Selwo Marina

Selwo Marina, Benalmadena: Hours, Address, Selwo Marina Reviews: 4/5

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Closed until Feb 18, 2022
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Aquariums
Temporarily closedClosed until Feb 18, 2022
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Selwo Marina, in Benalmadena, is an animal and leisure park that allows visitors to get closer to the representative species of fauna from all around the world and enjoy a wealth of experiences. The Dolphins and Sea Lions Demonstration has beeen designed in a way that visitors can enjoy and learn to respect this great ambassador from the sea world. In addition, there are Exotic Birds demonstrations and talks about the diferents zones and species of the park, as the Amazon, the Tropics or the Saimiri Forest. Visitors have the chance to enjoy a complete programme of interactions involving the most charismatic species of Selwo Marina, with the posibility of Meet the Penguins very close and participate in their feeding, enjoy a Dolphin Encounter experience, Swimming with Sea Lions o even a VIP Tour all around the park. As well, they have the oportunity to get a photo souvenir with the most representative species.
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Daniel - UK
United Kingdom444 contributions
Dec 2021
We visited Selwo Marina and had an enjoyable time.

We took our time walking around the park and made sure that we listened to the talks which were at set times throughout the day. All in all I think we were in the park for around 3 hours.

The park is fairly small, but has a good layout and easy to follow.

There are some very interesting shows - In particular the bird show and the dolphin show was enjoyable to watch.

All staff in the park were friendly and everywhere was well maintained and clean throughout. They were taking the Covid-19 situation seriously and insisted on masks being warn throughout the park which was good to see.

If you were paying the full price I can understand why people maybe a little disappointed. We received a 40% discount which made it a good deal for us.

I would certainly visit again in the future.
Written December 18, 2021
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Stephanie M
Mijas, Spain44 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
We stayed in Benalmadena for the weekend and I brought my 3 year old son as he loves all kinds of animals. There was nothing massively wrong in general ,staff were lovely and the place seemed to be well kept but it definitely wasn’t worth the €23 per adult and €12 for a child ( roughly for kids I can’t remember now ) we just missed the 12pm dolphin show but weren’t to worried as there was another at 2pm so thought it gave us plenty of time to walk around the park . We managed to walk around and see everything in about 40 minutes (this is with stopping and looking and taking pics as well ) park was a lot smaller then i imagined I actually thought I must of missed a route but we went around again and then ended up sitting at the dolphin area waiting for the show for near on an hour . Show was very good and my son was happy so was a winner for him but price wise it’s a little steep x
Written September 28, 2021
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Good afternoon, 989stephaniem We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Selwo Marina with your family. In addition to the friendliness of the staff. We work hard to make the visitor's experience unbeatable. On the other hand we are surprised that you saw the park so quickly since if you follow the program of talks you need at least three hours. We recommend if possible to follow the lecture program as the visit is more complete and interactive. If you wish you can download our app in advance to have all the information beforehand. Regarding the price of the tickets you have the option to purchase them in advance online and benefit from significant discounts. We take note of your comments, thank you very much for helping us to improve. Yours sincerely, The Selwo Team
Written November 30, 2021
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emily
West Yorkshire, UK54 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
Dolphin show was brilliant, penguin talk was also good. Just very overpriced for such a small park with only a few animals- 22€ per adult and it was basically only dolphins, penguins, sea lions and flamingos. Also very expensive refreshments- 4.50€ for a slush drink.
Written September 22, 2021
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Good afternoon, We are glad you enjoyed the visit and the talks at Selwo Marina. One of our priorities is that the visitor experience is unbeatable. Selwo Marina offers the possibility to live a sea of adventures enjoying the only dolphinarium and the only ice penguinarium in Andalusia and more than 600 animals more representative of the marine fauna and rainforests of the world. Regarding the prices you have the option to purchase online in advance both the entrance ticket and food and beverage to get significant discounts. Thank you very much for your comments and for helping us to improve. Sincerely the Selwo Team
Written November 24, 2021
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lauren d
Swindon, UK12 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We arrived around 10.30am which seemed to be a good time. At the entrance the guy told us to get to the dolphin show at least 30 mins before, we went 45 mins before and got a great spot. By 11.30 the show was busy and they were stopping to let people in for the 12pm show so you have to get there early and wait. The dolphin show was good but could of lasted longer, they didn’t do much compared to over places we’ve been too. Still lovely to watch. The park is small but a good day out. The bird show was at capacity but we managed to get in 10 mins before the show started. A good watch. The penguins were great, so active and really nice to see. We loved them. A play park for the children, few restaurants which seem to get busy. We took our own lunch. Masks worn by everyone, no social distancing but it was clean and the staff were great. Overall nice couple of hours out, would recommend a visit!
Written August 15, 2021
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Dear R6745NWlaurend, Thank you for your comments about your visit to Selwo Marina, the animals, the facilities and the work of the staff. We work hard to make your visit experience an unbeatable one. To guarantee a visit with total security in Selwo Marina we have a Covid Protocol by which the park has limitations in its operation and the capacity of activities and presentations, such as the talks "Meet...", the didactic talk of dolphins, the presentation of exotic birds and the special programs Unique Experiences. Fortunately, the talks are usually repeated several times a day (two or three times a day depending on the park's opening hours). Given this unprecedented situation, we ask for your patience and understanding during this process. We take note of your comments, thank you for helping us to improve.
Written August 19, 2021
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NLC17
UK95 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Shambles with Covid measures. Same as another review, we couldn’t get into the 12pm dolphin show so went 35mins before the next show and still couldn’t get a space. Spanish people shouting at people for sitting too close yet they do not say anything when there are no restrictions in the penguin or amazon encounter and people are shoulder to shoulder. They are hypocrites.

