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Hrs of operation: Monday - Saturday

Category: Best Tours & Activities - Top 10 Tours

Price Range: $99 USD - $260 USD

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Best known for: A life changing experience...


Dolphins and humans have a natural affinity with one another, and at the top of the agenda on your vacation to Puerto Vallarta must be a visit to the Dolphin Adventure Center. Vallarta Adventures offers a wide range of heart-warming, educational and interactive programs geared towards dolphin lovers of all ages and abilities.

Here are the 3 most popular:


Dolphin Signature Swim - Price $159 (Adults) $89 (Children) - Most Popular
Duration - Approximately 45 min

The Signature Swim offers the smallest group size available anywhere to swim with dolphins. You're ensured the best possible opportunity to develop a close personal bond with your dolphin. You'll discover all there is know about dolphins from the best possible teachers - the dolphins themselves, as they talk and flirt with you in the comfort and safety of the specially designed pool. Get acquainted - Before jumping in the pool, their staff will begin a short interactive briefing introducing you to the fascinating world of dolphins. They will show you how to use special hand signals and positive reinforcement to communicate with them one-on-one. Up close & personal - Then it's straight into the water of the Dolphin Lagoon for quality time with your new marine mammal friends. Interact with these inspirational animals as they swim around and beneath you during the interactive portion of the program. You will not get closer than this!!

Restrictions - Minimum age: 5 years old. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult (16 or older)
Child prices applies to children ages 5 to 11
Expecting mothers are restricted 


Dolphin Extreme Swim - Price $179.00 (Adults) $179.00 (Children)
Duration - Approximately 90 min (includes 60 min of in-water interaction with the dolphins and a sea lion)

Their newest and most innovative program, Dolphin Extreme, provides swimmers of all levels with the opportunity to meet the dolphin family underwater. Equipped with a mask, snorkel and fins you will become immersed in the dolphin's world while snorkeling, free swimming, riding and playing with the dolphins underwater. A visit from the sea lion friends caps off this unique adventure. Get acquainted - Before jumping in the pool, the staff will conduct a short interactive briefing introducing you to the fascinating world of dolphins. Then it is into the water where they will show you how to use the equipment and dive underwater - or how best to enjoy the experience from the surface. Take a Dive - Once you are comfortable in the water, the dolphins will join you for a one-of-a-kind free-swim experience. You will have complete freedom to dive down and swim along side the dolphins - touching them and playing. You will feel as if you are one of them. They will even tow you across the pool underwater! Scooter and Boogie - Diving with a motorized water scooters, you will playfully glide around the pool with the dolphins. Grab a Boogie Board® and get ready for an exhilarating foot-push across the pool. Finish your experience with a cold beverage and light snack and share your unique with your friends.

Restrictions - Minimum age: 8 years or older with strong swimming abilities. Children 8-11 years old: Must be accompanied by a paying adult (16 or older)


Dolphin Adventure - Price $119.00 (Adults) $89.00 (Children)
Duration - Approximately 30 min 

Feel a magnetic bond that will last a lifetime. Everyone dreams of swimming with dolphins, this program provides your chance to chat, cuddle, play and swim with these charming and gentle creatures. This program starts with an interactive orientation by Vallarta Adventure dolphin experts, teaching you all about the dolphin's anatomy, physiology and unique characteristics. You'll learn special hand training signals and positive reinforcement to communicate directly with these highly intelligent creatures giving you a unique insight into how these enigmatic mammals behave. You'll wade into the clear shallow waters of their specially designed pool to begin your exclusive dolphin swim experience. You'll also get the opportunity to take a ride across the pool from one of the dolphins. It's an experience you'll never forget! Don't miss this chance for you and your family to make a life-long connection with the ocean's most curious and playful animals.

Restrictions - Minimum age: 5 years old. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult (16 or older)
Child prices applies to children ages 6 to 11.
Expecting mothers are restricted. 

