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“Wonderful Dolphin Encounter”

Dolphin Academy Curacao
Ranked #4 of 107 things to do in Willemstad
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Dolphin Academy offers fun and educational intimate experiences, like a Dolphin Encounter, a Dolphin Swim, a Dolphin Snorkel with Coastal Bottlenose Dolphins in a natural saltwater lagoon and the open sea. Different programs and courses available for all ages.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Holland, Michigan
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Wonderful Dolphin Encounter”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

My friend and I had a fantastic experience at the Curaçao Dolphin Academy. The Dolphin show was amazing. I've seen several in the US but none compared to this. We also chose to do the Dolphin Encounter. Our encounter allowed us to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures while standing on a platform in waist deep water. Neither of us are really fond of swimming so it was the perfect way to meet the dolphins without actually swimming in open water. We had such a nice time! Our trainers were really personable and shared some great information about the dolphins as well. After our experience we were able to purchase photos of our encounter. They were expensive but well worth the cost to preserve the awesome memories.

Visited August 2013
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Dolphin_Academy, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Academy Curacao, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
The Encounter is indeed our most educational program of all it will give you time to touch the dolphin while learning more about them. We're glad you enjoyed it.

Kind regards,

Dolphin Academy Team
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“Scuba Diving with dolphins”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

On my vacation at curacao I wanted to swim with dolphins. I wasn't sure if I was going to to the scuba encounter or the normal encouter. I chose the Scuba encouter and I was happy I did! The scuba introduction was very nice. It was a very nice expierence and the dolphin was really enjoying hisself. The dolphin instructor was making the dolphin do tricks underwater.The underwater expierence with the dolphin was about 40min. After you're done diving you can explore the rest of the park for free. I saw a Sea lion show which was cool aswell. Unfortunately I just missed the shark show. The DVD was a bit expensive but worth it. Recommended!!!

Visited September 2012
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Dolphin_Academy, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Academy Curacao, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Thanks for this review. We're glad you enjoyed the Dolphin Scuba Encounter.

Regards,

Dolphin Academy Team
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Springfield, Virginia
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“Swin with the dolphins or just watch them at play in the sea!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

I liked the idea of visiting the aquarium every day since it is a part of the gated resort community.

Visited August 2013
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Dolphin_Academy, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Academy Curacao, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Thank you veyr much for the review and we're glad you enjoyed your experiences with the dolphins.

Regards,

Dolphin Academy Team
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South Lyon, Michigan
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“amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

This is a must do... there were 3 of us that did the encounter And 4 that did the scuba. Both were great! I cannot say enough good things about the park and the trainers. We all enjoyed our day and all the shows. If you are on the fence about the encounter or the swim, do the swim. The encounter was wonderful, but once you get to pet them and give them kisses you just want more.
The dolphins are much loved and well taken care of. They even take 7 of them out into the open waters for exercise.

Visited August 2013
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Dolphin_Academy, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Academy Curacao, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
What about doing the Snorkel instead of the Swim, where the experience will be on a complete different level? Enjoying the dolphins under water, while being able to dive down with them and listen to the different sounds etc. Maybe even better to do them all :)

Thanks for the great review and hope to welcome you back soon.

Regards,

Dolphin Academy Team
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Sterling, Virginia
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“Swimming is a must!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

Everyone should book the swim with the dolphins instead of the dolphin encounter, unless you are physically unable to swim! We did the swim and the encounter and the dolphin swim is far superior!

The swim includes a video (in your language) with instructions on what not to do with the dolphins then you get your flippers and you are in the water with the dolphins. You do a lot of tricks and swim time with the dolphins. The amount of time spent was enough time in the water with them. our family took lots of pictures of us, and the staff showed them a better place to take pictures from.

We were part of the minority of english speaking (american) people that day so our group was very small. It also helped to book the 8 am swim. Its early but you get to be the first out there with the dolphins before it gets too hot out and they get tired.

This is part of the Seaquarium so you dont need to pay an extra entrance fee to get in, but people not doing anything with the Dolphin Academy will need to pay the fee. Must pay for parking there. ~$10

Stay for the exhibits and the dolphin show as well. The show is awesome and the main attraction of the place.

Visited July 2013
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Dolphin_Academy, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Academy Curacao, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Thank you very much for the review and recommendations. We must say the dolphins' well being is our number one priority and they are the ones running the place everyday. If they don't want to do a program/show they just don't and we don't force them either.

We also work with a rotation schedule where all dolphins will be doing different things during the day, including sessions where we only feed them and they don't have to do a program. In other words, we make sure the dolphins get plenty of rest and variation to keep them happy and healthy.

Once again, thanks for the review and we hope to see you back soon!
Btw, the parking is only $ 3,- per car.

Kind regards,

Dolphin Academy Team
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