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Dolphins - The Royal Swim at Chankanaab

Price: $169.00
Children 8+ OR over 3'11" must be accompanied by 1 paying adult (18+) per child. Children 10+ OR over 4'7" can swim on their own (with no other children), but MUST pay adult price.
This tour operates Monday through Saturday.
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Chankanaab National Marine Park is the perfect setting for your dolphin Cozumel excursion. The park offers incredible snorkeling, diving, restaurants, and a beautiful beach, in addition to an unforgettable Royal Swim with dolphins.

This exciting program really gets you up close and personal with these friendly marine mammals. You will start with a briefing about the dolphins and an explanation of the activities you will experience. You will then enter the water on a submerged platform from which you will be able to interact with the dolphins, including the very popular dolphin kiss photo.

From the platform, you will proceed into deeper water (life jackets required) for a speedy dorsal tow ride through the water, holding tightly onto their fins. Next is what most guests consider the highlight of their time with the dolphins - the foot push. You will be propelled through the water by the dolphins as they push you on 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.

Please Note: The park admission is included in your dolphin tour. Guests in your party who will not be participating in the dolphin activity (including children under 8 years old who are unable to participate in this activity) should book the "An Adventure in Chankanaab" tour in order to enter the park. Guests can arrive at any time and make use of the facilities at the park. Your dolphin encounter begins at the time on your ticket. Transportation to and from the park is not included, so you can come and go when you please.

Shore Excursion Size
Small Group
Shore Excursion Type
Water/Beach, Active
Shore Excursion Duration
2+ 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.
The MINIMUM AGE to participate is 8 years old. Children at least 8 years old OR over 3 feet 11 inches must be accompanied by one participating adult (18 years or older) per child. Children at least 10 years old OR over 4 feet 7 inches tall can participate on their own (with no other children) when counted as an adult at booking. Children under 8 years old who are unable to participate in this tour may book a different dolphin tour or the "Adventure in Chankanaab" tour to gain entry to the park.

Pregnant women may not participate in this tour. All participants should be competent swimmers. Each person is 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 Stars5Based On 27 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsHighlight of our tripApril 27, 2019

Reviewer: Misty L Jamesen
The facility was beautiful and the food was good too. But, most of all this was our favorite part of the entire trip. Swimming with dolphins was amazing and all the things you get to do with them individually. We were not going to buy any pictures because they were so expensive but, after doing the experience it was priceless. Buy a picture package before you do the swim it is cheaper. I would for sure do this again, it was incredible! Only do the Royal swim (VIP) it's the best! Dont try to save money on doing less of a tour, it's worth it.

5 StarsSwimming with dolphins April 18, 2019

Reviewer: Carrie Errer
Awesome experience! Would highly recommend this excursion to everyone.


Reviewer: Lisa Grantham
Swimming with the dolphins at Chankanaab was absolutely the most fun I’ve ever had! Our guide was wonderful, the professional photographer was outstanding! Being pushed by 2 dolphins by my feet was so incredible - I was able to stand up while they pushed! Was definitely worth it and I would not hesitate to do it again next time. The cd of photos is a lifetime keepsake! Well worth your time and money!

5 StarsFantasticApril 23, 2018

Reviewer: Kathy
This was amazing. Make sure you tell the taxi driver it is at the National Park. Just makes communication easier. But the experience was fantastic.

5 StarsDolphin Swim at ChankanaabMarch 17, 2017

Reviewer: Carol Greenblatt
The Royal Swim at Chankanaab was just amazing. Our trainer was great with the all of us and with the dolphins, and made sure we all had time to really experience time with each thing - the kiss, shake, the pull and push. Chankanaab was also a fun place to be and visit. We had a great time and Shore Excursions made it very easy.

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