Ocho Rios Dolphin Encounter (non-swim)

Ocho Rios, North Coast

Dolphin Encounter – $99 per Adult/$99 per Child, – Must be 1 year old+  everyday   

A short distance from Ocho Rios, you can interact with dolphins while in the safety of shallow and waist deep water. You participate in a brief presentation after which, you enter the world of these amazing creatures. You will interact with the dolphins in the beautiful North Coast all natural cove. Your dolphin will give you a kiss and dance for you, perhaps you will get a splash or two and have a real up close experience. This program will be more than enough to give you memories to last a lifetime.

Inclusions:

  • A 15-20 minute educational presentation prior to entering the water with the dolphins.
  • A 30 minute in all shallow water experience includes touching and training with a dolphin. Also you will get to pet, play, hold and kiss your dolphin too!
  • Personal photo opportunities with a dolphin.
  • A life jackets will be provided for use during the dolphin session. Wet Suits are NOT provided.
  • Guests should bring their own bathing suits and towels.
  • Lockers, Showers, and Changing rooms available.
  • Each Dolphin session is unique, based upon the guests and dolphins.
  • Observer gets to watch the dolphin interaction.
  • Children from 1 up to 7 years old or with less than 120cm tall may participate accompanied by 1 adult in the Encounter program.
  • Children aged 8 years or above 140cm tall can participate on their own in any program paying the adult rate.
  • To book 1-5 year old infants please do not include them in your reservation but be sure to add them on the comments section of your reservation.
  • Personal photo opportunities with a dolphin.
  • A life jackets will be provided for use during the dolphin session. Wet Suits are provided seasonally.
  • Guests should bring their own bathing suits and towels.
  • Lockers, Showers, and Changing rooms available.
  • Each Dolphin session is unique, based upon the guests and dolphins.
  • Observer gets to watch the dolphin interaction.
  • Enjoy snorkelling and interacting with stingrays (barbs removed). Take a stroll and interact with exotic birds, snakes and other animals on the Jungle Trail.
  • 10 participants maximum per dolphin session. (which can be broken into smaller groups).
  • Open 365 Days a Year

Available:

The time slots available includes a guaranteed Dolphin Encounter program, educational briefing, & beach day. This can be 3 – 4 hours of activities.

  • 10:45 AM
  • 11:45 PM
  • 01:45 PM
  • 02:45 PM

Location:

 

  • Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios is located on the north coast of Jamaica, near Dunn’s River Falls and Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica. Only 7 km away from Ocho Rios Cruise terminal (about a 7 min drive). To get to the park you must go south on Turtle Beach Rd towards Main Street until you see the Dolphin Cove sign.

Cruise Ship Passengers:

  • Your Cruise Ship must enter the Ocho Rios Port by 7am and leave Port by 7:30pm or later.
  • If your Cruise Ship comes into port from 7:30am – 7:00pm, you will need to book your dolphin program with your cruise ship.
  • You will need to take a taxi from the cruise ship terminal. This will take about 15 – 25 minutes to dolphin facility and will cost around $10 – $15 per person.

Hotel Guests:

  • Transportation is not included with your swim program but you are able to  include it at an additional cost depending on your hotel´s location. Children aging from 1 to 2 are free of charge. Please contact our call center to get more information and add this service to your reservation. Toll free Jamaica number 1-877-344-3385 or at info@dolphindiscovery.com
  • Price vary but usually from $20 – $35 round trip per person depending on the resort.
  • You can take your transportation or local taxi.

Dolphin World Online Promotions:

  • Make your reservation more than 8 days or more in advance get 5% off each person. Rebate will be mailed to you.
  • In order to get his rebate, you must call (800) 667-5524 and book this reservation over the phone or book online.
  • If you book online, you will need to email us and state, you would like to get the rebate.  Our email address, dolphinworldresponse@gmail.com

Redemption Instructions

Upon arrival, please proceed to check-in window, present your dolphin program confirmation number or your last name, which you will receive after making your reservation via email or text.

  • 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.

 

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 a confirmation number and confirmed, a refund or change can only be made more than 7 days of the activity date and any change to the program date is subject to availability. Changes made to existing reservations are subject to a $25.00 per person change fee.
  • The Dolphin Swim goes on Rain or Shine.

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:

Are programs carried out in the sea or tanks?
We are located right at the shore, all of our programs are carried in the sea water. It is very important to us that you swim with dolphins in their natural environment since Jamaica is full of natural wonders that is what we want you to see and enjoy here at Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios.

Will food be available at the park?
Snacks like hot dogs, hamburgers, meatballs and beverages for all ages are available for an additional cost.

What is the parks schedule?
We open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., everyday.

How can I arrive to Dolphin Discovery Ocho Rios?
Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios is located on the north coast of Jamaica, near Dunn’s River Falls and Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica. Only 7 km away from Ocho Rios Cruise terminal (about 7 min drive). To get to the park you must go south on Turtle Beach Rd towards Main Street until you see the Dolphin Cove sign.

Do you have showers to use after my swim with the Dolphins program in Ocho Rios?
Yes we do! Showers are located outside by the locker area. We advise you to take a towel as they are not provided at the facility.

