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Sea Life Park- Swimming With the Dolphins

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PJ C wrote a review Jan 2020
Forest Hills, New York13 contributions6 helpful votes
I came here with a group that was participating in the Royal Swim, and I participated in the Dolphin Encounter with my family. The aquarium itself is small, but nice. Some highlights are the shark area, bird feeding area and, large seat turtles. I did the Dolphin Encounter with my little ones and it was cute. For what it is, it is a bit pricey in my opinion. It started out very unorganized - from getting a call a day prior saying they needed to change our time slot, to arriving and just waiting around and starting later than supposed to...which also meant finishing later than planned. Our group had 11 people in it, with one trainer, and one dolphin. You get to pet the dolphin as it passes by, and every one gets to give and get a kiss from the dolphin. We spent a lot of time in the water just waiting for our turn, and shivering because it was a bit cold and the sun was not shining. Cute for little ones, as this is the only experience you can participate in if you are under the age of 8, I believe. If you are over the age of 8, I do not recommend this at all. The Dolphin Adventure was taking place at the same time as our event and it seemed a lot better as participants got to swim with the dolphin. The best was certainly the Royal Swim, it was worth every penny! They got to swim with the dolphin three different ways and it was much more interactive. It was also a smaller group (which could just be that it was not full, I am not certain about that). If you are old enough to do the Royal Swim, I highly recommend it. Make sure you bring your own towels
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Date of experience: December 2019
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JCLJCLJCL wrote a review Nov 2019
Chicago, Illinois31 contributions44 helpful votes
This was our first time at Sea Life Park. Passed it a million times but never went in. Decided at last minute before leaving Oahu to experience the "Swim with Dolphin". The Park is not too big, the kids loved it as they can feed the birds and fishes and that provided them a great experience. The dolphin experience was fun, however, the platform that we had to stand on to enable us to touch the dolphins were slippery. The kids were scared that they might fall into the water as they are not that tall. All in all, it was fun, enjoyable.It was expensive and do not expect to spend the whole day there. However,Sea Life is committed to the research, protection and preservation of the native marine species of Hawaii, and to educating visitors on the importance of ocean conservation and sustainability. It is money well spend.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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debbie e wrote a review Nov 2019
Cape Charles, Virginia, United States14 contributions32 helpful votes
What a memory. Never thought I would be able to do this. Great instructor! Took time to explain many things about the dolphin. Can't tell you enough how wonderful this was.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Nutsm wrote a review Nov 2019
melbourne16 contributions22 helpful votes
Paid about $80.00 US each for my daughter and grand daughter to take a picture with a dolphin in secret, away from the rest of the family so they don't take a picture with their phones! ! The park is small not many attractions with some of them being shut.This park is dying a Sloooooow death! and very expensive!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Audrey W wrote a review Nov 2019
Los Angeles, California23 contributions9 helpful votes
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When I was a little girl I loved Flipper (I realize this dates me). Ever since then I've wanted to swim with a dolphin. The opportunity never arose until this fall. I discovered I could finally realize that dream when I traveled to Hawaii. So I did a lot of research trying to decide just how I wanted to accomplish it. There seemed to be two options and numerous offerings. I could either go out on a boat and swim in the ocean near a pod of wild dolphins or I could get into a pool with what I began referring to as "prison dolphins." Since I was told I could not physically interact with the wild dolphins I decided, after thoroughly researching Sea Life Park, to go with them. I'm so glad I did! When I first saw Nalu I started to cry; I was overcome with emotion as I was about to live a 50 year dream. There were a half dozen of us in the water, plus Nalu's friend/trainer and a "trainer in training" and I spent the better part of an hour doing everything I ever dreamed of. I'm tearing up right now just thinking about it. To be specific, I hugged and kissed him, He gave me two rides, one holding on to his dorsal fin and one holding the little side fins while I kind of rode on his belly. He chattered, high-fived us and, most amazing, I felt his heartbeat. Dolphins can sense human heartbeats so being able to feel his while he could feel mine was extraordinary. Watching Nalu interact with his trainer was a treat. They obviously loved each other. They played, they were silly... The entire experience was everything I dreamed it would be. The dolphins are loved and cared for and certainly not treated like prisoners. Do I wish no animals were kept in captivity? Yes and no. There are animals in zoos that only exist today because they live in zoos. Otherwise they'd be extinct. This isn't a PT Barnum situation. These animals are cared for by zoologists, scientists who presumably have their best interests at heart. The same is true of the trainers at Sea Life Park. They are required to have a minimum of a bachelors of science and adhere to strict guidelines in the care of their dolphins. At any rate, I highly recommend this experience. It isn't cheap but it's worth every nickel. I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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