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“Been Twice-great and not so great”

Dolphin Discovery Isla Mujeres
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Parker, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Been Twice-great and not so great”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

We have to here twice. The first time was fantastic! Our dolphin handler was great! She interacted with us so we'll and the dolphins paid close attention to her. We encouraged everyone (who had not traveled with us the first trip) to go with us to Dolphin Discovery because of how much fun we had. Well, the return visit wasn't near as much fun. Our handler the second time wasn't near as friendly and the dolphins wouldn't behave. We missed out on a lot of the activities with the dolphins (some more than others) because the dolphins kept "disappearing". So I guess your experience depends on your handler......

Visited December 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Dolphin interaction was fantastic - the rest of the operation needs work”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

This is a can't miss experience. The actual time with the dolphins was absolutely incredible. We selected the middle package and were able to spend about an hour in the water with the dolphins in a small group of 8 people. We each got to do several activities with the dolphins, including an amazing ride through the water while holding the dolphins fins. So soft and smooth, and such gentle creatures!

All of the dolphin wonderfulness aside, the rest of the experience was a struggle at best. With the exception of the dolphin trainers who were great, this company is very poorly organized. Lots of lines, waiting around for them to figure out what is happening. Food was terrible, a disgusting buffet that did not feel particularly clean. We got caught in a torrential downpour just before it was time to head back on the boat, and consequently, everyone wanted to get off of the island. So, since no one was going to ride on top due to the rain, they packed hordes of people inside the boat, hot, wet, steamy, and seasick. An experience I hope not to repeat anytime soon!

All of this aside, it was still worth it for such an amazing experience with dolphins. With how expensive it is, one would think that they could hire a few extra staff to make things run more smoothly, and upgrade the food to edible quality.

Visited November 2013
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Pomona, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Awesome close encounter with the dolphins :)”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

It was a trip of a lifetime! :)
We stayed at the Oasis Cancun and took a tour boat from Cancun to Isa Mujeres, which was relatively close to our hotel. Then at the tour boat they serve you drinks, which was very nice.
We paid for the cheaper dolphin encounter. We were part of a group of 10 people. We all had a chance to interact with the dolphin and have a picture taken. We had a mama and baby dolphin in the pool we were assigned. It was so cute to watch! :)) It is one of those beautiful memories from Isla Mujeres that we will always cherish for a lifetime.

Visited August 2013
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St. Clairsville, Ohio
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49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Interesting enjoyable Day!”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

Excellent well laid out park. Facilities are well maintained. Beautiful surroundings and a relaxing enjoyable place. Take the glass bottom "Nautibus" boat tour to the reef. Swim with dolphins. Enjoy the pool and dining. Makes for a great day.

Visited November 2013
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Quintana Roo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Friendly staff and friendly dolphins!”
Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

A very organized program! Despite the negatives of dolphin programs, these mammals don't seem stressed and interact and perform well. I took the first swim of the day with friends and we made a day if it. There are swimming pools on the property and an all day buffet and open bar. A great day!

Visited May 2013
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