Swimming With Dolphins in Cozumel

Swimming With Dolphins in Cozumel
The largest island in the Mexican Caribbean, Cozumel is a popular destination for scuba diving and snorkeling. At just 29 miles long and 10 miles wide, Cozumel offers travels the beauty of spectacular coral reefs, white sand beaches and a tropical jungle. For a truly memorable vacation experience, come to Cozumel and swim with the dolphins in their natural habitat. Chankanaab National Park offers several programs that allow travelers of any age to experience dolphins up close and personal.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Comfortable shoes Swimming suit Change of clothes Sunscreen Hat Towel Camera Extra money
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimming suit
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Extra money
Step 1
Choose your dolphin program. The Royal Swim is for the adventurous traveler who likes speed and action. In addition to playing and interacting with the dolphins in the water, they will pull you with their dorsal tows for a speed ride and push you up out of surface of the water by your feet. The Swim Adventure allows you to snorkel with the dolphins and receive a belly ride. If there are young children in your group or other people who would prefer to interact with the dolphins without swimming, the Dolphin Encounter program allows you to exchange kisses and handshakes with the dolphins while remaining on a submerged platform.
Step 2
Check the Dolphin Discovery website for special offers and terms. Depending on the size of your group or the time of year you wish to travel, you may be eligible for special promotions.
Step 3
Make your reservation well in advance to ensure that your choice of programs and times are available. You can reserve your dolphin experience online, via e-mail, or by telephone.

E-mail: reservations@dolphindiscovery.com
Call toll-free 1-866-393-5158
Step 4
Decide where to stay. Cozumel itself offers many lodging options such as hotels, resorts, boutique inns, B&Bs and vacation home rentals. You can also choose to stay in Playa del Carmen or Cancun. If you are not staying on the island, you can take a ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel. Boats depart every hour, but check with your hotel to verify schedules.
Step 5
Take a taxi to the Chankanaab National Park in Cozumel. Taxis are readily available throughout Cozumel or by the dock.
Step 6
Plan to spend a full day at the park of in Cozumel. All dolphin activities include free admission to the park. You will want to take advantage of the other activities available, such as diving and snorkeling, the sea lion show, a Mayan village, tropical lagoon, bars, and restaurants. You may also wish to explore the island by yourself. Diving and snorkeling is free, but equipment rental is $15 per person. You may bring your own equipment if you have any.

Article Written By Karen Eisenbraun

Karen Eisenbraun has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Knox College and has been writing professionally since 2004. She is the editor of a weight-loss surgery support website and is currently studying to become a certified holistic nutrition consultant.

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