Dolphins, and Sea Lions and Water Slides Oh My!

Experiences.  Travel is, and really should be, all about the experiences!  While in Puerto Vallarta I had the unique opportunity to visit Dolphin Discovery for an incredible experience, the opportunity to learn about and swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove!


Arriving in the early morning our small group was ushered through the large and clean  Aquaventuras Park which offers lockers to store your belongings for the day, inner tubes for the many water slides and swimming pools,  as well as bathrooms, showers and dressing rooms to freshen up in.  All settled in, we were ready to get in the water and make some memories! 


We started our day by being treated to the Dolphin Royal Swim.  This program includes plenty of time learning about these magnificent creatures from their caring and well educated trainers.  I was incredibly impressed by the dedicated trainers who not only took excellent care of their animals, but took time during each session to teach about these awe inspiring creatures as well as the parks message to protect our environment every day, driving home the message to remember to “Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce”, always. 

We were eased into the program, allowed to pet the dolphins and then greet these graceful creatures with a simple Dolphin Hand Shake.  One at a time each swimmer was allowed to meet and greet our dolphins for the day.  It was amazing. PVDolphin7PVDolphin2

Then we worked up to the Dolphin Kiss!  Such sweetness!

PV Press Trip Steph and a Dolphin

Soon it was time to swim out into the large pool to try a Dolphin Dorsal Tow.  All that was required of the swimmer was to old onto the dolphins dorsal fins and have them pull you across the water.  The smiling from ear to ear was optional.


Then, the experience of a life time, the famous Dolphin Foot Push.  Two dolphins meet you mid pool, push you from the soles of your feet, and you are propelled across the top of the water in a Super Woman pose! Clearly I rocked it!  (I promise this is the face of a girl having an incredible time)


Also offered at this experience is the opportunity to get up and close with a Sea Lion!  Whiskery kisses anyone?

  PVBrent and a Sea Lion

Following our incredible experience with the animals, we were given a little bit of time to cut loose in the water park.  With shady umbrellas, warm pools and multiple water slides, there was a lot to cram in before lunch!


And the lunch!  The lunch was not your typical water park food fare!  We were spoiled, served al fresco,and presented with fajita’s, seafood, fresh cheeses and meats.  It was healthy, fresh, and delicious.


Details about our experience:

The Royal Swim Experience includes: 

  • Swim with Dolphins (40 minutes)
  • Sea Lion Exchange & Education
  • Dolphin Show & Education
  • Water Park Access
  • Lunch


  • $139.00 Adults
  • $79 Children
  • Children must swim with a paying adult
  • (prices in US dollars)

Aquaventuras Park Opens daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Dolphin Discovery operates daily: 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

If you are taking a vacation in Puerto Vallarta and have an aquatic animal lover in your house, you will want to consider the Dolphin Royal Swim Program at Discovery Cove.  A great place to make some memories with your family!

Disclosure: I attended this tour as a guest of @PVVisit #pvpress trip, as always all opinions and thoughts are my own.  Please note that many photos were taken by our Discovery Cove Photographer, cameras were not allowed on part of this adventure.


  1. Darlene Schuller says:

    What fun!! Such great pictures. dolphins are just too cute!

  2. Suzie M says:

    What a wonderful holiday

  3. What an incredible experience! I’d love to take my kids to try something like this!

  4. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    looked like a lot of fun , and good eats! Im all about the food lol

    • Stephanie says:

      The food was so shockingly good! I’ve never experienced food of this quality of food at a theme park!

  5. MrDisco says:

    that’s a great shot

  6. Wow, what fun. Something my daughter would love to do. Thanks for posting the prices as well Stephanie; they ae more reasonable then I thought.

    • Stephanie says:

      You’re welcome! I was pleasantly surprised at the prices for a day too! (and my girls were very jealous) #MomGuilt

  7. Lynda Cook says:

    I am so so amazing be able to swim with the dolphins!! and that water slide OH wow what a slide, you sure had one great day, dolphins, slides and a great meal!

    • Stephanie says:

      Sign of a good water slide, when you can hear your Hubby laughing on the way down!
      LOL It was a great day!

  8. Birdiebee says:

    What an awesome place to have a lot of fun. I would love to go somewhere like this with the grandkids. Thanks for sharing!

  9. That looks like lots of fun!

  10. You guys did so many great things, what an amazing experience! 🙂

  11. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    Amazing! I would love to do the Dolphin experience at some point, it is definitely on my bucket list!

    • Stephanie says:

      The dolphins had a way of making you forget the outside world, hope you get to check that experience off your bucket list.

  12. nicolthepickle says:

    Seeing the dolphins would be a priceless experience. You look like you are having a great time.

  13. Fantastic post! Loved the pictures and glad you posted the prices as it is more reasonable than I thought it would be. Planning a trip to PV this winter and this is now definitely on my list!

    • Stephanie says:

      So glad to hear my posting the prices were helpful!! This experience was truly one I will never forget and I’m thrilled to hear you are now considering it for your next trip! Enjoy every second.

