Costa Maya Dolphin Swim Excursion Reviews

Experience the thrill of a immersing yourself in an underwater world by swimming with one of the world's smartest animals -- the dolphin.
The dolphin swim is at the end of the pier so I was able to watch and video my family with the ...
The dolphin swim is at the end of the pier so I was able to watch and video my family with the dolphins. No need to pay $200 to get photos, videos from the excursion after spending a ton of money already just to get in to the water with ... Read More
The dolphin swim is at the end of the pier so I was able to watch and video my family with the dolphins. No need to pay $200 to get photos, videos from the excursion after spending a ton of money already just to get in to the water with the dolphins. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Daughter and granddaughter swam with the dolphins.
Daughter and granddaughter swam with the dolphins. They loved it. A snorkeling excursion cancelled due to the weather.
Daughter and granddaughter swam with the dolphins. They loved it. A snorkeling excursion cancelled due to the weather. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
After reading the reviews prior to sailing for this excursion, I was not expecting much for the ...
After reading the reviews prior to sailing for this excursion, I was not expecting much for the adults, I really thought the kids would get more from it. I was wrong! there ws plenty interaction with the dolphins for each person. ... Read More
After reading the reviews prior to sailing for this excursion, I was not expecting much for the adults, I really thought the kids would get more from it. I was wrong! there ws plenty interaction with the dolphins for each person. Litterally swimming in the same tank as the dolphins was amazing in itself. Each person did tricks with the dolphins while pictures were being taken. The pictures they took were extremely pricey but the excursion was amazing! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I did not do the dolphin excursion - but I saw the pool size.
I did not do the dolphin excursion - but I saw the pool size. This is a SMALL pool with 7 dolphins!!!!! I was disgusted when I saw this attraction and am working to bring awareness to this. Please do not support this attraction. I also ... Read More
I did not do the dolphin excursion - but I saw the pool size. This is a SMALL pool with 7 dolphins!!!!! I was disgusted when I saw this attraction and am working to bring awareness to this. Please do not support this attraction. I also observed the dolphins being forced to jump, over and over again, at the beginning of the day (7AM). These animals are forced to work all day and live in a very, very small space. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Costa Maya we did the dolphin encounter.
Costa Maya we did the dolphin encounter. It's right next to the port. Very easy to get to. It was overall a great experience for my family. We got to go in the water and do tricks/poses with the dolphins. People were complaining that ... Read More
Costa Maya we did the dolphin encounter. It's right next to the port. Very easy to get to. It was overall a great experience for my family. We got to go in the water and do tricks/poses with the dolphins. People were complaining that most of the instructions were in Spanish. We got the digital picture package and realized afterwards all of my husbands photos were missing! So make sure you get everything before you leave. We also did the bird aviary. This was my oldest child's favorite from everything we did the entire trip. It was not crowded at all, and we had a lot of time to interact with the beautiful birds and to enjoy the views. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Fun!
Fun! I wish family could come closer to take photos. The professional ones were so expensive.
Fun! I wish family could come closer to take photos. The professional ones were so expensive. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
My granddaughter had a great time interacting with the dolphin.
My granddaughter had a great time interacting with the dolphin.
My granddaughter had a great time interacting with the dolphin. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
The time it took to get everyone set up go in the water was quite long.
The time it took to get everyone set up go in the water was quite long. Seemed somewhat unorganized at times. The experience was great - kids and adults had a wonderful time.
The time it took to get everyone set up go in the water was quite long. Seemed somewhat unorganized at times. The experience was great - kids and adults had a wonderful time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Go early as it gets super busy later In the day, but this was a better experience than all the ...
Go early as it gets super busy later In the day, but this was a better experience than all the reviews kept tell8ng me! So glad I booked it for my daughters, it was amazing! A non- paying and non participating person can attend with you, ... Read More
Go early as it gets super busy later In the day, but this was a better experience than all the reviews kept tell8ng me! So glad I booked it for my daughters, it was amazing! A non- paying and non participating person can attend with you, so if others just want to take pictures it's the best! Tried to buy some of the pictures and they cannot print them, so you have to buy all of them for $150 digitally... um, no thank you. I would've paid for some of them, but that was crazy... Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Absolutely loved the encounter!
Absolutely loved the encounter! I would recommend that over the swim by far! SO much hands on with the dolphin. We also really enjoyed the wrestling show that was in a restaurant/ bar nearby. Souvenirs were ridiculously high.
Absolutely loved the encounter! I would recommend that over the swim by far! SO much hands on with the dolphin. We also really enjoyed the wrestling show that was in a restaurant/ bar nearby. Souvenirs were ridiculously high. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very fun, we loved the dolphins and our instructor was very funny and knowledgeable of the animals.
Very fun, we loved the dolphins and our instructor was very funny and knowledgeable of the animals.
Very fun, we loved the dolphins and our instructor was very funny and knowledgeable of the animals. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Fun, Keep in mind they don't allow your own pictures and the pictures they sell are very expensive
Fun, Keep in mind they don't allow your own pictures and the pictures they sell are very expensive
Fun, Keep in mind they don't allow your own pictures and the pictures they sell are very expensive Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We enjoyed learning hand signals to get the dolphins to interact with us.
We enjoyed learning hand signals to get the dolphins to interact with us. We each got to dance, kiss, hug & have dolphin touch our hands up high. A great experience!
We enjoyed learning hand signals to get the dolphins to interact with us. We each got to dance, kiss, hug & have dolphin touch our hands up high. A great experience! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Amazing experience!!
