I really enjoyed the Dolphin Quest experience and recommend it despite the expense.
My only problem is that the trainers speak to everyone like they are in elementary school. Our group consisted of four adult women, and although we enjoyed interacting with the dolphins and learning about the various behaviors and signals, the trainer never acknowledged that. Her entire "script" was almost condescending in tone, suitable for nine-year-olds. Exasperating.
The photos are horribly expensive, and mine wasn't very good. Get someone to take photos of you with the dolphins from the side of the lagoon and just skip the ones from the professional photographer.
Now, don't get me wrong - it was a good experience, and I enjoyed it a great deal.
The Kahala Resoft has sea turtles and a Pacific Brown Ray there "on campus" in other lagoons. I was fortunate to have a casual conversation with one of the trainers as she tended to the ray. This was a much more rewarding and enjoyable conversation than the rote speeches by the trainers in the dolphin lagoon.
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