Our immersive, small-group Dolphin Extreme encounters are designed for strong swimmers who want to do more than just meet one of these friendly marine mammals. Equipped with a mask and fins, you’ll join our Pacific Bottlenose dolphins right in their element, floating, twisting, gliding and diving alongside them as if you were part of the pod. Dolphin Extreme is a free swim experience unlike any other in Puerto Vallarta.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to actually be a dolphin, this is the encounter you’ve been searching for. And best of all, your day will include a bonus sea lion encounter!
Experience the Underwater Environment Like Never Before
Exhilarating is the best way to describe this hour-long dolphin encounter that includes not only education and play, but also thrills! After a short introduction by our marine mammal specialists, you’ll have the opportunity to skim across the surface of the water on a boogie board during a two-dolphin foot-push, to speed through the deep on an underwater dolphin ride, and to watch a private acrobatic performance by our talented Pacific Bottlenoses.
Meet a Sea Lion!
As part of Dolphin Extreme, you’ll also enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime hands-on encounter with one of our quirky and lovable sea lions. After one of our marine mammal specialists introduces you to the sea lion’s fascinating physiology and behaviors, it’s time to get up close and personal! These animals are full of personality and love to have fun, so be ready to clown around with your new friend.
Dolphin Extreme Lets Us Learn from One Another
Swimming with dolphins is an experience unlike any other, but these encounters are about more than just excitement. Marine mammal researchers still have a lot to learn about dolphins and how to protect them. When people meet these curious, intelligent creatures face to face – whether they enjoy a shallow water encounter or swim with dolphins – they are inspired to learn more about how human beings can care for dolphin habitats and to support conservation and research efforts.
We Take Animal Welfare Seriously
Dolphins and sea lions need downtime just like people, which is why we limit the length of our Dolphin Extreme encounters and other wildlife experiences. Our dolphins and sea lions spend less than two hours each day interacting with people, and then spend the rest of their time playing and interacting with one another, working closely with our trainers and relaxing in a safe and stimulating environment we have created just for them. All of our animals are given regular checkups and their diets are closely monitored to ensure they stay healthy and happy. To learn more about how we care for our dolphins and sea lions, please take a look at our
What’s included in this tour
- A once in a lifetime experience! Our 60-minute Dolphin Extreme Program.
- Life jacket
- Use of lockers
- Wetsuit (in winter months)
What do you need to know before you book
- COVID-19 protocols are implemented to ensure the safety of all our guests.
- Ages 8 and up with strong swimming abilities
- Each child under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult (16 older)
- A Parent or guardian signature will be required for participants under the age of 18
- Cameras are only allowed in the observation area
- No jewelry or sunscreen allowed
- Life jackets are available upon request
- Each dolphin program is unique and based upon our groups, specialists and dolphins
- All of our programs are designed with our dolphins wellbeing in mind
- Expecting mothers are restricted
- Please be aware that you must be at the check-in point 30 minutes prior to the program starts.
What to bring
Do I need to reserve in advance?YES! Spaces are limited and fill quickly. In order to ensure your tour date/time we recommend booking in advance.May I bring a camera or video camera to take pictures?Cameras are only allowed in the observation areas they are not allowed in the lagoons. However we offer professional photos that are available for purchase after your experience.Can I wear sunscreen (SPF)?The oils and residues from sunscreen (even biodegradable ones) are harmful to many marine species including Dolphins. Please use sun-protective clothing so you take care of your skin and marine life at the same time.Can I wear jewelry?Although we provide areas to secure your personal belongings we recommend you leave all jewelry and small items in your hotel.Why do you limit the number of sessions for people to interact with the animals?Our animals’ health and welfare are of the utmost importance so we limit each session. These incredible animals spend less than two hours each day interacting with the public. The rest of the day is allocated to their private play time training time as well as for social interaction.How safe are Interactive Programs?Our programs have a remarkable and well-established safety record. The health and safety records of these kinds of programs have been continuously studied for over 20 years each time reaffirming their impeccable records.Can I make an animal sick if I participate in a swim program?No you cannot. Since the beginning of in-water marine mammal interactive programs in 1985 there have not been any instances of disease transmission between humans and these animals reported at any facility.Can special needs visitors participate in your dolphin programs?Before making a reservation please talk to one of our Adventure Advisors so they can better inform you.How do you care for your animals?At our centers we follow a program for preventative health care including daily health assessments regular voluntary veterinary examinations and dietary needs assessments. We continually provide an exceptionally clean and stimulating environment for them to live and thrive in while providing a safe and stable setting for their social community (pods) and family to reproduce and grow
- Money for souvenirs & photos
- Sun protective clothing