I surprised my mother with a trip to swim with the dolphins, a 20 year dream of her's and this experience was no disappointment! Well, except for one hiccup.
I booked our shallow water experience at 9am, we had to book it from our Coral Tower hotel room all the way to the Dolphin Cay. We RAN and it took us almost 20 minutes to get there. We made it a few minutes after 9 but were then told we were scheduled for 9:25. I checked my email again to make sure I wasn't delusional, sure enough I DID book 9am but there was no notification to alert us our time had been bumped, we could've slowed our roll a little.
We waited a few minutes outside watching the dolphins train across the way. Once the rest of our group arrived, we were given wet suits and sat inside a room watching an informational video about how the dolphins were brought to Atlantis. After a couple loops of that video, Caleb came in and began getting us pumped up about seeing the dolphins! He explained the rules on how to handle them and gave us a bit more info. We then headed outside again to get started!
Our photographer, Ashley, took photos of everyone in their groups before the dolphins were brought over. I wish I could recall our two dolphin trainers names, they were AWESOME! I was so overwhelmed and excited I completely blanked when they told us. They were sooo kind and funny! Our group was pretty small so we all had many opportunities to pet the dolphins and get our pictures with them, we also got to give them their fish treats or as our trainer called them "Scooby snacks!" Haha! It was all around such a wonderful experience that the trainers truly made even better. The dolphins are so adorable and skilled!
At the end we went to shower off and retrieve our things from our lockers before going to the gift shop to look at photos. There's several different options but we landed on purchasing 6 digital images for around $90. The photos were so cute and what better way to commemorate your experience with such magical creatures? We can't WAIT to go back!
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