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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

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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Posted by: Susan Whitmore in Peterborough, NY.Posted: November 29th, 2019 02:11PM
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Please don’t advertise swimming with dolphins - to get dolphins into pleasure parks entails splitting dolphin family pods apart - separating. Pups from parents and killing those deemed not durable. Please look at Taiji and their dolphin hunts to supply pleasure parks - it is horrific and totally inexcusable as well as in humane. Were families to know how dolphins and orcas are sourced they’d not attend such shows. Please show compassion for these beautiful creatures. Thank you.
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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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