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New for 2016: Transportation Included

Your choice of one of the following is included with a 3, 5, or 7-day Go Oahu Card®:

Dolphin Encounter by Sea Life Park tickets

Gate Prices Adult $136.12
Child (3-12) $136.12

Here's the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with friendly dolphins. From a waist deep platform, you'll observe and interact with these amazing animals while they perform tricks and entertain you. These dolphins play, kiss, and even "dance" with the guests. A great attraction for small children who don't want to venture into deeper waters, you're sure to be dazzled as well!

  • The encounter is 45 minutes long.
  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to encounter.

The Go Oahu Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility, with Dolphin Encounter by Sea Life Park tickets available on 3, 5, and 7-Day Passes.

Getting In

Look for the ticket window with the Go Oahu Card signs to present your Pass.

Reservations

Reservations required. Please call (866) 365-7446 and mention that you have a Go Oaha Card All-Inclusive Pass. For more information about Sea Life Park and Encounter requirements, please visit Sea Life Park Hawaii's website.
Transportation is included and instructions will be given upon reservation.

Please Note: You must call (866) 365-7446 for reservations. You will be required to leave a credit card number to "hold your spot". This attraction has a 48 hour cancelation policy. If you don't cancel outside of the 48 hour time frame your credit card will be charged.

Hours

Park Hours: Daily, 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Dolphin Encounter time: 3:15 pm

Other times may be available. Please check when making reservations.

Closings

May be closed major U.S. holidays

Note

Requirements:

  • Children 3–7 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Must be in good physical condition
  • Pregnant women are not allowed to participate
  • Children under the age of 3 are not allowed to participate
  • The use of safety vests is required for all Sea Life Park Hawaii interactive programs
  • Biodegradable sun lotion only, to protect the animals
  • No jewelry (including piercing jewelry) or accessories that could potentially fall off in the water, such as sunglasses, eye glasses, rings, bracelets, necklaces, hair ties etc.

Address

41-202 Kalanianole Hwy
Waimanalo, HI 96795

Driving Directions

From Waikiki: Take H1 East. H1 becomes Highway 72, continue east through residential area. Residential area will end, continue driving along the coast past Hanauma Bay, the Blow Hole and Sandy Beach, to Makapuu Point. Park will be on the left side of the road, large sign by highway entrance.

Public Transportation

By Bus: #58 Hawaii Kai-Sea Life Park, #22 Hawaii Kai-Sea Life Park; From Kalia Road, Saratoga Road or Kuhio Avenue heading in the Diamond Head direction, you may board the #58 Hawaii Kai-Sea Life Park bus. You may also board #22 Hawaii Kai-Sea Life Park on Kuhio Avenue heading in the Diamond Head direction. Both buses will take you to the park entrance. Bus to Waikiki: Board either the #58 Waikiki-Ala Moana or #22 Waikiki Beach and Hotels. Buses run about 30 minutes apart.
 

Reviews for Dolphin Encounter by Sea Life Park

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 4.5 out of 5 stars (based on 6 customer ratings)
Average Rating for Dolphin Encounter by Sea Life Park
0% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
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Fun experience
By grapesodapin from Vancouver, Canada on
Pros:
Money Saver
Cons:
Pricey product
Best Uses:
Great for families
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Dolphin Encounter by Sea Life Park:

The dolphin encounter was a fun experience. It was too bad they didn't allow us to bring our own waterproof cameras into the pool; however, family members who were not participating had access to a platform close to the pool where they could take their own photos. Since we didn't have anyone else on the trip with us, we ended up buying copies of the pictures and video taken by the staff (which were quite expensive!) to commemorate our experience.

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

My 5 yr old daughter love the encounter!
By Jimmy from Seattle, WA on
Pros:
Money Saver
Best Uses:
Great for families
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Dolphin Encounter by Sea Life Park:

Great first time experience if you have never interacted with a dolphin or your children are too small to swim with them. My 5 yr old daughter really like the experience to kiss, get kissed and dance with Kaleo (from 50 1st dates movie). Water was a little cold and the steel grates you walk on hurts your feet. If you can, wear a swim shirt and shoes. Other than that, enjoyed it and the pictures were great, but a little pricey.

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[0 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Fun but a little over the top with the rules...
By F Kitty from Huntington Beach, CA on
Pros:
Flexible Schedule
Cons:
Pricey product Few attractions included
Best Uses:
Great for families
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Dolphin Encounter by Sea Life Park:

I bought the Go Oahu card and used this as our premium attraction. It was a great experience for my daughter and she loved getting up close with a dolphin but a few things that really annoyed me. 1. don't fall for the "bio-degradable" sunscreen. they never asked and I wasted $17 on this garbage. I'm sending it back unopened. Second the rules about jewelry. I get it... I really do. Safety for the animal. But I have worn a toe ring for over 20 years and completely forget it is there. Total oversight on my part but as I'm about to get in the water they spot it and I have to remove it. I have no issue with this except the fact that it wont come off. The purpose for removing jewelry is so the dolphins don't ingest them... again i get it from a safety aspect but when the dolphin trainer has to practically rip my toe off to get it off.... I ASSURE YOU IT WASN'T GOING TO SUDDENLY FLY OFF INTO A DOLPHINS MOUTH. It was so ridiculous. and don't tell me the "well this one time" story of a woman and her wedding ring which was stuck on her finger and we all tried to get it off and when she got in the water it suddenly fell off balony. The story isn't true.. we all know that never happened. There are rules to follow and then there is common sense. The toe ring was never going to come off on its own... Would I pay again?? no. Me and my throbbing toe will stay on land. But I'm glad it is something my daughter got to experience.

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Well Worth it
By Johpo Verified Reviewer from Phoenix, AZ on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Dolphin Encounter by Sea Life Park:

Used as the bonus attraction on the Go Oahu Card and it was well worth it. There was a lot of interaction with the Dolphin, Walphin (yes a whale dolphin), and the trainer. The park is small but the attractions are well worth it.

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Awesome and Amazing Experience
By Jbdmom from Sonoma, CA on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Dolphin Encounter by Sea Life Park:

Used the bonus feature on the Go Oahu card for this for our 3 children. What a fabulous experience. They had so much fun! An up-close and personal experience with wildlife that shouldn't be missed. They loved it!!

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[31 of 32 customers found this review helpful]

Awesome!!!!!
By Tsartini Verified Reviewer from Orlando florida on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Dolphin Encounter by Sea Life Park:

We used this option as our bonus but the park allowed us to upgrade our package to the dolphin swim and pay the difference in price. This is a great deal and the experience was so awesome! If you love marine life you must do this. It was one of the top things on our vacation. My 11 and 12 year olds loved is as much as my 59 year old mother did...fantasic experience and outstanding value with the Go Card"

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