We were picked up at 8:45 at the Playa Pesquero on an air conditioned bus for the short trip to the boat dock. There was a bar, washrooms and shade on shore if you had to wait. We didn’t have to wait though. The flat boats take 20 people each. They did a little spin out in the bay on the way there for an extra thrill.
We arrived to the sound of a Cuban band. One of the guys handed all the kids maracas which made for some great photo ops. A welcome drink for all. Those of us who’d come in clothes changed into our bathing suits. Washrooms were clean. No toilet seats, but then again, there were plenty of places in Cuba with no toilet seats. Only one of the cubicles had toilet paper. Luckily, I’d done my research and brought my own.
The dolphin pens are all around. It’s not so much an island as a bunch of interconnected boardwalks and buildings on stilts with dolphin pens in between. I was first in the water with my 8 year old son. He was a little nervous (dolphins are big animals!) but when a dolphin rolls over right beside you so you can pet its belly how can you resist? 20 people in lifejackets with 2 dolphins. We’d brought our own lifejacket for our 45 lb son. It fit better than one of theirs would have.
We all lined up and got kisses, had plenty of time to pet them, get splashed by them, etc. At the end we got to go to the front either individually or in groups to get photos of them kissing us. They had a professional photographer (10 pesos) but it wasn’t a high pressure thing. Our tour guide was happy to tell us on the bus that she was excellent at taking photos and knew all the cameras so she wouldn’t have a problem doing it for you.
We didn’t need camera help since my husband and I took turns since our 3 year old didn’t go in the water. She could have. Another little girl went that day. But ours is completely untrusting of lifejackets so we didn’t see the point of one of us getting strangled by her in the water. Afterwards though, a woman who hadn’t gone in the water asked if she could go down to the platform. So I asked the same for my daughter. It was great! The trainer signaled the dolphin to come up onto the platform and she got to pet her for a minute. I suppose it would all depend on the day and how many people were asking though.
Husband went in a different pen. 10 swimmers, 1 adult dolphin and one baby. (Awww!) Baby didn’t come over to visit anyone but swam close a few times.
Afterwards it was the sea lion show. Funny. Then the dolphin show. They really are spectacular. There’s a volunteer opportunity during the show. I won’t give it away but I wish I’d done it.
Adults: 79 CUC (some tour companies charge 99)
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