Dolphin Cove Adventure in Ocho Rios Jamaica

When most people visit Ocho Rios they probably think of Dunns River Falls but on a recent trip we had the opportunity to check out another attraction - Dolphin Cove where I had the opportunity to not just see the dolphins perform but got up close and personal with one of them (even got a kiss!). 

Honestly I was a little bit resistant to this excursion initially because of all the controversy related to Sea World and the bad press that I have heard in various message groups about "swim with the dolphin" places at other destinations in the caribbean. 

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However, I was extremely impressed with the professionalism of the staff, the cleanliness of the facility and while I am no expert the dolphins seemed enthusiastic and as excited to meet us as we were to meet them.

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The history of the park is that it was founded in 2001 and operated by a husband and wife team - Stafford and Marilyn Burrowes on what was once their home. It has since grown to be one of the top attractions in Ocho Rios according to TripAdvisor.

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It's a weird feeling getting a kiss by a dolphin but it's one of those things that is worth doing once :)

Our swim with the dolphins experience included a chance to be in the water with Ziggy where he danced with us, and even towed me through the water for a short distance. Additionally the trainer did a quick show to illustrate the dolphin's athleticism and ability to locate small objects like the rings even from all the way across the pool.

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Beyond just swimming with the dolphins, Dolphin Cove has a replica pirate village "Little Port Royal" with other attractions including the opportunity to swim with sharks and stingrays as well as a gift shop and snack bar / restaurant. 

If you visit you'll also want to make sure to check out the "nature trail" featuring iguanas and other

 

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