Dolphin Encounter and Chankanaab National Marine Park

Cozumel Dolphin Encounter at Chankanaab Marine Park | Port Cruise Excursion
Price: $89.00
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.
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Active, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration 1+ Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 5 to 10 minute taxi ride (not included, approximately $15 US to $20 US each way) is required to reach your departure location.
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 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.

The Dolphin Encounter at Chankanaab Marine Park

This Chankanaab Dolphin encounter 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 Chankanaab Dolphin encounter 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!

4.5 Stars4.6 / 5  |  31 ReviewsReview This Tour
Great fun for the fam!
December 13, 2022
We loved the dolphin encounter! Each member of one party got to do another 5 commands to interact with the dolphins. The guide was great with them and with each person. We also unexpectedly got to get into another section and see and touch a manatee while another guide talked about him. After our encounter we enjoyed the sea lion show and then had the buffet lunch. Food was not very impressive but I appreciated that it and the drinks were included. We enjoyed the pool and the swim up bar. There was a snorkel area and I believe jet skis but we didn’t do any of that. If the food had been better, 5 stars for sure!
Reviewer: Jeanice Harrison
4 Stars
Amazing Experience
April 03, 2020
We had so much fun swimming with the dolphins...our instructor was not only super nice but extremely funny! Upon arrival, we weren’t quite sure what to expect; upon our departure, we felt this was the very best excursion on our trip. We had such a blast!!!
Reviewer: Brenda Allred
5 Stars
Great experience but too expensive to capture it
December 04, 2019
My family had so much fun spending time with our dolphin. My 1 yr old was even able to participate, the dolphin staff was great with him. However, the photos have to be purchased since you're not allowed any on your phone and the package you have to buy is in the upper $200s. Otherwise you just get to buy 1 photo for $45.
Reviewer: Rosemarie Juarez
4 Stars
Great excursion
September 05, 2019
We had a great time and got lots of great pictures with the dolphins. Highly recommend this excursion.
Reviewer: Stephanie Frazee
5 Stars
fun day with Dolphins
August 15, 2019
Reviewer: ravikiran Donthamsetty
5 Stars
Fun Experience-- Watch Out for the Photo Prices
March 23, 2019
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!
Reviewer: Kimberly Brummer
4 Stars