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    Hawks Cay Resort

  • Kids are Learning About Dolphins with a Trainer Before They go to the Dock to Play.
  • A couple are Shaking Fins with the Dolphin During the Dolphin Discovery Program at Hawks Cay
  • A Family is Playing with the Dolphins during the Dockside Dolphin Program

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Dolphin Connection

Play with the dolphins: Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the Florida Keys.

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Guests at Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys have the unique opportunity to encounter bottlenose dolphins in this marine mammal's natural environment. The Dolphin Connection program, located in an ocean-fed saltwater lagoon, is home to a pod of friendly dolphins that Florida Keys visitors can interact with while learning the importance of protecting Florida's marine ecosystem.

Hawks Cay Resort is the only hotel or resort in the mainland United States that offers free public viewing of trained dolphins. We offer a variety of educational and exciting programs for adults, children and the entire family to enjoy. Whether you choose to jump in the water for a hands-on dolphin encounter, learn how to train dolphins or sit on the dock and admire fantastic aerial behaviors, join us at Dolphin Connection for a one-of-a-kind Florida Keys vacation experience.

Reservations are required for all of our Dolphin Experiences. Short-style wetsuits are provided free of charge. For liability reasons, personal cameras are not permitted on the docks or in the water, but are approved at our beach and overlook areas. For your convenience, staff photographers are present at each program. Programs are offered daily, except for Christmas Day.

Guests with medical restrictions or special needs are required to email [email protected] or call 1-305-289-0136 to make a reservation.

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 cancelled due to rain or cold. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation at 1-305-289-0136 between the hours of 9:30am and 4:30pm.



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Happy Girl being Kissed by a Dolphin at the Dolphin Connection at Hawks Cay Resort

Dolphin Discovery

Tatum the Dolphin Smiles at Hawks Cay Resort

The Dolphin Connection

A Dolphin Jumping High in the Air

Trainer For A Day

A Dolphin Dancing in the Water at the Dolphin Connection at Hawks Cay Resort

Dockside Dolphins


Dolphin Discovery

Availability: Reservations Required

Rates: $179 per guest, Tax not included

Requirements & Restrictions: Dolphin Discovery provides a high quality up-close and personal experience for each guest and is limited to no more than 6 participants per dolphin. Following instruction in our outdoor classroom which overlooks our beautiful dolphin lagoon, guests enter the water to hug, kiss, splash and play with our dolphins for 25 minutes. For our 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. Program Length: 45 minutes (25 minutes in the water with the dolphins) Restrictions: Must be 4’6” or taller to participate. For safety reasons, pregnant women are not permitted. Participants must be able to read, speak and understand the English language. We do not allow our guests to be towed or pushed by the dolphins. > RESERVE ONLINE

Dockside Dolphins

Availability: Reservations Required

Rates: $69. Tax not included

Requirements & Restrictions: For families with young children that 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. Groups are limited to no more than 7 participants per dolphin. People of all heights and ages may participate in this program, which includes one free photo. Program Length: 30 Minutes, 15 minutes with the dolphins Children 5 years and under must be accompanied by a paid adult (infants and children pay to participate). > RESERVE ONLINE  

Dolphin Trainer for a Day

Availability: Reservations Required

Rates: $329. Tax not included

Requirements & Restrictions: Ever think about becoming a dolphin trainer? This 3-hour program is a dolphin lover’s dream come true! This memorable experience allows you to join the Dolphin Connection team and become an actual trainer for a day. You’ll take home a t-shirt, reusable water bottle, certificate and personal photo with a dolphin to commemorate this rare and exciting opportunity. The Trainer For A Day program is an in-depth three hour behind the scenes look into the daily activities of the Dolphin Connection training team. The program is designed to give participants an up-close and personal experience by providing hands on opportunities. Limited to a maximum of two participants per day, this program offers a unique opportunity to experience what it's like to be a dolphin trainer. The program includes ample opportunities to interact with our dolphin family: the Dolphin Discovery and the Dockside Dolphins programs are included as well as a private training session with the dolphins from the docks. Participants have one-on-one time with the trainer and are involved in various hands on activities regarding the care and training of our dolphins. Program Length: 3 hours Requirements & Restrictions: Reservations Required. Ages 10 and up. Must be 4’6” or taller to participate. For safety reasons, pregnant women are not permitted. Participants must be able to read, speak and understand the English language. We do not allow our guests to be towed or pushed by the dolphins.  > RESERVE ONLINE