Advantages Excellent opportunity for those wild at heart/friendly helpful staff
Disadvantages Expensive, especially with the tantalising merchanise !
I have done the dolphin "swim" programme at Ocho Rios twice now, and had the time of my life on both occasions.
Previously, I had been to the man made resort in FL, where I swam along side one dolphin.It was lovely and alot of fun, but for those whole are looking for a real "experience" -Ocho rios is your place!
The swim programme allows you to swim with two dolphins, both times I have swam with the wonderful Beta and Cometa.It includes a fun introduction where you "get to know the dolphins" through gentle touch and play (this is also a good way to "break the ice" with the other swimmers and a great photo opportunity).
Next, the foot push, now to have two dolphins coming up behind you and literally standing you on there noses is something that I never thought I'd be doing -- if you've got a good posture and can keep your legs straight enough, this is a wonderful photo moment (unfortunately, I have yet to do so:)I noticed on my second visit that this is not so much just for couples any more (ie a kiss by the dolphin moment)-it can be, but is also left alone a bit for the traveler who wishes to go alone -- also, the staff are great at putting nervous people at ease -and at the end, you'll wonder why you were ever nervous at all!
Also added is a glass bottom boat ride, a jungle trail and the opportunity to swim with sharks and rays in the price of the "swim with" ticket, so even though it is expensive - you now get a lot for your money at this ever expanding attraction.I booked in England the first time, but it cost more and I had to make phone calls out there to secure my reservation, so just book out there would be my advise, I did this through my travel rep. and even though I was only there for one week, the second time around was ALOT less hassle than the first.
Do beware though - merchandise of your swim (dvd's of photos and film) are fantastic, but also come at a fantastically high price! I have bought both CD's both times as the shots have always been so good!I always say that I'll never have the money to go again, but I really see myself back there in a couple of years, and yes, when I have finished perfecting my foot push so that I am perfectly balanced on the dolphins, I shall also be back at the check out to purchase my memories on CD and DVD - after all it is just a once in a life time opportunity...or twice...:)
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