Ellie and Mike, her trainer were exceptional! I learned so much about Dolphins, their habits and things they like to do.
My Granddaughter wears a prosthetic leg and the Dolphin just couldn't figure out what it was and kept bumping it with her sonar to figure it out. Mike asked if he could do a training with her to show her it was ok and it was the highlight of my Granddaughter's trip!! She told everyone about being part of the training of a Dolphin so she could know if another amputee came that it was ok to see that!
I highly recommend the dolphin swim and snorkel (ITS IS WORTH THE EXTRA $$ to snorkel!!!!) at Anthony's Key Resort in Roatan! The pictures were very affordable and at one point you are able to take your own pictures so bring a waterproof camera or phone case! The staff and trainers were all very friendly! We were paired with a goup of about 6 people and each of us got our own time to do a photo with our small group and get a dolphin kiss! Our dolphin was Maury and trainer Tony and they were a great pair! I would pay the money to do this all over again!!!
Fantastic way to get real close to such beautiful and intelligent animals. At this while the staff take picture, they do sell them at a more reasonable price and allow guest to take some pictures of their own as well.
I have interacted with dolphins on other excursions and this one was definitely more fun than previous ones. A lot of relaxed interaction with your group's dolphin, and some unscheduled fun interruptions by the dolphins who aren't participating. I was disappointed by the free snorkeling afterward though, as the dolphins kept their distance in the large enclosure and only a few people managed to have very brief interactions with them. Since you weren't allowed to carry your camera during this part and you weren't allowed to chase after the dolphins (for safety reasons) the only thing you could really do was float around wishing a dolphin would come and visit with you. The photos they take are expensive, the minimum is $30 for two photos, but you are allowed to take you own photos during the structured part. When they asked if wee were couples of singles, my friends and I should have said singles, so that we'd get to interact individually with the dolphin and the other could take pictures while it was happening.
This was a bucket list excursion. Roatan was beautiful, and the dolphin adventure was great. It's set up so that you pretty much need to pay for any decent picture, but compared to the cost of the whole trip it was worth it.
kids loved it, my wife and I didn't participate but they still charged us $25 to go and watch. They tried to charge us $50 but I worked out a deal. Kids really loved it. Make sure you do the encounter and the swim portion after which is better then just the encounter. Don't book this through the ship do in on shore and you will save a lot of $
20 minute van ride to Anthony's Key, then a 3 minute boat ride over to the area where the dolphins live. They split us into small groups and each group had it's own trainer and dolphin to pet and take pictures with. Best part was after all the pictures when we put on snorkel gear and swam out into the lagoon and the dolphins came and swam with us. Was amazing. Pay the extra to snorkel with the dolphins. It's totally awesome. Only downside was the $45 they wanted for the pictures they took of us with the dolphins. Very few people bought them. All in all, an excellent excursion.
I did the less expensive dolphin encounter and it was pretty fun. it was a lot more structured that i had anticipated but still nice. After a 20 min ride to the other side of the island you go to a gift shop to wait for a small shuttle boat. A 2 minute ride later you are at the dolphin institute. You cant bring your camera into the water at the beginning while you are petting the dolphin. After they take your picture kissing the dolphin you can go get your camera for about 10 minutes and you can take whatever you want. The pictures at the gift shop are somewhat expensive but worth it if this is a once in a lifetime thing. There was a family with 2 small kids that had a great time.
Nice port, short walk from gangway. Loved this island, could zipline right at pier, but it was pricey. Nice shops, not pushy. Dolphin encounter and snorkel. This was the best excursion. Did the encounter in Margarita years ago and this was so much better. Dolphins were interactive with snorkelers after a little bit of time to get used to the strangers. Whole encounter not in a pool and dolphins have freedom to leave the enclosure where the encounter occurs. The resort held at was incredible, plan to return. Pictures a little pricey, Can take pictures on own except during snorkel.
This excursion was actually entitled "Dolphin Encounter".
I was very nervous initially -- that went away as soon as I got in the water.
A locked box is provided to store your personal items. We were all separated into groups, the trainers encourage smaller groups for more interaction with the dolphins.
I have never experienced anything like it and I cannot imagine anything better. The trainers are informative and it was very apparent how fond they were of the dolphins. Gosh, is it weird to say the dolphins were so sweet? They were like very well behaved (and at times mischievous) children and very intelligent.
We stood about waist deep in the water to touch them, take pictures with them, and watch them perform and eat! Would do this again in a flash! Best excursion I've participated in hands down!
Dolphin Encounter at Anthony's Key!!
This was an amazing excursion. I could not believe I was holding and kissing a dolphin while standing in waist deep water in the ocean (not a platform). Everyone was professional the dolphins were beautiful. They give you about 20 minutes with the trainer and dolphin. Then you can get your own camera and take pictures. The picture they took were professional and absolutely beautiful. You will need $45 for the pictures and $15 for each additional person in your group (bring cash if you can).
The highlight of our cruise, and worth the price of the cruise by itself. A really amazing excursion with dolphins who are obviously well treated in a fantastic aquarium where they have the freedom to come and go, but stay because they love playing and they get free food! Honduras was surprisingly nice - I thought it was going to be completely different and I was totally wrong
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