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The ideal dolphin experience for young children, those on a budget, or those who don't feel comfortable in deep water!  You'll interact with real live dolphins while standing on a 3' underwater platform, rather than swimming in deep water as in the other dolphin activities.  The dolphins will give you a hug and handshake, and let you feel and pet their special skin.  They will amaze you with their acrobatics, and high rates of speed!  In addition, you will learn about the dolphins, their habits, and their natural environment.

This dolphin encounter activity is a wonderful experience for the whole family - kids as small as 1 year old can participate.  After the activity, buy a photo or video of your actual encounter - sure to bring a smile to your face for years to come.  A real memory in Playa del Carmen.

Dolphin Encounter Tour Highlights

Interact with Dolphins in the ocean, not a pool!

Get a hug and a handshake from a dolphin!

After the encounter, buy a video or photo!

When: Tuesday to Sunday at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, and 1:00 PM.

Where: Round-trip Transportation available from your Playa del Carmen hotel upon request at $10.00 per person and $15.00 per companion (non-swimmer). Make sure to type your request for transportation in the comments field when booking.

* Be sure to type your request for transportation in the comments field when booking.

How Long: Approximately 1 Hour


  • 10 Minute Instruction Briefing
  • 40 Minute Dolphin Encounter
  • Buffet Lunch with 2 Non-Alcoholic Drinks (except 3:00 PM schedule)
  • Showers, Lockers and Restrooms
  • Life Jacket
  • Dolphin Song, Hug, Shake, Tricks, Petting
  • All Taxes



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Prices shown reflect full 25% advanced booking discount. Discount is between 20% and 25% depending on how far in advance you book - see above promo for details. Prices are Per Person and Include All Taxes and Fees.


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Don't Forget:

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Extra Money for videos or photos.

Kids: Ages 1 and up. Kids' prices apply to ages 6-12 years. Kids 1-5 years are free. Kids under 10 years old or under 4’ 6” tall (140 cm) must be accompanied by a paying adult (2 adults if under 4 feet (120cm) tall). Kids will perform age appropriate activities.

Restrictions: Pregnant women are not allowed to do the dolphin swim. No sunscreen or jewelry allowed for the safety of the dolphins.

Location: The Dolphin Center is about 10 minutes south of Playa del Carmen and 10 minutes north of Akumal. If you are staying north of Playa del Carmen, please see our other Dolphin Encounter.

Cruise Passengers: Yes! This makes a great cruise shore excursion. The dolphin center is only 10 minutes from the Calica cruise pier, and 15 minutes from the Playa del Carmen Ferry Pier!