Dolphin Academy Curacao
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Dolphin Academy offers fun and educational intimate experiences with Coastal Bottlenose Dolphins in a natural saltwater lagoon and the open sea. Different experiences and courses are available for all ages.
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Olena C
2 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
My dream was swim with dolphins and I chose to go there. I had a very good experience. I chose swim with dolphins in lagoon and just one thing that I did not like it was our instructor was very specific. She likes her animals and she takes care of them very well but you cannot enjoy because she always tell you stay quite or away from the dolphins. She will tell you when you can touch them but they are very fast and you can really enjoy for the price you pay. Overall, it was great time and staff are very friendly and also I did not receive my photos in a first day, so you can call them and they always ready to resolve any issue! Thank you for a great experience!
Written September 11, 2022
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Dear 44olenac, Thank you for taking the time to write about your positive experience with us! We are truly grateful to hear that you enjoyed your Dolphin Experience. We would love to welcome you again in the future and experience one of our other activities. Best regards, Team Dolphin Academy
Written September 16, 2022
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Lamar A
North Carolina2 contributions
Nov 2022
Awesome dolphin encounter experience for our children (and us too)! Although our children were too young to do the full dolphin swim and thus had to settle for the dolphin encounter, we felt that they gave us a good amount of time and exposure with our assigned dolphin ("Caiyo").

The beautiful seaside scenery, the attached seaquarium with all its interesting creatures, and the dolphin show (think Sea World, but carribean style), were great extra perks for sure.

I downgraded from 5 stars only because of cost. The cost of the dolphin swim/encounter is steep enough. Yet, they charge an arm and a leg for pictures afterwards. We dropped an extra $160 USD for photos for our group (4 adults, 4 children). Then again, the photos are professional/ well done. but just felt like being taken advantage of a little given what we had already paid.

That said, bring your wallets/purses and create memories that will last a long time. especially if you have children!
Written December 3, 2022
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Shinelism
Trinidad3 contributions
Apr 2022
Had a wonderful experience seeing the Dolphins! Spent 20 minutes with Cairo during the Encounter package and also had access to the museum to view other animals. Note though that the photos were a bit costly and they do not allow you to take your own camera/phone into the water. The instructors were very cheerful and helpful. Will definitely recommend! Also read that the dolphins are allowed to leave, but can return to the space if they want.
Written April 22, 2022
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Dear Shinell, Thank you for taking the time to write about your positive experience with us! We are truly grateful to hear that you enjoyed your Dolphin Experience. We would love to welcome you again in the future and experience one of our other activities. Best regards, Team Dolphin Academy
Written April 29, 2022
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abstill
New Jersey47 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
I have mixed feelings on this experience. We did the dolphin snorkel. My 13 and 10 year old LOVED it. It was truly great swimming with the dolphins in a natural environment, not a pool. They do seem well cared for and responsive to their trainers, and may even enjoy swimming with people (maybe less so the extensive tricks they have to do, which we would have been fine without). Being able to dive down with them, swim with and pet them was great. They liked having their bellies rubbed.

So. Dolphins - highlight. Problems - below.

We really appreciated being able to bring our own camera and I was able to get some great underwater shots. The photos the staff took above water were also good but SUPER pricey. What a racket! We felt compelled to buy them but probably shouldn’t have. This is a truly expensive experience (almost $800 for the whole family - 4 people), so the pictures should truly be included.

The admission to the aquarium is included; it was a nice place to walk around for an hour or so. It’s small and could use a lot of upgrading. But they do cool things things there like growing coral and hatching Queen conches. The fish displays are decent and the touch tanks are good. Snack bar was also ok, if slow. Still, needs to become a more 21st century experience.

Lastly: I was absolutely taken in by the website claims that the dolphins are free to come and go as they please. This is not true. Although they are in natural lagoons with fish and coral, they are indeed penned in. The trainer said they take them out sometimes for “exercise,” whatever that means. Like taking your dolphin for a walk. They may enjoy this, but they are definitely not equipped to live in the wild, so even if the academy says they can leave if they want to, they are not going to and I don’t think the academy would react well if they did… after all, these dolphins are their cash cow. So if this bothers you, don’t let the website fool you. It rubbed me very much the wrong way that I was misled.

One other thing: the trainers were nice enough and seemed to care about the dolphins, but their interaction with humans… less ideal. Ours seemed disinterested, annoyed by every mistake we made (hello, we don’t do this every day!) , and watching the clocks like hawks. Not ideal.
Written July 2, 2022
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Dear abstill, Thank you for your feedback, both positive and constructive. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed the Dolphin Snorkel. Moreover, We are genuinely to hear that the other part did not meet your expectations. We do mention on our website that the dolphins live in natural lagoons and that they are free to swim away from the programs if they want to. During the time on the open water, they can swim and explore and sometimes we bring a visit to Jan Thiel or Mambo Beach. Your feedback is very important to us and we have taken this into consideration. We hope to welcome you again in the future so we can try to perfect the experience. Best regards, Team Dolphin Academy
Written July 8, 2022
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mbmoser
Milwaukie, OR182 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
I did the Snorkel Tour. It was phenomenal. You get into the water with a couple dolphins. They give you a kiss and you get to hold both flippers. Then you get to engage, touch, dive with them for about 30 minutes. Then they put on a mini show just for your group.

My group had about 8 people total so there was plenty of time to engage with these amazing animals.

