swim with dolphins Cancun


Are you looking for a vacation adventure that you will never forget? How about swimming with the friendliest creature in the sea, the dolphin? Dolphin Discovery makes this amazing experience possible for visitors to Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya.

Programs vary in price depending on the activities that are involved. If you are ready for an entire day of fun in the Caribbean sun, choose the Royal Dolphin Swim at Isla Mujeres + Royal Garrafon. Garrafon is an unbelievably beautiful eco park, but more about that later…

You’ll need to be at Marina Aquatours, which is located at km 6.5 of the Cancun Hotel Zone, around 8:15 am. You’ll board a ferry which will make its way across the unreal turquoise blue waters to Isla Mujeres. Breakfast on the ferry is included and consists of scrambled eggs, sweet bread, yogurt, juice, etc.


Dolphin Discovery Cancun


When you arrive at the Dolphin Discovery complex on Isla Mujeres, you’ll see the dolphins leaping out of the water…it will be difficult to believe that you’ll soon be in the water with them!

However, first you’ll have to get your locker, store your belongings, and put on a life jacket. Next you’ll have a very short explanation/orientation. Then it will be time to head for the dock, and the dolphins!


Dolphin Discovery Cancun


The first thing you’ll notice is how happy the dolphins seem, no sad circus animals here. The dolphins seem healthy and more than content. Next, you’ll get to kiss them and shake “hands” with them. They pull you by their fins and then they’ll push you up and out of the water. This last activity, the “foot push” is exhilarating. You won’t believe their strength.

After all this excitement, you’ll want to relax and have a bite to eat, and Garrafon Park is the perfect place to do it. The views are truly  breathtaking. After dining in the buffet restaurant or the snack bar, you can snorkel, kayak, fly high above the Caribbean Sea on a zip line, or just relax in the infinity pool with a cocktail in your hand.


Isla Mujeres activities


activities Cancun


When it is finally time to head back to Cancun, don’t despair, because the party is still going and the bar is still open (and included) on the boat.

No matter which Dolphin Discovery tour and location you choose, this experience will be one you won’t soon forget.

Visit Hacienda Tres Rios and Swim with the Dolphins at Dolphin Discovery Puerto Aventuras!

3 Reviews

  1. As much as I love Tres Rios and have proved it by buying into it with my husband, I strongly object to its promoting “Swimming with the Dolphins”, This is a program that promotes the capturing and selling of dolphins by the Japanese in Taiji as seen in “The Cove” as well as keeping these animals captive. If you truly promoted Eco-practices across the board, you would no longer promote this as an activity available through Tres Rios. Dolphin watches can be done without harming these magnificent animals. On the Paul Gauguin cruises, they offer whale and dolphin watches of wild dolphins and whales – they only associate with activities that are non-harming to sea life and educating the public.

    Charlene Daniel


    • Hi Charlene,

      We agree that the practices by the Japanese in Taiji are terrible, frightening and inhumane. The dolphins at Dolphin Discovery are not captured nor purchase but are bred in captivity and are extremely well cared for. I was a bit leery of the entire thing myself, until I spoke with a friend that works for DD and then participated in the activity myself in order to write this article. Knowing that ecological practices are of the utmost importance to Hacienda Tres Rios, we hope that you trust our judgement, however if you cannot, please investigate further into the Dolphin Discovery program yourself.



  2. Thank you for your reply. I totally agree and would far prefer to be a welcomed guest in their natural environment rather than “happy” beings that were ripped away from their family of origin to entertain humans.