  14. Paula Goodman says:

    looks like sooo much fun!

  15. Heidi C. says:

    I had the opportunity to swim with the dolphins once and loved every minute of it. Looked like you had a wonderful time as well!

    • Stephanie says:

      I really did have an incredible time, and I bet neither of us will ever forget our time swimming with dolphins 🙂

  16. That looks like a lot of fun

  17. ginette4 says:

    Wow, amazing, would love to swim with dolphins..looked like way too much fun!

  18. melanie modica says:

    Wow this looks like so much fun! I want to go!

  19. Maegan Morin says:

    OMG this would be so much fun!! Definately like no other water park Ive ever been too.

    • Stephanie says:

      When you put it that way, you are so right! Most unique water park ever!

      • Maegan Morin says:

        I just wasnt sure what to call it! But I know that it would be an experience we would never forget.

        • Stephanie says:

          Oh I was completely agreeing with you!!! Because this place really is a water park and a place of discovery! I think you explained it better in your comment than I did in mine! Well done and thank you! 🙂

  20. Michelle says:

    Amazing! i would love to swim with dolphins 🙂

  21. I have never swam with and fun :)dolphins but thanks to you and your pics this looks amazing

  22. Maggie C says:

    Awww cute pix! looks like a fun time. I cannot wait now to go on my all-inclusive trip in Fall!

  23. Jeff Skidmore says:

    What a fantastic family vacation you had!

  24. Debbie Bashford says:

    Love your pictures, I so want to do this

  25. Awww, what a fun experience that must have been!!

  26. jane kramer says:

    looks like soooo much fun

  27. What an incredible experience! Looks like it was so much fun! 🙂

  28. kelly young says:

    i would love to experience this looks like a great time

  29. Another well written review with fabulous photos! Now I have to add this to my bucket list!!! Thanks for sharing!

  30. I always wanted to do that, it looks awesome!

  31. Maggie C says:

    Wow – that table full of food looks so good and fresh!

    • Stephanie says:

      The food was so good it was shocking! I had no idea food that good could be produced at a water park!

  32. JaimeeM says:

    Omg, the dolphins. That table of food. Geeze looks like an awesome day!

  33. This looks like so much fun! I love sea lions!

    • Stephanie says:

      I must confess, the sea lion was so HUGE he was almost scary!

      • Haha awww. He does look pretty big! I’ve always loved sea lions. I really want to visit Pier 39 in San Francisco and see all the Sea lions there.

  34. i don’t think i’ve ever seen dolphins in real life

  35. Anne Taylor says:

    I just love these photos! What a blast that must have been! Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

  36. Melinda says:

    Looks like so much fun!! Dolphins are awesome

  37. Wow , looks beyond fun !

  38. What a great experience. (I want a sea lion& a dolphin!) I love the photo of you doing the dolphin push….that is amazing!

    • Stephanie says:

      LOL I debated putting that picture of me doing the “foot push” with the dolphin up but in the end decided that was the one that best depicted me being caught between thrilled and shocked! LOL
      PS The Sea Lion was so huge, he was almost scary!

  39. vanessa foster says:

    Looks so fun . We swam with the dolphins in Cuba!!!!!!!

  40. Looks like many great water adventures, Ive never been swimming with dolphins

  41. Lee-Ann says:

    Always wanted to do a dolphin experience – one day!

  42. JaimeeM says:

    I bet you had so much fun there! One day me and my family (or even JUST ME lol) will go and experience that.

  43. Amy Heffernan says:

    WOW! Such an adventure. I have never seen a dolphin before!

  44. So jealouls! In love with the first photo!!

  45. mongupp (@mongupp) says:

    Wish I could take my family there. I love dolphins!

  46. Victoria Ess says:

    That looks like such a great experience!!!

  47. Angela Mitchell says:

    The waterslides look like so much fun. We don’t live near any waterslides so we have to visit them on vacation.

  48. I always have such a struggle with these types of events. Love seeing the animals, but….

  49. mrdisco says:

    those water slides look mighty fun

  50. Karen E. HIll says:

    You look like you had so much fun and the pics are awesome!

  51. Doris H. says:

    The dolphins look like a great experience!

  52. I love water slides

  53. MrDisco says:

    the patio is just calling for a cold drink to be ordered

  54. Karen E. HIll says:

    Dolphins have to be the most magical creatures. I swam with them in Florida and will NEVER forget it

  55. Amy Heffernan says:

    OMG this looks like SO much fun! I have never seen a dolphin before!

  56. OH MY…what an experience that must have been. It looked like you had an amazing time! So jealous!

  57. ivy pluchinsky says:

    so jealous, that looks like a lot of fun!

  58. That looks like an amazing experience!

  59. Wow, you sure go on a lot of amazing holiday adventures! You guys look like you’re having the best family time. And dolphins I’m sure just keep you smiling. Very cool family trip!

  60. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Dolphins are such graceful creatures and so intelligent too. You obviously had an amazing time and I loved your Super Woman pose photo. 🙂

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