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Dolphin Encounter (Non-Swim)

Dolphin Encounter (Non-Swim) Age 1+

Important advise to dolphin lovers: book early… there are a lot of you out there.

Dolphin Encounter Florida Keys Age 1 and up

Pricing and Availability

Dolphin Encounter Adult (8 years old +) $185**
Dolphin Encounter Child (1-7 years old) $185**
Adult Observer (10 years +) $33.95*
Child Observer (3 – 9 years old) 22.95*
Baby Observer (0-2 years old) FREE

*Plus 7.5% sales tax & $2 Facility Fee per participant
High Season Rate – March 24 – April 24, 2017 and December 19, 2016 – January 3, 2018
$20** Added per Person

Florida Keys / Islamorada

Your Florida Keys Dolphin Encounter/WADE program is an educational and entertaining swim with the dolphins program which takes places in a natural salt water lagoon, and have a chance to get up close and personal with a dolphin. Watch, touch, hug and play with the dolphins in this shallow water – non/swim marine adventure.
More details below

Details

Immerse yourself in the Florida Keys Dolphin Encounter/WADE Non-Swim program. With these exclusive activities, you’ll have a chance to be in shallow water with the dolphins and see marine animal shows that will put a smile on anyone’s face. Don your swimming gear and frolic under the natural ocean water and be with the bottlenose dolphins and all their aquatic friends. Relax and take time to enjoy all the wonders that the Florida Keys has to offer you.

Inclusions:

  • A 15-20 minute educational presentation prior to entering the water with the dolphins.
  • A 30 minute shallow (non-swim) water experience including touching, play, holding and training with a dolphin.
  • Personal photo opportunities with a dolphin to purchase at the photo lab after your Dolphin program.
  • A wetsuit rental and free life jackets can be provided for use during the dolphin session.
  • 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.
  • This is a 3 – 4 hour of Activities, with Dolphin Encounter, and Shows, either 10am – 3pm or 1pm – 5pm.
  • Observer gets to watch the dolphin interaction & shows
  • All Participants must be 1 years old and up
  • Anyone within 1 – 7 years old, must have a paid Adult participant. An Adult is anyone 18 years or older.
  • Must be able to understand directions given in English or have a paid family member or friend in the water to translate.
  • 6 participants maximum per dolphin session. (which can be broken into smaller groups).
  • Open 365 Days a Year
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Available:
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.

  • 10am – 3pm (Note: This session may have less people than the afternoon)
  • 1pm – 5pm

High Season Dates:
These dates mean that the dolphin program price is increased by $10 per participant.

  • March 24 – April 24, 2017
  • December 19, 2017 – January 3, 2018

Location:
The Dolphin Facility is in the Florida Keys and on Islamorada, which is one of the major island in the Upper Keys, next to Key Largo. You will get complete written directions with your online ticket.

Note:
Driving Times: These times are approximate from the location listed below to Key Largo area, depending on traffic and weather conditions.

  • Key West – 2 hours
  • Marathon – 40 minutes / 1 hour
  • Miami Beach & South Beach – 1 1/2 hours
  • Miami Cruise Ship Port – 1 1/2 hours
  • Miami Airport – 1 hour
  • Fort Lauderdale Area – 2 hours
  • Naples/Marco Island – 3 1/2 hours


Online Discounts

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 discount code box of the reservation form, page 2. 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 days or more in advance get 2.5% off each person. CODE: flakeysbookingspecial
  • NO DISCOUNTS DURING HIGH SEASON!! March 24, 2017 – April 24, 2017


Redemption Instructions

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.

  • 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

Florida Keys Dolphin Encounter (non-swim) :

  • All Participants must be 1 year old and up.
  • Anyone within 1 – 7 years old, must have a paid Adult (parent or legal guardian) participant.
  • Must be able to understand directions given in English or have a paid family member or friend in the water to translate.
  • This program is not available to expectant mothers.
  • If the participating adult is not the parent or legal guardian of the child, then a Child Care Authorization form needs to be filled out.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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?
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.
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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.
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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.

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.


Other Programs in the Florida Keys Area

At Dolphin World / Keys Adventure Tours we do offer other activities options while in South Florida/Florida Keys. Please contact your Dolphin World specialist to see if any are good for you.

  • 1 DAY DOLPHIN SWIM MINI WORKSHOP – Key Largo Area – Dolphin Swim, Shows and John Pennekamp Snorkel Trip.
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  • 2 DAY MARINE ANIMAL DELUXE WORKSHOP – Key Largo Area – Dolphin Swim, Sea Lion Swim, Ray Swim, Snorkel Trip, and Back Bay Environmental Tour. [ Learn More ]
  • WILD DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER WORKSHOP – Key West Area – 4 Hour Wild Bottlenose Dolphins viewing and snorkel trip. [ Learn More ]