Swimming with dolphins has always been on my Bucket List!
When we took a cruise to Cozumel, one of the excursions was swimming with the dolphins! I jumped right on that idea and before long I had the whole family on board!
Once we arrived at port in Cozumel, our tour guide was waiting for us. They took us by vans to the dolphin facility called Dolphinaris!!
I would say the ride was about 15 minutes or so from port. It was nice to take in some of the Mexican culture along the drive! When we arrived they gave us a quick introduction and split everyone into groups of about ten to twelve people. You put your stuff in lockers and head down to the pools!
**Tip – Bring extra cash for the lockers, they do have somewhere to put items by the pools but not locked or secured. We did have phones, wallets and other items of value on us so make sure to buy a locker**
**Also bring Towels, they are not provided so make sure to either bring your own or borrow some from your ship or hotel, unless you want to kind of just shake dry like we did. Epic mom fail on the towels**
Once in the water the trainer gives you a little history on the dolphins at the facility as well as some safety tips for both the dolphins and the humans. After this quick introduction it was time to play with the dolphins! Whoo Hoo, the time has finally come for me to cross “Swimming with Dolphins” off my Bucket List!
Although the group was big, everyone got a chance to do each of the different interactions with the dolphin. We even kissed the dolphins with their fishy breathe. I did partake although part of me was iffy!
Have you ever felt a dolphin before? They are a little bit of slimy and soft mixed. They are so big, yet so gentle and loving during the interactions. Playing with the dolphins surely was a unique experience, I would do it again if I had the chance!
If you read my other blog posts, you will know one of the things I always consider when booking activities, hotels or travel is FOOD! Is food included, that is a major selling point for me! One less meal we have to worry about is a win in my book!
Dolphinaris includes a lunch buffet and unlimited drinks. The lunch buffet had nachos, tacos, hot dogs, french fries, rice and beans, chips and salsa and some other options! The food was pretty good and held us over until we got back onto the boat. The drinks included both Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks! My kids were loving the frozen virgin drinks and Mommy did indulge in some of the adult beverages. Although no one told me don’t drink the water or eat the ice in Mexico until after the fact. O well I am still here!
Pictures – Yes buy the pictures they take! They do not allow you to take your own photos while in the water during the dolphin interaction. My advice to you is haggle for those pictures. At first they just seemed too expensive. When I said no thanks and attempted to walk away the price dropped drastically. I ended up buying the whole CD with all of pictures on it as well as some beautiful pictures of the dolphins that come standard on each picture purchase. They were a bit pricey but to me the memories in the pictures are well worth it!
**Tip- make sure you have a little cash for your tour guide/van driver on the way back**