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Kid-Friendly! Swim with Dolphins at Dolphin Quest Hawaii at Hilton Waikoloa
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Swim with friendly dolphins

Step into an aquatic wonderland as you touch, swim with and even kiss a dolphin during a unique and safe interactive experience that is perfect for all ages!

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With over 27 years of experience, Dolphin Quest offers some of the most amazing dolphin interactive programs in the islands and now you too can enjoy one of the many different options available to get up close personal with these marine mammals. These dolphin experiences are specifically tailored for families and young children. Whether you want a shallow water interaction or want to dive in to swim and frolic with dolphins, there is an option for everyone! You can also rest assured that with their focus on animal care, scientific study, and environmental stewardship, both you and the dolphins are in good hands with Dolphin Quest.
Also check out out deep water dolphin swim experiences!


Quick Details
Time with dolphins Total duration Ages Group size Water depth
Deluxe Encounter
30 mins 45 mins 5 & up 6 people Max Swimming & Shallows
Kid's Quest 20 mins 1hr 15mins 5-9 6 people Max Shallows
Wee Tots 10 mins 10 mins 2-4 (with adult) 2 people Max Beachside & Shallows
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Restriction(s)
Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • All Packages
    • Swimsuit
Requirement(s) - Others
  • All Packages
    • Participants are required to sign a liability waiver at the time of check-in.
Additional Note(s)
  • All Packages
    • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
    • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.
    • The tour guide has full discretion to refuse service to customers based on attire, behavior, physical fitness and condition.
    • Parking validation available.
    • Guests that fail to show up on time, cancel or reschedule their Encounter Program will not be refunded.
    • Personal cameras and GoPros are not allowed in our program areas. Someone with you who is not doing the program may take pictures or video your interaction from the spectator side of the ropes and railings. Dolphin Quest’s photographers will be taking posed and candid photos throughout your program. Your program photos are available for pre-order or as a post-program purchase.
    • The pools at the Hilton Waikoloa Village are reserved for hotel guests only. The Hilton pools, jacuzzis, and water slides are reserved for Hilton guests only. The beaches and lagoons are also reserved for guests staying at the hotel. However, everyone is welcome to visit the stores and restaurants while visiting the Hilton property.
    • Dolphin Quest reserves the right to cancel at any time and with or without notice any Dolphin Encounter Programs. Such cancellation may be due to animal emergency or acts of nature.
Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
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How far in advance should I book this activity?
  • We recommend booking at least 1-2 weeks in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last minute availability is often possible, but limited.
Are you required to wear a life jacket?
  • Yes, life jackets will be required to be worn at all times during this interactive program.
Do you have changing area or lockers?
  • Yes, changing areas and lockers are available for use. Dolphin Quest offers changing areas along with lockers in Dolphin Quest Village for program participants. Also, the freshwater shower is available to use outdoor.
    It is suggested to come to Dolphin Quest with your swimsuit on under your clothes and ready to go into the water if possible. You may wear sunscreen while in the water, please consider using ocean-safe products. Please Note: Dolphin Quest is not liable for lost or stolen items.
How can I purchase my photos with dolphins?
  • Your program photos are available for a post-program purchase. Pick-up, viewing, and post-program photo orders are located in the Dolphin Quest Gift Shop at Dolphin Quest Village.

    Your program photos are available for purchase onsite at Dolphin Quest Hawaii up to five days after your program from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the DQ Gift Shop at Dolphin Quest Village. If you are unable to purchase your photos directly from Dolphin Quest Hawaii, on-line photo ordering will be available for 14 days from your program date.
Do you offer videos of the program?
  • Yes, Dolphin Quest Hawaii offers video filming of all programs.
    Dolphin Quest videographers film your encounter using GoPro cameras, which is taken both above and below water when appropriate. Videos are provided to you via electronic download to your computer, tablet, or phone within 24 hours of your encounter. Or you can receive your encounter video on DVD or jump drive for a small additional charge. Please note that these videos are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and other guests in your encounter will also appear in your video.

    Dolphin Quest Hawaii on the Big Island of Hawaii is the only Dolphin Quest location that offers video filming of all programs. Dolphin Quest facilities on Oahu do NOT offer video filming of their programs at this time. Non-participating guests and family members are welcome to film you during your program from the spectator side of the ropes and railings.
Are there any giftshops?
  • Yes, Dolphin Quest Hawaii has a gift shop located within Dolphin Quest Village. The gift shop is filled with Dolphin Quest and marine-themed items, including t-shirts, rash guards, plush animals, towels, jewelry, ornaments, toys, books, hats, and much more.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
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Cancellation Policy
  • For parties up to, and including, six (6) participants: Any cancellations made prior to 48 hours of the scheduled program time will receive a full refund. Any rescheduling made prior to 48 hours of the scheduled program time will not be charged a rebooking fee. Any cancellations within 48 hours of scheduled program time will not be refunded.
    For parties of seven (7) or more participants: Any cancellations made prior to 2 weeks of the scheduled program time will receive a full refund. Any rescheduling made prior to 2 weeks of the scheduled program time will not be charged a rebooking fee. Any cancellations within 2 weeks of scheduled program time will not be refunded.
Change policy
  • For parties up to, and including, six (6) participants: Any rescheduling made within 48 hours of scheduled Encounter Program time will be charged an additional rebooking fee of $75 per guest.
    For parties of seven (7) or more participants: Any rescheduling made within 2 weeks of the scheduled program time will be charged an additional rebooking fee of $75 per guest.

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(5.00/5.00) 5.00 / 5
(4 reviews)

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Duration 1 - 1.5 hour(s)
Availability Daily
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LATEST 5-STAR REVIEWS

by: Partyof3
We had such a great experience! This was the highlight of my toddlers vavation while visiting Hawaii. I just wish the wee tots was longer than 10 minutes, especially for the price .
by: Shannon
Loved the experience! Being able to interact with dolphins was on my bucket list and this was perfect.
by: Michele
Our encounter with the Dolphins was the highlight of our vacation. Sam, our Trainer, was awesome! She educated us on traits & characteristics of each dolphin. Definitely have your encounter videoed, b...more

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