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“Swim with the Dolphins” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dolphin Bay
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Ranked #8 of 386 things to do in Dubai
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Dolphin Bay in Dubai is one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated dolphin habitats in the world. Here you can select from a range of dolphin interactions suitable for all ages and swimming abilities. Experiences range from standing in shallow water to swimming or scuba diving alongside these charismatic creatures. All Dolphin Bay packages also include access to Aquaventure Waterpark.
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Swim with the Dolphins”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

One of the most memorable things I have ever done! I highly recommend swimming with the Dolphins at Dolphin Bay (Atlantis on the Palm) the instructors are very friendly and the Dolphins are just such amazing creatures. I could not take the smile of my face the whole time.

Visited June 2012
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“Fantastic experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We booked Dolphin Bay direct through the Atlantis hotel before we left and it was well worth it.

We paid just under £300 for two adults and 1 child (6 years old). You select a day and time slot when you book.

On the day we ended up getting there about an hour eary but they fitted us in to the next session so we only had to wait 5 or 10 mins.

Once inside there is a 'talk' and some facts about the dolphins. You are then split into groups and given an instructor. You have wet suits provided and have to remove all jewellry and hair bands but you can wear caps.

The groups are no more than 10 people and there are two instructors. There is also someone in the water taking photos but you forget that they are there. You get lots of chances to touch and stroke the dolphins. You get a choice of dancing or playing with the dolphins, then you get to kiss the dolphin and then to cuddle the dolphin with your family. They make the dolphin 'talk' and splash you. It is great fun.

At the end of the experience, you get a free soft drink or water.

The photos really are great. They are expensive but not what I would have expected them to be - they are not wildly expensive. We got every photo that we appeared in, which was about 40 odd, on a stick (shaped as a dolphin!) plus 8 photos. You can get just one but this works out more expensive. They do lots of different deals so you can chose as many or as few as you want. They are excellent quality.

They are very good with young children. My little boy said that he did not want to kiss the dolphin but they were so good with him that he did do it and he enjoyed it so much, he got to have a tiny bit longer than everyone else!!

The whole experience only lasts 30 mins so make the most of it.

This was very well organised and a very worthwhile experience.

Visited August 2012
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Close encounter with the dolphins”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We took the deep water dolphin option and it was great. Excellent feeling being pulled around the pool by a dolphin.

Visited November 2012
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Wonderful encounter”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

One of the highlights of our stay in Dubai! We had booked the Royal Swim with the Dolphins, and we really got to spend a lot of time with the Dolphins, carrying, touching, hugging, getting a kiss, being pushed and being towed by a dolphin (Lisa). A beautiful experience! Of course, artificial, but still an opportunity to spending some time with an fascinating animal.

Visited October 2012
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“Wonderful!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

I had a wonderful time at the Dolphin Bay at Atlantis the Palm! It is a wonderful experience! They treat the dolphins really well and in my case, my mother didn't want to get into the water so she went as an observer! No problem! I would definitely go again!

Visited October 2012
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