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  • Location:Waimanalo, Oahu
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Swim with the Dolphins at Sea Life Park in Oahu

Swim with dolphins during this hour long interactive experience at Sea Life Park Oahu. Learn about the habitats, characteristics and behaviors of dolphins from a trainer. View their remarkable grace under the water, then plunge into the water for some fun with your new aquatic friends, including kisses, hand shakes, and a 'belly ride.'  Full-day admission to the park is included.


  • Swim with dolphins at the Sea Life Aquatic Park in Oahu!
  • Learn how Oahu’s Sea Life Park trainers use positive reinforcement techniques to train the dolphins
  • Learn about dolphin anatomy, physiology, training and conservation
  • Full-day admission to Sea Life Park
  • Visit the many exhibits, including Sea Turtle Lagoon, Hawaiian Reef, and Hawaiian Ray Encounter

What You Can Expect

Swim with the Dolphins at Sea Life Park in Oahu

Swim with friendly dolphins!

Make your way to Oahu's Sea Life Park for your dolphin experience. Sea Life Park is a world-class marine attraction perched between the majestic Koolau Mountain Range and breathtaking Makapuu Beach. 

After a brief orientation, Wade into waist-high water to hear a talk about the characteristics of dolphins and how best to interact with them. Wait until a dolphin initiates an interaction with you, then nuzzle, shake hands, and give it a hug. 

Peer underwater to grasp the full grace and athleticism of the dolphin's movements. Listen for their singing and clicking sounds under the water as you watch them swim and play. Finish up your unique day with these creatures by catching a ride on one of them. Trainers will follow closely to make sure that both animals and humans are totally safe during this special opportunity. 

After your 30-minute experience, enjoy full-day admission to Sea Life Park. Please see Itinerary section for a full list of the park's attractions. 


Dolphin Royal Swim: minimum age 8 years, minimum height 4 feet (1.2 meters)
The most popular dolphin swim program, the Dolphin Royal Swim includes a foot push, where a mischievous duo of dolphins push your feet from below to propel you full speed across the water's surface, similar to water skiing. You can also hold on tight to their dorsal fins for as you enjoy a splashing ride across the water. This, of course, is in addition to a welcome kiss from your adorable playmate.

Dolphin Swim Adventure: minimum age 8 years, minimum height 4 feet (1.2 meters)
Immerse yourself into the fascinating world of the dolphin and learn all about the its anatomy on the Dolphin Swim Adventure. The dolphin greets you with a kiss on the cheek and a handshake, giving you a sense of closeness to this beautiful creature. Then, grab on to the dolphin's dorsal fin for an exciting belly-ride, a truly remarkable experience. Pet the dolphin, pose for a big dolphin kiss and learn all about the dolphin's anatomy, physiology and training techniques. Put on your snorkel and mask to see the dolphins as they speed and spiral through the water below you, demonstrating their amazing agility.

Dolphin Encounter: minimum age 1 year
Great for small children and those who don't want to venture into deep water, the Dolphin Encounter offers the chance to interact with friendly dolphins from a waist deep platform. You'll have the opportunity to hug and kiss the dolphin who will respond with a friendly kiss on the cheek. Watch the dolphins as they perform a series of amazing tricks, and marvel at their astonishingly entertaining behavior.

Other Attractions at Oahu’s Sea Life Park: Dolphin Cove
Dolphins perform in this beautiful ocean-side lagoon, complete with its own private island. Sit in the large open-air theater, which offers a panoramic view of the picturesque windward coastline, and be dazzled by our performing dolphins. The exciting theme show includes dolphin and audience participation. Show time is 12:30pm.

Hawaiian Reef
The Hawaiian Reef Aquarium offers a close view of Hawaii's underwater ecosystem from top to bottom. More than 2,000 reef animals and organisms, including sharks, sting rays, turtles and various schools of tropical fish, reside in this 300,000-gallon aquarium.

