cost of photos. They take tons of great photos, but charge $155 for the digital package. I feel like that is very expensive, especially after paying almost $300 per person on the deluxe encounter. Also, the Wee Tots encounter is half the time, but they still charge the full amount for pictures. Other than that, it was a great experience.
  • First off, be forewarned, it’s expensive. For three people and pictures it was close to $800. But, as a father, I’d pay anything to see my kiddos and wife smile the way they did. The education was great, the experience was once in a life time, and appreciation for these mammals has grown deeply within the family. My one con is this: I tried to grab pics with my telephoto lens while my family participated, but the Dolphin Quest photographer was either blocking the shot, the trainer had my family face away from the green knoll so I couldn’t get great a shot. I believe it’s all staged, but I also understand it’s a business.
  • Can't believe I just swam with dolphins!!!! Just was recently on my honeymoon with my new wife. The staff was awesome and the trainers were very nice and really had a lot of knowledge on these beautiful aquatic mammals. Highly recommend visiting this place for a once and a life time opportunity to swim with these amazing dolphins!!!
  • Swimming and interacting with the dolphins was amazing. The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable, and educational as well. Great experience!
  • Booked the encounter for my wife and young daughter while me and the boys went zip lining. They absolutely loved it!! My daughter is hooked on dolphins now. Truly a once in a lifetime experience. Great photos made the photo package worth every penny.

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