Little Girl Swimming with a Dolphin
February 28, 2019
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Maria Mancuso

3 Wild Things to do on Oahu!

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This article, ‘3 Wild Things to do on Oahu’, presents just a few ideas for enjoying a few activities that are a bit more 'wild' than an afternoon on the beach!

Dolphin Quest
Location: 5000 Kahala Avenue Honolulu, HI 96816
Telephone: 808-739-8918
Hours: Open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Program Prices start at $199 and vary based on the selected program. The most expensive encounter is the ‘Trainer for a Week’ – please call Dolphin Quest to confirm prices.
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 4.6 Miles

Swim with Dolphins! What could be better than this!?

Dolphin Quest is an amazing experience for the entire family.  Guests experience an intimate encounter with Dolphins. You’ll watch professional trainers working with the Dolphins, teaching them and caring for them in a series of huge pools.  Guests can have an up-close encounter with other sea life like the Sea Ray exhibit and others but of course, the dolphins are the stars of the show.

Swim with Dolphins! What could be better than this!?

Visitors of all ages can learn more about just how amazing and intelligent Dolphins are while watching the training services and then of course, swimming with Dolphins!  

There are several programs available for swimming with the Dolphins.  While most of the programs have a minimum age of between 5 and 12, the ‘Family Swim’ Program is available to even younger guests. The ‘Wee Tots’ Program is also available for ages 2 to 4.

Dolphin encounters last from 10 minutes to several hours. For the ultimate dolphin lover, the Trainer for a Week Program would be an unforgettable experience. Participants in this program will spend more than 5 hours every day for a week with the dolphins. They will help prepare their meals, be present for health checkups, spend time with the trainers and much more. A Trainer for a Day Program is also available.

You don’t even have to know how to swim to get up close with these beautiful creatures. Some of the encounters, such as the Family Swim, take place in shallow water.

Close up of a fish
More than 490 species are represented at the aquarium including many varieties of Tropical Fish, Sea Turtles and Seals.

Waikiki Aquarium
Location: 64-1550 Kamehameha Highway Wahiawa, HI 96786
Telephone: 808-621-8408
Hours: Open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Admission: Ages 13 to 64 - $12. Ages 4 to 12 and seniors - $5. Ages 3 and under – Free
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 2.3 Miles

The Waikiki Aquarium opened its doors in 1904, and it is one of the oldest aquariums in the country.

More than 490 species are represented at the aquarium including many varieties of Tropical Fish, Sea Turtles and Seals are just a few examples of the 3,500 creatures on display. If just looking at the many fish and creatures is enough there are some exhibits that allow visitors to touch and interact with some of the animals.

Special Activities such as ‘Meet the Monk Seals’, ‘Aquarium After Dark’, and a ‘Behind-the-Scenes Tour’ are fun and educational programs you can enjoy during your visit.

The mission of the Aquarium is not just to welcome visitors to this interesting park, but their strong conservation program is the heart of their purpose. Educating the public about and conserving Pacific marine life is the real reason this Oahu attraction exists. It’s not just about today’s visitors being able to marvel at the beauty of these creatures; they want to make sure tomorrow’s visitors will also be able to do so.

Two Monkeys
When you visit the Zoo, you will be able to explore several exhibits including the Manyara Bird Sanctuary, Rock Cove Reptiles, the African Savanna, Primates of the World, and many others.

Honolulu Zoo
Location: 151 Kapahulu Avenue Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: 808-971-7171
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Children 2 and under are free. $6 ages 3 to 12. $10 ages 13 and up.
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 1.6 Miles

The Honolulu Zoo is a popular Oahu activity for guests of all ages.

The Honolulu Zoo covers 42-acres in the heart of Waikiki and is home to almost 1,000 animals from around the world. One of the main goals of the Honolulu Zoo is the care and conservation of many endangered animals who live at the Zoo. Some of the endangered species at the Zoo are the Black Rhino, Cheetahs and African Wild Dogs.

When you visit the Zoo, you will be able to explore several exhibits including the Manyara Bird Sanctuary, Rock Cove Reptiles, the African Savanna, Primates of the World, and many others.

The Honolulu Zoo also offers several educational programs and other activities including, Zoo Camp, Twilight Tours, Snooze at the Zoo and more.

Some exhibits offer visitors a chance to learn more about some of the Zoo’s animals by allowing visitors to get hands on with some particular animals. Ask when you arrive at the Zoo as these programs are updated from time to time. The Honolulu Zoo also features beautiful gardens, plants and flowers that are native to Hawaii.

Be sure to enjoy a stroll through the gardens during a visit to the Honolulu Zoo.

Oahu has many exciting activities and attractions for you to enjoy, this is just a list  of ‘3Wild Things to do on Oahu.’  Check our Oahu Visitors Blog again to see more interesting and entertaining articles to make the most of your time on Oahu.

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