I’ve always wanted to swim with dolphins so I leaped at the opportunity to do it while attending a Cruise Holidays convention at the El Dorado Royale in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
The Delphinus dolphinarium in Riviera Maya is located on 2 ½ acres of beautiful scenery. As soon as I left the van, I found myself walking through a lush tropical rainforest where I spotted a spider monkey, iguana and several colorful parrots. By the time I reached the area to check in, I was in my “serene” zone and ready to experience some play time with some good-natured dolphins.
I bought the “Primax” package, which promised 60 minutes with the dolphins among no more than six participants. I ended up with only two other participants, a young boy from Ontario, Canada and a young lady from central Mexico. I may have been the old lady in the group but I certainly wasn’t the most reticient.
The most thrilling moment was the “foot push” maneuver, where my two new friends, Kelem and Chen, came behind my outstretched body and pushed their cute little noses against my feet and propelled me out of the water.
It was a sublime and tactile experience spending quality time with Kelem and Chen. They were smooth to the touch and loved it when we stroked them. They just rolled over and begged for more. They danced with us and gave us a kiss. There is something innately satisfying about being among creatures that are so affectionate and comfortable in their environment and I left Kelem and Chen feeling that all was well with the world.
Swimming with the Dolphins review and pictures provided by Colleen Turner. Colleen is adventurous, loves to travel, & likes to make people laugh. Her passion for cruise travel will make your day!