My husband and I purchased the 30 minute Dolphin Encounter experience. It was amazing to be so close to the dolphins. We held them, petted them, kissed them, and played with them. Swimming with them consisted of putting on masks and watching them underwater as they swam around us. We had a wonderful time.
The staff was wonderful. Our room at the Waikoloa Village overlooked the dolphin pools and we saw first-hand all week how the staff worked and played with the dolphins. I as very pleased to see that the dolphins seem very happy and receive lots of genuine care and attention from their staff. Spending quality time with both the staff and the dolphins only confirmed that all is good.
Cameras are not allowed in the water with the dolphins for good reason, but staff members do take photos and those are available for purchase. The photos are pricey and only OK.
Overall it was a great experience and definitely worth the expense if spending quality time with a dolphin is on your bucket list.
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