Meet, swim or dive with a dolphin

We emphasize care and genuine interaction between humans and dolphins. Experience dolphins in their natural habitat! Dolphin Academy provides unforgettable experiences for both young and old. Meet, swim or dive with a dolphin in either their natural lagoon or the open sea.

A different philosophy

At Dolphin Academy, we are proud to be one of the only facilities in the world that works with trained dolphins in the open sea. The dolphins reside on the premises of the Curaçao Sea Aquarium in four primary lagoons interconnected by secondary basins and canals. The lagoons are in contact with the ocean, allowing a constant flow of fresh seawater and numerous fish and invertebrate species.

Happy Dolphins

Natural Habitat

Open Sea Training

Dolphin Training Philosophy

Two happy dolphins jumping out of the sea at the Dolphin Academy Curaçao.
Two tourists enjoying their dolphin encounter at the Dolphin Academy Curaçao.
A happy dolphin in the sea at the Dolphin Academy Curaçao.
A young girl receives a kiss from the dolphin at the Dolphin Academy Curaçao.

What our guests say

  • star rating  Our family did the dolphin swim. Was a magical experience spending time interacting with 2 beautiful creatures. Our trainer was fun and patient. My husband had done a similar thing... read more

    February 27, 2024

    star rating  Dolphin Academy was a great experience for our whole family. The kids enjoyed their swim with the dolphins. Watching the training session was so much fun. All... read more

    Lauren I
    February 22, 2024

    star rating  My son and I had a fantastic experience swimming with the dolphins at the Dolphins Academy Curaçao Sea Aquarium. It was probably the best dolphins swim experience we ever had.... read more

    Chuong T
    February 11, 2024
  • star rating  Wow, we had such an amazing experience! We did the dolphin encounter at the end of January 2024, and it was incredible. I've done a full dolphin swim somewhere else... read more

    February 8, 2024

    star rating  Excellent experience all around! Our Ocean Encounters Dive Master, Brian, was super attentive and made sure we were comfortable the entire time. And diving with dolphins was truly a... read more

    February 6, 2024

    star rating  So much fun! Swimming with dolphins in a sea lagoon is so much better than a landlocked tank. Dolphins are so well respected and taken care of, spent quality time... read more

    katherine v
    February 3, 2024
  • star rating  We had a dolphin snorkel. You must know how to swim, life jacket wasn’t allowed. We were explained what to expect and what to do/not to do. Then we were... read more

    Jenya E
    February 3, 2024

    star rating  We signed up for the Dolphin encounter from our cruise ship. It was fabulous! The staff was very friendly and helpful. It was obvious how much they all loved working... read more

    Karen H
    February 2, 2024

    star rating  My husband and I really enjoyed our visit (except the cost of taxi ride for 2!). We’ve been going to the Gulfarium in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida for over 35... read more

    January 12, 2024
  • star rating  I had the unique opportunity to visit the Dolphin Academy during my Caribbean cruise. I had researched the academy on the internet and found the conditions for the animals to... read more

    Sandra S
    January 4, 2024

    star rating  The entire experience was wonderful. We did the dolphin swim, which was so beautiful!! Annie is the best dolphin ever!!! Every Aquarium employee we with whom we interacted was friendly,... read more

    December 1, 2023

    star rating  An incredible experience. If you like diving and you love dolphins, then open water dolphin dive is the right choice. The staff also deserves praise, of course 🙂

    November 29, 2023
  • star rating  Great experience at the Dolphin snorkel! Plenty of time to spend with the dolphins and the guides/staff were all very friendly and helpful.

    Brett B
    July 2, 2023

    star rating  Absolutely lovedddd my experience at Dolphin academy. The dolphin encounter was such an amazing experience. 10/10

    June 28, 2023

    star rating  We did the Dolphin Snorkel and it was a once in a lifetime experience. Everything was great, I have nothing to complain

    Rodrigo S
    June 19, 2023
  • star rating  A lifelong dream come true. I chose this location to swim with dolphins due to their policies on treatment of them and seeing their beauty up close took my... read more

    June 12, 2023

    star rating  When we first arrived to the entrance the place felt magical. We wanted to swim with the dolphins but there was only the option to encounter with them which btw... read more

    June 7, 2023

    star rating  Absolute amazing experience with dolphin academy and ocean encounters. We booked it last minute the week before our trip, but it was the best money we've ever spent. My wife... read more

    Brandon M
    May 29, 2023
  • star rating  We wanted to do the Dolphin Dive, but because we had two small children, we booked on seperate dates.
    Dolphin Acadamy themselves contacted us to ask why we didn’t... read more

    May 17, 2023

    star rating  Enjoyed our tour guide, Daniel. Very organized. Your dolphin experience includes access to the whole park.

    Janna W
    May 15, 2023

    star rating  Amazing experience with the dolphins! One in a lifetime! Staff very nice. Easy access. Time to snorkel with the dolphins as promise. Thank you to the teamand the dolphins

    May 11, 2023
  • star rating  What a great experience! Very good guidance and explanation from the employees and trainers.
    It was nice to hear that I didn't have to dive, but could just keep snorkeling.... read more

    Marsha R
    May 10, 2023

    star rating  We visited Dolphin Academy yesterday and did the Dolphin Swim. We were grouped with another two couples and got to swim with beautiful Deedee and Suku for about 35-40 minutes.... read more

    Alexandra M
    May 6, 2023

    star rating  We visited Dolphin Academy yesterday and did the Dolphin Swim. We were grouped with another two couples and got to swim with beautiful Deedee and Suku for about 35-40 minutes.... read more

    May 6, 2023
  • star rating  The dolphin encounter was fun. All snorkel equipment was provided. We arrived at the time of the encounter and had to wait for equipment and then waited to get in... read more

    April 17, 2023

    star rating  Thank you for the wonderful experience! We booked "swim with the dolphins" and truly enjoyed our time with them.

    You'll receive a brief coaching beforehand and will be... read more

    Natalie Z
    April 9, 2023

    star rating  My 11-year-old kid had a blast on the dolphin training program. The instructors were amazing, thanks all. highly recommended for kids with interest in dolphin or Sealife in general.... read more

    March 21, 2023
  • star rating  The dolphin experience at Dolphin Academy was simply amazing. There are different choices for the encounter and I chose the swim encounter. I came in on a cruise... read more

    March 20, 2023

    star rating  The Dolphin Academy was a clean, safe, fun experience. You enjoy the aquarium for free with purchase of any dolphin swim program. Shaded areas are available for observers... read more

    Jennifer F
    March 17, 2023

    star rating  I always wanted n encounter with dolphins.this was just incredible. We were up close with them, and instructed on how to act with them. Questions were encouraged and answered!

    March 9, 2023