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Dolphin Connection Programs & Pricing

Every Hawks Cay Resort vacation is made of magical moments, but Dolphin Connection may be our crowning jewel. Choose from the following programs and have your own Florida Keys dolphin adventure at Hawks Cay Resort.

Dolphin Discovery

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Rates: $179 Per Person
Program Length: 45 Minutes (25 minutes with the dolphins)
Group Size: Limit 6
Time: 10 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, 4 pm daily (Times can and may vary)

Dolphin Discovery provides a high quality and personal experience for each guest. Following instruction in our outdoor classroom overlooking the lagoon, guests enter the water to hug, kiss, splash and play with our dolphins. For guests' comfort, dolphin interaction occurs from submerged, deep water platforms but also includes opportunities to swim into the lagoon for some special interaction with our dolphins.

Requirements: Participants must be at least 4’6”. For safety reasons, pregnant women are not permitted. View more information on restrictions and cancellation policy below.

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Dockside Dolphins

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Rates: $69 Per Person
Program Length: 30 Minutes (15 minutes with the dolphins)
Group Size: Limit 7 (Large groups may reserve their own private group)
Time: 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm daily (times can and may vary)

If you don’t mind getting splashed, our friendly dolphins will meet you dockside. Enjoy all the fun with no swimming required. Following a short introduction into the world of dolphin training, Dockside Dolphins allows you to feed, play and interact with our animals from our dry training docks.

Requirements: Participants ages five and under must be accompanied by a paid adult (infants and children pay to participate). One paid adult participant per each participant four years and younger. View more information on restrictions and cancellation policy below.

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Dolphin Trainer for a Day

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Rates: $329 Per Person
Program Length: 3 Hours
Group Size: Limit 2
Time: Varies by Season

Join the Dolphin Connection team and become an actual trainer for a day. The program is designed to give participants an up-close and personal experience which includes a private training session, and the Dolphin Discovery and Dockside Dolphins programs. Trainer for a Day includes a t-shirt, reusable water bottle and a photo CD.

Requirements: Participants must be ages 10 and up, and at least 4’6”. For safety reasons, pregnant women are not permitted. Participants must be able to read, speak and understand the English language. View more information on restrictions and cancellation policy below.

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Dolphin Encounter

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Rates: $129 Per Person
Program Length: 45 Minutes (15-minute educational class, 30 minutes with the dolphins)
Time: 10 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, 4 pm daily (times can and may vary)

Experience first-hand the connection of a lifetime while our marine mammal specialists guide you through all of the fun and excitement. Following a brief educational session into the world of our dolphins, conservation and a demonstration on proper hand placements for each behavior, participants will be able to experience hugs, kisses and handshakes from a submerged platform. Dolphin Encounter is the go-to program to accommodate families, teams or groups.

Requirements: Participants must be at least 4’6” to participate on their own. Anyone under 4’6” must be accompanied by a paid adult 18 years and older. One paid adult participant per each participant. For safety reasons, pregnant women are not permitted. View more information on restrictions and cancellation policy below.

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Restrictions

Dolphin Connection requires that guests with any medical restrictions, special needs or fish allergies email [email protected] or call us at (305) 289-9975 to make a reservation. There is a ramp to access the dockside experience. Please note that there are no lifts for the in-water experience.

For the dolphin’s health and safety, all jewelry must be removed prior to the beginning of each program. For liability reasons, NO personal cameras, cell phones or any electronic items/devices are permitted on the docks or in the water at anytime, on/during/or after program. These items are approved to have at our beach and overlook areas for any observers.

Cancellation Policy

Programs cancelled up to 48 hours prior to program time will be charged a fee of 10%. No refunds will be given for cancellations that take place within 48 hours, nor will refunds be given for participants who do not show up for their scheduled program. Customers will receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Programs are not canceled due to rain or cold. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation at (305) 289-9975 or (305) 289-0136 between the hours of 9:30 am and 4:30 pm.

Additional Information

For your convenience, staff photographers are present at each program, and photos will be available for purchase. Participants are highly encouraged to check-in at the Dolphin Connection facility 15-20 minutes prior to their program time. We recommend coming program ready and with a towel and change of clothes, if needed. Wetsuits and life vest provided.