The unique part of this tour is you can bring a personal waterproof camera (this is the encounter that allows this) I got some great pics as did the professional photographer. The pics were $40 and well worth the price as there are amazing shots.

Def would recommend and would do it again 100%.
Written February 19, 2022
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Dear Mbmoser, Thank you for taking the time to write about your positive experience with us! We are truly grateful to hear that you enjoyed your Dolphin Experience. We would love to welcome you again in the future and experience one of our other activities. Best regards, Team Dolphin Academy
Written February 26, 2022
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Kittalyn
New York City, NY78 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
I did the “dolphin dive” experience with Ocean Encounters and had a great time! It’s out in the open ocean and the dolphins are free to come look at you or swim around. They are with a trainer who makes sure they’re having fun and not stressed by the new people. It all seemed very well organized, and it was fun to watch them play and do tricks underwater. Would recommend!

I brought my own camera to take photos and videos underwater, so I didn’t end up buying the video they take (I think it was an additional $70 USD).
Written September 16, 2021
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Dear Kitalyn, Thank you for taking the time to write about your positive experience with us! We are truly grateful to hear that you enjoyed your Dolphin Experience. We would love to welcome you again in the future and experience one of our other activities. Best regards, Team Dolphin Academy
Written September 28, 2021
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tennesseesmokey
Effingham, SC14 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
The dolphin encounter is $99/person. You get in the water with a trainer and one dolphin for up to 6 people. The trainer explained everything about our dolphin, Annie. She answered any questions we had and gave us numerous opportunities to pet Annie. We were never rushed.

We were in water up to our waist. Cameras aren’t allowed in the water but a photographer took three pics of each person with the dolphin. Two are shown below. Our family of five purchased a flash drive of all our pictures for $80. Not a bad deal.

There were two children in our family age 9, but we saw an infant in the group next to us with the parents holding him. It was safe and I never felt unsure about what to do. The family with the baby even got a pic of the dolphin kissing their baby.

Best experience I’ve ever had by far and worth every penny! The price also included admittance to the aquarium where we watched a training demonstration with several dolphins and a sea lion demonstration. The animals are well cared for and the habitat is in the ocean. The animals are not in tanks.

Book reservations in advance as groups are small and tickets sell quickly. We booked ours about a month prior to visiting. Definitely recommended!
Written February 18, 2020
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Dear Tennessee, Thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review about your positive experience with us! We are truly grateful to hear that you enjoyed your dolphin experience. We would love to welcome you again in the future to for example enjoy one of the other activities. Best regards, Team Dolphin Academy
Written February 25, 2020
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Lindsey S
2 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We did the dolphin snorkel and it was amazing. My boyfriend and I did it together and the trainer I believe her name was Ingrid was nice enough to allow us to do the dolphin kiss together in addition to doing it solo. The dolphins were so friendly. They also take pictures for you during the experience which I expected to pay an arm and a leg for but it was reasonably priced. Overall I would definitely recommend this activity.
Written October 20, 2022
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Dear Lindsey, Thank you for taking the time to write about your positive experience with us! We are truly grateful to hear that you enjoyed your Dolphin Experience. We would love to welcome you again in the future and experience one of our other activities. Best regards, Team Dolphin Academy
Written October 28, 2022
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Familie de Jongste
Roosendaal, The Netherlands76 contributions
Apr 2022
It is a nice sea aquarium with a lot of small things to do like feeding the stingrays and flamingo’s. There is a boot with a glass wall so you can see the fish swimming next to the boat. That is also very nice to see. And also you can swim with the dolphins.

We did the Dolphins Encounter Experience. You go on a platform with the trainer to see and feel the dolphins close to you. The trainer is telling about the dolphins and teaches you small things about them while you are doing tricks with them. You can touch them and the dolphins make it also a nice show.
Although they see you can do this with small kids, we think it is better to have bigger kids so they can stay in the water themselves. Otherwise you need to carry the kids all time.

You can easy spend half a day here.
Written April 25, 2022
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Dear DeJongste, Thank you for taking the time to write about your positive experience with us! We are truly grateful to hear that you enjoyed your Dolphin Experience. We would love to welcome you again in the future and experience one of our other activities. Best regards, Team Dolphin Academy
Written April 29, 2022
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Andrea Viganó
Willemstad, Curaçao6 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
I am from Milan, Italy and the main reason I came to Curaçao was to do the Dolphins Course in Depth level 1 and 2. I waited 4 years and I must say it was 100% worth it. In this course you study with George the head trainer all the anatomy and behavior of dolphins from top to bottom with university-level research. It is all explained fantastically, and I swear to you during the lessons there has never been a second of boredom. In both levels there is an immense amount of interaction with dolphins, more and more advanced and immersive. You learn about the behaviors and signals to ask for them. You can have tons of swimming sessions with dolphins and it is always a beautiful, intimate and relaxing experience with dolphins. One other thing you do is get ready for the 4:15 pm shows where each passing day you have more things to do and only at level 2 you can also get in the water during the show and do many different behaviors with the dolphins including the amazing and famous footpush.
An absolutely fantastic experience that makes you truly feel on the team and for a week you are a dolphin trainer like everyone else and you really understand the beauty of being one of them.

EXTREMELY RECOMMENDED !!!

in addition the dolphins live the life of their dreams and are treated very well by all the talented trainer
Written August 28, 2022
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