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Dolphin Encounter (Non-Swim)
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|Dolphin Encounter Adult (10 years old +)
|Dolphin Encounter Child (5 - 9 years old)
|Adult Observer (10 years +)
|Child Observer (3 - 9 years old)
|Baby Observer (0-2 years old)
|*Plus 7% sales tax
Step into the shallow waters at the Dolphin's Harbor in Miami and into an encounter you will never forget. Touch a dolphin as it playfully approaches you in the shallow water. Toss a fish into the wide-open mouth of a dolphin awaiting an afternoon treat. Get up-close and personal in this experience of a lifetime. After your dolphin encounter, spend the rest of the day exploring the many exhibits and presentations.
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This fun-filled shallow water program is a great way for young and old alike to have an unforgettable experience with a dolphin. Since there is no swimming involved, all you have to do is concentrate on the dolphins. Then you’ll wade into the water for an unforgettable shallow water experience with a dolphin. You’ll have a chance to touch, feed and play with a dolphin. You’ll even learn what its like to train a dolphin, getting up-close and personal like never before.
- A 15-30 minute educational classroom presentation prior to entering the water.
- A 30 minute shallow water experience including touching, feeding and playing with a dolphin. You’ll even learn what its like to train a dolphin, getting up-close and personal like never before.
- Personal photo opportunities with a dolphin.
- A wetsuit and towel are provided for use during the session. Guests should bring their own bathing suits.
- Lockers, Showers, and Changing rooms available.
- Each Dolphin Encounter session is unique, based upon the guests and dolphins.
- Complimentary admission to all the shows and exhibits for the day
- All participants must be 5 years of age and up.
- Children 5-9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult participant (10 years old and up).
- Must be able to understand directions given in English or have a paid family member or friend in the water to translate.
- 28 participants maximum per session which are broken into groups of 6 - 8 persons. These smaller groups will have a trainer and a dolphin(s).
- Open 365 Days a Year (Except Blackout Dates)
The time slots available includes a guaranteed 30 minute dolphin program, educational briefing, dolphin shows, sea lion show, & marine park tours. This is a 1/2 day of activities.
Black Out Dates:
These dates mean that the dolphin program is NOT available. You need to pick either the 1 Day Dolphin Encounter Adventure or Guide Dolphin Tour during these dates.
- December 26, 2012 - January 2, 2013
- March 25- April 8, 2013
The Dolphin Facility is on Key Biscayne, which is a set of Islands that extend from Downtown Miami. You will get complete written directions and mapquest links with your ticket.
Driving Times: These times are approximate from the location listed below to Key Biscayne, depending on traffic and weather conditions
- Miami Beach & South Beach - 20
/ 30 minutes
- Miami Cruise Ship Port - 20 minutes
- Miami Airport - 20 minutes
- Fort Lauderdale Area - 40 minutes / 1 hour
- Boca Raton - 1 hour
- West Palm Beach - 1 1/2 / 2 hours
- Naples/Marco Island - 2 hours
- Fort Myers Beach - 2 1/2 hours
Save Money and make your reservation online. In order to get any of these discounts, you must type the Online Discount Promotional Code in the comment box of the reservation form. After picking the amount of participants/observers, date of travel, and time of program, you will be taken to the reservation form to start your dolphin adventure. This is where the promotional code needs to be written in the comment box. Without this written code, you will not get the promotional discount. The discount provided is only for the participants, NOT observers (Except the Group Discount). These online promotions can not be combined with any previous orders or discounts. These discounts are for online orders only and the discounts will NOT be offered or honored over the phone with a Dolphin World representative.
Dolphin World Online Promotions:
- Make your reservation more than 8 - 29 days in advance get $5 off each participant. CODE: ONLINE$5OFF
- Get an extra $5 off if you make your reservation 30 days or more in advance, a total of $10 off each participant. CODE: EARLYBIRD$10OFF
- Group of 10 or more that make their reservation 8 days or more in advance get $10 off per participant and $5 off per observer. CODE: BIG10DISCOUNT
Upon arrival, please proceed to check-in window, present your dolphin program confirmation number or your printed voucher, which you will receive after making your reservation.
- Photo ID may be required.
- Confirmation number is a must for entrance.
- You do not need to have a printed voucher.
- All customers/participants are required to sign liability waivers before participating in this activity.
Terms and Conditions
Dolphin Encounter Restrictions:
- All participants must be 5 years of age and up.
- Children 5-9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult participant (10 years and up).
- Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, either as a participant or an observer.
- This program is not available to expectant mothers.
- All Participants that are going in the water must be able to understand directions given in English or provide a translator who will be in the water with them.
- You can not enter the water with any jewelry, hair beads, sunglasses or body piercing. (nose, tongue, bellybutton or any areas of the body)
Refunds / Cancellations and Changes:
All cancellations must be received by Dolphin World / Keys Adventure Tours, Inc. in writing by email or regular mail.
- A 10% service charge will apply per person for any cancellations prior 31 days of activity date.