Hawaiian Ray Encounter
Our custom-designed Hawaiian Ray Encounter provides an environmentally authentic home for these shy aquatic creatures. Meet these curious and unusual animals face-to-face and watch, enchanted, as they glide effortlessly through the water, trailing their long, whip-like tails.

Hawaiian Ocean Theatre
Watch from above and below the surface of the water as dolphins perform in a large glass tank. This fun and educational show is designed to teach guests about the newest training techniques and Sea Life Park's conservation efforts. Show times are 1:45pm and 3:30pm.

Kolohe Kai Surf Club
The surf’s always up here, where our mischievous sea lions are constantly ready to delight guests with their charming and humorous antics. It's wholesome, side-splitting fun for the entire family. Show times are 11:15am and 2:30pm.

Sea Bird Sanctuary
Since the 1960s, Sea Life Park Hawaii has been a rehabilitation center for injured and sick sea birds. Over the last three decades, we have donated hundreds of man hours and thousands of dollars to this worthy cause. At our Sea Bird Sanctuary you can see some of the birds that arrived at the park in sad circumstances and have been carefully and lovingly nursed back to health, as well as native Hawaiian sea birds such as the Iwa (Great Frigatebird). Session times are 10:20am and 1:20pm.

Sea Turtle Lagoon
This fascinating exhibit area has another, more important purpose – it doubles as a breeding sanctuary for the endangered Hawaiian green sea turtles (honu). We're very proud that, to date, more than 2,200 hatchlings have been produced, and many have been released back to local populations, replenishing stocks and helping to solidify the species' presence.

During your visit you can discover how, as part of our ongoing program, we have partnered with accredited facilities and experts in the field, adding to our understanding of these beautiful creatures. Session times are 11:00am, 11:35am and 1:30pm.

Rocky Shores
One of the most interesting aspects of the marine environment is the intertidal zone – sometimes land, sometimes sea. Many of the most interesting marine species have evolved in fascinating ways to be able to live in this area, and our Rocky Shores exhibit showcases, in breathtaking above- and below-water views, the best of Hawaii's intertidal wildlife.

Penguin Habitat
The Penguin Habitat is home to 11 beautiful Humboldt Penguins and is known for its successful breeding colony. Native to South America, these flightless sea birds are an endangered species. Sea Life Park is an active participant in the American Zoological Association's Species Survival Plan for the Humboldt Penguin, and the park's Penguin Habitat serves as a comfortable breeding site for this endangered species.

Customer Reviews

gordon b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

it was well worth it if you are a dolphin lover like my daughter is. the only thing I wish transportation was included. we got lucky and are hotel arranged free transportation for us

Richard E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

amazing adventure and fun with the dolphins. highly recommended!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Smaller friendly sea park, dolphin swim was unbelievably exciting and worth it.

Markus R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great experience - the royal swim is worth it!!! You can take pictures and bring a companion! Pictures of the sea life park are great!

Allan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The whole experience was great and very well managed time spent interacting with the dolphins was good.

Constance G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

The Swim with the Dolphins is a must do experience - there are levels for swimmers and non-swimmers, The driver that took us to Sea Life Park was great. He was courteous and professional. He also served as a tour guide and kept us entertained with his funny stories along the way. Appreciated him giving us a heads up of which side of the bus had the picturesque views for photos. I fully recommend taking this tour.

Katharine P. M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Initially, I was nervous, but the dolphin trainers clearly love and know their dolphins very well. I even did the 'Royal Dolphin' wherein one lies or essentially planks in the water, feet flexed and 2 dolphins swim under and KNOW how to get you to your feet, balancing on their noses. as they swim towards the trainers and fellow group members. The accomplishment of a lifetime for me! And, I have photos to prove the dolphins' prowess and my non-existent fear.

Charles E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

The with the Dolphins at Sea Life Park was way above my expectations. They are amazing mammals. I would highly recommend this.

Sue D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Once in a life time chance and as I had 40 years on the rest of the group ,it made no difference to at we did,
Still smiling and would do it again in a heartbeat .

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