Dolphin Encounter – $59/$79 or $99/$129+tax – Must Meet Age & Height Requirement – everyday
Has anyone ever dreamt of spending time with these amazing creatures in a shallow and non-swim program? You now can make that dream come true in Panama City Beach Florida. The Dolphin Encounter / Non-Swim program gets you up close and personal to these highly intelligent animals. The dolphin encounter will give you many opportunities to pet, play, hold and kiss the dolphin in shallow water and learn all about their anatomy and ability to communicate. We promise it will be an experience you never forget.
The Dolphin Encounter (non-swim) has low / high and discounted rates, Low Season Rate, $79 Adult / $59 Child per person plus tax, and High Season Rate, $129 Adult / $99 Child per person plus tax. To see the exact rate for the dates you are coming to Panama City Beach, please click the booking calendar or buttons to see all the rates.
A 20 minute shallow water Dolphin Encounter experience includes the following: Kiss, Hand shake, Hand Target, Hug, Free time (various activities) with one dolphin. There are No Rides or Deep water time with the Dolphins in this program.
Each Dolphin Adventure session is unique, based upon the guests and dolphins.
All Participants must be 1 year old and up.
Any Child from 40 inches / 3 feet 3 inches /102cm to 47 inches / 3 feet 9 inches /119cm in height, must have a paid Adult participant (An Adult is anyone 18 years old and up) in the water with them. 1 Adult per Child.
Children age 1 and up to 3 feet 2 inches /96cm in height are complimentary with a paying adult (18+) 1 Adult per Infant / Toddler.
Anyone over 48″ / 4 feet /122 cm in height must pay the ADULT RATE and can participate alone without an adult (18 yr +) in the water with them.
10 – 15 participants maximum per session.
In addition, you will get an opportunity to see shows with Dolphins, Sea Lions, and Animal Exhibits with Tropical Fish, Birds, Rays, Manatees, Sharks, and Sea Turtles. You can potentially spend 3 – 4 hours in the park.
Life Vest are provided.
Guests should bring their own bathing suits & towels.
Showers and Changing rooms available.
Pool area is heated and cooled all year round to 72F degrees. Comfortable temperature during any climate outside.
Check In Times 10:00am or 1pm – two sessions per day.
A Professional Photographer is there to take photos of your dolphin swim. Photos can be purchased after your experience. Photo packages start at $55 and up.
1 OBSERVERS PER PARTICIPANT (18 years or older) or 2 OBSERVERS PER PARTICIPANT (17 years or younger)– An observer is anyone who comes along and watches the participant and can not take photos during the participants experience in water with the dolphins. The observer does NOT touch or go into the water with the dolphins. If you have a 2nd Observer, they will have to pay $5 extra at the gate.
No Pregnant Participants
No Jewelry or Body Piercing Allowed in the water with the Dolphins.
Must be able to understand directions given in English or have a paid family member or friend in the water to translate.
IMPORTANT: Participants must advise of any medical restrictions, illness, open wounds, special needs, prostheses or pacemakers at the time of reservation.
No personal camera in the water or program area.
No Refunds or Changes or Cancellations within 7 Days of the Activity Date.
Program goes on Rain or Shine.
Tickets and Complete Directions will be emailed to you.
Open 365 Days a Year
The time slots available includes a guaranteed the dolphin program, educational briefing, dolphin shows, sea lion show, & marine park exhibits. This is a 3 – 4 hours of activities.
10am – AM session
1pm – PM session
The Dolphin Facility is on Panama City Beach, Front Beach Road. You will get complete written directions with your ticket. < Map >
Driving Times: These times are approximate from the location listed below to Panama City Beach, depending on traffic and weather conditions.
Pensacola to Facility – 2 hours
Navarre Beach to Facility – 1 1/2 hours
Ft Walton Beach to Facility – 1 hour & 20 minutes
All Day FREE Parking available.
Food is available for purchase.
We don’t have discount codes in Panama City Beach but Discount Rates & Dates. Save Money and make your reservation online for the following dates, we called them the Low Season Rates.
To get these discount, you must Click this button and Book through this website.
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.
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.
Does your program go on Rain or Shine? Yes, this program goes on Rain or Shine. The dolphin swim and shows, will go on most of the time. If there is thunder, there might be a delay before the program resumes again. The snorkel portion of the day could get postponed or canceled due to weather. If your snorkel trip does get canceled, you can reschedule or get a partial refund for that part of your day.
Must I know how to swim to participate? You should be comfortable in the water. The dolphin swim takes place in a 15 to 20 foot deep lagoon.
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 dolphin park, so you can see the rest of the shows and exhibits. Observers under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
What should I bring? A bathing suit or swimming attire is required. You can rely on us to provide the following: Showers, lockers(refundable deposit), and wetsuits. Wetsuits can be rented. All jewelry must be removed prior to entering the water.
What about taking photographs with the Dolphins during my session? Yes, there are professional staff photographers taking photographs or video 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 regular 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.
What kind of pools do the animals live in at the Dolphin facility? The animals live in natural salt-water lagoons. The water is pumped in from the Atlantic Ocean.
How big is the lagoon? The lagoon is three acres in size with an average depth of 15 to 20 feet. The rest of the property is about 17 acres in size and rich with tropical foliage and orchids.
Do you have a restaurant on the property? A snack bar/grill is available and serves a variety of delicious foods at the dolphin facility.
Can I bring my own masks fins and snorkels? Yes you can to use during your dolphin program and private facility beach. Water shoes may be worn instead of fins for parts of the ray and sea lion swim, but we do not provide these so bring your own.
Do we have to pay extra entrance and parking fees ? No. There are no extra entrance or parking fees when snorkeling or the dolphin program.
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 age 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 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 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. 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.
Includes: Dolphin Encounter Program – A 20 minute shallow water experience including touching, feeding and training with a dolphin. Instead of getting a ride with the dolphin, you will get a dolphin body hug, which the swim participants do not get this behavior. Plus, General Admission to Park, Dolphin Show, Sea Lion show, Marine Tour, and other Shows. Must be 1 year old or older to participate. Low $59/$79 or High $99/$129 Book Now!