These other programs are great too for family and offer a variety of encounters and experiences.

  • Dolphin Connection  - Price $99.00 (Adults) $89.00 (Children)
    Duration - Approximately 20 min (includes 20 min in-water interaction with the dolphins)

    Learn all about the world of the Pacific Bottlenose dolphin from the best possible teachers - the dolphins themselves. This program is an ideal introduction to the anatomy, physiology and history of the ocean's most inspiring mammals. A personal introduction - In this program, their knowledgeable trainers start with a short poolside introduction to their honored resident dolphins helping you understand more about their wonderful anatomy, physiology, history and fascinating underwater communication techniques. Get close - Then it's straight into the waist deep water of their seawater lagoon where you'll get closely acquainted with these friendly and curious characters. Feel their smooth skin, feed them their favorite treat, kiss and play with them and communicate one-on-one using your newly learned hand signals. An unforgettable moment - Dolphins are just as curious about us as we are about them and the strong bond they've created with the trainers ensures everyone will feel the warmth and intelligence of the ocean's friendliest creatures. As always, they keep group sizes small so you can make the most of this unforgettable opportunity to interact with the ocean's most inspiring mammals.

    Restrictions - Infants between 1-4 years old are FREE when accompanied by a paying adult (16 or older). Children 5-11 years old: Must be accompanied by a paying adult (16 or older). Child prices applies to children ages 5 to 11
    Expecting mothers are restricted
  • Dolphin Kids - Price $95.00 (Children)
    Duration - Approximately 20 min

    This program is designed specifically for young kids aged 4 to 8, so they can interact and get closer to dolphins than they ever dreamed possible. Meet your new friends - The program is designed to be highly educational and completely interactive but most of all, fun. After a short poolside introduction by the resident dolphin experts, kids enter the shallow shelf of their maternity pool under close supervision. Show the love - Here, their dolphins spend time getting to know their new little human friends. Kids can pet and hug the dolphins, experiencing for themselves the unique bond that can exist between humans and these magnificent marine mammals. Dreams come true - They keep the groups small, so kids can get as much one-on-one time with their dolphin as possible. All children dream of making friends with a dolphin - here's a rare chance to make those dreams come true

    Restrictions - For children ages 4-9 only. Cameras are only allowed in the guest observation area. Specially design for children ages 4 to 9 years old
  • Trainer For A Day - Price $189.00 (Minimum 12 yrs old & Adults)
    Duration - Approximately 4 1/2 hours

    If you love dolphins, or have ever thought about being a dolphin trainer, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you in Puerto Vallarta Mexico! Developed for people who want to learn more about training marine mammals, their Trainer for a Day program gives you the chance to spend an exciting day working beside their dolphin trainers at the dolphin center in Nuevo Vallarta. Part of the team - As an active member of their team of marine mammal experts, you'll be in close contact with their family of Pacific Bottlenose dolphins - both in the pool and poolside - throughout the day. Learn feeding & behavioral training techniques - From feeding and behavioral training techniques to participating in the Dolphin Encounter and Swim with Dolphin programs, you'll learn the basic skills of caring for and training dolphins as you assist the trainers in every aspect of their work. Behind the scenes - By actively participating in the daily efforts that are involved in the training and care of their dolphins, you'll get a closer look at the fascinating world of marine professionals. To ensure you enjoy an up-close and personal experience with the dolphins, the Trainer for a Day Programs are limited - so reserve a fun-filled, sun-filled, one-of-a-kind adventure for yourself or someone you love TODAY!
    Restrictions - Minimum age: 12 years old. Cameras are only allowed in the guest observation area
    Expecting mothers are restricted.

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Most people do not have the opportunity to observe Bottlenose dolphins in the wild. The unique opportunity to observe and learn directly from live animals increases public awareness and appreciation of wildlife exists only in places such as the Vallarta Adventure Dolphin Center in Nuevo Vallarta Mexico.


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