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Review of Dolphin Cay

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: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 7, 2014

This was a bucketlist item and needed to be done. The price doesn't outweigh the experience of playing, touching and feeding a dolphin. The handlers were kind and knowledgeable. The look on everyone's faces is priceless. If it's something you've wanted to be a part of, definitely take the time for this.

Thank lisaandkeary
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

We booked to go to Atlantis as a shore excursion from our cruise. We did a shallow water dolphin interaction & then went in to the water park. It was great, on the whole.

The dolphin encounter left me feeling a little hollow. It's a once in a life time thing and i'm glad i did it, but doubt i'll do it again. Especially having watched the documentary Blackfish on the plane on the way home! Not sure how i feel about highly intelligent and social creatures such as dolphins & whales being kept in these tiny tanks for human enjoyment. Anyway...

The trip was incredibly expensive and the photos at the park are insane; $70 for a handful of prints, $120 to add a CD and $150 for a memory stick. That's on top of the $250pp entry free! The day for just the 2 of us cost over $700 (£500) (a 1/3 of the total cost of the cruise!) so god knows how much it would cost for a family. And we didnt even eat there! Bottles of water are $4 so stock up before you get in!

The water park, however, is amazing. The set excursion time with the cruise company and the 90 minutes we spent at Dolphin Cay only gave us about 2 hours in the water park, which just isnt enough. The lazy river took at least 30 minutes and that was just one of the routes!! We sampled some of the other slides but didnt have time to do them all. We loved what we went on though.

I would return to Atlantis, but will skip Dolphin Cay and just do the water park.

Thank Selbyjake
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

Kids enjoyed their up close and personal encounter with the dolphins! Worth every penny! They have been wanting to do this for a long time so we finally let them. Wish we had done it sooner!

Thank Melissa R
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Although pricey for the amount of time you get, swimming with the dolphins was the favorite activity of 2 boys (10 and 12).

Thank Karnken
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

The only thing that made my stay at the Atlantis worth the money I paid if they didn't also charge me $155 for the Dolphin adventure. But it was amazing and fun.

1  Thank Margaret C
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