Sunday, May 1, 2011

Face Time with Flipper on Oahu

The staff at Dolphin Quest have introduced many humans to dolphins at the Mandarin Oriental Resort in Kahala, which is on the opposite side of Diamond Head from Waikiki on Oahu. Families can sign kids up for swimming sessions. An easy way to see the show is to take the short walk from Waialae Beach Park; see page 57 of Oahu Trailblazer. Dolphin Quest runs a similar operation at the Grand Hilton Waikaloa Resort on the South Kohala Coast of the Big Island, where visitors can watch the show from a grass embankment.

To see our brothers and sisters of the sea in the wild, try Kealakekua Bay and Honomalino Beach on the Big Island. On Kauai, a spinner dolphin pod likes the waters off Secret Beach, which lies below the Kilauea Wildlife Refuge. The waters off Salt Pond Beach Park and northern Kekaha Beach, both on Kauai, are also known as dolphin habitat. Snorkelers are often joined by dolphins not far off Hulopoe Beach Park on Lanai, which is a day trip by ferry from Lahaina on Maui. For more specifics on where to see dolphins—as well as other wildlife in the sea, air, and land—consult No Worries Hawaii, a vacation planning guide for all the islands.