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Dolphin Cay
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Sometimes the best way to describe something is by saying what it isn't. Dolphin Cay isn't an aquarium, it's not an entertainment facility, and it doesn't stage marine shows. Opened in 2007 in response to a need to provide a safe haven for 16 stranded dolphins whose home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, Dolphin Cay is one of the world's largest open-air, man-made marine mammal habitats. Located on the west side of the Atlantis, Paradise Island property, the 14-acre environment includes an 11-acre lagoon complete with coves and sandy beaches, 7 connected "residential" pools, a state-of-the-art education center, an animal rescue-rehabilitation hospital, an animal pharmacy, a quarantine, and a separate sea lion center. Dolphin Cay is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA), and the International Marine Animal Trainers' Association (IMATA). Through its partnerships with the University of Florida's School of Veterinary Medicine and University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Dolphin Cay plays an active role in the development of the advanced research and knowledge about marine mammals. Every visit to Dolphin Cay supports the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, creating and promoting solutions for a wide range of marine conservation challenges from coral reef degradation to marine species in decline.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed January 28, 2013

We had trouble getting into our room at first (3000 of us all arrived at once, and can you blame them!) Anyways. They made it "right" by giving us a voucher to go to the Dolphin Cay (said: KEY). It was wonderful. I highly recommend you do this with your family as an excursion.

1  Thank JulieK007
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

My husband and I did an excursion at Atlantis Dolphin Cay in Nassau Bahamas. We did the deep water swim with the dolphins. We had a great time and would recomend it and will probably do it again. We came from a cruise ship for our excursion. We met on the pier and then was taken by shuttle to paradise Island. There is a bit of a walk from the pier to the shuttle . So if you cannot walk far I would reconsider. When we arrived at Atlantis we got off of the shuttle and then walked again thru Atlantis Casino and part of the hotel to get to Dolphin Cay.Again this is a bit of a walk and fast paced. Once we arrived at Dolphin Cay we were taken to the locker area and given a snorkel set to use and a wet suit to wear while swimming with the dolphins.There are nice bathroom facilities and a nice changing area with showers.They have beach towels to dry off with there as well .They provide a nice locker to keep your personal items in. Once everyone in our group was ready we were taken to a room for a short film and information about the dolphins. For those of you wondering about the group size we had twelve in our group which from what I saw was standard. Once we saw the film we were taken to the beach area. The shallow swim as well as deep water swim is done in the same general vicinity.We were taken about waist deep and introduced to three dolphines. We each got to rub , touch , kiss, and hug a dolphine. Our pictures were taken with the dolphine as well. once eveyone was finished touching the dolphines we were given a device that you hold in your hands that propels you thru and under the water. So you are able to dive down deeper or if you choose stay on top of the water. We swam out into about a 25 to 30 depth and we free swam around with the dolphines for about twenty or thirty minutes . We then swam over to another side where the water was about waist deep and were given a wake board. Each of us in turn were pushed thru the water to the other side by a dolphine. Pictures were taken the whole time. Afterwards we changed back into our street clothes and given a bottled water . We were supposed to go thru the gift shop to get out picture card . If you dont have money that day they you can go online later and get your pictures . So it is important to get the card with a number on it so you can locate your pictures online later. We had a wonderful time everything was great. I loved the dolphines ,The trainers were friendly. no pressure , no embarrassment , just fun . I loved it

19  Thank Ltuma
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

This was super great fun! While the adventure was expensive (part of a shore excursion on Disney Cruise), I feel like it was so worth it! John and Doyle were the staff that went through our dolphin adventure and they were more than GREAT. John especially went well above and beyond! It was fun to interact with the dolphins and ever some very young children were in our group and enjoyed it too! The pictures are priceless!

Thank Donna H
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We had a great time. We would not do it again, simply because it was pricey and its the kind of thing that you've done once...don't need to do it again.

Be prepared to squeeze into a tight, uncomfortable water suit!

You don't really 'swim' with dolphins, but you do pet, hug and kiss them. haha

A good couple hours of fun.

Thank blt3116
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Feel like a kid! Such an amazing way to make you feel wonderful! These trainers and dolphins that were rescued and the others born here are so happy here. They express how you feel here!

Thank Crdbarn
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