Dolphin Encounter and Turtle Farm

Grand Cayman Turtle Farm Excursion w/ Dolphin Encounter
Price: $109.00
Children 3'11" and under must be accompanied by 1 paying adult (18+) per child. Children over 4' may swim on their own if an adult is present. All children swimming without 1 adult per child, ages 13+, or taller than 4'7" MUST pay adult price.
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Summary
Shore Excursion SizeSmall
Shore Excursion TypeActive, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration1 Hour 30 Minutes
Activity LevelEasy
Shore Excursion Leaves FromA 15 minute taxi ride (not included, approximately $25 US each way) from the ship pier. Full details will be provided upon booking confirmation.
Food/Beverage ProvidedNot Included
Recommended DressWe recommend wearing a swimsuit under comfortable clothing and shoes. A towel, sunglasses, and biodegradable sunscreen (for after the dolphin portion) is recommended. Sunblock, jewelry, watches, rings, bracelets, or any object which might scratch the dolphin is not permitted in the water with the dolphins.
RestrictionsThe MINIMUM AGE to participate is 1 year old and the MINIMUM HEIGHT is 2 feet 11 inches. All participants must meet BOTH requirements. Infants (under 6 years old) may attend the tour free of charge with advanced notice at the time of booking if they are accompanied by 2 participating adults (18 years or older). Children 3 feet 11 inches and shorter must be accompanied by one participating adult (18 years or older) per child. Children (12 and under) over 4 feet tall must have an adult present (participating or observing) at the dolphin facility. If any children are participating on their own (without at least 1 adult per child), they must be counted as an adult at booking. Pregnant women may not participate in this tour. You do not need to be a swimmer to participate in this program. All participants are required to wear a life jacket. Sunblock, jewelry, watches, rings, bracelets, or any object which might scratch the dolphin is not permitted in the water with the dolphins. The instructors have the final say on what can and cannot be worn in the water with the dolphins. 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.
Tour Details

Dolphin Encounter and Turtle Farm

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. 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.

Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Active, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From
A 15 minute taxi ride (not included, approximately $25 US each way) from the ship pier. Full details will be provided upon booking confirmation.
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing a swimsuit under comfortable clothing and shoes. A towel, sunglasses, and biodegradable sunscreen (for after the dolphin portion) is recommended. Sunblock, jewelry, watches, rings, bracelets, or any object which might scratch the dolphin is not permitted in the water with the dolphins.
Restrictions
The MINIMUM AGE to participate is 1 year old and the MINIMUM HEIGHT is 2 feet 11 inches. All participants must meet BOTH requirements.

Infants (under 6 years old) may attend the tour free of charge with advanced notice at the time of booking if they are accompanied by 2 participating adults (18 years or older). Children 3 feet 11 inches and shorter must be accompanied by one participating adult (18 years or older) per child. Children (12 and under) over 4 feet tall must have an adult present (participating or observing) at the dolphin facility. If any children are participating on their own (without at least 1 adult per child), they must be counted as an adult at booking.

Pregnant women may not participate in this tour. You do not need to be a swimmer to participate in this program. All participants are required to wear a life jacket. Sunblock, jewelry, watches, rings, bracelets, or any object which might scratch the dolphin is not permitted in the water with the dolphins. The instructors have the final say on what can and cannot be worn in the water with the dolphins. 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.
5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  16 ReviewsReview This Tour
Great experience
March 24, 2020
We had a lot of fun on this excursion. Dolphins are always fun and there were a lot of turtles to see!
Reviewer: Jesse Chai
5 Stars
Great experience with my 3yr old!
March 23, 2020
Our scheduled time was 1pm, we embarked our ship at 10am as there was no immediate rush (which was nice). The shuttle stopped at a beach and then to the Dolphin Center. Drive was about 20 min $6/person. We checked in & told to come back at 1:30pm. Went to turtle farm across the street & when we went back a worker went over the arm signals we would do with the dolphins. I had to carry my son into the water as it would have been over his head, water was about 4’ deep. I was able to hold him in front of me and he floated. The instructor was amazing! We each had a turn to do each of the signals with the dolphin. After the kids in the group went we sat them on the dock so the adults could go. Signals included giving & getting a kiss, dancing with the dolphin (hold fins), rubbing their belly, putting your hand up high for them to reach it with their nose. We had a blast! After we were shown the overpriced photo packages & caught a bus for the way back as we were told the taxi was pricey.
Reviewer: Krisoula
5 Stars
Great experience
December 17, 2019
We really enjoyed our excursion. The company did try to up sell us on site. (We said no). The dolphins were humanely treated and very playful. We especially loved the turtle farm. It was small but the turtles!!! Huge huge turtles and teeny tiny ones. So amazing to see them. Again small but incredible.
Reviewer: Erin Kanagy
5 Stars
Fun!
September 04, 2019
We had a great time with the dolphins and Turtles! The only thing I didn't like and would like to warn everyone about is the Taxi's! If you can find any other means of transportation to the see the dolphins and Turtles do so! They totally take advantage of you!
Reviewer: Tonya Nilson
4 Stars
Wonderful afternoon
June 13, 2019
We had a wonderful afternoon swimming with the dolphins then walking through the turtle farm. We caught a cab at the port ($8/person) and went there about two hours before our scheduled time of 1pm. The dolphin place let us join an earlier group, this helped us relax and not feel rushed to get back to the ship. The dolphin swim was great and I ended up liking it more than I expected. The staff was patient and helped everyone feel at ease and they handled the dolphins with total confidence. The picture package was too expensive so we didn’t buy anything. The turtle farm was amazing. I wish we had been able to spend more time there, I would like to go back some day. We caught a ride on a public bus ($2.50/person). It took us through residential areas and it felt very safe, but it took a little longer to get back to the port than a cab would have. Overall it was a wonderful afternoon and we had no problems on our excursion.
Reviewer: JD Skinner
5 Stars
Well Done
May 07, 2018
The public transportation was used to our surprised and was a pleasant surprise on getting to and from our destination. The farm and experience is well worth the time and travel. Staff very organized!!
Reviewer: Don Chesmer
5 Stars