Dolphin Quest Hawaii

Dolphin Quest Hawaii

Dolphin Quest Hawaii was the very first Dolphin Quest location and serves as a wonderful sanctuary for the resident dolphins living there.


Dolphin Quest Big Island Hawaii Dolphin Lagoon

Dolphin lagoon facts:

  • Dolphin Quest Hawaii was established in 1988
  • Habitat is a saltwater, sandy beached tidal lagoon filled with filtered sea water
  • The water in this lagoon is crystal clear because fresh sea water is pumped from a tidal well dug into the highly porous lava rock
  • The well generates an unlimited supply of sea water, naturally filtered through the lava rock, and pumps it into the Dolphin Quest lagoon at a rate of 10,000 gallons per minute, or 15 million gallons per day
  • The entire water volume of the lagoon is replaced on an average of every two hours
  • Water visibility in the lagoon is often more than an incredible 100 feet
  • This lagoon is one of the largest and most natural dolphin habitats in the world

Dolphin Quest Big Island Hawaii Hilton

Hilton Main Lagoon facts:

  • We have trained our dolphins to swim underneath the bridge from the Dolphin Quest lagoon and into the expansive Hilton Main Lagoon
  • This ocean-fed saltwater lagoon is four acres in size and is a protected oasis perfect for snorkeling and swimming
  • The lagoon is filled with various multispecies including fish, green sea turtles, and even the occasional monk seal
  • This expanded part of our facility provides exciting opportunities for our dolphins and guests to connect in a large open space

Dolphin Quest Village on Big Island Hawaii

Dolphin Quest Village facts:

  • Dolphin Quest Village was built in 2008 and is comprised of five main buildings
  • The Check-In Desk welcomes all guests and is where they can get more information or check-in for their dolphin encounter
  • The Grand Lanai provides a breathtaking view of the entire dolphin lagoon and allows guests to watch dolphins swimming and playing with each other and with guests
  • The Encounter Club is an interactive area of DQ Village where kids and adults can play games, interact with cool animals, touch animal models, and enjoy other fun activities
  • The Learning Center is where a variety of classes on marine animals are conducted for kids of all ages
  • The Photo and Gift Shop is where guests can view and purchase their encounter photos, and shop for a wide variety of Dolphin Quest and marine-themed souvenirs
  • There are also lockers, bathrooms, and showers for guests to use if needed

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