What Sets Dolphin Encounters Apart
We Are Fins Above the Rest!
Timid or Non-swimmers Welcome
Worried that your lack of swimming skills will keep you from meeting a dolphin? DON'T BE!!! Our Dolphin Encounter program takes place in shallow water where you will stand on a platform. The dolphins will swim up and over the platform where you can meet them one-on-one. We want you to feel comfortable and to enjoy the program as well. We welcome all timid and non-swimmers and encourage you to make your dolphin dream come true.
Beautiful Scenic Boat Ride
We know that not all of our guests are big boaters and a few may worry about the size of the vessels or the length of the trip. Relax! Our catamarans are large, double-decker vessels that can each carry well over 100 passengers. Each boat has a captain and two mates, is equipped with life vests and is fully licensed and inspected. The ride is approximately 20-minutes and you never lose sight of land or venture far out to sea. Sit back, relax and enjoy as we cruise through Nassau's harbour, past Paradise Island and over to Blue Lagoon Island. The boat ride is very picturesque and worth the trip!
It is an Authentic Bahamian Experience
Dolphin Encounters is the oldest dolphin facility in The Bahamas and is owned and operated by a local family - so you can be sure that your program will be safe, educational, fun and authentically Bahamian.
Repeatedly Voted One of the Top Attractions In The Bahamas
Dolphin Encounters is one of the top attractions in the Bahamas. More than 2.5 million people have visited us since we opened our all-natural facility in 1989. Dolphin Encounters has literally set the standard for marine mammal interactive programs in our country and beyond.
Spectacular All- Natural Environment on a Secluded Private Island
Whether guests are participating in one of the interactive animal programs or just observing, a visit to our beautiful island alone is worth it. Surrounded by turquoise blue water on all sides and covered with thousands of native coconut trees, lush landscaping and a natural lagoon, Blue Lagoon Island is an extraordinary private island that offers guests a glimpse of an untouched paradise. There is no other facility in the world that offers the same experience. It also provides our marine mammals with an unmatched, all-natural ocean habitat.
Boat Ride Offers the Opportunity to See Nassau's Harbour and Other Islands
You get the opportunity to have a boat ride on our large, high-speed, double-decker catamarans through Nassau's historic harbour over to Blue Lagoon Island. The scenic ride includes great views of Nassau, Paradise Island and best yet an unspoiled private island far away from hotels or other buildings.
The Dolphins are World Famous
Dolphin Encounters is the home of Flipper - three of our animals played the aquatic star in the Paul Hogan and Elijah Wood version produced by Universal Studios. They also starred in the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen film Holiday in The Sun and have been featured on MTV, ESPN, CNN, E!, NBC, CBS, VOX News, NIPPON TV and countless other international television shows, magazines and newspapers.
The sea lions are also celebrities and played the title role in the movie Andre and in Slappy and the Stinkers.
All Guests Are Welcome
Dolphin Encounters offers programs that meet everyone's needs, even timid or non-swimmers can enjoy a program and make their dream of meeting a dolphin come true. We also work closely with special needs guests. With arrangements made at the time of reservation, we can accommodate any person with a physical and/or mental special need in a program that they will enjoy. We also have a waterproof wheelchair that allows guests to meet the dolphins face to face. The facility is wheel chair accessible and we also work closely with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Dolphin Encounters Has Won The Prestigious Cacique Award
In 2005, Dolphin Encounters won the prestigious Cacique Award from the Bahamas' Ministry of Tourism which honours the finest in the tourism in our country. We are the only marine mammal facility in The Bahamas to have done so.
Dolphin Encounters has been the host to thousands of local and visiting schoolchildren through our many educational programs and we remain committed to teaching everyone that visits the facility the importance of protecting and preserving the marine environment.
Longstanding Member of Prestigious Industry Organizations
Dolphin Encounters is an accredited member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AAMPA) and a member of the International Marine Animal Trainer's Association (IMATA) confirming our status as of one of the top marine parks in its field.
Our Animals Are Celebrities!
We have had the pleasure of hosting many celebrities and their families throughout the years. Everyone from Oscar winners, Grammy winners, Emmy winners, Tony winners, stars of screen, stage, radio, TV and every kind of pro-sport players have been our guests. But did you know that our animals are famous too?
Three of our dolphins played the role of Flipper in the Paul Hogan, Elijah Wood version produced by Universal Studios. Our dolphins and Blue Lagoon Island was also featured in the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen movie Holiday in the Sun.
Several of our sea lions have played the starring role of Andre in the movie Andre and appeared in Slappy and the Stinkers.
Our beautiful facility and dolphins have appeared on NBC, CBS, E!, CNN, ESPN, MTV, GMTV, NIPPON Television, QVC, Nickelodeon, Oxygen, SKY News, VOX TV and many additional television stations. We have been featured in many international newspaper and magazines.
Chances are you have already seen or heard about our dolphins, sea lions and programs - now it's time for you to meet them yourselves - it will be our pleasure to welcome you!
The Perfect Eco-Tour
If your dream is to swim with dolphins in their all-natural environment, on a private island - then you found the right place! Our pristine white sandy beaches are real and have attracted guests to our shores for many years. The crystal clear ocean that surrounds our island and forms the hidden lagoon is breathtaking. Our pools provide a rich natural environment for our marine mammals and allow our visitors with an up-close look at the amazing ecosystems that have made the Bahamas famous. No artificial beaches here, no filtered water, no man-made pools. Dolphin Encounters at Blue Lagoon Island is 100% natural and authentically Bahamian.