Dolphin Encounter | Dolphin Academy

$114 p.p.
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2850 Reviews

A dolphin experience for all ages! The dolphins at Dolphin Academy will steal your heart with this fun, intimate, and interactive meeting.

What can you expect?

This magical encounter at Dolphin Academy begins at either 8:30, 11:00, and 14:00. While standing in waist-deep water you will be able to gently pet a dolphin who will then give you a kiss and a handshake. The trainer will teach you all about dolphins, their body parts, and their behaviors. After the information about dolphins you will continue with interactive program in the water that takes about 20 minutes. Prior to the program, you will receive instructions from the dolphin trainers. After the encounter, we advise that you stay and walk around in the Sea Aquarium. You can learn more about Curacao fascinating sea life, feed the nurse sharks, feed the flamingos and watch the sea lions steal the show! A great day out for the family.

Book your spot today for an immersive and educational Dolphin Encounter at Dolphin Academy!

General information

Days Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday and Saturday
Duration 1 hour ( 20 minutes in the water )
Start Time 8:30, 11:00, 14:00
Min.Age Required all ages
Children $65

What’s Included:

  • Interactive meeting with dolphins
  • Extensive knowledge about dolphins
  • Experienced trainers
  • Get a kiss and a handshake from a dolphin!
  • Entrance to the Sea Aquarium
  • Free Wifi
  • Lockers

Meeting & Pick up:

  • This tour does not offer pick up service
  • Start time: 8:30, 11:00, 14:00
  • The duration of this activity is 20 minutes in the water

What to bring:

  • Towel
  • Dry clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Bathing suit

Know before you go:

  • Entrance to the Sea Aquarium is included
  • You can visit the gift store for pictures or a nice souvenir
  • Babies aged 0 – 11 months are free
  • Children ages 1 – 4 get a special price of $65
  • Children below the age 8 have to be accompanied by a (paying) adult
  • Be present fifteen minutes before the program begins

Additional information:

  • Dolphin Academy is one of the only facilities in the world that works with trained dolphins in the open sea.
  • The dolphins reside on the premises of the Curacao Sea Aquarium in four primary lagoons interconnected by secondary basins and canals. The lagoons are in contact with the ocean, allowing a constant flow of fresh seawater and numerous fish and invertebrate species.

Refund and Cancellation Policy:

  • A cancellation up to 24 hours prior to departure of the tour entitles the guest to a 100% refund.
  • Less than 24 hours prior to departure, the guest receives no refund unless due to illness accompanied by a valid doctor's statement.
  • In case of illness, only the person who is ill will receive a 100% refund. Other participants within the same booking that cancel the tour will not receive a refund unless otherwise decided by the supplier depending on the circumstances.
  • No-shows, or if you miss the tour because you are too late, and cancellations made less than 24 hours before the scheduled activity will be charged the full price.
  • In case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances the tour will be rescheduled, if rescheduling is not possible or the new time is inconvenient for you, a full refund will be issued.

Learn more about cancellations.



May 2024

They ignore you when you try to contact them.

They totally ignored me!!! I booked for 2PM, bit couldn’t make it because my taxi’s tire went flat on the way. I tried to call them and text them for a chance to reschedule or try to find a solution together. The chances of getting a flat tire are very high on the island because of the many holes in the road. They didnt’t answer my calls and left me on read on whatsapp. I was super excited to meet the dolphin but unfortunately they chose to ignore me.
April 2024

A dream come true for our daughters

I can’t say enough about the Dolphin Academy in Curacao! My girls, 14 and 18, have dreamed of swimming with dolphins for a long time. It was heartwarming to watch their joy and excitement during the entire dolphin experience! The trainer told us he had only been working at the Dolphin Academy for 10 months, but you could see and feel his love and passion for Gigi and Djoli. He has a special relationship with each of them. He enjoyed sharing them with us and showed great appreciation to them when they did their tricks, swims, dives, and jumps. Thank you to everyone at Curacao Dolphin Academy for giving us a very special and unforgettable experience!
April 2024

Great Day!

The Dolphin swimming was really great, nice atmosphere and trainers. This is a cool location and it's worth to spent 4-5 hours there.
April 2024


We took the dolphin swim. There were 2 dolphins for 3 couples. We consider ourselfs lucky that 1 of the dolphins chose the 2 of us for her swim. I'll try to discribe the feeling we had. At first we were a bit nervous, but as soon as we touched "our" dolphin for the first time......we had a kind of invinsible feeling. Her superslim skin and powerfull body made us realise what kind of magnifisant creature this is. I can go on and on about this. I won't, just go there and do it yourself. Then you know what I mean. Happy amazing swim. .. Aad en Miranda
April 2024

Awesome way to end a Curacao vacation

Our one daughter was too short to do the snorkel (the height requirement seems arbitrary), but I don't think we missed much in the swim. It was AWESOME. The pictures were great (buy them, worth it) and it's clear how excited we all are. We were in the water with the dolphins for a full half hour and it was flippin' incredible.