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Dolphin Kids Encounter


  • A Program Especially Designed for Younger Children With an Educational and Interactive Perspective
  • Kids Get to Interact With the Dolphins From a Shallow Water Shelf
  • Kids Get to Pet and Hug Dolphins, Creating Their Own Unique Bonds with These Friendly and Social Creatures

Tour Summary

Little kids always have a fascination with animals, especially with the smiling clowns of the ocean, the dolphins. Children have the rare opportunity to interact with one of our friendly, intelligent, and gentle Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins. Kids come first on this fun-filled activity tour at our expansive state-of-the-art Marine Mammal compound in Nuevo Vallarta just north of Puerto Vallarta. Kids from four to eight years old can enjoy this dolphin encounter designed just for them.

On this fantastic tour, which our dolphin experts designed especially for the entertainment of smaller children, starts with an preparatory session poolside, where the children will be slowly introduced to the environment and become familiarized and educated about the dolphins before entering the shallow water encounter platform. After the orientation session, the kids will be delighted at the opportunity to interact with these remarkable bright, playful, and tender cetaceans. Your children can even touch and pet the dolphins in an extremely safe and controlled environment. We usually have our kinds encounter in our maternity pool, where we observe newborns with their mothers.

We are always delighted with the expressions of wonder that appears on the faces of the kids as they engage with these amazing creatures. This encounter with a live dolphin will spark their imaginations and create a lasting memory of their vacation in Puerto Vallarta with their family. It is never too early to introduce children to the marvels of the natural world. This is an excellent way to create an interest in marine biology and the natural sciences.

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.

  • For children ages 4-9 only. Adults must pay for shuttle transportation at pick up - $10 per passenger being transported will be due.
  • Cruise ship passengers must book directly with the cruise ship.
  • Cameras are only allowed in the guest observation area.
  • No jewelry or sunscreen allowed.
  • Specially design for children ages 4 to 9 years old.
  • 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.

Vallarta Tour Center 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 Dolphin Kids 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 ͡°)