Dolphin Royal Swim and Turtle Farm
This up-close-and-personal Dolphin Royal Swim takes you onto a platform in waist-deep water to meet these incredible creatures...and for them to meet you!
The program begins with an approximately 30-minute orientation, including a briefing about these amazing dolphins, and an explanation of the activities you will experience with them.
After stepping onto a submerged platform, you will be able to interact with the dolphins in waist-deep water including the very popular Dolphin Kiss Photo.
Next, you will enter the water (life jackets required) for a speedy pull through the water as you hold onto their dorsal fins. Next is the highlight of your time with the dolphins, the Foot Push. Feel all their strength as they push you up and through the water by the bottoms of your feet.
Each session is one hour, with 30 minutes of swim time. Group size is limited to 10 people to ensure that you have a very personal experience.
Professional photographers will capture these magical moments for you on video and photo during your Grand Cayman excursion.
After your Dolphin Encounter, continue the fun with your included admission to the Turtle Farm, one of Grand Cayman's greatest tourist attractions known around the world for its conservation programs, public awareness and entertainment. The farm includes over 500 turtles, separated in tanks that show the progressive stages as they age. You will learn about turtle gender, reproduction and the programs to keep them from becoming extinct. There is also a touch tank and many opportunities for photos of the turtles. The farm is located adjacent to the Dolphin Encounter.
Your Dolphin Encounter also entitles you to a discounted admission ($20 US per person) to the Boatswain's Beach Park Here, you will find two swimming lagoons, a nature trail with a small cave system, Predator's Reef with sharks, groupers and eels, a lagoon for a snorkeling experience and an aviary with Caymanian and Caribbean birds flying freely in an enclosed setting. Don't miss Cayman Street, with traditional buildings featuring distinctive, locally designed porches, doorways, gardens and local artisans, as well as restaurants and gift shops. There is certainly enough to make this a full day of fun for all ages.
In order to allow you to tour at your own speed at the Turtle Farm and/or the park, fees for the taxi to and from the Dolphin Park are not included in the tour price. Taxi for the 15-minute drive between downtown and the Dolphin Park should cost you approximately $25 US each way for the vehicle. Most taxis can hold up to four guests. This gives you the ability to return at your leisure. Just make sure to return before your ship's last tender time from shore.
There is no cost for observers for the dolphin portion only and no need to reserve; you simply pay for transportation to and from the Dolphin Park. Observers must pay to visit the turtle farm or Boatswains Park. The facility has lockers, changing rooms, freshwater showers and a snack bar.
Children (12 and under) over 4' tall must have an adult present (participating or observing) at the dolphin facility.
Pregnant women are not allowed to participate. All participants should be competent swimmers and comfortable with the use of mask, fins and snorkel. Each person is required to wear a life jacket. Do not wear sunblock during this program. For security reasons, personal cameras are not allowed in the water, nor in the program area. A professional photographer will be on hand to take pictures, which will be available for purchase.
Reviewer: Terry Ryckman
We did the Dolphin swim and stingray package and it was absolutely the best excursion of the whole cruise. Recommend the swim over the encounter package. Our group was only six people and trainer Annie was great and very informative. Encounter groups were much larger and less interaction with the dolphin. Photo package pricey but using your own camera not permitted. Highly recommend!!
Reviewer: Colleen Jerger
This was a fun, professional, interactive excursion that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Thanks for the memories
Wonderful Host/Leader-Carlos! He was very helpful, fun, informative & I love the pictures I came home with...the turtle farm seemed sad, but maybe turtles don't need so much room to have a good life? I could have enjoyed a talk about them, but that didn't seem to be offered.
Reviewer: Tim & Barb Kotesovec
There are groups of people coming and going all day. We purchased this excursion prior to boarding the cruise ship. The group that signed up after boarding had 15 people, while we only had 4. Both groups had the same amount of time, so having only 4 in our group allowed us mush more personal time to be with and Play with the dolphins. We had a great time. They we really good with a handicapped guest from another group. Two thumbs up here!
Reviewer: Kathy Powell
What a wonderful experience. As we exited the boat there were taxi/buses who took us to the facility. once at the facility we were treated to a most memorable experience. we swam in the infant pool with precious dolphins. the sea turtles were very impressive. and right across the street.