• A Group is playing with the Dolphin at  the Dolphin Discovery Program whil
  • 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.

Have you ever wanted to swim with the dolphins in Florida?

1st highlighted area: Hawks Cay Resort is the only hotel or resort in the mainland United States that offers their guests the opportunity and luxury of dolphin viewing on site, in their natural habitat. There are a variety of interactive programs offered here, perfect for adults, children, and family/groups to enjoy. Our priority is making sure our guests have the experience of a lifetime, while also learning all about these amazing creatures and conservation. Our guests will complete their program in the beautiful, breath taking lagoon, while our trained photographers capture every moment for you! Come 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 Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Guests with medical restrictions or special needs are required to email [email protected] or call 305-289-9975 or 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 305-289-9975 or 305-289-0136 between the hours of 9:30am and 4:30pm.

 

OUR EXPERIENCES

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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

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

PROGRAMS AND PRICING

Dolphin Discovery

Availability: Varies times each day, call or go online to view! (Times can and may vary.)

Rates: $179 plus tax per person. (Photos are not included with the price but are available for purchase following the program.)

Requirements & Restrictions: Program Length: 45 Minutes; 15 minute educational class 30 minutes in water with the dolphins Participants must be 54inches (4'6" or 137cm) or taller to participate in this program. For safety reasons, pregnant women are not permitted to participate in this program. Guests with any medical restrictions, special needs or fish allergies are required to email [email protected] or call us at 1 (305)-289-9975 to make a reservation. If you are an action and adventurous type of person or think you are up for the thrill and excitement, then look no further! Our Dolphin Discovery program is for you! Feel the Florida breeze through your hair as our dolphin friends push you from the deep-water lagoon back to the submerged platform with our boogie board tow push. Our Dolphin Discovery provides a high quality up-close and personal experience for each guest. A brief educational class/mini demonstration will be held in our outdoor classroom area, which overlooks the beautiful lagoon. Guests will be welcomed into the water and greeted by one of our friendly and knowledgeable trainers and dolphin companion. During this program, guests will experience a number of various behaviors, including things like an unforgettable shoulder hug, sweet (and maybe a little salty) kisses, and a deep-water heartfelt handshake. Of course, who could forget the thrilling, action packed boogie board tow push!  > RESERVE ONLINE

Dockside Dolphins

Availability: Limited. Call or go online to view! (Times can and may vary.)

Rates: $79 plus tax per person. Guests ages 1-4 years of age are complimentary. (this includes a $10 credit, per paid participant, towards any of our photo packages.)

Requirements & Restrictions: Children 4 years and under must be accompanied by a paid adult participant 18years or older. One paid adult participant per each child 4years and under. Guests with any medical restrictions, special needs or fish allergies are required to email [email protected] or call us at 1-305-289-9975 to make a reservation. This program is perfect for families with young children, that don’t mind getting splashed, with the desire to meet and interact dockside with our friendly friends. Following a brief educational session into the world of dolphins, conservation and a mini demonstration on proper hand placements for each dolphin behavior, to better prepare our guests. The Dockside Dolphins program allows you to feed, play and interact with our animals from our dry training docks. Guests will also get the opportunity to have some fun play time interaction, which can be semi-customized to better enhance each guest/group. Our talented photographers will be capturing your experience throughout the program. (Photos are not included with the price but are available for purchase following the program.)  > RESERVE ONLINE  

Dolphin Trainer for a Day

Availability: Reservations Required

Rates: $329 per person plus tax

Requirements & Restrictions: Ever wonder what it takes to become a dolphin trainer? Or maybe you just want a backstage pass to experience the highest level of learing and dolphin interaction? Either way, this 3-hour hands on program is a dolphin lover’s dream come true! Program Time: 3 hours; 9am-12pm. Ages 10 and up. Must be 4’6” or taller to participate. Participants will get to take home a one of a kind "Trainer For A Day" T-shirt, Dolphin Connection Water Bottle. Participants will experience the Dockside Dolphin program and Dolphin Discovery program! (Photos are NOT included with the price but are available for purchase following the program.)  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. 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.  > RESERVE ONLINE

Dolphin Encounter

Availability: Cost: $129 plus tax per person, 42inches and up. Guests 41inches and under are free.

Rates: $129 plus tax per person

Requirements & Restrictions: Program Length: 45 Minutes; 15 minute educational class; 30 minutes in water with the dolphins. Participants must be 54inches (4’6” or 137 cm) or taller to participate on their own. Participants who measure 53inches or under can participate but must be accompanied by a paid adult participant 18years and older. One paid adult participant per each participant 53inches or under. For safety reasons, pregnant women are not permitted to participate in this program. Guests with any medical restrictions, special needs or fish allergies are required to email [email protected] or call us at  1-(305)-289-9975 to make a reservation.