I’ve always wanted to do the whole “play with dolphins” thing on vacation, but never did. This was a great experience and the trainers were very friendly and knowledgeable, though they could have been making stuff up completely, and I’d have no idea. We did the “Royal Swim” option (top tier of 3 options) and I feel like we got a pretty great deal on this activity because we also got to pet a sea lion and see it do tricks (wave, smile, make a noise, jump through a hoop), and we got to use the water park for as long as we wanted. The water in the sea lion tank was pretty unclean. There were dirt settlements on the floor of the pool and things floating on and in the water. I’ve never wanted to shower more in my life than when I got out of that pool. They have you stand in about 3 feet of water while they put on the show for you and you get action shots with the sea lion. We pretty much had the waterpark to ourselves in early February, though the lazy river and one or two slides weren’t operating. We were told that this was because it was the slow season. Also, it came with free lunch and a soda. Lunch was at the grill in the park and was decent. Set list of items to order from. We had chicken fajitas and a burger, which were better than expected, though nothing overly impressive. We were staying at the Sheraton and were told that a cab would cost us about $20. We opted to take the bus and it was about $3-5 round trip for the two of us. The bus stop we left from was north of the Sheraton in front of the HSBC, next to the Blockbuster and across the street from Estigo Scooters (estigoscooters.com.mx). On the east side of the street. Bus said Punta Mita or Nuevo Vallarta. Wasn’t very difficult and there was plenty of room on the bus, though if you were travelling with kids, I would recommend the taxi or a rental car. Bus ride was about a half hour from the Sheraton. Note: cameras not allowed for “safety” but you can purchase pictures from the park for about $80 for 2 people. Video purchase was not an option. Or someone else is allowed to take photos/video from the spectator area though.
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