This Ocho Rios attraction offers
Jamaica's only dolphin experience.
Three years in the planning, the 4-acre attraction also contains a jungle walk featuring macaws, snakes and iguanas and a stingray and shark petting pool.
The main draw, of course, is the chance to get up close and personal with the dolphins, which along with their trainers were brought to Jamaica from Mexico.
Dolphin Cove offers three interaction programs with the animals. The Touch Encounter, the least interactive, involves touching the animals in shallow water.
Slightly more involved is the The Swim Encounter where guests floating in life jackets in deep water have the opportunity to play with a dolphin and to be kissed by it.
The most elaborate, called the Swim With Dolphins encounter, includes all of the above activities plus assisting the animals in acrobatic performances and being foot pushed or dorsal pulled through the water by them.
Visitors to Dolphin Cove are welcome to spend an entire day swimming, sunning or kayaking the coastline.
Goggles and flippers are also available. A restaurant offers a Jamaican buffet lunch overlooking the water. On the beach, a bar and grill also provides lunch along with snacks and drinks.
The park's operating hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Advance reservations are required for any of the dolphin experiences. Call 876-974-5335. You can reserve on the website (see below).
For children, note any age restrictions or benefits (free admission for children under 6).
Children under 8 (and pregnant women) are excluded from some programs.
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