Swimming with dolphins has been on my bucket list since as long as I can remember. My family of five and I visited the Dolphin Discovery location to participate in the Ultimate Dolphin swim package (purchased with resort credits from Playacar Palace). The experience was free with the credits, but there was still a $15 per person fee for the drop-off and pick-up.
First, it should be noted that this is more than dolphins. This beautiful marina area is home to many dolphins, sea lions, manatees, and sting rays! All of which can be viewed no matter what package you purchase. I thought it was wonderful that we were also able to enjoy seeing the sea lion put on a little show (including teaching it's baby to swim!!) even though it was not part of our package.
For the actual Ultimate Dolphin excursion, I can really say we had a great time. Our dolphin guide was Priscilla, and she was excellent with both us and the dolphins. The dolphin kissed us on the lips and cheek, danced with us, we held it like a baby (they even close their eyes during this), the dolphin spun us around, and we also were able to ride the dolphin! They also gave us goggles so we could go under and watch the dolphins swim. Which brings me to my next point...
My GOD, was the water disgusting. Not only was it murky and swarming with algae, but the rail on which you stand is COVERED in furry algae. It was very distracting from the experience because I was thinking of how absolutely grossed out I was by this. So, my suggestion, BRING WATER SHOES. It will at least help a little. I saw other groups doing a different dolphin excursion, and they were in crystal clear water. That would have been much more enjoyable.
Finally, the photos. The whole experience is really centered around you getting your photo taken. And, I will say, they photos are pretty good. However, Dolphin Discovery wanted $25 PER PICTURE or $250 for the disc of my family of five's photos. Outrageous.
Overall, a really great experience with some wonderful animals.
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