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Dolphinarium Cayo Santa Maria

Address: Villa Clara Keys, Cuba
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Sudbury, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Loved it here! Been there twice, & was very impressed both visits! Food is good, & dolphins are beautiful!

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canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

While I hate trapped dolphins or any large fish or mammals, this was pretty cool. The catamaran trip was over the top fantastic, with 2 snorkel stops. Even if you don't snorkel or can't swim well...take the catamaran. Really good deal...totally open bar and FUNtastic crew! The lobster lunc included with trip was best Cuban food we had. Touching and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We did an excursion with speedboats as the first portion. Where we saw a old ship, while splashing around. Followed by stop at the dolphinarium, where we got to interact with a dolphin (opt to take photos at a cost.) concluding with your choice of lunch option. Great day trip.

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Milton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

it was great to interact with the dolphins although the time to do so was very short - maybe 20 minutes for the whole large group. There was no swimming with them either, rather disappointing.

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Brampton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

For the money asked the swim with the dolphins option was way too short. $76. each from the resort (10 minute bus ride) plus $36. for the picture CD makes for an expensive half hour swim.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I liked the encounter with the dolphins - small 10 mins show and interaction. The dolphins looked scratched up and their skin unhealthy but they seemed happy. You CANNOT bring your own cameras into the interaction - NO WATERPROOF ones either... no recording devices when interacting with dolphins. They take photos of you and sell them to you instead. Lunch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This was a fun excursion! Great crew, snorkelling and delicious lunch. Interacting with the dolphins was awesome!

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Grand Bend, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We were able to visit the Dolphinarium as part of our day on the catamaran, our kids (use the term loosely, all late teens and early 20's) had never experienced interaction with dolphins before and they did enjoy themselves.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

It's a great experience that would never be possible in the wild, but seeing them locked up in a relatively small area (especially the Sea Lion) was quite heart breaking for me and other guests. I understand this is typical of any establishment, including any zoo. The staff are very friendly, the restaurant is pretty good food, and the show/experience... More 

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Gloucestershire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I booked a trip here whilst staying at the Iberostar resort in Cayo Ensenachos and spent a lovely morning at this Dolphinarium. I had booked the dolphin swim but that also included a 10 minute show watching the dolphins do their tricks. The maximum number they allow per booking is 12 and we were divided into 2 groups of 6... More 

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