Vallarta Dolphin Encounter
Vallarta Dolphin Encounter
Vallarta Dolphin Encounter
Vallarta Dolphin Encounter
Vallarta Dolphin Encounter
Limited Spaces Available! For reservations call 888-558-3330. Spaces are extremely limited this time of year so book early to ensure the date you want.

Vallarta Dolphin Encounter


  • Shallow Water Program Designed for Non-Swimmers
  • Short but Informative Orientation About the Dolphins Behavior and Biology
  • One-On-One Interaction With Our Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins in Waist-Deep Water
  • Get Acquainted With the Dolphins, Touch Then, Hug Them, and Communicate With Them Using Hand Signals
  • Ideal for Kids and People Who Are Not Comfortable in Deeper Waters

Tour Summary

If you do not consider yourself a very good swimmer, but still have a desire to encounter dolphins directly as if they were in the wild, this tour is the perfect one for you! Come to our accommodating Dolphin Center located in the sub-tropical Puerto Vallarta region of Mexico to encounter dolphins in an environment where you interact with them in water that will only come up to your waist.

Before meeting up with our family of Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins, you will get to attend a short learning session where we teach you everything we know about these delightful aquatic mammals. We will lecture you on their physical makeup and the history of the species as well as how they live in the wild and how we train and take care of them in the facility. We will also teach you the training signals you need to know to have them perform tricks for you.

After this session, we will take you to the lagoon for an exciting encounter with groups that will not be any bigger than eight people. This ensures that everybody will get to spend a great deal of time with the dolphins. Once are you in the water, you can interact with the dolphins as much as you like. They love to have people rub their skin and bellies and you will be able to feed them and practice the signals we taught you earlier.

This remarkably entertaining tour includes the informative session at the beginning and the hands-on session at the end. We do everything we can to make sure that this will be a very unforgettable experience for you and your family. We are very passionate and enthusiastic about our dolphins and we hope to spread our passion onto all of our guests!

Q: May I bring a camera or video camera to take pictures?

A: Cameras are not allowed into the pools or observation areas for your safety, for the dolphins safety and the safety of the equipment but professional photos will be available for purchase after your experience.

It is your responsibility to make sure you are aware of and understand all restrictions pertaining to this tour before booking online or over the phone. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are medically qualified and within any limits listed below in order to participate in this activity. No refunds will be given to those who reserve a spot and can not participate due to the restrictions listed below. For more information please read our cancellation policy and terms and conditions page or call our staff with any questions regarding your ability to participate.

  • Encounters take place in Nuevo Vallarta only, guests in Puerto Vallarta will need to travel to this location.
  • Infants between 1-4 years old are FREE when accompanied by a paying adult (16 or older).
  • Each Child 5-11 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult (16 or older. 1 adult per child).
  • Child prices applies to children ages 5 to 11.
  • Cameras are only allowed in the guest observation area.
  • No jewelry or sunscreen allowed.
  • Lifejackets are available upon request.
  • Each dolphin program is unique and based upon our groups, trainers and dolphins.
  • All of our programs are designed with our dolphins wellbeing in mind.
  • Expecting mothers are restricted.

Puerto Vallarta Dolphins is always interested in your tour experience with us. We hope you enjoyed your tour and love to hear comments.

Bob Smith

I have been to the Bahamas many times, but Vallarta Dolphin Encounter is one of my favorite trips! It includes everything that everyone should do here. As a Bahamas veteran, I can say only the best about this experience!

Jim Peters

Thanks to the professional guides! I was a bit worried about kayaking because I had never done it before, but the instructions were great and I had such a good time!

Richard Dixon

The best way to discover nature! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)