Have you always wanted to swim with dolphins? Or at least simply want to experience dolphins up close? Your dream can come true on the beautiful island of Curacao! The Dolphin Academy Curacao is located on this island, where you can do everything with and learn about dolphins! Here you do not necessarily have to swim with dolphins if you prefer not to, because the Dolphin Academy Curacao offers many more activities that are related to dolphins. If you go to the Dolphin Academy Curacao, you will experience a day that you will never forget!
The Dolphin Academy Curacao offers a number of different activities related to dolphins. For example, they offer an activity called the ‘Dolphin Swim’. You will be able to enjoy a special and personal experience with dolphins. During this activity you will have the opportunity to actually go swimming with dolphins! If you swim next to the dolphins, you will be doing so in their own natural lagoon. However, the dolphins will choose for themselves whether they want to swim with you or not. That is why at the Dolphin Academy Curacao you can also learn more about their behavior at the same time so that you can understand them better. Swimming with dolphins takes 1.5 hours in total, of which you will be in the water for 30 minutes. You also have to be at least 8 years old and 1.30 meters for this and there is a maximum group size of 6 people per 2 dolphins, so that it does not get too crowded for the dolphins. This unique experience costs approx. $174. This entrance also includes access to the Curacao Sea Aquarium.
If you prefer not to go swimming with the dolphins, you also have the option of choosing a ‘Dolphin Encounter’ at Dolphin Academy Curacao. You will stand in the water on a kind of platform where you can also meet the dolphins. During this activity you will learn everything there is to know about the dolphins! This activity, like swimming with dolphins, takes 1.5 hours of which you will spend 20 minutes in the water. Although there is no minimum height for this activity, a maximum of 6 people are allowed with 1 dolphin. This experience is perfect if you want to get close to the dolphins and learn more about these special animals, but prefer not to swim with them. Also, this activity may be more suitable for younger children, as there is no minimum age requirement. The entrance fee for this activity costs approx. $50 for children between 1 and 4 years old and approx. $99 for anyone over 5 years old. With this activity you also get direct access to the Curacao Sea Aquarium.
For people who would like to learn a lot about dolphins, the Dolphin Academy Curacao offers a Dolphin in Depth Course, where you will learn in detail what it is like to live and work with dolphins. You will follow a high-level course that deals with research on dolphins in both the past and the present. However, this course is only for persons who are at least 15 years old. In this course you will also learn how to train dolphins for the public. The Dolphin in Depth Course consists of two different levels, where you can choose whether you do it simultaneously or, for example, during different vacations to Curacao. At the first level you will learn how to train with dolphins, you will meet the dolphins and you will learn how to prepare the food and feed the dolphins exactly. At the second level you will learn more about the behavior of the dolphins in the water and perform an experiment with echolocation. The course lasts 4 hours and is for a group of up to 6 people. The first level course costs approx. $349 and that of the second level costs approx. $549. When purchasing the course you will receive food and a manual.
Do you prefer diving? Dolphin Academy, for example, also offers an Open Water Dolphin Dive. You will dive with a maximum of 10 people in the open sea. This is perfect for immersing yourself in the world of the dolphins themselves and seeing the natural behavior of dolphins when they are in the ocean. This exciting activity is already possible from 12 years, but there is a minimum length of 1.30 meters. In total you will spend 1.5 hours on this experience, during which you will dive into the water for 45 minutes. The whole experience costs approx. $295, which also includes direct access to the Curacao Sea Aquarium. A diving certificate is also possible for this and unfortunately the experience is not suitable for pregnant women. The equipment for diving is already included in the price, so you don’t have to think about anything anymore.
If you prefer to go out on your own to see dolphins, this is of course also possible. First of all, dolphins can of course be found in the Sea Aquarium Park. Here you can admire the dolphins extensively. If you would rather see them in the open sea, this is best when the Dolphin Academy takes the dolphins to the open sea. They will mainly go to Mambo Beach and Zanzibar. To see the dolphins well from the coast, it is important to look at the sea and keep a close eye on the horizon. It is best to keep looking from left to right to see if water is splashing up somewhere or if there are birds somewhere. Pay particular attention to anything that is not a smooth water surface. It is also possible to spot dolphins during a boat trip. This way you can even have dolphins swimming around you! It is important to look at the waves behind or next to the boat, as dolphins like to jump over waves. If you take a boat trip to Klein Curacao , you have the best chance of seeing dolphins.
You can always rent a boat to spot dolphins. With a bit of luck, they will swim with your boat and show their most beautiful tricks! You can also join Curacao Trips on a boat trip to the uninhabited island of Klein Curacao . There is also a chance of spotting dolphins during this beautiful boat trip to the island!