Puerto Vallarta Dolphin Encounter

Dolphin EncounterApprox. 40 Minutes

Experience the beauty and majesty of Pacific Bottlenose dolphins during your memorable Dolphin Encounter at the Dolphin Adventure Center in Nuevo Vallarta. Learn more about one of nature’s most intelligent and beautiful creatures. Interact with these friendly animals right in the water—an amazing experience you won’t soon forget. 

  • Adult: $99
  • Child (4-11): $89
  • Child (3 & Under): FREE
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  • Shallow Water Program Designed for Non-Swimmers
  • Short but Informative Orientation About the Dolphins Behavior and Biology
  • One-On-One Interaction With Our Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins in Waist-Deep Water
  • Get Acquainted With the Dolphins, Touch Then, Hug Them, and Communicate With Them Using Hand Signals
  • Ideal for Kids and People Who Are Not Comfortable in Deeper Waters

Tour Summary

A Dolphin Encounter is an unforgettable experience for all ages. The Dolphin Adventure Center in Nuevo Vallarta offers this amazing experience every day of the week. During your visit, you’ll be introduced to the Pacific bottle-nosed dolphin, one of nature’s most beautiful and intelligent creatures. Experienced trainers will provide a detailed introduction to the species, with a special focus on their unique physiology, communication style, and intelligence. Learn more about the bond humans and animals as you get into the water with these majestic creatures.

Your Dolphin Encounter

This program was specially designed for non-swimmers and those who are not strong in the water. The pool isn’t deep and lifejackets are available upon request. You’ll be able to enjoy interacting with the amazing dolphins in a safe environment without having to be concerned about swimming. Get close to curious dolphins as they swim right up to you in the seawater lagoon. You can also interact with them – feed them treats, get kisses, and communicate with hand signals.

The small group size and expert trainers ensure a wonderful experience with these friendly, happy characters. The dolphins and trainers have a strong bond and share a mutual respect. The dolphins are well cared for and all of the programs keep their wellbeing in mind. This makes the dolphins warm and friendly, perfect for interacting with people of all ages.

Things to Note

The safety of the dolphins and the guests is of utmost importance. There are some things you’ll want to keep in mind while planning your Dolphin Encounter. Please remember that sunscreen and jewelry are not allowed in the lagoon as they pose a danger to our dolphins. Although the experience is geared toward non-swimmers, children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by a paid adult for safety reasons. Children under four and infants are free with paid adult purchase, so you can bring the entire family. Expectant mothers are restricted from participating in the aquatic activities. Lifejackets and towels are available for use at the location. Book today for the chance to meet these adorable marine mammals.

Tour Includes

  • Shallow Water Interaction with Dolphins
  • Educational Orientation
  • Towel

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: May I bring a camera or video camera to take pictures?

A: Cameras are not allowed into the pools or observation areas for your safety, for the dolphins safety and the safety of the equipment but professional photos will be available for purchase after your experience.


  • Encounters take place in Nuevo Vallarta only, guests in Puerto Vallarta will need to travel to this location.
  • Infants between 1-4 years old are FREE when accompanied by a paying adult (16 or older).
  • Each Child 5-11 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult (16 or older. 1 adult per child).
  • Child prices applies to children ages 5 to 11.
  • Cameras are only allowed in the guest observation area.
  • No jewelry or sunscreen allowed.
  • Lifejackets are available upon request.
  • Each dolphin program is unique and based upon our groups, trainers and dolphins.
  • All of our programs are designed with our dolphins wellbeing in mind.
  • Expecting mothers are restricted.