What else can I do at the Ocho Rios location besides swimming with Dolphins?
You will be able to enjoy a memorable kayaking experience when riding along the caribbean turquoise waters. As well as the chance to watch and live a very unique experience of a shark show. You can go on an exploration guided mini boat ride that will take you to witness the famous Dunn´s River Fall. Or go on a nature trail where you get the chance to interact with mother earth and even feed the birds!

Do you have restaurants inside the habitat?
Yes, we have the Parrot Grill Restaurant which offers some of the best dishes in all of Jamaica! Offering a variety of dishes from our famously known Real Jamaican Jerk Chicken, to various salads like the Garden Salad and Chicken Salad, and also something for the kids to feast on. You can also grab a delicious drink from our bar that will refresh you after a long day of interaction with our friendly dolphins.

What options of food do you offer at your restaurant?
We have a wide selection of hamburgers, club sandwich and delicious hot dogs. Though we also offer the best dish in all of Jamaica which is our home cooked Real Jamaican Jerk Chicken. Snacks are also offered such as nachos, our delicious Chicken Quesadillas, french fries and options for kids such as chicken nuggets.

What are the opening and closing times of your restaurant?
The Parrot Grill restaurant is open from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

What are the park´s open and close hours?
We are open from 9:30 am to 4:30 am.

Is transportation available with my swim program?
Transportation is not included with your swim program but you are able to include it at an additional cost depending on your hotel´s location. Children aging from 1 to 2 are free of charge. Please contact our call center to get more information and add this service to your reservation. Toll free Jamaica number 1-877-344-3385 or at info@dolphindiscovery.com

What happens if there is bad weather in Jamaica?
Due to our strategic location we are fortunate to be able to work under any climatic condition.

What are the age policies for the Swim Adventure program?
Adult: + 13 years

Kids: 6- 12 years

Infant: 1-5 years

Children from 1 up to 7 years old or with less than 1.20cm tall may participate accompanied by 2 adults in the Swim Adventure program only performing the activities Kiss, Hand Target and Handshake.

Children from 8 years or more than 1.20cm tall can participate accompanied by 1 adult in the Swim Adventure program. Children aged 10 years or above 1.40cm tall can participate on their own in any program paying the adult rate.

What activities are carried out in each program?
Royal Swim: Foot Push, Dorsal Tow, Handshake, Kiss, Hand target, hug.

Swim Adventure: Belly Ride, Boogie push, Hug, Hand target, handshake, kiss.

Dolphin Encounter: Hand target, kiss, handshake, as well as information about the behavior and anatomy of dolphins.

How many people are in the water at the same time?
Royal Swim: 10 maximum.

Swim Adventure: 12 people maximum.

Dolphin Encounter: 15 to 20 people maximum.

How early should I arrive?
We recommend to arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled time as you need to check in and receive a small induction.

Can I feed the dolphins?
Dolphins have a specifically balanced diet according to their age, activity and development, so feeding dolphins is not allowed as this could affect their health.

Do you offer therapy programs with dolphins?
No, we currently do not have this service, our programs are educational and interactive. However, we invite you to participate in any of our programs, you can review the security policies section for more information on the participation of people with disabilities.

Will I have to wear a life jacket?
The use of life jackets is required in all water programs, our staff will provide the jacket that best suits your complexion, we have jackets available in different sizes and for babies one year old and up.

I am a person with disabilities, Can I participate in the programs?
People with disabilities may participate in our programs, this requires filling a format and send it via email to info@dolphindiscovery.com, in this format is to specify the type of special attention they require and based on this information we can determine which is the best program for you and how many people will assist you.

Can I use my camera?
For security reasons, is not allowed to use cameras in the water, professional photos will be available for sale.

Can pregnant women participate?
Our programs dolphin swim Swim Adventure and Royal Swim are not allowed for pregnant women, however our Dolphin Encounter program is a great option for women with up to 5 months of pregnancy, previously signing a waiver and accompanied by another adult.

What if there is inclement weather?
Our programs go on rain or shine, so there are no cancellations or refunds in these cases.

What are the age policies for the Encounter program?
Adult: +13 years

Kids: 6- 12 years

Infant: 1-5 years

Children from 1 up to 7 years old or with less than 1.20m tall may participate accompanied by 1 adult in the Encounter program.

Children from 8 years or more 1.20m tall may participate alone in the Encounter program paying adult rate.

What are the age policies for the Royal Swim program?
Adult: + 13 years

Kids: 6-12 years

Infant: 1-5 years

Children from 1 up to 7 years old or with less than 120cm tall may participate accompanied by 2 adults in the Royal Swim program only performing the activities Kiss, Hand Target and Handshake.

Children from 8 years or more than 120cm tall can participate accompanied by one adult in the Royal Swim program. Children aged 10 years or above 140cm tall can participate on their own in any program paying the adult rate.

Includes: Dolphin Encounter Program & Beach Day –A 30 minute shallow-water experience including kiss, touch, race, sing, tail walk. Plus, Briefing Time with Trainer, Interacting with Stingrays, Glass-Bottom Kayaking on the Caribbean Ocean, Snorkeling in the Ocean, Shark Show and more. All Participants must be 1 years old and up. Transportation available upon request. Book Now!