- A 50% service charge will apply per person for any cancellations within 30 - 15 day period prior activity date.
- A 75% service charge will apply per person for any cancellations within 14 - 8 day period prior activity date.
- Prior 8 days of your reservation date, you may change your reservation to a gift certificate, where you would not incur any penalties except the change fee. This gift certificate will be good for 1 year from the date of the certificate.
- NO REFUND WILL BE GIVEN TO ANY ACTIVITY PARTICIPANTS who cancel within the 7 day period, does not show up, are late for scheduled program(s). Once a reservation has been made, a change to the scheduled program date is subject to availability. Changes made to existing reservations are subject to a $25.00 per person change fee.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE PURCHASE OF TRIP INSURANCE, which will cover your purchase 100% for any interruptions to your Dolphin World activities! We recommend TravelEx Insurance. Ask a Dolphin World Travel professional for advice on Travel Insurance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does your program go on Rain or Shine?
Yes, this program goes on Rain or Shine. The dolphin encounter and shows, will go on most of the time. If there is thunder, there might be a delay before the program resumes again.
Do you have any wheelchairs or strollers available for the public?
Yes, there are wheelchairs and strollers available for rent from the Guest Services area at the entrance of the park on a first come, first serve basis.
Can someone whom is wheelchair-bound participate?
This circumstance will be handled on a case-by-case basis. The following questions will need to be addressed and may require prior management approval:
- Can the individual stand on the in-water platform without the use of canes or braces?
- Can the individual tread water/swim? If the individual cannot freely stand on the platform and must tread water to stay in place, an assistant will need to be in the water to help the individual stay on the platform. The assistant, he/she must pay the full regular price.
- Is the individual capable of lifting his/her full weight out of the water? The facility does not have a ramp or crane available for assistance. In addition, no staff member will be permitted to or is capable of lifting anyone out of the water.
Can handicapped individuals participate?
While this dolphin program does accept handicapped individuals, this program is not a Dolphin Therapy session. This program is primarily recreational. Those interested in a therapy program should consider other locations in the Florida Keys. Although accommodations for handicapped individuals can be arranged, they will not receive special treatments such as extended time or more interactions. If a handicapped individual is to participate, this circumstance will be handled on a case-by-case basis. The following questions will need to be addressed and may require prior management approval:
- Does the individual meet the height requirement?
- To what degree is the individual disabled?
- Does the individual have full control of his/her body without required assistance?
- Can the individual follow directions and understand English?
Can someone who is blind participate?
Yes, this individual must be accompanied in the water by a paid assistant. The assistant, he/she must pay the full regular price.
Are glasses/contacts permitted in the water?
Contact lenses can be worn. Prescription glasses with clear lenses will be permitted only if they are needed but they cannot be removed at anytime (including for pictures) during the session. We will provide a strap for glasses, which must be worn in order to keep them on securely. Glasses with dark lenses are not permitted unless the individual is sensitive to sunlight, in which case a doctor's letter will need to be necessary.
Must I know how to swim to participate?
No. Swimming is not required. You will be standing on a platform during the session and the ride during the Dolphin session are optional. Please keep in mind that if you are not comfortable in water, it may not be an enjoyable experience. If you are not comfortable in the water we recommend you participate in our Dolphin Encounter (non-swim) program.
What does it mean to be an Observer?
An Observer is a Participant's friend or family member. Observers participate in all aspects of the program minus the in-water interaction. During the interaction you can cheer on the Participants and take photos. The Observers stay in the stands and have no contact with the dolphins. The fee includes complimentary admission to the park, so you can see the rest of the shows and exhibits, as well. Observers under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
What should I bring?
You’ll need something to wear under the wetsuit. A bathing suit is most convenient. You can rely on us to provide the following: Showers, keyed lockers, wetsuits and booties. All jewelry must be removed prior to entering the water. No cameras or loose items will be permitted in the water (no exceptions).
What about taking photographs with the Dolphins during my session?
Yes, there are professional staff photographers taking photographs (no video, only stills) of you and your dolphin session. You can purchase these photographs after your session. Prices ranges from $40 and up, depending on how many photographs you purchase. You can not take a camera into the water with you during your dolphin session. If you do have a family or a friend come with you as an observer, they can take photographs of you during your session. Hint: If you don't have an observer in your group, you might ask another observer from another group to take a few photographs with your camera.
Other Programs in the Miami Area
At Dolphin World / Keys Adventure Tours we do offer other activities options while in South Florida. Please contact your Dolphin World specialist to see if any are good for you.
- DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER PICK UP SERVICE - Picked up from any hotel or residence from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Naples. [ Learn More ]
- DOLPHIN SWIM ADVENTURE - Swim with the Dolphins and experience the rush of the dolphin as it pulls you through the water. [ Learn More ]
- 1 DAY ENCOUNTER ADVENTURE - 2 parks in one day, dolphins and land animals shows. [ Learn More ]
- 1 DAY DELUXE ENCOUNTER ADVENTURE - The Dolphin Encounter and VIP Land Animal Tour.
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