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Dolphin Discovery Tortola, Road Town
Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Tick another item off your bucket list at Dolphin Discovery Tortola. Swim with the friendly critters, who live here in an enclosed part of the ocean just off the island's coast. Choose from different experiences, always professionally supervised. Learn about these creatures from the knowledgeable staff, who can tell you about their behavior and habitat, and the dangers facing them in the wild. An onsite snack bar with a viewing platform provides a restful post-swim option. Put Dolphin Discovery Tortola into our Road Town itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Having come off a cruise for the day my partner and I had booked dolphin discovery as an activity to do whilst in Tortola. We booked via the companies website (as cheaper than the cruiseline) and had ... read more »
What an amazing experience. This staff has this down! But not in a way that feels you are being pushed through an assembly line (as I was afraid it was) These dolphins are treated like family and the ... read more »
My wife and I went on an eastern Caribbean cruise aboard the Allure of The Seas. We did 3 excursions while on our honeymoon. They saved the best for last! WOW! What an amazing experience! Our dolphin'... read more »
I was instantly turned off when entering Dolphin Descovery. I felt guilty for even being there. Their habitats were small and dirty. The water was so green you couldn't see anything. There didn't seem to be any organization and they were 30 minutes late getting us into the water. To top it off 2 of my 4 boys were stung by jelly fish multiple times. My 7 year old and 17 month old were crying and their legs were covered in welts. Especially my 7 year old. I asked what would cause this to happen and they played dumb saying it was probably just the salt water and that they had a spray upstairs we could apply. When applying it I realized the spray was vinegar. When we shared our experience with our cab driver he told us it was jelly fish. He stated that they are horrible this time of year. It was a horrible experience and I ashamed to have given this facility my financial support. DO NOT make the same mistake we did. Stay clear of that place!!!
We had a great time with the dolphins and trainers in Tortola, but the STINGING JELLYFISH in the lagoons put a huge damper on the experience for our whole group. We were not sure what was happening or why we were all itching so bad, but we were just really ready to get out of the water. After getting out, the trainers gave us spray bottles of vinegar to treat the stings. They said that that they themselves wear long sleeves and ankle length swimwear to prevent the stings (wish they would have shared that with us ahead of time!) One of the little girls from another family in our group got sick enough from the stings to have to go to the cruise ship infirmary for IV fluids. I notified the booking company of the problem we had and they refunded our money, which I was not expecting, but essentially said that this happens sometimes because it's a natural environment. Then they stated that no one else was stung that day except my family, almost as if I might be making it sound worse that it really was, even though I informed them that everyone in my group was stung and the trainers were dressed to prevent stings and had vinegar spray on hand, further indicating that it was an ongoing problem. It's sad, but it seems that they are more concerned with their bottom line than their clients' safety and well being. If you still choose to swim with the dolphins in Tortola after reading this, just follow the trainers lead and dress wrist to ankle in leggings and a long sleeved rash guard, because they won't offer this advice.
We were there in March 2016. It is a well run setup. If you have observer tickets (about 28 bucks), take your camcorder/camera with you. There is no restrictions on taking pictures or videos. Their professional photographs are pretty good too (about 99 bucks for the first set. cheaper per person if you have multiple people doing the Dolphin swim). Our kids loved it. The shuttle ride is about 10 mins from the dock.
DON'T MAKE A RESERVATION - THEY ARE NOT HONEST PEOPLE - 10% penalty if you cancel and they don't give you your refunds! I made a reservation for my family to do the Dolphin Adventure. I was on a Carnival Cruise docking St. Thomas and was trying to figure out what ferry services we can take from St. Thomas to Tortola. I emailed them for some guidance and NO REPLY. So, I didn't want to risk it and decided to cancel. They do have a cancellation policy where they penalize you 10% if you cancel. I was willing to accept the penalty BUT they didn't process my refund (even now - one month later). They gave me the run-around saying it will be on my paypal account instead of back on my credit card because it's "faster". They told me that the representative that I was dealing with has left the company. They told me to call back an hour later when their supervisors are "in". I have wasted so much time with over 10 emails and 3 phone calls so far and it hasn't ended yet.
Captivity is cruel - this is not natural dolphin behavior- these Dolphins are stolen from the ocean from Taiji Japan and held in captivity for profit. Do not support these venues.
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