Amazing experience!! Worth the money just to interact with these gentle beautiful creatures So much fun!!! Do the push and pull excursion.
Amazing experience!! Worth the money just to interact with these gentle beautiful creatures So much fun!!! Do the push and pull excursion. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
They had a variety of options available from a kiss and hug with dolphins to 1/2 hour group ...
They had a variety of options available from a kiss and hug with dolphins to 1/2 hour group swimming. We do the hug and kiss. The trainer was good at explaining what to do and the dolphins were friendly. It was crowded though and took ... Read More
They had a variety of options available from a kiss and hug with dolphins to 1/2 hour group swimming. We do the hug and kiss. The trainer was good at explaining what to do and the dolphins were friendly. It was crowded though and took long to get our pictures afterwards. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We did the dolphin encounter which is a little different than the dolphin swim but it was enjoyable ...
We did the dolphin encounter which is a little different than the dolphin swim but it was enjoyable and I wasn't a huge fan of it just because I didn't really care to be with the dolphins to begin with but my wife absolutely ... Read More
We did the dolphin encounter which is a little different than the dolphin swim but it was enjoyable and I wasn't a huge fan of it just because I didn't really care to be with the dolphins to begin with but my wife absolutely loved it and we would do it again its just not "my thing" or first pick for an excursion. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Simply amazing, an experience we'll never forget.
Simply amazing, an experience we'll never forget. Loved Costa Maya, hated the pricey food and drinks from the vendors.
Simply amazing, an experience we'll never forget. Loved Costa Maya, hated the pricey food and drinks from the vendors. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Their main objective was to take your pictures only to try to sell them to you at excessively high ...
Their main objective was to take your pictures only to try to sell them to you at excessively high prices. You are not allowed to take any photos on your own.
Their main objective was to take your pictures only to try to sell them to you at excessively high prices. You are not allowed to take any photos on your own. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We LOVED this!
We LOVED this! This was by far our favorite thing! The dolphins were so smart and gentle. The trainer did a very good job with our kids and the animals. The entire experience was so much fun and something we will all remember forever.
We LOVED this! This was by far our favorite thing! The dolphins were so smart and gentle. The trainer did a very good job with our kids and the animals. The entire experience was so much fun and something we will all remember forever. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
dolphin encounter, nice experience, well run.
dolphin encounter, nice experience, well run. Kids liked it..Costa Maya is like a town built by the cruiselines...
dolphin encounter, nice experience, well run. Kids liked it..Costa Maya is like a town built by the cruiselines... Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Wife did this excursion since I am handicapped and couldn't do it.
Wife did this excursion since I am handicapped and couldn't do it. The cruise line made me pay for it up front for me even though I was unable to do it but wanted to go watch my wife. The guy at the excursion said no that if I ... Read More
Wife did this excursion since I am handicapped and couldn't do it. The cruise line made me pay for it up front for me even though I was unable to do it but wanted to go watch my wife. The guy at the excursion said no that if I wasn't participating that there was no fee. He returned my ticket to the ship and I was reimbursed. My wife though had a wonderful time and really enjoyed herself. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
It's really, really pricy ($125 per person, plus $200 for a full set of pro pictures), but it was ...
It's really, really pricy ($125 per person, plus $200 for a full set of pro pictures), but it was the experience of a lifetime. I deliberately chose the Costa Maya dolphin swim over a similar excursion in Cozumel, both to have it as ... Read More
It's really, really pricy ($125 per person, plus $200 for a full set of pro pictures), but it was the experience of a lifetime. I deliberately chose the Costa Maya dolphin swim over a similar excursion in Cozumel, both to have it as the capper of our trip, and because I wasn't thrilled with some of the high pressure sales cited from other reviewers. I can happily say that our dolphin swim experience was amazing. My son got nervous being up close with a dolphin, but the trainer calmly lead the two of them through a getting-to-know-you routine, and had the boy all smiles by the end. Thank you Dolphin Discovery of Costa Maya. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Dolphin Encounter was OUTSTANDING!
Dolphin Encounter was OUTSTANDING! There was a lot of waiting, but it was AMAZING. We got one-on-one time with the dolphin and spent lots of time petting the dolphin and interacting with her. It rained, so I didn't spend too much time ... Read More
Dolphin Encounter was OUTSTANDING! There was a lot of waiting, but it was AMAZING. We got one-on-one time with the dolphin and spent lots of time petting the dolphin and interacting with her. It rained, so I didn't spend too much time analyzing my photos. I just paid the $ 50 and bought the CD of my photos. They take a dozen or more of your interacting with the dolphin. I felt that the money I spent on this excursion went to help for the care of the dolphins, so I didn't mind the expense. I was afraid it would just be a minute or two with the dolphin, but not so... you get a good amount of time with them. A definite MUST-DO. My mom doesn't swim and is afraid of the water, but she would be able to do this. You stand on a wide ledge and the dolphins come to you. Loved this! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
My husband swam with the dolphin and I did the encounter.
My husband swam with the dolphin and I did the encounter. We both had fun and the dolphins will kiss you !
My husband swam with the dolphin and I did the encounter. We both had fun and the dolphins will kiss you ! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Short walk from the pier.
Short walk from the pier. You are in groups of about 10. They provide lockers. Dolphins were entertaining. We got to do the kiss, shake, push on the boggie board and the swim.
Short walk from the pier. You are in groups of about 10. They provide lockers. Dolphins were entertaining. We got to do the kiss, shake, push on the boggie board and the swim. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line