Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Travel  > Swimming with Dolphins

Swimming with Dolphins Cost


How Much Does Swimming with Dolphins Cost?

 
low costShallow-Water Interaction: $80-$145average costOpen-Water Swimming: $100-$220high costTrainer for a Day: $450-$650
post Post  

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.
Related articles: Swimming with Sharks, Passport, Travel Insurance, Digital Camera, Swimming Lessons

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] .
post Post  
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


And the Best Bacon Is...
This little piggy went to market.After that, Consumer Reports bought samples and tasted to determine which little piggy offered the best bacon.Top honors go to Costco, it turns out. || Posted October 5 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Swimming with Dolphins
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Location: Type of Interaction: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



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
More Travel Topics
Check Out All Costs for Travel How Much Does Attending the World Series Cost? How Much Does an Alaska Cruise Cost? How Much Does a Passport Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Replace leaking supply line40' w/copper from meter to house
Paid: 2150.00
Water supply line leaking, need dig trench, 40' Type L copper pipe. 1st plumber quote $6500. Did some research, 2nd quote is $2150. Depth by city code 16 - 18", both licensed, guarantee 1 year... [more]
-Meeept2000
Replacing Copper Pipes Cost
About to start babysitting
Paid: 6.00
I’m about to start babysitting for their first time ever (for pay) and I was wondering if my pay was too high or too low. Tha family has two boys, a ten year old and an eight year old... [more]
-
Baby Sitter Cost
cost of ear drops
Paid: 67.00
I was prescribed antibiotic drops for an ear infection. Went to pick up at Walgreen's and declined due to price of $219. I asked the medical facility to send prescription to Costco. Picked it up there for $67... [more]
-jeffo
Ear Infection Cost
Be aware
Paid: 0.00
Be aware that many of the listed locksmiths are a call service and many of them are in another state. Some even try to pass as other businesses. Academy lock is a thief and abuses they employed too. There are many... [more]
-Martin Y.
Locksmith Cost
Deep cleaning
Paid: 9999.00
As a dental hygienist with 22 years experience, I can tell you “DEEP CLEANING” is not a SCAM! 1st and foremost remember your insurance coverage is to assist with treatment payments... [more]
-Tasha Nicole
Teeth Cleaning Cost
04 Nissan Sentra
Paid: 120.00
I had one key for the car I just bought a few months back, well... While I was closing the front door to my house my key was caught and severely bent, I tried to gently tap it back straight but needless to say it snapped in half... [more]
-Mz Sentra
Key Copy Cost