AAA Editor Notes
Dolphin Encounters at Blue Lagoon Island departs from the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal at 1 Marina Dr. between the bridges. Visitors board a high-speed catamaran which transports them to this pretty saltwater lagoon, where they have an opportunity to mingle with highly intelligent bottlenose dolphins. Participants receive an orientation prior to meeting the dolphins, so they know what to expect; observers are welcome to watch from nearby. Professional trainers are on hand to ensure guests enjoy as much hands-on time as possible with the dolphins, and photographers stand by to record the moment.During the Dolphin Encounter, exposure to the dolphins is obtained by standing on a submerged platform in shallow water—these sociable animals will allow participants to pet, hug and kiss them. Children are very comfortable in this more controlled setting. In a similar environment, guests choosing the Sea Lion Encounter interact instead with California sea lions. A Stingray Encounter also is available.With the Dolphin Swim, there's even more personal interaction through free-form swimming and frolicking with the friendly creatures. The strength of these remarkable mammals can be witnessed during the “footpush,” which involves two dolphins pushing a volunteer's feet, ultimately propelling him or her across the lagoon.Participants should bring a towel and change of clothes.