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“Amazing experience that I will never forget!”

Dolphin Discovery Puerto Aventuras
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Dolphin Dreams by Dolphin Discovery is the largest habitat in the Riviera Maya providing a unique experience with our friendly and playful dolphins, all of them born within our successful and worldwide recognized breeding program. Known as a luxury community, Puerto Aventuras is visited by international and local tourists seeking a warm, sunny and comfortable vacation distant from the crowds.
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Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

We visited dolphin discovery on 17th August and did the royal swim with sting ray and nurse shark fantasy snorkel.
We booked in a thomson store in the uk through attraction world. We were picked up from our hotel (tips for driver not included in transfer price like everywhere in Mexico). On arrival we were given a warm welcome with clear instructions as to where to get changed, leave our belongings in the free lockers and were given a ticket saying what time we would be picked up afterwards. We went to the waiting area and were given life jackets. We were then given instructions as to hand positioning to signal the dolphins etc and we were told what exactly each signal would give us. We did the kiss (cheek and mouth), dance and hand touch on the pontoon and the hug, dorsal fin pull and foot push in the water. Our photographer was elfan (sorry if wrong) and our trainers were both called Eduardo. Now the details have been given I will explain the experience itself. We were given plenty of time to familiarise ourselves with the dolphins as they swam up to us and we stroked them etc, the dolphins are very well looked after and you can tell they are happy. For the people who have moaned and said that the water is disgusting, it is a marina connected to the sea (a dolphin's natural habitat) if you wanted crystal clear blue water go to a place that cruelly gets dolphins swimming in pools. The water was sea water so yes, there was seaweed/algae and fish in there so it smelt a bit but who cares!? The experience was amazing! The foot push and dorsal fin pull are incredible and so exhilarating, you feel so unbelievably close to the dolphins, we were in a group of 8 people and we were all included at all points and even when some were swimming out to get ready for the foot push etc, the rest on the pontoons got to interact with the dolphins and learn about them (their tails are heavy!).
After the dolphin swim we were taken to the area with the sharks and stingrays. All of them stayed away (the sharks stayed on the bottom and the stingrays remained low so you couldn't touch them). This was not a patch on the dolphin swim but it didn't take away from the experience. Overall we were with the dolphins for around an hour non-stop and we were with the sharks and sting rays for about 15 minutes.
The photograph prices we were dreading but our photographer gave us a deal where we got a DVD of all 76 of our photos (2 of us) and 2 print outs for 1300 pesos which is about £65 so nowhere near the £100 other reviews had led us to believe, the photos are of a very high standard and I will treasure them forever as they capture a dream I have had since I was little. Lunch was included in our package and it was enough for what we needed. Dolphin discovery was amazing and I would recommend it without hesitation!

Thank Pebbles270
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Lots of interaction with the dolphins. The experience lasts approx 1 hour and this involved holding a hoop for the dolphins to jump through, kissing the dolphins, holding the fins, stroking, push on a boogie board and being pulled along by the dolphins.

Thank Lynn R
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

We recently visited Dolphin Discovery and had an amazing time. We all swam with dolphins and would recommend this attraction to anyone visiting the area and wants to experience it. Fabulous !

Thank n5002013
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

The dolphins and manatees appeared well cared for and in good health. The staff seemed to have a nice connection with the animals. We enjoyed our romp with them. You must be comfortable in the water to play with the animals. The photo package was a rip off although we were able to negotiate the price down some.

Thank 2Textralians
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

After a fabulous experience of swimming with the dolphins we were very excited to view and purchase pictures to show our family when returning home. After recieving a quote of $260 usd for the photos putting onto a cd we felt very disappointed. We were initially told that this price was unnegotiable but after stating that we would only be prepared to pay $100 (still very over priced for 25 photos burning into a cd) they quickly reduced the price to $130. We would of loved to have the pictures from this experience but unfortunately we we out priced and many other customers felt the same.

Thank Sarahdenise123
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