Swim with Dolphins, Playa del Carmen
This is something my girlfriend has always wanted to do and myself have as well. It was my 23rd birthday when out in Mexico so we booked to do this on my birthday. We could have just booked a swimming with the dolphins for $150 each but we went with a $200 each package of becoming a trainer for the day. With the swimming with the dolphins you got 45mins in the water with a free picture and the extra to pay for other pictures and a DVD. With the trainer we had an hour in the class room learing about the animals. Then we went outside to learn the hand signals to get the dolphins to do tricks etc. Then we put them into action for around half an hour. Then we got in the water for around 50 mintues and did some swimming with them. We then got a drink and food all included. After that we got the scuba diving equipment on and stood at the bottom off the tank while the dolphins came past and we touched them etc. This lasted 20 minutes once we was all on the bottom. Then it was Dinner time which again as included in the price of the day. Then straight after dinner we did the normal 45 minutes swimming with the dolphins and the photo part which would have cost us $150 each any way. Then we went got a tour of the back stage area and learn't what they eat and how much and how to clean the water etc. Then to finish the day we went the the class room to finish off and have a little test as we got a certificate in becoming a one day dolphin trainer. Also included in the price was 2 free photos each and a t-shirt. We paid $149 then to have a dvd and all our photos (around 85) put on a disc for us to take home. This was a very good day and well worth paying $50 more each to do the full day instead of the 45 minute swim. There was only 4 off us in the class and we had 2no. dolphins with us at all time. I noticed in the normal 45 minute class they had around 15 to 20 people to no more than 3 dolphins so we got a lot of time with the dolphins. Also we got transport provided from the hotel to the park and back again at the end of the day. Would recommend this to any one going to mexico and they have quite a few areas you can do it through out mexico.
Puerto Aventuras is a huge resort located near Playa del Carmen. This is the place we chose for our encounter with the dolphins. It´s a nice experience to play and swim with these animals. It´s not cheap $99 per person (but is expensive in all the other dolphin places as well). Our tour include transportation, but they didn´t came for us ( we were 13 people) so we had to take a taxi to the place paid by Puerto Aventuras, and as a reward they gave us the best prize...swiming with Manatees. This was more spectacular than the dolphins thing, i love these animals...there were five of them and a little calf. Suddenly you were snorkeling and then a huge monster came by your side, we also gave lettuces to them (they have no teeth) so this was the real great experience.
In the region of Playa del Carmen you can use a unique opportunity to swim with dolphins. As soon as I learnt about it I decided that would do this, even if it is expensive. I selected the so called "VIP" swim with dolphin, where there are only 5 people in the group. (Usually there are ten people in the group, which is more tiresome for the dolphin and can be quite disappointing for the people taking part).
I also ordered a DVD and photos, which is quite expensive. As far as I remember, I paid about USD150 for the swim (1 hour) and 150 for the DVD and pictures. However, if you are traveling with a friend of a spouse you can ask them to take the pictures of shoot a video, the companuy (at least the one I used) does not object to this. But I must say that their pirtures and DVDs are professional and I am satisfied with the results.
As I already said, the swim lasts 1 hour. You are required to wear a life vest. The show includes lots of tricks, the most impressive of which is, probably, the foot-push. Anyway, you better experience it yourself.
One important recommendation for women: you better wear a single-piece swimsuite, because in the course of the foot-push you can lose your bikini :)
I swam with dolphins at Puerto Aventuras, a 15-20 min bus ride from Playacar. The cost was $129 for 30 minutes in the water with them. It was an excellent experience! There were two dolphins between a group of 7 of us and afterwards you had the chance to purchase a dvd and photos of the experience. I especially enjoyed the foot push, where each dolphin pushes you along the water by it's nose!
From BPT we took the Swim with the Turtles tour offered by Bahia Divers on their boats. It's a 3 hour tour to Akumal Bay which is pretty close to the hotel. First you have 45' exploring the reef and searching for turtles, then some rest and a second dive on your own to snorkel around. Tip: use a vest unless you are an expert swimmer in perfect physical shape. The only guys that there to do the first swim without a vest were begging for one a few minutes after we left the boat.
You can also take the colectivo to Akumal Bay and do this on your own almost for free.
On our last trip to Playa del Carmen we decided to swim with the dolphins. There are many options.
We had talked to people who had minimal contact with the dolphins and had ended up being disappointed. After asking around we contacted our tour group representative in the hotel lobby. I am happy to report at all of the four hotels that we stayed at in Playa tour operators were very visable at all. Our GOGO representative recommended the Dolphin Swim at Wet and Wild in Cancun. There are three levels....encounter, swim and a day of learning.Cost is based on amount of actual contact time with dolphins. We went with the swim which was middle of the road. Bus picked us and several others up at our hotel and trip was an hour long. Lunch was on your own. The dolphin area was impressive. Lots of area on the open ocean. We had about a half hour to forty five minutes actually in the water with them. We had a group of about six and two dolphins in a private area. We swam around with them, could pat them, had them kiss us....lots of contact. Lastly as we lay on our stomachs in the water each dolphin choose a foot and pushed us off and up out of the water! Really neat. Everything is photographed and videotaped for you....of course at a cost but worth it. Cost was slightly expensive...around $100US for adults, slightly less for kids. Well worth it. Many species of dolphins. People were knowledgeable and very informative. Dolphins seemed to be very well cared for. A highlight of our trip.
We went to Cozumel island to do this in the nature reserve.
We were part of the show were they push you around and then you get some free tiem to swim with them.
The event is video taped and you can buy it afterwards.
A lovely, moving experience.
Yes its a touristic thing to do, but you will love it! For the price of $120 USD, you will spend approx 2 hrs with a trainer guiding you in and out of the water to get to know one of their dolphin personalities. Its a hands on approach, so don't be shy, kiss that snout!
There is a min age of 8 yrs...
Advance reservations are the norm