Chankanaab Dolphin Swim, Push, Pull and Buffet Lunch. This is the third time I've gone to Chankanaab for the dolphin swim. I love the park and it's absolutely the best place to do a dolphin swim. If you have a bucket list item where you want to swim with dolphins, this is the place to do it! We know many people who have done it various other places and everybody agrees that Chankanaab is the absolute best place to do this. The buffet lunch was not good but drinks were included. It was enough to tide you over until you got back on the ship. Allow yourself to explore the park after your swim, it's a beautiful destination in itself.
Dolphin Encounter with unlimited food and drink was worth it. Drinks were good and the food was amazing. The trainers were professional and the facility was clean and natural looking. Everyone got a turn to do multiple things with the dolphins. Normally your able to also snorkel and check out the sting rays but unfortunately Cozumel had turbulent waters and we couldn't but I would to do this excursion again worth the money. Side note you can not take pics but they do and the purchase price starts at $30 a pic up into the hundreds.
This tour was a fantastic experience of swimming with dolphins, and meeting manatees. There was a fun little sea lion show later and there was so much other stuff to do at this location. could have spent the whole day there. Bring your wallet though because no photos allowed in the dolphin area and their pictures are very pricey.
Our family had manatee and dolphin encounters. We arrived early - and since our group was smaller we had ample time in the water with the animals.
The gouge on the photos is annoying - but what is one to do ?
The food at the "cafe" restaurant directly next to the entrance was average.
We went to Dolphinarus and the excursion was awesome! Small groups of 6 went with a trainer and we each got to 'kiss' the dolphin, shake hands, give it a belly rub and hang onto its fins while he pulled us for a short ride. The food and drinks were mediocre-drinks were watered down and the Mexican food was fine but no guac which I was disappointed about.
Great service and experience. We did the Encounter - loved getting to kiss, dance with, and pet the dolphin. The team was friendly and upbeat. I appreciated that we got access to the rest of the park: a (very nice) private beach, a small inlet where we could wade in the water, and overall scenic area. Beautiful crystal clear blue water and lots of fish in the water to see if you swim or snorkel.
The staff was professional and helped explained everything to us. Felt safe and secure the entire time.
Did the dolphin push, pull, and swim and Chankanaab National Park. We read many reviews between Chankanaab and Dolphinaris and chose Chankanaab based on the reviews and because the dolphin swim was in the actual ocean and not just in a pool. Would highy recommend this excursion, not only because the dolphins were awesome, but because there was a lot included.
Great interaction with the dolphins. Diego the tour guide was great, he did a great job! The place is great to spend the day. After the dolphin activity you can stay at the beach, do some water sports, walk around and see the place, see the Sea Lions show, etc.
This was a "bucket list" item for some members of our group. We had done dolphin experiences before, so the experience was exactly what we expected. It included transportation to and from the site, and our particular excursion included food from the buffet. The food was fine--not awesome, but nothing to complain about either.
The dolphin experience itself was wonderful. Be aware that not all experiences are the same. We chose the "Royal Swim," which is the most immersive and comprehensive of all dolphin experiences offered because it includes the "foot push" where 2 dolphins "superman" you out of the water. There were plenty of picture-perfect moments (dolphin kisses!).
However, you could tell the scheduling at the site was a little off, as our whole group pet the manatee in the water (with three different trainers rotating through our group) for approximately the same amount of time as we spent with the dolphins. It was obvious we were in a holding pattern for dolphins/trainers/a specific pool to become available even though we had scheduled through the cruise ship in advance. So we didn't get the amount of free time in the park to use the pool as we would have liked.
Be aware that purchasing photos here is on the expensive side. I believe it was $35 per photo? Or alternatively, $50 per person for a disc with all photos from the experience. Absolutely no outside cameras or photos from observers. So if you want photos for a family of four, you're looking at another $150, at least.
Enjoyed the dolphins and manatee, but $240.00 for picture package is outrageous and food included in the Royal package was dreadful. Bad hamburgers with stale buns; undercooked pork tacos and nacho chips with cheese sauce. Not great food.
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