There were so many excursions from our ship in St Maarten that it was hard to pick one, but this one stood out in the listing. It includes a 45-minute boat trip over to Anguilla, time on the beach, structured time in the dolphin enclosure, a quick lunch, and then a trip back to St. Maarten.
I have to admit that I didn't love this as much as I had hoped. Maybe I was hoping for too much. It was fun to be in the water with the dolphins, and the boogie board push and belly ride were cool, but it did feel very, very structured. A huge negative was the extra cost to purchase photos. You aren't allowed to bring cameras, even out onto the dock. Supposedly this distracts the dolphins, but seems more likely it is so they can sell you the photos at exorbitant prices. Thanks, but no thanks, I'll just have to keep the memories in my head. I'd almost rather they increased the price and gave you the photos so you don't feel taken advantage of. Especially because it felt like the activities with the dolphins like the kiss felt very posed: "Kiss the beak, then turn your head and smile for the camera."
I was very pleased that the dolphins live in open-water pens, rather than in enclosed pools as on the other islands, but I was surprised to hear they move the dolphins around among the various facilities.
Another negative was the ferry trip over and back. The boat was not big enough for everyone so some had to sit below deck (stuffy and dark) and some on the back where the diesel exhaust was nauseating. They did stop on the way back to watch planes landing at the St Maarten airport, which is supposedly a sight to see, but we were so far out you couldn't see much on land. The plane was quite big and low over our boat though.
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