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What better way to spend a day in the Dominican Republic than with a playful Sea Lion Encounter? At Ocean World in Puerta Plata, participants over five years old can touch, feed and even receive a kiss from professionally trained Patagonian sea lions. Upgrade and combine your 30-minute experience in the sea lion interaction pool with a 30-minute Dolphin Swim that includes a dorsal fin tow. Round-trip bus transfer, safety briefing with an expert trainer, and Ocean World admission with snorkeling equipment are all included.


  • Encounter with sea lions at Ocean World
  • 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

Sea Lion Encounter at Ocean World

Sea Lion Encounter

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 Sea Lion Encounter. 
At your selected time, your small group of participants is invited into the interaction pool for a 30-minute program, starting with a safety briefing provided by a professional trainer. First, be entertained by two male and six female Patagonian sea lions—aptly referred to as the clowns of the sea—as they swim, dive, leap and show off their acrobatic skills and comedic antics.
While seated on a shallow platform you’ll be able to touch, feed, pet and play games with the sea lions. After your up-close encounter, enjoy a hug, a big wet kiss and the photo opportunity of a lifetime. (Take your own or order photos from Ocean World's professional photographers; additional expense.)
You also have the option of combining your Sea Lion Encounter with a Dolphin Swim Program (see below). 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.
Dolphin Swim: The most popular program at Ocean World, the 30-minute Dolphin Swim provides you the opportunity to experience a truly personal encounter with playful dolphins. Your time in the water includes a dolphin kiss, hug and dance along with feeding, petting and swimming with these intelligent marine mammals. A 'human hurdle' and a spectacular dorsal fin tow will finish off the program!

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Customer Reviews

Robert P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2011

Do it and you will not be disappointed! It was the highlight of our trip!

Fiona C United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

Having already swam with dolphins I wanted to do something different! This experience was truly that, it was lots of fun!

Nathalie B Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2009

The encounter was fabulous. The trainers really make it special and you get to touch a lot the sea lions. The only thing is I found the time half and hour a bit short. I would have like an hour activity.

Jeanette J

4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

Ocean World is definitely worth the visit. The people and animals there are wonderful. However, I am not sure what the benefit is to booking through Viator. Most hotels and Ocean World direct have similar prices, and you have to contact Ocean World on your own to arrange transportation. So what does Viator add?


4 star rating: Recommended April 2009

This was a great experience for me and my kids. They are as sweet as I always thought they would be. This place was extremely clean and well run. I would however add a more obvious sign in front of the attraction, we missed it because you cannot see it from the one direction.

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