• A Family is Playing with the Dolphins during the Dockside Dolphin Program
  • A Dolphin Jumping High in the Air
  • A Little Girl is Playing With the Dolphin From the Dock During the Dockside Dolphin Experience

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Have Your Own Florida Dolphin Adventure at Hawks Cay Resort

Every Hawks Cay Resort vacation is made of magical moments, but Dolphin Connection may be our crowning jewel.

If you’ve ever dreamed of entering the water and playing with dolphins, this is your chance! Stand on submerged platforms and hold, feed and touch our dolphins. You can even take the plunge and swim with them. The centerpiece of our facility is an ocean-fed, saltwater lagoon inhabited by a pod of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The area around Dolphin Connection is dotted with educational signage, so you can learn about the resort’s most beloved guests anytime during your stay.

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 with the dolphins

Cost: $179 plus tax per person

Must be 4’6” (137 cm) 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.

Guests with medical restrictions or special needs are required to email [email protected] or call 1-305-289-0136 to make a reservation. The one-of-a-kind experience of swimming with dolphins in Florida – without having to leave your resort: Welcome to Hawks Cay.

Group Programs: Large groups may reserve multiple programs up to five times daily—10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm. Maximum 50 participants per day, 10 guests per program.

Additional Information: Short-style wetsuits are provided free of charge. The swimming portion of the program is optional and not required. 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. Participants should check-in at the Dolphin Connection facility 15-20 minutes prior to program time.

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.