The Kahala Hotel & Resort's 26,000 square foot natural lagoon is home to a family of playful Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. The Dolphin Quest trainers offer daily education programs where guests can experience these animals up-close, and understand what makes them unique.
At The Kahala you have the chance to have face-to-face, in-water contact with these intelligent and most fascinating creatures. The encounter gives guests an unforgettable glimpse into the lives of dolphins in a beautiful environment that blends fun, inspiration and education.
- Dolphin Quest Brochure (PDF)
*A portion of the fees from Dolphin Quest supports important marine education, conservation & research.
The best week ever!
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~Kimberly, San Mateo, CA
Meet The Dolphins
Hoku -('Star' in Hawaiian) Hoku was born at The Kahala in 1991. A very good-natured animal, Hoku loves tactile attention and learning new behaviors. He is definitely our Star, and even has a restaurant named after him.
Kolohe - (Rascal) He is from Dolphin Quest Hawaii, where his mother, Shaka, currently lives. Kolohe is usually one of the first to try new things and is not shy.
Liho - ('Rare and Precious') He is a terrific animal and loves any and all guest interaction.
Lono – (The Hawaiian god of fertility and farming) He is the largest and oldest of our Dolphin Quest Oahu animal family. At 500 pounds, he ranks among the larger of the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin species. He has sired several calves at Dolphin Quest Hawaii where he has resided for most of his life.
Nai Noa - (The Wanderer) You will be able to differentiate him from the others because of his chocolate-colored topside. Nainoa was born at Dolphin Quest Hawaii on October 31st, 1997.
Liko - (Budding Leaf) Liko was born in the fall of 2000 at Dolphin Quest Hawaii. He is long and thin, and has a birthmark over his right eye, just like his half-brother, Nai Noa (who is also currently at The Kahala).Liko is a very fast learner, and quite playful and can often be seen chasing guppies throughout the day. Liko's mother is Kona and father is Lono (currently at The Kahala).
Reservation and Contact Details
Contact: +1 (808) 739 8918 or +1 (808) 739 8888
Toll Free: +1 (800) 248 3316
Dolphin Quest Programs - Be Inspired to Make a Difference
Reinvigorate your connection to the ocean while swimming with dolphins and supporting vital marine conservation.
Dolphin Adventure - Spend quality time with your new dolphin friends in this premium Dolphin Adventure that features maximum togetherness and fun. You’ll love this intimate dolphin swim full of your favorite dolphin touch, feed, play and training activities. $310 per guest, age: 5 and older, program length: 1 hour (35 minutes of fun with dolphins)
Dolphin Encounter - Join our amazing dolphins for a play-date in our blue lagoons and a touching, up-close and personal experience you’ll never forget. $225 per guest, age: 5 and older, program length: 30 minutes (25 minutes of fun with dolphins)
Kids Aquatic Adventure - Kids will have loads of fun in this hands-on adventure featuring a face-to-face dolphin encounter, a rendezvous with Hawaiian reef fish and other marine animals, combined with exciting activities and games. $199 per guest, age: 5 and older, program length: 1 hour & 30 minutes (20 minutes of fun with dolphins)
Premier Experience - In this intimate dolphin encounter supreme, enjoy swimming and playing with dolphins in a personalized session as your own private group. $975 per group age: All, program length: 45 minutes (30 minutes of fun with dolphins), group size: Up to 3 Guests
Dolphin Dip - You’ll have fun, fun, fun in this dolphin meet and greet, where you’ll touch, feed and play with our dolphins in The Kahala’s shallow water lagoon. $125 per guest AGE: 5 and older* PROGRAM LENGTH: 15 minutes (10 minutes of fun with dolphins)
Wee Family, Fins and Fun - A special dockside dolphin encounter designed for parents and youngsters. Dolphin feeding, dolphin play-time and the cutest photo op ever! $149 per Adult/Toddler Pair (Each additional guest 5 and older may be added for $149 each), age: Child 0-4 & adult 18 or older, program length: 15 minutes (10 minutes of fun with dolphins)
Rays & friends - Meet and interact with velvety stingrays and beautiful trained fish during this incredible shallow-water exploration led by one of our marine animal experts! $99 age: 5 and older, program length: 15 minutes
Family Swim Program- Bring your ‘ohana’ (Hawaiian for ‘family’) to play with our dolphin ohana, for fantastic family fun and an extraordinary and memorable family experience. A Dolphin Encounter reserved for your family and friends only! $1,475 per group of 6, age: All, program length: 30 minutes (25 minutes of fun with dolphins), group size: Up to 6 Guests
Trainer For A Day - Spend a day with our amazing Dolphin Quest dolphins and see if you have what it takes to be a dolphin trainer extraordinaire! If you love dolphins, this is the program for you. Dolphin training is a dream job, and it’s important and challenging work, too. Trainer for a Day is exciting and fun, with dolphins, dolphins and more dolphins! $700 per guest, age: 10 and older program length: 5 hours & 30 minutes
Trainer For a Week - Treat yourself to a dolphin lover’s dream vacation and become a ‘Trainer for a Week’ at Dolphin Quest! Get to know your new best friends in this ultimate up-close and personal experience with dolphins. You’ll learn a lot and have a ton of fun doing it! $3,250 per guest, age: 12 and older program length: 5 hours & 30 minutes a day (5 consecutive days)
Each child 5-9 must be accompanied by paying adult.
Each child 0-4 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Group Programs For groups of 18 people or more, contact 808-886-2268 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dolphin Quest recommends that all participants check in and be ready 30 minutes prior to each program. Reservations may be cancelled 48 hours prior to the scheduled time without charge. Any cancellations received within 48 hours will be assessed as a full charge for the program reserved per person.
For the benefit of the dolphins...
Dolphin Quest reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the above programs at anytime.
Program times and rates are subject to change. Prices are subject to 4.712% state tax.