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Enhance your Dominican vacation with a family-friendly Dolphin Encounter at Ocean World. Get up close and personal with a lovable dolphin that’s trained to kiss, hug and even dance for your delight. This 30-minute interactive program, suitable for all ages, provides the opportunity to touch one of these beloved sea mammals while you stand in waist-deep water. Round-trip hotel bus transfer, safety briefing with an expert trainer, and Ocean World admission with snorkeling in the Tropical Reef Aquarium are all included.


  • Encounter with dolphins
  • Up-close opportunity to touch, feed and play with the animals
  • Snorkeling adventure
  • Professional trainers
  • Hotel pickup and dropoff

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What You Can Expect

Dolphin Encounter at Ocean World

Dolphin Encounter at Ocean World

Use your complimentary bus transfer (departing from most Puerto Plata, Playa Dorada, Cofresi and Maimon hotels) to reach Ocean World in Puerto Plata and check in prior to your prebooked Dolphin Encounter.
At your selected time, start the 30-minute program with an orientation and safety briefing given by an expert dolphin trainer. You’ll stand comfortably on a shallow platform situated approx. 3 feet (.9 meters) below the water, and enjoy an interactive experience with a playful dolphin.
Although not a swim program, the Dolphin Encounter offers an up-close-and-personal opportunity for participants of all ages to touch these intelligent mammals in the safety and comfort of waist-deep water. (Children up to 12 years old can participate when accompanied by an adult.) Under the trainer’s supervision, enjoy kisses, hugs and ‘dances’ from your dolphin friend. You can touch a dolphin's smooth skin and feed them some fishy treats, all while posing for once-in-a-lifetime photos.
Admission to Ocean World is included; venture to the Aquaglide Water Playground, go swimming in Tiger Grotto or use provided snorkeling equipment to explore the Tropical Reef Aquarium, check out the exhibits and wildlife programs, or simply relax on a provided lounge chair at Dolphin Beach.
When you’re ready to depart, use your bus transfer for return hotel transport.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour went well. The instructor made everyone feel welcome. I would recommend this for a family or couples.

Luis R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Enjoyed every second of it, can and #39;t wait to go back

Andrea S Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

I bought this tour as a 70th birthday present for my dad. My parents told me that they were very impressed with how well the day was organized. They were picked up exactly on time at their hotel and everything went like clockwork all through the day. Ocean World works like a well oiled machine. They even went back another night for the Bravissimo show and loved both the dinner and the show.

jessica p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

My bf and I went to ocean world in September it was amazing!!! My life long dream was to swim with dolphins it was the best expierence I've had in my life! Would do it again and upgrade to the hour long swim!

Manuel U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

To be honest I gave 5 stars to the Dolphin (Chico from cuba). I would give to the trainer 3 stars because the intructions were not clear before the encounter with the Dolphin and they can be misleading to do something confusing. I was the first to be called to participate of a group of 4. I was seated across the trainer with a pool and the Dolphin in the middle. The trainer just called me and asked me to join him. He did not explain if the pool was deep or shallow, if I had to swim next to him or to walk around the pool. During the confusion, I jumped in the pool and I found out it was very deep. After making attempts to go back to my previous place, I decided that it was better to swim across the pool. I was a little worried about how the Dolphin would behave having me there inside the pool with him. I would highly recommend to the trainer to tell the people with clear words " stand up, walk around the pood and seat next to me". Those simple words would simplify and enrich the experience. Clear communication is very important!

dale d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

Dolphins are well cared for and extremely friendly, funny mammals. My wife and I were very impressed with our encounter.

Victoria B United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2010

we had the most amazing time you could have, the souvenier photos and the shop are expensive but it is something you just have to have so be prepared for that. Everything there was fantastic, love birds eating out of your hair and being kissed by a parrot in the bird enclosure!! meeting the dolphins is something we will never forget and well worth the money.

Michele T USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2010

It was a wonderful experience and would do it again...Everyone should encounter the dolphins once in their lifetime...Would definitely book with Viator....


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2010

It's expensive but incredible. If you can afford it, do the sea lion encounter too.

Michelle S Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

This excursion was awesome! I would highly recommend it. It was an experience I will never forget!

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