Cozumel Dolphin Swim & Encounter Excursion Reviews

Cozumel's dolphin programs bring cruisers up close and personal with the affectionate creatures. Enjoy interacting with the dolphins as you become one with their habitat.
Dolphin encounter was very good.
Dolphin encounter was very good. The weather was rainy and cold and made the experience less enjoyable.
Dolphin encounter was very good. The weather was rainy and cold and made the experience less enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Spent about 40 minutes in the water with Aphrodite and had a great time.
Spent about 40 minutes in the water with Aphrodite and had a great time. Buffet lunch was tasty and filling and while the drinks were on the weak side they were free (and you can order beer to avoid the weak mixed drinks).
Spent about 40 minutes in the water with Aphrodite and had a great time. Buffet lunch was tasty and filling and while the drinks were on the weak side they were free (and you can order beer to avoid the weak mixed drinks). Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Great bucket list experience but I wont do it again.
Great bucket list experience but I wont do it again. Dolphin Discovery was very gracious to transfer our excursion from Tortola to Cozumel when our itinerary was changed due to the hurricanes
Great bucket list experience but I wont do it again. Dolphin Discovery was very gracious to transfer our excursion from Tortola to Cozumel when our itinerary was changed due to the hurricanes Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
NIce Place.
NIce Place. Really fun to meet Dolphins!!
NIce Place. Really fun to meet Dolphins!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We visited Dolphinaris and had a dolphin encounter.
We visited Dolphinaris and had a dolphin encounter. It was very fun and the trainers were awesome. this excursion does not allow you to swim with them, but you you get your picture with them and touch and interact with them. Be warned, ONE ... Read More
We visited Dolphinaris and had a dolphin encounter. It was very fun and the trainers were awesome. this excursion does not allow you to swim with them, but you you get your picture with them and touch and interact with them. Be warned, ONE single picture is $30 USD. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
This was a good excursion for the money.
This was a good excursion for the money. Got to interact with Dolphins in the water, then enjoy a buffet, open bar, kayak, paddle boarding and snorkeling all for the one price... around $79 each
This was a good excursion for the money. Got to interact with Dolphins in the water, then enjoy a buffet, open bar, kayak, paddle boarding and snorkeling all for the one price... around $79 each Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
It was an amazing day with those smart and beautiful animals!
It was an amazing day with those smart and beautiful animals!
It was an amazing day with those smart and beautiful animals! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Highly recommend!!!!
Highly recommend!!!! Was a very cool facility with very friendly and knowledgable staff. The dolphins were also pretty awesome.
Highly recommend!!!! Was a very cool facility with very friendly and knowledgable staff. The dolphins were also pretty awesome. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Dolphinaris was great!
Dolphinaris was great! got to swim with dolphins! Much cheaper to book by yourself than through the cruise line. The shore though hurts your feet! :( very rocky and you have to watch your step
Dolphinaris was great! got to swim with dolphins! Much cheaper to book by yourself than through the cruise line. The shore though hurts your feet! :( very rocky and you have to watch your step Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Went with Dolphinaris - great experience, well-run, and probably the least expensive dolphin swim ...
Went with Dolphinaris - great experience, well-run, and probably the least expensive dolphin swim available at the excursion desk.
Went with Dolphinaris - great experience, well-run, and probably the least expensive dolphin swim available at the excursion desk. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Our trainer and dolphin were wonderful!
Our trainer and dolphin were wonderful! We had lots of time in the water and the trainer was very patient with our 1 and 3 year olds as he worked with them to connect with the dolphin. Towels were not provided free of charge so be sure ... Read More
Our trainer and dolphin were wonderful! We had lots of time in the water and the trainer was very patient with our 1 and 3 year olds as he worked with them to connect with the dolphin. Towels were not provided free of charge so be sure to bring your towel from the ship. Food was just ok but the drinks were great! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We really enjoyed the dolphin swim with the free lunch buffet and open bar.
We really enjoyed the dolphin swim with the free lunch buffet and open bar.
We really enjoyed the dolphin swim with the free lunch buffet and open bar. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We were in the water for 40 minutes with the dolphins.
We were in the water for 40 minutes with the dolphins. It was SO MUCH FUN!
We were in the water for 40 minutes with the dolphins. It was SO MUCH FUN! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
I would do this over and over again.
I would do this over and over again. I couldn't stop smiling the whole time we were with the dolphins. We also got to do the manatee encounter, even though it started to rain. The buffet was lackluster, but it was paid for nonetheless.
I would do this over and over again. I couldn't stop smiling the whole time we were with the dolphins. We also got to do the manatee encounter, even though it started to rain. The buffet was lackluster, but it was paid for nonetheless. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The actual dolphin encounter was amazing, the food was HORRIBLE and the nerve of this place to ...
The actual dolphin encounter was amazing, the food was HORRIBLE and the nerve of this place to charge an outrageous amount for family photos is just sick! I will be complaining to Carnival!
The actual dolphin encounter was amazing, the food was HORRIBLE and the nerve of this place to charge an outrageous amount for family photos is just sick! I will be complaining to Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Wonderful time with dolphins, good food relaxed atmosphere, went kayaking as well.
Wonderful time with dolphins, good food relaxed atmosphere, went kayaking as well. Photos expensive, so budget ahead of time.
Wonderful time with dolphins, good food relaxed atmosphere, went kayaking as well. Photos expensive, so budget ahead of time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Interesting information about dolphins but not much "swimming" with them.
Interesting information about dolphins but not much "swimming" with them. Lunch was mediocre unless you wanted Mexican food. We purchased one printed picture and a DVD with about 12 or 15 pictures. Price was much too high ... Read More
Interesting information about dolphins but not much "swimming" with them. Lunch was mediocre unless you wanted Mexican food. We purchased one printed picture and a DVD with about 12 or 15 pictures. Price was much too high ($87). Would not do this again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Easy transfers from boat to the site.
