Have you ever wanted to swim with the dolphins in the Florida Keys? Hawks Cay’s ocean-fed saltwater lagoon is home to a friendly pod of bottlenose dolphins and the Dolphin Connection program. Unique experiences allow guests the opportunity to view, interact and learn about the dolphins and Florida’s marine ecosystem. If you’ve ever wanted to swim with the dolphins, Hawks Cay is the only resort in the mainland United States that offers dolphin viewing on site and a variety of interactive programs for every age.

Reservations are required for all of our Dolphin Experiences. 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. There is a ramp to access the dockside experience. Please note that there are no lifts for the in-water experience.

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



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: $189 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, 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: $79 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: $149 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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Royal Swim Program

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Rates: $219 plus tax per person. (photos included)
Program Length: 45 Minutes; 15 minute educational class; 30 minutes in water with the dolphins.
Time9:45am and 1pm. Varies by Season

Join the Dolphin Connection team and their Royal Swim program. The program is designed to give participants an up-close and personal experience which includes hug, handshake (deep water activity), belly ride (deep water activity), melon rub, double dorsal ride (deep water activity), double footpush (deep water activity), swim by's and deep water mimics.

Requirements: Participants must be 54inches (4ft 6in/137 cm) or taller to participate. No exceptions. 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 (305)-289-9975 to make a reservation. (Photos are not included with the price but are available for purchase following the program.)

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Dolphin Connection is proud to be professionally accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums since 2003.

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PROGRAM AND PRICING

Become a trainer for a day or simply meet our dolphins dockside. Choose from a variety of programs for all ages.

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