It was ok, very commercialized, felt like we were channeled through the experience the most efficient way possible. I did it because it was my 10 year old's dream to swim with a dolphin and they wouldn't allow her in the water by herself.
No photos allowed, you have to lock all your belongs into a locker and then basically all you do is smile for the camera in various positions with the dolphin. It was over fast and then they rip you of if you want any pictures. They will deal if you hesitate for a package for two persons (last offer $100 instead of $140, I should have insisted on trying to deal for a package of just one as well, but it was still $70 for a cd of mostly bad pictures since we were all squinting against the sun, no sunglasses or hats allowed, only prescription glasses. They watch you like a hawk so you don't take pictures of the computer screen images.
The dolphin trainer who worked with our group was nice, he had remembered all of our names by the end of the program. We had booked the dolphin push, pull and swim but it didn't seem very much that we did: hold out our hand and touch the dolphin while it swims by, kiss the dolphin, dance with the dolphin holding its fins, then get pulled by the dolphin and then dolphin pushed your feet out of the water while you hold on to a buggy board.
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