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Dolphin Encounter and Chankanaab National Marine Park

Price: $85.00
Children ages 1 - 7 OR under 3'11" must be accompanied by 1 paying adult (18+) per child. Children 8+ OR over 3'11" can swim on their own if an adult is present. All children swimming without 1 adult per child MUST pay adult price.
This tour operates Monday through Saturday.
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The Dolphin Encounter at Chankanaab Marine Park

This dolphin encounter excursion is ideal for children of all ages. Enjoy a personal and unforgettable interaction with these fascinating marine mammals on this Cozumel excursion. Enjoy the experience of a lifetime as you interact with dolphins in a sensational and safe environment.

The Cozumel tour program begins with an explanation of dolphins, how they live and what makes them so interesting.

After donning life jackets, you will enter the water with your trainer by descending a set of stairs onto a submerged platform. The water is approximately waist deep on an adult. You will then have the opportunity to touch the dolphins and even receive a kiss from them. A professional photographer will be on hand to take pictures of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Your tour ticket includes admission to Chankanaab National Marine Park. Guests can arrive at any time and make use of the facilities at the park. The park offers a beach, swimming pool, and snorkel area. Restrooms and showers are available. Beach chairs and snorkel gear can be rented. There is a restaurant offering food and drinks for sale. On most days, you can catch a thrilling Sea Lion Show or a Dolphin Presentation. Be sure to check the schedule when you arrive for shows on that day. There is also a Manatee Exhibition and self-guided Archaeological Tour available. Guests in your party who will not be participating in the dolphin activity should book the "An Adventure in Chankanaab" tour in order to enter the park. Explore the Chankanaab National Marine Park and encounter its amazing wildlife on this fun Cozumel shore excursion!

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Active, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration
1+ Hours
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Shore Excursion Leaves From
A 15-minute taxi ride (not included) is required to reach your departure location. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon 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.
Children ages 1 to 7 years old OR under 3 feet 11 inches must be accompanied by one participating adult (18 years or older) per child. Children ages 8 years old or older OR over 3 feet 11 inches can participate on their own, but they 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.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 26 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsFun Experience-- Watch Out for the Photo PricesMarch 23, 2019

Reviewer: Kimberly Brummer
My husband & I took our kids (7, 5, 3) to the Dolphin Encounter.They were able to interact with the dolphin.The dolphin swam back & forth several times in front of the line of people in our group, so we were able to touch it several times.I wish the trainer would have had the dolphin do a few more tricks for us (jumping/making noises) and had given us a few more facts about dolphins or their breeding program during our encounter. Also, we also were able to get in the water with the manatees & touch them as we walked around their enclosure.The photo prices were ridiculous! Budget several hundred $$ or barter with them-- that's what we needed to do to leave with some pictures. We skipped the rest of the Marine Park. A buffet lunch was also included-- not the best food, but it helped us make sure our kids weren't starving before we made our way back to the shops, port and the ship. Would I do it again? Absolutely! Using Shore Excursions saved us money too!

4 StarsNice Resort but expensiveDecember 14, 2018

Reviewer: Tammy Bresnahan
The marine park itself was not so great, but the dolphin and manatee is really what you are there for and that was excellent. The park had a beach for snorkeling and scuba diving, also a swimming pool and small kiddie beach. Place gets crowded so get there early. Dolphin encounter was wonderful. Gave it 4 stars, because price of pictures were ridiculous. $45 US per picture, per person and no family photos! Or you can buy the extra package of $290 US and get all the photos. No way of getting close to dock or dolphins for pictures. I simply did not budget for this and I'm disappointed that I left this experience with no photos.

5 StarsExcellent trip,but after sale items are priceyJanuary 15, 2018

Reviewer: Andrea
We really liked this excursion. They were well organized, well trained animals. You cannot take your own pictures and their photo shop is very expensive! However, if you walk away and hang around a bit, they will drop the price significantly. So do not buy it right away!

4 StarsNot a swimmer but enjoyed thisDecember 31, 2017

Reviewer: Tim Bowers
I do not swim and was leery of being in the water but had a life vest on and stood along the side where there was a walkway in the water and I could hold on. It was really something being so close and touching the dolphin. A good experience.

5 StarsTerrific excursionJuly 22, 2017

Reviewer: Mariella Palmer
The entire family from ages 7 to 73 thoroughly enjoyed this dolphin adventure. Our trainer not only had each of us pet and kiss the dolphin but gave us some education about them too. The beach areas were perfect for different age groups. The 2 youngest saw fish and hermit crabs in a shallow lagoon. I enjoyed snorkeling -it was terrific. Lunch and lockers were included and great pictures were available for purchase.

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