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
Open Sea Training
Dolphin Training Philosophy
What our guests say
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 whent together and then suggested themselves to care for the children, so we could do the dive together.
On the morning, a relaxed dive master helped us in the water.
The dive itself was exactly what you would expect: roughly 45 minutes of underwater dolphin entertainment. It’s basicly a dolphin swimming in between you and some other peppel. Wich is still very awesome! And yes You can pet. Unfortunatly no Asuaman surfing on the back of its fin.
But an awesome experience. One of the dolphins tried to headbut me, but I managed to stand my ground/sea bottom.
You don’t see him immediately, but there’s also a camera-ninja who makes a nice video for you afterwards. Be sure to check it out, even if you don’t buy it.
Afterwards we found our children at the aquarium, where they apperenatly did the full tour.
If you hesitate between Dolphin dive or swim:
Do the dive.
May 17, 2023
Enjoyed our tour guide, Daniel. Very organized. Your dolphin experience includes access to the whole park.
May 15, 2023
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 Beautiful photos are taken that you can choose from and it is nice that you can take a shower afterwards and have a drink. It is an absolute must if you visit Curacao and next time I will go again.
May 10, 2023
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 The trainers instructions were very clear throughout the swim and it was easy to follow along as we played games and set up for photos with both Dolphins. In between, we had free time to swim alongside, pet, and even take a shallow dive with Deedee and Suku. It was a once in a lifetime experience! We were also able to purchase 25-30 photos that were captured by their onsite photographer afterwards which was amazing and reasonably priced at $55 USD. Overall, Dolphin Academy provided us an incredible and surreal day and we can’t thank them enough for making this stop on our honeymoon so special!!! 🙂
May 6, 2023
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 the water with the dolphins. My daughter and I were in a group of four sharing two dolphins, one of the dolphins was not as social and often times left the area. It was difficult to understand and hear the instructor since he was not in the water with the groups. The photographer was able to capture us with the dolphin. This was a great experience and I would recommend. The dolphin training show was incredible! There is also a lot to see at the aquarium that is included with the entrance fee.
April 17, 2023
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 able to lead the dolphins with certain handsigns. It's amazing how they will work with you in this short amount of time. There is a photographer on sight to take pictures so you can focus on the dolphin adventure!
Glad to see that the dolphins live in a large separated area of the ocean rather than a basin. I would highly recommend this facility to a friend.
April 9, 2023
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.
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March 21, 2023
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 and from the time I walked off the ship everything went very well. There was a shuttle to Mambo Beach or Dolphin Academy for a cost of 8 USA dollars per person. It took about 20 minutes to get dropped off at the entrance of the facility. The admission to the aquarium is included with any encounter. Upon entry, my friend and I were walked back to the encounter to meet the others in our group and the trainer. The trainer was a wonderful young lady who you could tell really cared about the dolphins and your experience. The instructions had to be done in Dutch and English. Once in the lagoon, our group of four interacted for 30 full minutes with two dolphins. We gave signs and the dolphins approach very gently and you can pet them, learn hand signals for kisses, hand shakes, tricks it was wonderful. Afterwards we toured the facility to see the other marine life and I was very impressed on how caring all employees were towards the animals. When we were done we walked out of the facility and made a quick left and walked the shore line of Mambo Beach where there were resorts, restaurants, shops, bars. It was one of my favorite experiences off the ship and you can't go wrong with Dolphin Academy's marine life even if you don't want to swim. It's worth a visit for sure!
March 20, 2023
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 to watch. Observers pay $15 to enter the aquarium.
Our group of 7 for dolphin snorkel had 3 dolphins and 3 trainers.
Our fins were disinfected as well as our masks and snorkels.
I highly recommend the Dolphin Academy.
March 17, 2023
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
Parking is easy and everyone at the facility is awesome. The photographer took some great pics where we could purchase the files after or have photos printed in-site. The dolphins... read more were amazing with the kids and they have a memory now they will never forget.
March 1, 2023
Swimming with dolphins was an experience. such sensitive animals. The trainers know what they are doing and pay attention to every little detail of the guests. Very good and clear... read more instructions. We will never forget this experience again
February 1, 2023
It was very professional and the trainers were excellent. The dolphins were a joy. It was the highlight of my Bab action.
January 11, 2023
We recently visited the Dolphin Academy at Curacao and could not have been more pleased with our experience! We visited on 3 occasions.
On our first day, we got to... read more take part in an exciting Dolphin Swim experience which gave us ample time in the water interacting with these amazing creatures.
