- Location: Key Largo, FL
- Product code: STRUC
In this deep-water program, guests experience the speed, power, and gentle precision of our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) via a variety of trained behaviors. Guests begin the program with an educational briefing, and acquire information concerning dolphin anatomy and biology, marine mammal and ocean conservation, and detailed descriptions of the dolphin interactions.
Following the briefing, swimmers are divided into smaller groups, in an effort to maximize and personalize each dolphin interaction. In this swim, guests are asked to enter a natural, ocean-water lagoon (12-15 feet deep) and tread water, while wearing a flotation vest. Guests take turns entering the water and interact directly with the dolphins. Each swimmer will experience fast-paced behaviors such as foot pushes and dorsal tows, participate in powerful bows over hoops and poles, interact with intimate behaviors such as handshakes, belly rubs, and kisses, and even test their skills as trainers, while giving the dolphins hand signals. A dolphin trainer guides the dolphins and the humans through a series of fun and exciting behaviors and directs each dolphin swim. Participants should plan on spending 1 to 1.5 hours at Dolphins Plus from arrival to departure. Participants should plan on spending 1 to 1.5 hours at Dolphins Plus from arrival to departure. This includes the education, getting you ready, the encounter itself which is not timed and checking out through our photo department and gift shop.
- Participants must understand English or bring someone that can translate in order to take part in the swim program.
- Participants should be comfortable in water that is 12 - 15 feet deep.
- Swimmers must be at least 7 years old to participate.
- A participating parent or guardian, age 18 or older must accompany swimmers age 7 to 9 years.
- Swimmers age 10 to 17 must be accompanied at the facility by a
participating or observing parent or guardian age 18 or older, but can
enter the water independently.
- Pregnant women are unable to participate in our in-water
encounters, but they are welcome to sign up for our Kissed By a Dolphin
and Painting programs.
IF ANY MEMBERS OF YOUR PARTY HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS REQUIREMENTS, PLEASE FILL OUT THE SPECIAL NEEDS REGISTRATION FORM OR CONTACT US BEFORE COMPLETING YOUR REGISTRATION AT 305-451-4060.
Magical Dolphin Encounter - 5 Stars TripAdvisor
Easy to find on the Gulf side in Key Largo, Dolphin Plus is AMAZING! Having done several programs throughout the Keys, this is by far the best. I did the structured swim with my mother and daughter. Memories of a lifetime. Do yourself a favor and flip for the photographer- it's worth it, terrific pictures.
Had time of life! - 5 Stars TripAdvisor
An amazing experience! Took 7 year old daughter and loved the interaction we had with the structured swim. The activities we did with the dolphins were so fun and you could tell the dolphins loved what they were doing with you. We had B.B. and Isaac - two teenage dolphins who were so much fun to watch interact and to play with.
For our daughter’s Christmas gift this year, our family of four participated in the structureddolphin swim together, and wow was it amazing! We are all so glad that we did it together, rather than just watching, as being in the water with these amazing intelligent creatures was awe inspiring!