Sea Life Park Hawaii - Dolphin Encounter


Play, kiss & dance with dolphins! Enter the dolphin tank and stand in waist-deep water as the dolphins do tricks and approach to interact with you.

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Get ready for up-close interaction with some of nature's most intelligent creatures. Watch the dolphins do tricks, then play with them as they approach you. From your position standing in the water, you can pet and play with the dolphins, including having them dance with you! A fun and educational activity perfect for families and filled with photo opportunities!
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The Sea Lion swim is unavailable for the month of July. The Shark Trek will be closed until September 1st.
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Adult (Age 18 & over)
USD 136.12
USD 136.12
Youth (Age 8-17)
USD 136.12
USD 136.12
Child (Age 3-7)
USD 136.12
USD 136.12
Adult observer (Age 13 & over)
USD 41.87
USD 41.87
Child observer (Age 3-12)
USD 26.17
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GE Tax 4.712% included
  • Duration (incl. transportation): 2 - 9.5 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up:
    You can choose either Pick-up (additional fee) or Check-in (free).
    • Round-trip from Waikiki free x per person
      Round-trip from Waikiki free x per person
  • Inclusion: Instructor / Admission
Hawaiian Ray Encounter (4 & over) + USD 36.64
Ray 01 Observe, swim with and touch the elegant rays. Great for families with children. *Participants must be at least 40" tall and in good physical condition. Pregnant women are not allowed to participate.
Hawaiian Ray Encounter (4 & over) + USD 36.64
Ray 01 Observe, swim with and touch the elegant rays. Great for families with children. *Participants must be at least 40" tall and in good physical condition. Pregnant women are not allowed to participate.
Package detail / Schedule
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Starting time: 10:15 11:45 13:00 14:30
Starting time: 10:15 11:45 13:00 14:30
  • 08:05-09:45 Pick-up from Waikiki Hotels & Check-in
  • 10:15 Dolphin Encounter (45 mins)
    Please check in 30 minutes prior to your Dolphin Encounter start time!
  • 11:00 Explore Sea Life Park
    General Admission is included to explore the park and visit any of the shows between 9:30 and 16:00. See the FAQ section for show details. Earlier transportation back to Waikiki departs at 14:30.
  • 16:00-17:30 Check-out & Drop-off
    • This activity is wheelchair accessible.
    • Wheelchair Accessibility: A transfer vehicle equipped with a lift for standard wheelchairs is available with at least two days advanced notice. Special needs are handled on a case by case basis, so please indicate when booking to secure the best possible arrangements. A form must be completed and reviewed by the trainer in order to assess participation. You may be required to walk or stand to participate in dolphin interactions.
    • To avoid the risk of the dolphins or other marine life swallowing foreign objects that could pose a serious health risk for them, jewelry (including piercings) and anything that could potentially fall off in the water (such as glasses, rings, bracelets, necklaces, hair ties, etc.) absolutely must be removed prior to participation. Failure to comply may result denial of service without refund.
    • Nail art and nail extensions are not permitted. Fingernails must be smooth and properly trimmed. Failure to comply may result in denial of service without refund.
    • Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.
    • Children 3 years old and above can participate in this activity.
    • Guests must be in good physical condition for the Dolphin Encounter, Swim Adventure and Royal Swim, and must have the ability to get in and out of the pool.
    • Each child 7 years old and under must be accompanied by a paying adult (18 years old and above). Infants (2 years old and under) are free with an accompanying adult (18 years old and above) but may not be allowed to fully participate in all aspects of the program.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Swimsuit
Requirement(s) - Others
    • Participants are required to sign a liability waiver at the time of check-in.
Additional Note(s)
    • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
    • Drinks and meals are available for purchase
    • If you are driving on your own, you will be required to pay a parking fee of $5.00. Prices are subject to change.
    • Two pick-up options are available. The early pick-up arrives at Sea Life Park by 9:30, and the later pick-up arrives at Sea Life Park by 12:30. The activity schedules shown above reflect the early pick-up time. However, you will be given the choice to use the later pick-up if you would prefer to do so.
    • All participants who go in the water must wear a flotation device.
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Is there a safe place to store my belongings while on tour?
  • Locker rentals are available for a nominal fee.
How far in advance should I book this activity?
  • We recommend booking at least 1-2 weeks in advance. Last-minute bookings are often possible, but availability is limited.
Are life jackets required during the interactive programs?
  • Yes, life jackets are mandatory during all of the interactive programs.
What time does Sea Life Park open?
  • Sea Life Park opens at 9:30AM and is open until 5:00PM. You are more than welcome to check-in before your dolphin activities or stay after to explore the park. Times are subject to change.
What shows and facilities are available with a General Admission ticket?
  • With a General Admission ticket (included for all packages), you are welcome to visit any of the following entertaining and educational shows:

    Dolphin Lagoon Show (12:30 daily): Relax in a shaded, open-air theatre where you will be introduced to some of the amazing dolphins. The show is educational and engaging, designed to showcase each animal’s special character, power and grace.

    Hawaii Ocean Theatre (10:00 & 14:00 daily, with an additional 16:00 showtime during the summer): This aquatic theatre allows you to witness the beauty of marine animals moving underwater. The trainers will narrate the show, which may include penguins, sea lions and dolphins.

    Sea Lion Feeding (10:45 & 15:00 daily): Come face to face with these unique creatures. California sea lions can be found along the West Coast of North America, with females weighing up to 300 pounds and males weighing up to 1,000 pounds.

    Kolohe Kai Sea Lion Show (11:15 & 14:50 daily): Smart, fast and funny, these California sea lions are a pleasure to watch. You’ll be surprised and delighted by their underwater acrobatics and above-ground antics.

    Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle Lecture (11:00 & 14:15 daily): If you’re curious about sea turtles and their care, then this exhibit is not to be missed. Watch and learn about these amazing animals during regularly scheduled feedings.

    Hawaiian Monk Seal Trainer Talk (14:15 daily): Take the time to see and learn about the Hawaiian monk seal, a species native only to Hawaii with no more than 1,000 left in the wild.

    Penguin Trainer Talk (10:45 & 14:20 daily): The park's adorable Humboldt penguins are able to leap out of the water like bullets and walk upright. Hear all about this aquatic bird species during a trainer-led forum.

    Note: Showtimes are subject to change.

    In addition to a fantastic schedule of shows, Sea Life Park also offers access to the following facilities:

    Sea Bird Sanctuary: Stop by for a look at a variety of sea birds that have been rehabilitated at the park, including the Iwa (Great Frigate Bird).

    Main Gift Shop: Here you can find the perfect gift or keepsake to bring home with you, as well as commemorative photos of your interactive experience and food for the turtles.

    Beachboy Lanai Foodcourt: Relax in this patio-style restaurant overlooking the sea lion feeding pool and Pacific Ocean. A variety of snacks, beverages and meals are available to purchase throughout the day.
Do I need to be able to swim to participate?
  • No. Although you will enter the dolphin tank, participants will be standing in waist-deep water and will not be required to swim.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 17:00 local time, 3 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
From USD 136.12
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(4.56/5.00) 4.56 / 5
(54 reviews)
Pick-up Available
Duration incl. transportation 2 - 9.5 hour(s)
Availability Daily


by: Gerrie L. from Utah
Wonderful experience, would do again in when/if I return to Hawaii. ON MY WISH LIST! Learned things I never knew about dolphins, interaction was so much fun.
by: MTK
It was so easy to book online and the hands on with the dolphin in a smaller group was great!
by: Kelly & Sophie
What an amazing experience I got to share with my niece. We had an amazing time and would recommend for any age.
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