On the two following days my daughter had the unique opportunity to participate in the Dolphin Instructor Assistant course. This was for two half-days and gave her the chance to feed, swim with, and learn more about dolphins from experienced trainers. She even got to take part in a live dolphin show with an audience – it was such an incredible experience! She learned so much about their biology, habitats, and behaviors during that time there and were truly amazed by how friendly and engaging all of the staff members were. The course was kept small as well; only her and one other girl participated which made for a truly special experience.
The pictures taken during each event are an extra cost, in the end we chose to buy them as memories that last forever! If you or your children want something really special while visiting Curacao then consider checking out the Dolphin Academy – you won’t regret it! The staff really make it an enjoyable experience for everyone involved and we would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a unique adventure!
January 10, 2023
This was a great experience! The groups were small which allowed for a very personal experience. The trainer was excellent and took care to ensure we got good pictures. Highly... read more recommend!
January 9, 2023
This was an amazing experience to do with our family. My mother and two children shared the experience with me. I love these mammals so much and to swim... read more with them was an experience of a lifetime. I would recommend.
January 5, 2023
Amazing experience, or so my daughter keeps telling everyone. We arrived by cruise ship and the program my daughter wanted was not available in our time frame. The... read more people at the Dolphin Academy were able to adjust their program to fit our shore time. I would not hesitate to recommend the Dolphin Academy.
January 5, 2023
What a cool way to learn so much about dolphins! There is no better way to learn and appreciate these animals than with a hands on experience like we had... read more at Dolphin Academy. The dolphins seem well cared for and they seem happy and intellectually stimulated with the training. The trainers seemed professional, caring for the animals, and invested in the dolphin program. We were very happy with our experience and highly recommend it!
January 1, 2023
Awesome dolphin encounter experience for our children (and us too)! Although our children were too young to do the full dolphin swim and thus had to settle for the... read more dolphin encounter, we felt that they gave us a good amount of time and exposure with our assigned dolphin ("Caiyo").
The beautiful seaside scenery, the attached seaquarium with all its interesting creatures, and the dolphin show (think Sea World, but carribean style), were great extra perks for sure.
I downgraded from 5 stars only because of cost. The cost of the dolphin swim/encounter is steep enough. Yet, they charge an arm and a leg for pictures afterwards. We dropped an extra $160 USD for photos for our group (4 adults, 4 children). Then again, the photos are professional/ well done. but just felt like being taken advantage of a little given what we had already paid.
That said, bring your wallets/purses and create memories that will last a long time. especially if you have children!
December 3, 2022
This was an incredible experience. The dolphin trainers are very professional - they train the dolphins with positive, not negative reinforcements. Having the playful/social dolphins right in the water with... read more you is so cool.
November 28, 2022
This was very informative cost to enter was reasonable we got here late in the evening but still got to see flamingos different type of fishes around curacao in the... read more aquarium and the dolphin show the dolphins are really awesome to see in action we even opted for a dolphin kiss photo which wasn't expensive at all we made our own videos up until the kiss they didn't want us to film during that which was ok
November 16, 2022
We did the dolphin snorkel and it was amazing. My boyfriend and I did it together and the trainer I believe her name was Ingrid was nice enough... read more to allow us to do the dolphin kiss together in addition to doing it solo. The dolphins were so friendly. They also take pictures for you during the experience which I expected to pay an arm and a leg for but it was reasonably priced. Overall I would definitely recommend this activity.
October 20, 2022
We did the dolphin swim and had a great time. We were in the water with 2 dolphins most of the time. The dolphins are like big puppies. ... read more Book early because they fill up.
October 11, 2022
My group of four had a fantastic time doing the Dolphin Experience. Iris was the trainer who worked with Romeo. She was very knowledgeable and informative. We... read more are all animal lovers and were glad to learn these dolphins have a mind of their own and it's up to them what they feel like doing...or not. My husband wasn't feeling well but I loved it so much, we booked another time for us to go back.
October 6, 2022
The costumer support was excellent from the beginning. Rogelio was extremely helpfull to us and replied on every single question and doubts on E-mail.
He welcomed us on arrival... read more as well and was very attentive and polite to all of us. He had a neat appearance and was very well dressed. His service was just amazing.
Zack was really profesional during the swim session. He was so down to earth and funny to the group. I Definitely recommend to visit Dolphin Academy.
Congrats to your team, specially to Rogelia and Zack. Well done
September 25, 2022
We did a Snorkeling experience with the Dolphins. This was a great experience! I have swam with dolphins twice before, but getting to dive and swim with them underwater is... read more an unforgettable experience.
I highlight recommend doing this!
September 20, 2022