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“The quality of the experience depends on the size of your group”

Dolphin Discovery Tortola
Ranked #3 of 39 things to do in Road Town
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Dolphin Discovery invites you to live the dream of swimming with dolphins in the Caribbean paradise of Tortola. We offer a range of programs for all ages, a family-friendly adventure you will never forget.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed December 30, 2013

The dolphins are graceful and elegant; there is substantial hands-on play with multiple dolphins as long as you purchase the complete package. I am not a swimmer and felt entirely at ease interacting with the dolphins.

True, the facilities are not fantastic, but this island in general is substantially under-developed. Everything was clean and orderly, but in need of refurbishing.

The dolphins are treated with great respect. For one thing their their longevity is enhanced in a major way by having guaranteed food and medical care. When people come to facilities like this one and complain about the treatment of the dolphins, their hypocrisy is on display. Humans will go to incredible lengths to live a few extra months. Surely, we should be impressed by efforts that allow the dolphins to live an extended life. While I do not in any manner wish to underestimate quality of life, we have no credible testimony from dolphins suggesting that they prefer a brief life in the ocean.

Unless one lives near an ocean and has witnessed these beautiful creatures on a regular basis or can take a trip to Alaska or many venues where you can see them in the wild, facilities like this one are essential to democratizing the experience of sharing a sense of awe for the intelligence of these dolphins.

Our experience was with 6 other guests. Had we come an hour later we would have been in a small lake with 25 other guests. Consequently, they and we had 2 quite distinct experiences. The huge group spent most of their experience standing around watching others interact with the dolphins. HINT: Get there for the first experience at 10 AM. Personally, I would have felt ripped off had I paid the substantial ticket price and then been in a situation where I was primarily an audience member watching others one by one interact with the dolphins.

In all probability the photos are a major source of revenue for this facility. The package of photos that the staff pushes costs almost the same as the ticket to interact with the dolphins. Putting a price on recollections of memories is a matter of personal choice, but be forewarned.

One final note: Facilities like these are human creations; hence, they are not natural. To criticize the non-natural is to criticize eye glasses, condoms, and habitual altruism. Human constructions are not automatically negative. The dolphin discovery is arguably beneficial to humans and the dolphins.

2  Thank CTProf
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DolphinDiscovery, Social Media Affiliate at Dolphin Discovery Tortola, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2014

Hello, Thank you to share your experience with us and the travellers. We're happy to know that you had a great time with us. Thank you to visit Dolphin Discovery and taking time to let us know your feed back, we appreciate it. We invite you to visit us in your next holidays to enjoy this incredible experience again.

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Reviewed December 30, 2013

We visited The Dolphin Discovery as part of an organised tour from our cruise ship. All four of us were able to get in the lagoon and play with the dolphins, including being pulled along by Isla - a fantastic experience.

Although captive, the dolphins looked happy and well cared for and certainly seemed to enjoy interacting. The guides were great and interacted well with the kids. It was set up to be kid friendly and safe for all.

We found that the experience was tarnished by the extortionate price of the photographs. You could not buy a single picture but had to buy a pack. As such we didn't come home with any pictures as filming/cameras are strictly prohibited. The photo package offered started from $200 (for a CD and 12 x pictures). We really only wanted one of each of the kids.

This let the experience down.

2  Thank macmonkey123
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DolphinDiscovery, Social Media Affiliate at Dolphin Discovery Tortola, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2014

Hi! we're happy to know that you had a fantastic time with dolphins, thank you to taking time to let us know your feedback. We really appreciate it. To the other hand our photo prices are right to the market and pourchase the pictures is just an option and this incredible experience is more than pictures, it is a once in a lifetime experience that worth to live. Thanks again for your comments and we hope you come back soon with your family for another great experience.

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Reviewed December 29, 2013

We really did not know what to expect about this experience as we only had other peoples encounters to go off, and a kind of " fantasy imagination ", of what it would be like. We arrived early and in doing so were amongst the first people to enter the pools that the dolphins were held in. We were told that over 20 Dolphins were held here in their tank pools, with baby dolphins held in a separate pool. We opted for the Royal package ( $149 each ) which meant you spent longer in the pool with the Dolphins and performed more tricks with them. The Tricks and Stunts performed were amazing and to see up close, these wonderful creatures, again only fulfilled our previous imaginations. The 2 Dolphins that were in our pool were well into their 20's, which in Dolphin terms is very good, as in the wild they tend to die at 15. We were informed that in captivity, with good food and a vet supplying additional vitamins and drugs, that the Dolphins on this site, could expect to live till 40 years of age! I would have liked personally to have been given more information and insight into these magnificent creatures per Se, as we were on a site called Dolphin Discovery. All that aside, these gracious creatures will provide you memories of a lifetime......before i expand on that point, i wish to mention that as more and more people arrived there was a sense that we were the animals being pushed through a show that wasn't rehearsed for us and could feel a little intimidating. We even witness 2 " Trainers " arguing as to the fact the younger one was spending too much time talking with the customers and not getting to the point in the experience were he should be. Not nice to see, and made me feel sad that this young man's enthusiasm was being stifled by the need to keep the customers moving. At the end of the experience, and with everything said, you cannot help but to feel Elated. Its not a questions of ticking something off a bucket list, its an inner feeling of peace, that you feel, and reflect you have, if only at an attraction like this, spent some quality time with one of the worlds most incredulous creatures. The tricks and flips were great to watch, but to look at them closely and feel their silk-like skin and watch their gracious movements was truly a memory i will never forget.

As the Experience progress's, a photographer is shooting away taking pictures of the highlights. i.e. tricks jumps etc.They were all ready to view after you got dried off. There were 2 photographs already printed off and if my memory is correct, $49 was the asking price. A bit steep, but if you were willing to pay an extra $129, you could have a copy of all the photo's on cd from your experience, keep the photo's and be given a 2G pen drive in the shape of.......a dolphin!. This worked out cheaper for your memories on a pro-rata basis and decided that should have expected a sting in the tail, not expecting it to be a dolphins!

3  Thank ShaunMcVeigh
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Dolphin Discovery Tortola is a wonderful place. Their goal is to connect humans with dolphins in a manner that is just divine. Connecting with these beautiful animals is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. The dolphins are well cared for in every sense of their lives: social, emotional, physical, and intelligence. The love that radiates between humans and dolphins is just so beautiful! The experience is simply wonderful!

1  Thank Krystal77
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

We enjoyed everything dolphins are amazing creatures but my girl was looking forward to the pictures so much and just the price for one was really not reasonable . Not sure if am allowed to say but 35 for one picture wasa bit much if I know this before I would let her do the swim with the dolphins and I would stand out taking pictures for her but over app it was a good experience and I would tell people to do it ...

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