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How Much Does Swimming with Dolphins Cost?

 
low costShallow-Water Interaction: $80-$145average costOpen-Water Swimming: $100-$220high costTrainer for a Day: $450-$650
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Swimming with Dolphin opportunities are available at several warm water vacation spots, including Hawaii, Mexico, Florida and the Bahamas.

Typical costs:

  • A simple shallow-water interaction[1] costs about $80-$145, depending on the resort location and the dolphins' behavior. Guests wade into waist-high water to enjoy a dolphin song, kiss, hug or handshake[2] without swimming a stroke.
  • Painting with Dolphins[3] includes assisting a trainer in helping a dolphin use a paintbrush to create a keepsake for $125. The guest stays on a floating platform and must be at least seven years old.
  • Open-water swims cost about $100-$220, depending on location. Guests able to swim may enjoy free play with Bottlenose Dolphins[4] , belly rides, kisses and handshakes while in snorkeling or passive-swimming environments. Deep-water swims may include use of a water scooter for about $190. Pre-swim instruction on how to behave in the water with the mammals varies by location and may last about an hour.
  • Royal Dolphin Swims cost about $130-$250 and may include a tow on the dorsal fin and other behaviors like the handshake, hug, kiss and foot push. Participants must be able to swim independently.
  • Dolphin Trainer for a Day[5] costs $450-$650 and includes education in dolphin behavior, feeding, cleaning and at some locations a private dolphin swim aside a professional mammal trainer. Trainer experiences are also available inland at animal parks like the Secret Garden[6] at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
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What should be included:
  • Each package typically offers a dolphin encounter and at least one photo.
  • Trainer for a Day programs often include use of a wet suit or a souvenir T-shirt. Bring along a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen.
Additional costs:
  • Observing the Trainer for a Day experience costs $10-$150 with a paid participant, depending on the location.
  • Bring along a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, snorkel gear and waterproof cameras for most experiences, depending on dolphin experience.
  • Additional photos of dolphin interactions are available at about $25 for an 8x10 or $16 for a 5x7.
Discounts:
  • Discounts for specific events or encounters like a free child's ticket with a paid adult[7] or upgrades and photo credits pop up regularly at each location.
Shopping for swimming with dolphins:
  • The Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Recreation maintains a list of member parks and aquariums[8] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.dolphinscove.com/dolphin-wade-encounter.htm
  2.  www.dolphindiscovery.com/cozumel/cozumel-comparative-dolphins-swim.asp
  3.  www.dolphinscove.com/painting-with-dolphins.htm
  4.  animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/bottlenose-dolphin/
  5.  www.dolphins.org/visit_get_wet.php
  6.  www.miragehabitat.com/pages/dolphin_tfad.asp
  7.  www.hawaiiactivities.com/en/hawaii/oahu/a/13003
  8.  ammpa.org/ourmembers.html
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