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Review of Dolphin Cove

Dolphin Cove
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Shuttle Service from Runaway Bay Hotels to Ocho Rios Attractions
Ranked #9 of 68 things to do in Ocho Rios
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Owner description: This magnificent property has a natural cove which is surrounded by 5 acres of lush tropical rain forest. Visitors have the opportunity to interact and "Swim With" dolphins, enjoying the thrill and love of these amazing lovable animals. Visitors can also swim with, hold, feed and learn about the evolutionary secrets of the Caribbean sharks. Visitors can capture their dream of being a dolphin trainer by taking the challenge of being "Sea Keeper" for the day. Voted as Jamaica's Number One Attraction for a reason. Come for the day, for memories of a lifetime.
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2013

We booked the Ultimate Dolphin Swim directly through the website and rented a car for the drive from Montego Bay because we did not want to be crammed on a bus for 3+ hours with other people. Omar Brown from the reservations department was always very quick to respond via email and thorough with his answers. On the off-chance, we asked if they had a military discount and after providing proof, we were extremely surprised and pleased with a whopping 40% discount! (pretax $117/person vs $195)

Upon arrival we were checked in and signed our waivers within 5 minutes, then we were given our wristbands and told where the bathrooms and lockers were. Locker rental is fairly expensive considering you use it only for a few hours; $5 deposit for the key+$11 for the large locker. At our start time we were given vests along with verbal and picture instructions for how to interact with the dolphins before heading over to the dolphin enclosure. The dolphin interaction (in water) portion lasts only about 30 minutes, but was well worth the discounted rate we paid. The Ultimate Swim includes: touch/rub the dolphins, dolphin kiss (2 dolphins same time), double dorsal fin pull (2 dolphins, 1 on each side), and double nose push (2 dolphins same time, push the bottom of your feet making you stand up/walk on water), along with the usual dolphin tricks, flips, jumps, and "singing."

They do not allow you to take pictures or video yourself, but the whole time you're in the water with the dolphins, there is a staff member videoing/taking pictures that you can view afterwards and are optional to buy. Now these videos/pictures are extremely over priced, but depending on your budget and how special your trip is (i.e. our honeymoon) it may still be a self imposed mandatory item. We ended up buying the top package that included the DVD and a CD with all of our pictures on it for pretax $99, but they also have single pictures or just the DVD available.

After we finished the dolphin swim, we did some of the other included activities like swimming with/holding stingrays, watching the shark show, and holding parrots/macaws before leaving. One thing we noticed was that the little shops along the shark/dolphin enclosures had higher prices than the main gift shop that is mandatory to walk through to exit the facility; for example we bought a little pirate themed plastic "snow globe" for $12 down by the dolphins, but saw the exact same item in the main gift shop for only $8. Also, the shops near the dolphins were selling "Walkerswood" Jamaican sauces, but they won't/don't have any that you can try before buying; I took the employees word for it that one of the Spicy Jerk Seasoning bottles was very spicy, but it is actually very weak!

Visited May 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Swimming with the Dolphins”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

The Cove had a variety of activities to participate in including swimming with the sharks and encounters with stingrays. Of course, neither of those were activities I wanted to participate in. Also available was an activity with camels.

Visited June 2013
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Cerritos, California, United States
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Swimming with the Dolphins”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

A little pricey - but we got an upgrade for free. We did the ultimate swim, which was a lot of fun. Total time with the dolphins is about 30 minutes. You cant bring your camera in with the dolphins or the rays, so you are forced to buy their pictures. Overall, a really fun experience.

Visited May 2013
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Baton Rouge
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7 attraction reviews
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“Great Experience”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

We did the dolphin encounter, because I can't swim. It was great..... the instructors are very professional, and entertaining. They also have other activities , all included in the price. Shark show , motor boat ride, petting zoo with bird feeding , sheep , and reptiles. The food was good too. Straight off the grill. Definitely a must go .....

Visited June 2013
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Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Love the new dolhin Cove”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

I truly enjoyed our trip to Dolphin Cove for my birthday last year.,It was a very memorable occasion. I was able to do the touch programme as well as the Sting Ray encounter, it really make you feel like you have transcended to another level.

Visited July 2012
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