Oahu Sea Lion Encounter

Waimanalo, Oahu

Sea Lion Encounter – $75+tax per Adult/Child, – Must be 8 years old+ 11am everyday   

Oahu is the best place to go for a Sea Lion Encounter! Guests receive a unique opportunity to have a lot of fun with a Sea Lion in a playful, educational, and interactive atmosphere. During the program, guests will be able to stroke a sea lion as the sea lion swims underwater. Guests will receive a performance and kiss from their sea lion! Act as a trainer and learn to communicate with the sea lion using hand signals.


  •  A 30 minute shallow water dolphin experience including kissing, touching, cradling, playing and feeding with the sea lions.
  • Approximately 2 hours with the Sea lions, Presentation, Changing Time & Photo Lab
  • No deep water or swimming with the Sea Lions in this program.
  • Each session is unique, based upon the guests and Sea Lions.
  • A 15 – 20 minute educational classroom presentation prior to entering the water.
  • Personal photo opportunities with the Sea Lion.
  • A life jackets will be provided for use during the Sea Lion session. Wet Suits are NOT provided.
  • Guests should bring their own bathing suits and towels.
  • Lockers, Showers, and Changing rooms available.
  • Each Sea Lion session is unique, based upon the guests and dolphins.
  • Observer gets to watch the dolphin interaction & shows
  • All Participants must be 8 years old and up
  • Anyone within 8 – 12 years old, must have a paid Adult participant 1 Adult per 1 Child.
  • Must be able to understand directions given in English or have a paid family member or friend in the water to translate.
  • 10 participants maximum per Sea Lion session. (which can be broken into smaller groups).
  • Free Round Trip Transportation for all Participants and Observers from Selected Waikiki Hotels.
  • Open 365 Days a Year


The time slots available includes a guaranteed 30 minute Sea Lion program, educational briefing, dolphin shows, sea lion show, & marine park tours. This can be 3 – 4 hours of activities.

  • 11am – AM session << Only


The Dolphin Facility is located north of Hanauma Bay. You will get complete written directions and mapquest links with your ticket. Free Round Trip Transportation for all Participants from Selected Waikiki Hotels. ( You must state on reservation form whether you want transportation or not)


Driving Times: These times are approximate from the location listed below to Hanauma Bay area, depending on traffic and weather conditions.

  • Waikiki Beach – 30 minutes
  • Honolulu – 40 minutes
  • Honolulu Cruise Port – 45 minutes
  • Ko Olina – 1 hour
  • Turtle Bay Resort – 1 1/2 hours

Save Money and make your reservation online. In order to get any of these discounts, you must type the Online Discount Promotional Code in the discount box of the reservation form (Payment Page). After picking the amount of participants/observers, date of travel, and time of program, you will be taken to the reservation form to start your online booking. When you get to payment page, this is where the promotional code needs to be written in the comment box. Without this written code, you will not get the promotional discount. These online promotions can not be combined with any previous orders or discounts. These discounts are for online orders only and the discounts will NOT be offered or honored over the phone with a Dolphin World representative or during the High Season or with any additional Transportation service.

Dolphin World Online Promotions:

  • NO DISCOUNTS DURING HIGH SEASON!! March 25 & April 8, 2018 – December 20, 2018 – January 8, 2019
  • Make your reservation more than 8 days or more in advance get 5% off each person. CODE: online5%off
  • Make your reservation online and get 2.5% off each person. CODE: oahubookingspecial

Redemption Instructions

Upon arrival, please proceed to check-in window, present your dolphin program confirmation number or your last name, which you will receive after making your reservation via email or text.

  • Confirmation number is a must for entrance.
  • You do not need to have a printed voucher.
  • All customers/participants are required to sign liability waivers before participating in this activity.


Refunds / Cancellations and Changes:

All cancellations must be received by Dolphin World / Keys Adventure Tours, Inc. in writing by email or regular mail.

  • A 10% service charge will apply per person for any cancellations prior 31 days of activity date.
  • A 50% service charge will apply per person for any cancellations within 30 – 15 day period prior activity date.
  • A 75% service charge will apply per person for any cancellations within 14 – 8 day period prior activity date.
  • Prior 8 days of your reservation date, you may change your reservation to a gift certificate, where you would not incur any penalties except the change fee. This gift certificate will be good for 1 year from the date of the certificate.
  • NO REFUND WILL BE GIVEN TO ANY ACTIVITY PARTICIPANTS who cancel within the 7 day period, does not show up, are late for scheduled program(s). Once a reservation has a confirmation number and confirmed, a refund or change can only be made more than 7 days of the activity date and any change to the program date is subject to availability. Changes made to existing reservations are subject to a $25.00 per person change fee.
  • The Dolphin Swim goes on Rain or Shine.

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE PURCHASE OF TRIP INSURANCE, which will cover your purchase 100% for any interruptions to your Dolphin World activities! We recommend TravelEx Insurance. Ask a Dolphin World Travel professional for advice on Travel Insurance.


What Hotels do you Pick Up from in Waikiki Beach? You will be picked up from any hotel in the Waikiki Beach Hotel zone. You may have to walk a few blocks to be picked up from Selected hotel in the Waikiki Beach area. You will get exact time you will get picked up on your email confirmation from us. The bus will be well marked for Sea Life Park, so you should not miss the bus.

Does your program go on Rain or Shine? Yes, this program goes on Rain or Shine. The dolphin swim and shows, will go on most of the time. If there is thunder, there might be a delay before the program resumes again. The snorkel portion of the day could get postponed or canceled due to weather. If your snorkel trip does get canceled, you can reschedule or get a partial refund for that part of your day.

Must I know how to swim to participate? You should be comfortable in the water. The dolphin swim takes place in a 15 to 20 foot deep lagoon.

What does it mean to be an Observer? An Observer is a Participant’s friend or family member. Observers participate in all aspects of the program minus the in-water interaction. During the interaction you can cheer on the Participants and take photos. The Observers stay in the stands and have no contact with the dolphins. The fee includes complimentary admission to the dolphin park, so you can see the rest of the shows and exhibits. Observers under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

What should I bring? A bathing suit or swimming attire is required. You can rely on us to provide the following: Showers, lockers(refundable deposit), and wetsuits. Wetsuits can be rented. All jewelry must be removed prior to entering the water.

What about taking photographs with the Dolphins during my session? Yes, there are professional staff photographers taking photographs or video of you and your dolphin session. You can purchase these photographs after your session. Prices ranges from $40 and up, depending on how many photographs you purchase. You can not take a regular camera into the water with you during your dolphin session. If you do have a family or a friend come with you as an observer, they can take photographs of you during your session. Hint: If you don’t have an observer in your group, you might ask another observer from another group to take a few photographs with your camera.

What kind of pools do the animals live in at the Dolphin facility? The animals live in natural salt-water pools. The water is pumped in from the Pacific Ocean.

Do you have a restaurant on the property? A snack bar/grill is available and serves a variety of delicious foods at the dolphin facility.

Do we have to pay extra parking fees ? Yes, there is a charge, $5 for all day parking.

Are glasses/contacts permitted in the water? No, Contact lenses can be worn.

Includes: The Sea Lion Program – A 30 minute shallow & deep water sea lion experience where you will receive a unique opportunity to swim with a Sea Lion in a playful, educational, and interactive atmosphere. During the program, guests will be able to stroke a sea lion as the sea lion swims underwater. Guests will receive a performance and kiss from their sea lion! Act as a trainer and learn to communicate with the sea lion using hand signals, plus, General Admission to Park, Dolphin Show, Marine Tour, and other Marine Animal Shows. 8 years old and up. Book Now!

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