Meeting the Dolphins at Atlantis Dolphin Cay


The Dolphins at Atlantis Dolphin Cay

An amazing experience with the majestic dolphins at Atlantis Dolphin Cay

My favorite part of our trip to Nassau Paradise Island was meeting the dolphins at Atlantis Dolphin Cay. Traveling with my four-year-old son often means that we can’t do a lot of the excursions because he is too young. But the shallow-water interaction at Dolphin Cay was perfect for us!

Atlantis Dolphin Cay

Atlantis Dolphin Cay

The beach at Dolphin Cay is stunning. There is a shallow shelf where you stand for the shallow-water interactions, and then a deep drop off where you can swim with the dolphins.

During the shallow-water interaction, you join a playful Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin in waist-high water for an extraordinary experience you’ll never forget!

Waving to Dolphin

Shallow-Water Dolphin Interaction

Limited to just 10 guests per dolphin, this amazing dolphin interaction begins with an orientation and includes a 30-minute in-water interaction. A personal photographer assigned to the group; wetsuits, personal lockers and beach towels are provided.

This family favorite is open to guests of all ages and swimming abilities. Children 3 years old and under are free with a paid adult. Children ages 10 and under will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian participating with them in the shallow water.

Arena and Andrew with Dolphin

You get to pose for photos with the dolphin — I just love this one of me and my son. We’ll never forget this amazing adventure!

You really get to be up-close and personal with the animals. You get to pet the dolphins, learn hand signals and ask it to do behaviors, feed the dolphin, and we even got to touch its teeth!

Andrew Kissing Dolphin

And, of course, we had to get a photo kissing the dolphin.

I was so impressed by my little guy’s bravery! He just went right up to the dolphin and laid one on him! It was so funny, and a memory that I will treasure forever.

Group Photo Dolphins in Back

Our group had adults and children of all ages, and everyone did great in this dolphin interaction program. I loved that we didn’t have to wear life jackets because the water was so shallow.

After your interaction is complete, you can purchase photos from the experience at the gift shop. It does take a while for the photos to be available, but they are so worth it! I think our photographer captured some great shots from our time in the water.

This activity is one you can’t miss when visiting Nassau Paradise Island.

Thanks to the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board for hosting us on our Caribbean adventure!

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  1. ellen beck says:

    I bet his was so fun and once in a lifetime. You are so lucky to get to see things like this! I looks like you all had a terrific time.

  2. shannon fowler says:

    This looks so amazing. Ive always wanted to do something like this. maybe we can put this on our bucket list.

  3. This looks real fun

  4. Terry Poage says:

    What a great experience that must have been. I would love to do that, but at the same time I feel sorry for them living in an enclosed space.

  5. We’ve done this in the keys..always fun and Floridians and huge proponents of ecology and education.

  6. ERICA WEAVER says:

    i bet this was the best day ever who wouldnt want to swim with the dolphins

  7. Susan Hartman says:

    I went on a cruise last year that stopped in Nassau. I can’t believe how big Atlantis is. Saw it while parasailing. Next time visiting will be on my list.

  8. Maryann D. says:

    I would love to see The Dolphins at Atlantis Dolphin Cay! This looks like a beautiful place to visit and I enjoy anything to do with dolphins, my family also.

  9. This looks and sounds like an experiance not found very often, especially the Shallow-Water interaction for young children!! Definately a once-a-lifetime experiance!

  10. DENISE LOW says:

    This would be wonderful to take my grandkids here. It looks like a lot of fun. And the pictures on here are beautiful.

  11. Judy Calloway says:

    This would be so much fun. They are such small animals. I have never seen or meet one in person , but I would love too!

  12. David Heath says:

    I did this once. It was so cool.

  13. Awesome!! That photo of your son kissing the dolphin is so cute it makes me weak in the knees. I’ve seen wild dolphins, and they are just beautiful. What a great opportunity to get up close and personal with another intelligent species!

  14. jenny stratton says:

    We went swimming with the dolphins in Jamaica and had the best time. I’m hoping to do it again this year.

  15. I have always wanted to swim with dolphins but never had the opportunity. You are so fortunate!

  16. I did this once about 10 years ago and it WAS a great experience.

  17. Frances Kalender says:

    Swimming with the dolphins is on my bucket list! … My sister went a few years back with her husband & she absolutely LOVED it! Looks to be like it’s a memory to last a lifetime!

