My favorite ‘tour guidebook’ shoots are the ones where I get to be an active participent in the activity, rather than just photographing from the sidelines. (For example, zip-lining on North Shore Oahu, horseback riding through Kualoa Ranch, taking a doors-off helicopter tour over Oahu, etc.) So I was a bit disappointed to have to shoot this particular activity from the sidelines — particularly since swimming with dolphins is on my bucket list (although preferably in the wild!)Dolphin Quest-1

But if you’re a dolphin lover (and don’t mind the fact that the dolphins are kept in these small lagoons at the Kahala Resort,) this is the best Oahu activity for you and sure to make your Oahu vacation unforgettable! Dolphin Quest-3

Guests and visitors to the exquisite Kahala Resort just east of Honolulu can embark on an adventure with Dolphin Quest in the resort’s beautiful lagoons and swim, play with, touch, and even kiss these friendly dolphins. The gorgeous ocean-side setting, tranquil waters of the lagoons, and attention of one or more of the resort’s dolphins combine to create a magical experience (at least, it looked that way from my view on the sidelines.)

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Dolphin Quest offers numerous programs with varying prices and lengths, ranging from something as simple as 15 minutes spent in the water with a dolphin to an in-depth “Trainer for a Week” program where an individual can spend 5.5 hours daily for five days working with the dolphins alongside the other dolphin trainers. Visitors of any age can participate. Photographers are standing by to capture guests’ portraits with their new dolphin friends! The photos and other memorabilia are available for purchase at the ticket counter.

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Experience the Kahala Resort’s Dolphin Quest on Oahu

Hours: Dolphin programs run throughout the day from 9am – 4:30pm.

Price: Package options range from $125 – $3,250. Tickets can be booked up to a year in advance over the phone, website, or in person at the resort.

Address: 5000 Kahala Hotel & Resort, Honolulu, HI 96816

Phone: 1-800-248-3316


Directions: The Kahala Resort is located just a short drive from Waikiki. From Waikiki or Honolulu, take the H-1 E. Take Exit 26B onto Waialae Ave. Turn right onto Kilauea Ave (just past Whole Foods). Turn left onto Makaiwa St. Take the 1st left onto Moho St, and then right onto Kahala Ave. Follow Kahala Ave as it curves around the country club; it will end at the resort.

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