Easy transfers from boat to the site. Good food and drink with lunch included in the VIP package. Fun experience with the dolphins. The areas for the dolphins however, were just small cement enclosures and did not look very much like a ... Read More
Easy transfers from boat to the site. Good food and drink with lunch included in the VIP package. Fun experience with the dolphins. The areas for the dolphins however, were just small cement enclosures and did not look very much like a real habitat. Much better dolphin environment/habitat in the Bahamas. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We did the Royal Dolphin Swim and did really enjoy it.
We did the Royal Dolphin Swim and did really enjoy it. It's neat to get picked up out of the water and "surf" on the dolphins. That's the main difference between the Royal Swim and the Push & Pull (which I would ... Read More
We did the Royal Dolphin Swim and did really enjoy it. It's neat to get picked up out of the water and "surf" on the dolphins. That's the main difference between the Royal Swim and the Push & Pull (which I would do next time). I don't think the extra $$ for the Royal Swim was worth it. The push/pull actually had something not available for the Royal Swim (boogie board push). I will say that I echo the other reviews - the picture situation is ridiculous. We were offered a group package (before the experience) of $325 and were told it would be $600 after the experience. After the experience, they got down to $240 for our pictures, but we declined. A single photo would have been $35. If you do want a picture package, don't fall for the "buy it before the experience" option. Just wait until after and keep saying "no" until they stop dropping the quote. While we did have fun, this was the only big negative and much of the dolphin experience is about getting you to take photos with the dolphins that they can gouge you for. The food you get on this excursion at the buffets is average (not bad), but kind of what I expected so no complaints. The "beach" area is really only a staging area for the other things you can buy there (snorkeling, etc...). There is no real beach area and the only water really available to lounge in is a pool and the lagoon area. Again, we were there for the dolphin experience, but do not expect a great beach like other excursions. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
What a unique experience!
What a unique experience! Actually held on to the fins while dolphin pulled me through the water and then he pushed on my foot while I held onto swim board to propel me across the pool. The pools are just fenced off areas of the actual ... Read More
What a unique experience! Actually held on to the fins while dolphin pulled me through the water and then he pushed on my foot while I held onto swim board to propel me across the pool. The pools are just fenced off areas of the actual Caribbean -- so a very pretty and natural setting. Photos are RIDICULOUSLY expensive, but we bought them anyway. $35 for one print of ONE person. The pictures were excellent and there were 87 of them of just the two of us. We just bought the CD of all of them for $140. I resented not being able to take our own pictures. And we also were able to pet and feed the manatees. Then we wandered around Chankanaab Park -- very worth doing. A lovely beach and nice jungle/garden to walk through. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Experience was great, the park is awesome and we have been there before.
Experience was great, the park is awesome and we have been there before. Food was above average, drinks were good. Watch out when they try to sell you photos...these get very expensive.
Experience was great, the park is awesome and we have been there before. Food was above average, drinks were good. Watch out when they try to sell you photos...these get very expensive. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
I was apprehensive because I don't know how to swim, but we were all safely secured in life jackets.
I was apprehensive because I don't know how to swim, but we were all safely secured in life jackets. There were four families of four members each in our group. We got to have multiple experiences with the dolphin. She kissed us, ... Read More
I was apprehensive because I don't know how to swim, but we were all safely secured in life jackets. There were four families of four members each in our group. We got to have multiple experiences with the dolphin. She kissed us, shook our hands, we swam holding on to her fins, and we rode on her with a boogie board. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
This was one of the highlights of my life!
This was one of the highlights of my life! We got to SWIM with they dolphins. THey pused us, pulled us and we even got the kiss the dolphins. They also fed us lunch with an open bar. If going going to Cozumel book this excursion. It ... Read More
This was one of the highlights of my life! We got to SWIM with they dolphins. THey pused us, pulled us and we even got the kiss the dolphins. They also fed us lunch with an open bar. If going going to Cozumel book this excursion. It was honeslty both my husbad and mines highlight of the trip!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This was AMAZING!
This was AMAZING! I would go back and do this excursion again!!!!
This was AMAZING! I would go back and do this excursion again!!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This was awesome and a must do!
This was awesome and a must do! We did the Push, Pull and Lunch Buffet. It's something that's been on my bucket list. I was a little worried when we had a group of about 50 people, but we got there and they broke us into groups ... Read More
This was awesome and a must do! We did the Push, Pull and Lunch Buffet. It's something that's been on my bucket list. I was a little worried when we had a group of about 50 people, but we got there and they broke us into groups of 8 per dolphin. Definitely do the first one in the morning you can so you have plenty of time for the Chankanaab park. We had plenty of time with the dolphin. He took her back and forth in front of us while we were waiting for two people to swim out to be pushed or pulled by her. Pretty self explanatory, but know how to swim lol. Two people in our group didn't know how to swim. We had life vests on, but they were still scared. They have plans in place for this. They got a life guard to help her swim out and do the push on the boogie board. Instead of swimming out for the pull she rode the dolphin in a circle right there. The park was clean and nice. The buffet was pretty good. You're usual buffet, not spectacular, but I wasn't there for the food. And it was nice to have the option to eat while you were doing so many activities all day. They asked us when we had to be back on board and told us when the last bus would leave. We got to see the Sea Lion show and we brought our own gear to snorkel. We had plenty of time for everything. Snorkeling was beautiful. Lots of colorful fish. It was our first time and we figured out everything on our own. I was glad we had plenty of time to experiment and do this on our own before we did our guided tour at another port later. Again, I will say make sure you do the first excursion available and you should have plenty of time and not be rushed. Would definitely recommend this excursion. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line