This by far was the best experience I’ve ever had, anywhere. We were picked up promptly at our hotel in an air conditioned shuttle. We went to the desk and paid for our Excellence Package. I made my reservations directly through their web site, where they answered any and all questions I had. They required no money at that time, which made it much easier for me to make a reservation.
After paying you were given an overview of what is to come. First we watched the parrot show. This was cute and entertaining. We were then taken to get our picture with a huge sea lion kissing us on the cheek. We were then fitted for our life jackets and change. They had free lockers available for all your belongings. No cameras, jewelry, hair ties are allowed in the water, since they could be a danger to the animals. All you needed was your bathing suit and flip flops. We watched a video on what we were going to do with the dolphins. There was to be 10 people in our group, but I it was not filled, so there were only 6 of us to 2 dolphins – yeah for us!
We got to touch the dolphins numerous times. We then got to kiss and dance with them. We swam out into the water and they jumped over us. We also laid on our back and they spun us around. We got to do a dorsal fin swim and a foot push. That is where I basically stood right up out of the water. All along we were also educated by the trainers who were truly in love with the animals and their work. After the dolphins we got to dry off and watch a sea lion show.
They did take pictures and video of everything that you did. Yes it is a little pricey, but you can’t put a price on how you felt. It was $40 for the video (you can easily skip over the others in your group) and like $100 for 12 photos. My son even hugged me to say ‘Thanks Mom, that was great’. I would do it again tomorrow. Thank you for a wonderful memory Dolphin Encounter!
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