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Dolphin Encounters at Hilton Waikoloa Village

Dolphin Encounters at Hilton Waikoloa Village

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There is just something about warm, sunny weather, salty sea breezes and crystal-blue waters that leave your brain saying, “Insert dolphins here _____ ,” to form that perfect mental image of a completely flawless tropical paradise. In fact, I think there is only one thing that could make that daydream even better…if you were actually swimming and playing with those charismatic dolphins in that amazing tropical paradise. (And, now I know you’re smiling, because you know that I am correct!)

Well, lucky for your family (and mine), Dolphin Quest at Hilton Waikoloa Village, on Hawaii’s Big Island, can make that dream come true with unbelievable dolphin encounters. As a matter of fact, I think that’s really the best way to describe it, a dream come true. And, to top that, I actually think it may have been one of the absolute coolest things any of us has ever done. Yes, I just said and meant ever. EVER!

Dolphin Encounters - Family Dolphin Hug

There is something about hugging a dolphin that just makes you smile!

Unforgettable Dolphin Encounters

Do you remember when you got your first car? (Yeah, me too.) Well put this experience right up there in that unforgettable type of category. I mean, do you have any idea how surreal it is to be frolicking around with your family and these beautiful dolphins in a tropical island paradise? Watching them swim, guiding them to do tricks, petting and touching their rubbery-soft skin, feeding them and learning about them? All at the same time?

I just can’t say enough about how awesome it is, and my kids can’t stop talking about our Dolphin Quest experience or how it was their favorite thing in Hawaii, too. Even my “very cool” teenage son was caught smiling, laughing and really, truly enjoying himself (without his friends, the use of any electronic device, blaring music or cell phone) and that, my friends, speaks volumes!

Dolphin Encounters - Swim Alongside a Dolphin!

You’re NEVER too cool to swim alongside a dolphin, yo!

45 Minutes Of Pure Fun

Let me say that this is NOT one of those times when you are doing a mental checklist about any one of the million things that you may have forgotten or still need to do. No. You are engaged. My family and I enjoyed the Dolphin Family and Friends Encounter which gave us 45 minutes of uninterrupted fun with one trainer, multiple dolphins and only our family. There are also many other options to choose from, including Trainer for a Week! (What kid wouldn’t LOVE that?)

Dolphin Encounters - Feeding a Dolphin

Wow! This is way more fun than feeding the dog!

During our time we got quickly suited up with life vests and masks and headed straight into the water. There we learned a lot of interesting facts about dolphins while we were interacting with them. We listened to them under the water, learned about their anatomy, their habits, and even their names. We also practiced commands, watched them swim and do tricks, fed them and did quite a bit of touching, petting and even giving kisses, too (to the dolphins, that is)!

Dolphin Cuddle

Can I have a pet dolphin? P-L-E-A-S-E!

One Final EEEEKKK (Or “Word” for Human Readers)

This really is a one-of-a-kind, family-friendly experience and I hope that you and your crew get the opportunity to enjoy it too. Just be sure to plan ahead because these dolphin encounters book up VERY fast. Currently, the folks at Dolphin Quest are taking reservations up to one year in advance!

Yes, it is that fun.

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Belonging to the rare breed known as native Floridian, Mary Ellen is a wife, mother and freelance writer, currently living in Sarasota, on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast….

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