Dolphin Quest - The Swim of a Lifetime

The dolphin has always had a beautiful, mystical, magical sense about it. From a distance, whether it is on television, at an aquarium, or in the ocean, the dolphin appears as fun-loving, as well as the most intelligent marine mammal in the sea. Dolphin Quest at the Hilton Waikoloa Village lets you experience up close and personal just how playful and intelligent the dolphin is.

An underwater view of what you will see

Some things in life are too special to describe and too awe-inspiring to miss. That is how you will feel after leaving the water, and trust me you won't want to leave. It will not matter the amount of time you spend with the dolphins, it will seem like five minutes and not nearly as much time as you would like because of the once-in-a-lifetime moment you just had. Being able to touch the dolphin, kiss the dolphin, and be in the water as they swim around you really gives you a sense of their intelligence and how truly special they are.

The trainers at Dolphin Quest walk you through everything you need to know from getting you into your life jacket, taking you into the water and finally helping you to be able to interact with the dolphins. The trainers are so great to be around and you just sense how they truly love their jobs and the dolphins that they train and work with everyday. They also do everything they can do to make sure that you have the experience of a lifetime.

Up close and personal

The great thing about Dolphin Quest is that they have a wide variety of programs to fit everyone's needs and desires. The choices begin with programs for kids as young as five years old. The other programs can vary in the time involved with the dolphins and what is included. You can go from the amazing Family and Friends program that allows up to five guests to experience Dolphin Quest together and go up to a wide variety of large group programs.

Dolphin Quest also offers Lessons from Dolphins, which is a corporate seminar that shows how to relate how trainers work with dolphins and how the lessons that dolphins teach us can be used in your workplace to assist with motivation and make improvements in performance.

Dolphin Quest was started in 1988 in Hawaii by Dr. Jay Sweeney and Dr. Rae Stone as a place where dolphins and people are brought together in innovative interactive education encounters.

The dolphins flipping through the air

Although Dolphin Quest is a vendor of the Hilton Waikoloa Village resort, it is not limited to guests; anyone can get in touch with Dolphin Quest for a visit. If you plan on taking a cruise, Dolphin Quest is not associated with any cruise lines, but you can call in advance to book a spot, and it is a slim chance, but you can call when you get into port and see if there are any available openings that day. Dolphin Quest is roughly twenty miles from the port, so you can take a taxi and they will usually set up a time to pick you up, or you can try to get a rental car.

Dolphins performing

There are two additional Dolphin Quest locations in Oahu and Bermuda. The Hilton Waikoloa Village is almost a city in itself. It's located on sixty-two acres, holds 1,290 rooms, nine restaurants, two golf courses, and that is just for starters. You could very well spend a month at the Hilton and you could still find yourself experiencing a new activity everyday and with so much available, you really never have to leave the resort to keep yourself busy and enjoying Hawaii. A stone's throw from Dolphin Quest is a lagoon at the Hilton that is filled with fish and green sea turtles from the ocean that will give any snorkel tour a run for its money in terms of what you get to see.

Swimming with the dolphins

Dolphin Quest by itself is an amazing experience you will never forget. But if you want to combine it with one of the best resorts in the world for a family, then visit the Hilton Waikoloa Village and spend a week or however long you can and wake up every morning to a breathtaking morning of beach, surf, sun and dolphins.

Kona Pool at the Hilton

For more information or to make a reservation you can visit the website at www.dolphinquest.org or you can call (800) 248-3316.

For more information on the Hilton Waikoloa Village you can visit their website at www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com or call (808) 886-1234.

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