Dolphin Extreme

$179 USD-30%

$125 USD

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Dolphin Extreme

  • 60 Minutes

  • Families

  • Min 8 years old

  • Active

  • Small Groups

Looking for an immersive, small-group dolphin encounter that goes beyond a simple meet-and-greet? Dolphin Extreme is a 60-minute experience that’s designed to give you just that.

Your day begins at our world-renowned dolphin and sea lion center where you’ll learn about marine mammals from our Specialists, who will share fascinating facts about their physiology and behavior.

After you’ve been briefed, we’ll equip you with a mask so you can join our Pacific Bottlenose dolphins right in their habitat: floating, twisting, gliding, and diving alongside them. Dolphins aren’t the only mammals you’ll get to meet; however, you’ll also get the chance to have a hands-on encounter with our quirky sea lions!

Go underwater with Dolphins and Have fun with Sea Lions!

Equipped with a mask and fins, you’ll join our Pacific Bottlenose dolphins right in their element, floating, twisting, gliding and diving alongside them as if you were part of the pod.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to actually be a dolphin, this is the encounter you’ve been searching for. And best of all, your day will include a bonus sea lion encounter!

Experience the Underwater Environment Like Never Before

Exhilarating is the best way to describe this hour-long dolphin encounter that includes not only education and play, but also thrills!

After a short introduction by our marine mammal specialists, you’ll have the opportunity to skim across the surface of the water on a boogie board during a two-dolphin foot-push, speed through the deep on an underwater dolphin ride, and watch a private acrobatic performance by our talented Pacific Bottlenoses.

Meet a Sea Lion!

As part of Dolphin Extreme, you’ll also enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime hands-on encounter with one of our quirky and lovable sea lions. After one of our marine mammal specialists introduces you to the sea lion’s fascinating physiology and behaviors, it’s time to get up close and personal!

These animals are full of personality and love to have fun, so be ready to clown around with your new friend.

Dolphin Extreme Lets Us Learn from One Another

Swimming with dolphins is an experience unlike any other, but these encounters are about more than just excitement. Marine mammal researchers still have a lot to learn about dolphins and how to protect them.

When people meet these curious, intelligent creatures face to face - whether they enjoy a shallow water encounter or swim with dolphins - they are inspired to learn more about how human beings can care for dolphin habitats and support conservation and research efforts.

We Take Animal Welfare Seriously

Dolphins and sea lions need downtime just like people, which is why we limit the length of our Dolphin Extreme encounters and other wildlife experiences.

Our dolphins and sea lions spend less than two hours each day interacting with people and then spend the rest of their time playing and interacting with one another, working closely with our trainers and relaxing in a safe and stimulating environment we have created just for them.

All of our animals are given regular checkups and their diets are closely monitored to ensure they stay healthy and happy. To learn more about how we care for our dolphins and sea lions, please take a look at our Corporate Responsibility page.

Please take a look at the Humane Conservation program in which Dolphin Adventure is certified, to learn more about how we care for our dolphins and sea lions.

What's included in this experience

  • A once in a lifetime experience! Our 60-minute Dolphin Extreme Program.
  • Life jacket
  • Use of lockers
  • Wetsuit (in winter months)

What's excluded

  • Gratuities
  • What do you need to know before you book

    • Ages 8 and up with strong swimming abilities
    • Minimum height: 4 ft / 1.2 m. No exceptions. All children will be measured upon arrival.
    • Child prices apply to ages 8 to 11. Adult prices apply to those 12 years and older.

    • Each child under 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult (16 years or older). One child per adult.

    • The signature of one parent or guardian is required for participants under 18 years old.

    • For the well-being of the dolphins, access with jewelry, accessories, or sunscreen is not allowed.

    • Access with cameras or cell phones is not permitted. We offer professional photos for purchase after your experience.

    • Please note that you must be at the check-in point 30 minutes before your activity.

    • This program is not suitable for pregnant women. If someone in your group is pregnant, they can book a Private Dolphin Swim.

    What to bring

    • Swimsuit
    • Money for souvenirs & photos
    • Towel
    • Sun protective clothing


    Do I need to reserve in advance?
    YES! Spaces are limited and fill quickly. In order to ensure your tour date/time we recommend booking in advance.
    May I bring a camera or video camera to take pictures?
    Cameras are only allowed in the observation areas they are not allowed in the lagoons. However we offer professional photos that are available for purchase after your experience.
    Can I wear sunscreen (SPF)?
    The oils and residues from sunscreen (even biodegradable ones) are harmful to many marine species including Dolphins. Please use sun-protective clothing so you take care of your skin and marine life at the same time.
    Can I wear jewelry?
    Although we provide areas to secure your personal belongings we recommend you leave all jewelry and small items in your hotel.
    Why do you limit the number of sessions for people to interact with the animals?
    Our animals’ health and welfare are of the utmost importance so we limit each session. These incredible animals spend less than two hours each day interacting with the public. The rest of the day is allocated to their private play time training time as well as for social interaction.
    How safe are Interactive Programs?
    Our programs have a remarkable and well-established safety record. The health and safety records of these kinds of programs have been continuously studied for over 20 years each time reaffirming their impeccable records.
    Can I make an animal sick if I participate in a swim program?
    No you cannot. Since the beginning of in-water marine mammal interactive programs in 1985 there have not been any instances of disease transmission between humans and these animals reported at any facility.
    Can special needs visitors participate in your dolphin programs?
    Before making a reservation please talk to one of our Adventure Advisors so they can better inform you.
    How do you care for your animals?
    At our centers we follow a program for preventative health care including daily health assessments regular voluntary veterinary examinations and dietary needs assessments. We continually provide an exceptionally clean and stimulating environment for them to live and thrive in while providing a safe and stable setting for their social community (pods) and family to reproduce and grow. For more information please refer to our Corporate Responsibility page.

    Location Details

    Vallarta Adventures
    Vallarta Adventures' Center, Av. Las Palmas #39 Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit; ZC 63732, Mexico