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Dolphin Quest

Dolphin Quest

Touch, feed, play, swim and learn with dolphins on a magical personal encounter, guided by marine mammal experts in our tropical lagoon at Hilton Waikoloa Village®.

Program Information

A Dolphin Experience of a Lifetime

Enjoy a magical, up-close personal encounter at Dolphin Quest, the only dolphin attraction of its kind on Hawaii, the Big Island. Guided by marine mammal experts, you’ll be truly captivated and amazed.

  • A truly interactive experience with one of the ocean’s most amazing and intelligent creatures
  • Guided by marine mammal experts
  • Learn about the dolphin’s fascinating abilities
  • Gain a personal appreciation for the importance of preserving the ocean
  • Programs for the entire family

Our Team


Our team at Dolphin Quest includes some of the world's finest marine mammal experts—dolphin behaviorists, trainers, veterinarians and more.

We are widely known for our creative approach to dolphin-human interactive programs, education, commitment to ocean wildlife research, exemplary animal health care and successful breeding programs. Our innovative encounter programs promote a spirit of connection to the marvels of the oceans.

Meet the Stars of the Show—our Dolphins!

  • Kona – listen out for her clicks, squeaks and whistles
  • Keo – watch her chase toys and retrieve them

Program Information

Sea Quest

Age: 10 and older

Program Length: 1 hour, 45 minutes (40 minutes dolphin time)

Go for a guided snorkel and swim with brightly-colored Hawaiian reef fish and sea turtles, and take a water scooter ride in the Hilton’s big ocean lagoon. Then top off your marine adventure with the ultimate Dolphin Quest encounter with our playful dolphins.

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The Encounter

Age: 10 and older

Program Length: 30 minutes (20 minutes dolphin time)

You’ll fall in love at first sight with our amazing dolphins in this combination shallow and deep-water dolphin swim experience, where touching a dolphin will touch your heart forever. Are you ready for a dolphin dance?

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Encounter Deluxe

Age: 5 and older

Program Length: 45 minutes (30 minutes dolphin time)

Looking for a premium dolphin adventure that features maximum togetherness and fun? You’ll love this intimate dolphin swim supreme, full of your favorite dolphin touch, feed and play activities. 

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Kids Quest

Age: 5-9

Program Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes (20 minutes dolphin time)

A high-energy adventure for kids featuring a face-to-face dolphin encounter filled with laughter, discovery and hands-on learning, and super-fun Hawaiian-themed activities and games.

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Trainer for a Day

Age: 10 and older

Program Length: 5 hours, 30 minutes

Spend the day shadowing a trainer as you observe and assist with all aspects of a typical day in the life of a trainer. Take home techniques to use on your pets.

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Trainer for a Week

Age: 12 and older

Program Length: 5 hours, 30 minutes (5 consecutive days)

Treat yourself to a dolphin lovers’ dream vacation and become ‘A Trainer for a Week’ at Dolphin Quest

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Dolphin Family & Friends

Age: 5 and older

Program Length: 45 minutes (30 minutes of dolphin time)

Bring your ‘ohana’ (Hawaiian for ‘family’) to play with our dolphin ohana, for fantastic

family fun and an extraordinary and memorable family experience. An Encounter Deluxe reserved for your family and friends only!

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Wee Tots

Age: Child 2-4 & Adult 18 or older

Program Length: 10 minutes

Share an amazing experience with your toddler – meet a dolphin!

Cutest photo op ever!

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Group Programs

If you would like to inquire about a private program for 19 or more persons, contact 808-886-2268 or



Contact Dolphin Quest

Central Reservations 1-800-248-3316 (click here for hours of operation)

Local Reservations 1-808-886-2875 (Daily 8:30am to 5:00pm Hawaii Time)



Reservations are available up to one year in advance.