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About Dolphins....Ambassadors of the Ocean
Dolphins are marine mammals that are closely related to whales and porpoises. The name “porpoise” and “dolphin” have been used interchangeably, but they are quite different. They have small, rounded heads and blunt jaws instead of beaks and tend to be smaller but stouter than dolphins. Their teeth are spade-shaped, whereas dolphins have conical teeth. In addition, a porpoise's dorsal fin is generally triangular, rather than curved like that of many dolphins and large whales. While dolphins have a round, bulbous "melon”, porpoises do not.

There are almost forty species of dolphin, and they are found worldwide, mostly in the shallower seas of the continental shelves. They are carnivores, mostly eating fish and squid, and evolved about ten million years ago from terrestrial mammals. Most dolphins have acute eyesight, both in and out of the water, and their sense of hearing is superior to that of humans. Though they have a small ear opening on each side of their head, it is believed that hearing underwater is also if not exclusively done with the lower jaw which conducts the sound vibrations to the middle ear. It is believed that their teeth are arranged in a way that works as an array or antenna to receive the incoming sound and make it easier for them to pinpoint the exact location of an object. Since they lack an olfactory nerve they are believed to have no sense of smell. The individuals communicate using a variety of clicks, whistles and other vocalizations. They also use ultrasonic sounds for echolocation. Dolphin behaviour has been studied extensively by humans however, both in captivity and in the wild.

Dolphins grab the imaginations of many people. They are intelligent, playful, and friendly, and are reputed to have extra-sensory abilities and spiritual qualities. They help certain fishermen by herding fish into nets, and have rescued humans from dangerous situations at sea. They are ambassadors of the ocean, and lots of people want to meet them.

Dolphins are social, living in pods (also called "schools") of up to a dozen individuals. In places with a high abundance of food, pods can join temporarily, forming an aggregation called a superpod; such groupings may exceed a thousand dolphins. Cetaceans can establish strong bonds between each other. This leads to them staying with injured or ill individuals, even actively helping them to breathe by bringing them to the surface if needed. This altruistic behaviour does not appear to be limited to their own species however. A dolphin in New Zealand that goes by the name of Moko has been observed to seemingly help guide a female Pygmy Sperm Whale together with her calf out of shallow water where they had stranded several times. They have also been known to seemingly protect swimmers from sharks by swimming circles around the swimmers or charging the sharks to make them go away.

So for thousands of years this warm, intelligent creature has captivated us. At Dolphin Discovery Cozumel there are many Atlantic Bottle - nosed dolphins with whom you can share part of your vacation.The Double Kiss

Advance reservations are suggested as these activities typically sell out months in advance.

Several interactive programs offer you the opportunity to meet one of the ocean's most amazing creatures! Tursiops truncatus, otherwise known as the Bottle-Nosed dolphin, is a very social animal and waiting for a visit from you! Come join us and enjoy the experience of a lifetime in beautiful Chankanaab Park, home of one of the world's largest and most breathtaking dolphinariums.
Experiences of a Lifetime!
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 Cozumel Dolphin Royal Swim Program
"Action" and "speed" pretty much describe this popular dolphin program! Get a handshake, a kiss and then you give them one. Feel the strength of your new friends as they push you across the water from the bottom of your feet in the thrilling foot-push. It is "the experience of a lifetime!"
US$ 149/Adult / US$ 89 child
 Cozumel Dolphin Encounter
The Dolphin Encounter is a chance to learn about the anatomy of the dolphin and about some of their very special selected behaviors first hand by actually being in the water with them and touching them.
US$ 89.00 Adults & Kids / Infants US$ 39.00
 Cozumel Dive with Dolphins
The Dolphin Scuba Program is every diver's chance to make their dream of diving and interacting with dolphins come true! An exciting program to meet the most incredible creatures of the planet! Live an hour diving with dolphins in the turquoise shallow waters surrounded by their natural environment.
US$179/person
 Costa Maya - Mahahual Dolphin Encounter
Enjoy a learning and interactive experience fun for all ages! A great way to introduce young and old to the wonders of dolphins and sea life! The Dolphin Encounter is a chance to learn about the anatomy of the dolphin and about some of their very special selected behaviors first hand by actually being in the water with them and touching them.
US$ 79 Adult / US$ 69 Child
 Costa Maya - Mahahual Dolphin Swim Adventure
A unique opportunity to swim with dolphins and get to know them better! Experience the joy of a dolphin kiss, hugs and handshake and then marvel at the dolphin’s strength as you are towed through the water with a "belly ride." You will fall in love with their gentleness during this activity created especially for you to bond with dolphins!
US$ 109 Adult / US$ 99 Child
 Cozumel Dolphin Swim Adventure
A unique opportunity to swim with dolphins and get to know them better! Experience the joy of a dolphin kiss, hugs and handshake and then marvel at the dolphin’s strength as you are towed through the water with a "belly ride." You will fall in love with their gentleness during this activity created especially for you to bond with dolphins!
US$ 119/Adult / US$ 89 child
 Cozumel Manatee Encounter
The Manatee Encounter in Cozumel is a one of a kind adventure, the only swim with manatees program in the Caribbean. Manatees are beautiful and enormous, once thought by sailors to be mermaids, these gentle giants can grow as long as 13ft/4m and weigh up to 1300 lbs/600 kgs! Bring the family to live the experience !!
US$ 59/Adults & Children
 Cozumel Sea Lion Discovery
Dolphin Discovery's Sea Lion Discovery program provides a unique opportunity for some playful, educational interaction with these wonderful animals.
US$ 59/Adults & Children
 Riviera Maya - Dolphin Swim Adventure
Share a series of sensational and safe activities while establishing a unique bond of trust. With a handshake, kiss and belly ride will enjoy moments of great spontaneity during your free time together. It is an unforgettable experience!
US$ 119.00 Adults / US$ 89.00 Kids
 Riviera Maya - Dolphin Royal Swim
This most popular program can be described in two words: "action" and "speed". Get a handshake, a kiss and then you give them one. Feel the strength of your new friends as they push you across the water from the bottom of your feet in the thrilling foot-push. It is "the experience of a lifetime!"
US$ 149.00 Adults / US$ 89.00 Kids
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Personal Experiences
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Just got back from our cruise and wanted to let you know how much fun we had at Chankanaab Park. My daughter, Emily, had the most wonderful dolphin experience and the $2.00 off coupon for me to get into the park worked like a charm. And, your confirmation email telling us about getting to the park was very helpful. Thank you for the experience! This was well organized and an absolutely perfect day in Cozumel for us! We (the old ladies in my family) are coming back in February, I'll be sure to connect with you again as we'll do the dolphin swim with you again. The Kershek Family ~ Wisconsin

My husabnd and I did the Dolphin Royal swim in Cozumel. We loved it! It was the best time ever! Would do it again in a heartbeat! Thanks for everything Benicia ~ PA USA

The royal dophin swim was wonderful! My husband and I can't wait to come back and do it again. Thanks! Tara ~ Ohio, USA

First of all, I want to say thank you so much for sharing your wonderful island with my family. Secondly, we did the Royal Dolphin Swim with Dorie and Belle, and it was the most AWESOME time of our lives. One lady in our session cried at the end, saying this was the greatest thing that she has ever done. The Park was beautiful, and everyone was very helpful. Thank you again for a wonderful time. D. Smith ~ USA

We just came back from our Cozumel trip. We had a great time and really enjoyed the dolphin program. Thanks for giving our daughter such a great childhood memory!!!! By the way we came back to snow. Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine there!! The Francis family ~ Columbus, OH


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