Swimming with Dolphins
With swimming pens set up in the ocean, Delphinus Riviera Maya (Hwy. 307 Km. 282, toll-free Mex. tel. 800/335-3461, toll-free U.S./Canada tel. 888/526-2230, www.delphinus.com.mx, US$159–499), between Playa del Carmen and Paamul, is about as good as it gets for performing dolphins. For visitors, it’s one of the most rewarding dolphin interaction programs in the region.
For US$159, participants are permitted to interact with a dolphin pod for 50 minutes; standard tricks are performed while visitors are in the water—a series of jumps, a foot push, and a dolphin kiss—along with extras like just plain swimming with the pod. For US$499, a similar program is offered one-on-one with a dolphin.
Ticket prices include a locker, towel, goggles, and round-trip transportation from many of the hotels on the Riviera Maya. There often are discounts for booking online.
© Gary Chandler & Liza Prado from Moon Yucatán Peninsula, 9th edition