The cruise line only offered the dolphin encounter which is also at the same park, Chankanaab. We booked on our own and took a taxi from the port and arrived a little before the park opened. There was plenty to see and do at this park, they have an archeological garden, that are reproductions but still nice to stroll through, many magnificent gardens, a really beautiful lagoon, a fantastic beach complete with thatch umbrellas and wooden lounge chairs. They also offer snorkeling and even have underwater statues, also a sea lion show is presented there. There are some gift shops, food and drinks available.
Spectators can watch the various encounters with either the dolphins or the manatees. We did the manatee encounter and you don't need to be able to swim to participate, in fact there was a gentleman there at one of the encounters that was in a wheelchair so they make accommodations for people. You step down a small flight of stairs onto a metal platform, a small group maybe around 15. The instructor talks about the manatee as she brings the animal past for you to pet. Then they are set up with a photographer and you get one-on-one with the manatee, kissing them and then getting a hug. Then you are given some lettuce and allowed to swim with them, there were three in with us along with some small reef fish and a sting ray. It was such an incredible experience.
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