Same for helping yourself pour the slush drinks, no one is saying anything about no one sanitizing their hands in between each customer. You cannot apply one rule to the main show and the seating arrangements but not apply it to the rest of the park.

No staff available anywhere apart from the show so having a blind eye what is going on.

Waste of money and time. Park is really small also so don’t need a lot of time there.
Written August 3, 2021
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We regret that your visit to Selwo Marina did not fully meet your expectations. Selwo Marina offers the possibility to live a sea of adventures enjoying the only dolphinarium and the only ice penguinarium in Andalusia and more than 600 animals that inhabit the rainforests of the world. While the team of veterinarians, biologists and caretakers is in charge of the care of the animals in the park, Selwo Marina is prepared to guarantee a visit with total security, having reinforced its cleaning and disinfection protocols and added new hygiene measures in all areas. To guarantee a visit with total security in Selwo Marina we have a Covid Protocol by which the park has limitations in its operation and the capacity of activities and presentations, such as the talks "Meet...", the didactic talk of dolphins, the presentation of exotic birds and the special programs Unique Experiences. Fortunately, the talks are usually repeated several times a day (two or three times a day depending on the park's opening hours). Given this unprecedented situation, we ask for your patience and understanding during this process. We appreciate your feedback and continue to work on improving the visitor experience.
Written August 12, 2021
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martin
Benalmadena, Spain2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
The only reason we visited Benalmadena was to se the dolphins. We came to the first show at 12 but there was no place to sit so we stayed fare away with a respect. As we really did not want to miss the next show at 14 we came in advance. We were sitting there for 45 minutes. A lot of people came after us, despite the fact that the entrance “gate” was closed. They crowded around us and sat at the forbidden places. Then came the security guy and kicked us out because of a lot of people there. I understand that it is neccessary especially in this situation that all the rules and safety directions have to be kept, but I think the only person as a guard there is not enough to manage all the people. Can you imagine how sad my 4 year old daughter was when I told her after almost one hour waiting there that we are not allowed to see the show and have to to out??
Written July 29, 2021
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We regret that your visit to Selwo Marina did not fully meet your expectations. Selwo Marina offers the possibility to live a sea of adventures enjoying the only dolphinarium and the only ice penguinarium in Andalusia and more than 600 animals that inhabit the rainforests of the world. While the team of veterinarians, biologists and caretakers is in charge of the care of the animals in the park, Selwo Marina is prepared to guarantee a visit with total security, having reinforced its cleaning and disinfection protocols and added new hygiene measures in all areas. To guarantee a visit with total security in Selwo Marina we have a Covid Protocol by which the park has limitations in its operation and the capacity of activities and presentations, such as the talks "Meet...", the didactic talk of dolphins, the presentation of exotic birds and the special programs Unique Experiences. Fortunately, the talks are usually repeated several times a day (two or three times a day depending on the park's opening hours). Given this unprecedented situation, we ask for your patience and understanding during this process. We appreciate your feedback and continue to work on improving the visitor experience.
Written August 12, 2021
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Flemming koldin... J
Aalborg, Denmark99 contributions
Jul 2021
The dolphin head was amazing but the joy drowned in that people did not comply with covid-19 distance requirements and bandages. When reprimanded to the staff, nothing was done. It was reprimanded for some but people did not comply with reprimands. This is simply too lax. Can well understand that the infection is rising in Spain
Written July 29, 2021
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We regret that your visit to Selwo Marina did not fully meet your expectations. While the team of veterinarians, biologists and caretakers is in charge of the care of the animals in the park, Selwo Marina is prepared to guarantee a visit with total security, having reinforced its cleaning and disinfection protocols and added new hygiene measures in all areas. To guarantee a visit with total security in Selwo Marina we have a Covid Protocol by which the park has limitations in its operation and the capacity of activities and presentations, such as the talks "Meet...", the didactic talk of dolphins, the presentation of exotic birds and the special programs Unique Experiences. Fortunately, the talks are usually repeated several times a day (two or three times a day depending on the park's opening hours). Given this unprecedented situation, we ask for your patience and understanding during this process. We appreciate your feedback and continue to work on improving the visitor experience.
Written August 12, 2021
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Laura F
11 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
Been here 4 times now over the years always love it, love the shows and my daughter loved holding the parrots, also love getting in close in the enclosure.
Written September 22, 2020
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Thank you very much for visiting Selwo Marina and your appreciation of the park. We are glad to know that you have enjoyed the park's proposals.
Written October 19, 2020
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Zatash
France695 contributions
Aug 2020
An interesting place but it becomes more and more painful they should put cloth to provide shade while we walk around.

The little kisk has no place to sit because "it is too much to keep up with the cleaning during the covid". But there are sitting provided 50m away without cleaning. So what is the logic?

The price is very expensive, specially if you want to do an encounter activity.

Given the above limitations and problems, it is less and less attractive.
Written August 11, 2020
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We thank you for visiting Selwo Marina and are sorry that it did not meet your expectations.
Written August 20, 2020
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Shezsharks
Dublin, Ireland278 contributions
Mar 2020
This is in the Paloma Park which is gorgeous but its very small and the Dolphins - there are too many for the small pools and all seperated saw alot of them banging against the gate or wall to get out, a bit heartbreaking.
Written April 9, 2020
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We thank you for visiting Selwo Marina and regret that it did not fully meet your expectations.
Written July 8, 2020
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