This up-close-and-personal Dolphin Encounter takes you onto a platform in waist-deep water to meet these incredible creatures...and for them to meet you!
After an approximately 30-minute orientation with the instructors/trainers, you will step onto a special platform that will cover half of your body in water. From this shallow position, you will take turns meeting your new friend who will give you unlimited love, a handshake, and perhaps a little song and dance. You will be able to pet the dolphins and exchange looks.
It doesn't matter if you're 1 or 80 years old, you will enjoy this experience with your new friend. As groups are limited to only 20 members, it is important that you book this Grand Cayman excursion early to avoid disappointment. The dolphin segment is approximately 30 minutes. Professional photographers will be on hand taking pictures.
After your dolphin encounter, continue your Grand Cayman tour 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 excursion fee 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 Cayman 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 pre-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.
Reviewer: Kathy Blackman
This was a great excursion! We were a party of three and they made it worthwhile. Very knowledgeable about the dolphins. It was so much fun.
Reviewer: Jamie Estes
We had four adults in our group so we were placed in a group with no children - which was good for us because our activities were geared more to adults. It was a lot of fun and well worth the time. Only recommendation I have would be to work with the vendor to make the pictures more affordable and available.
Reviewer: Francine Hribar
I was very impressed with the Dolphin Encounter. I appreciated having professional photos of the encounter and the trainer and the dolphin that were in the water with me were wonderful. The turtle farm was educational and interesting. I enjoyed touring this facility.
Reviewer: Donald lienemann
Thank you for the memories. The entire staff was extremely friendly and helpful. They catered to my four-year-old and made it the most perfect excursion there was. Thank you again for everything
Well worth the money!!!