  18. That sounds like fun. Not your average vacation. I’ll bet kids really get a kick out of. I would too.

  19. This would be amazing. I love dolphins and swimming with them would be a surreal experience. I always wanted to grow up to be a mermaid. This would be pretty close to that dream.

  20. Looks like such a great experience!

  21. This looks like such a great thing to do with the children. I would like to try and go next summer. Thank you for the review.

  22. Susan S.,TN says:

    What an amazing trip!!! I have dreamed of swimming with Dolphins just about my entire life and it would be a dream come true. This looks like you had had an amazing trip!! Love reading articles of trips like this, inspires me to vacation like this with my family!!

  23. Judy Thomas says:

    I have always wanted to swim with dolphins.I hope they are free to come and go though and not encaged in any way.

  24. This is on my bucket list!! Can you imagine being with these beautiful dolphins? Experience of a lifetime! Lucky you!!

  25. I did this a few years back in Mexico, was super awesome!

  26. That looks like so much fun.

  27. I’d so love to do this with my family ,it looks like an awesome experience.

  28. Laurie Nykaza says:

    I have always wanted to swim with dolphins the kids want to go on vacation where we can do this looks amazing.

  29. sherry fowler says:

    this would be so fun for the family! we have always wanted to swim with the dolphins!

  30. Michelle Elizondo says:

    I have never touched a dolphin.

  31. Lindsay Giedosh says:

    Ahhhh swimming with dolphins is at the top of my bucket list!

  32. Dawn gordon says:

    Wow…looks amazing and healing with nature and God…they are majestic and magic combined with their ability to interact with us comfortably

    Thanks for such a great share

  33. MICHELE KRIK says:

    Its something Ive always wanted to do

  34. violet taylor says:

    this is amazing, i had no idea there was a more id friendly option like this!!!

  35. How fun! This past year, we went on a cruise and got to swim with the dolphins. It was such an amazing experience. These are some great pictures!

  36. Kimberly Flickinger says:

    This is one place that is on my bucket list for sure! Definitely want to experience this. Great pictures!

  37. Michelle Castagne says:

    Meeting the dolphins must have been exciting. I’d love to do this!

  38. Looks like you had a lot of fun!

  39. John Joseph says:

    Looks like a great vacation idea and must be alot of fun. It is something to look into.

  40. Catherine Lewis says:

    I have always wanted to do this. I loved reading about this adventure.

  41. Michelle H. says:

    I would love to go there with my family. This sounds like an unforgettable experience.

  42. Stephanie Lashbrook says:

    This looks like an awesome place to be.

  43. How sweet it is to get that close to the dolphins and take pictures with them. I didn’t know anything about Atlantis Dolphin Cay until just now. Thanks for sharing!

  44. Richard Hicks says:

    This looks like such a fun place to visit.

  45. Stacy Bennett says:

    I have always wanted to swim with dolphins! I’m so jealous!

  46. Nancy Burgess says:

    I would love to do this.The are amazing I’d love to pet them.

  47. Kimberly Hillman says:

    I think my life would be complete to see a real dolphin! Love this!

  48. Cynthia Brooks says:

    It’s so weird. I lI’ve by the beach for years but I’ve not done something this interactive. I’m thankful I’ve seen dolphins in the ocean. And a whale show. But this looks like a really fun experience.

  49. Wanda Bergman says:

    We did this once in Puerto Vallarta. There’s just nothing like being kissed by a dolphin.

  50. This must have been such a great experience!

  51. Tammy Kennedy says:

    What a awesome experience, my daughter has always wanted to do that but sadly even after moving to florida we never got a chance now shes in college and to busy and no money to do it as she is studying to be a pediatric surgeon so her money is non existent
    Her bedroom until last spring was everything dolphin walls, bedding curtains
    The memories you make with your child will be a treasure for life

  52. What an amazing trip! These are memories that you will have for a very long time. I am hoping that I can take my grandchildren to see Dolphins one day, even if itis only to Marineland in Niagara Falls.

  53. I would love to meet dolphins!They are amazing mammals.

  54. Wow, that looks like a really fun thing to do. It’s amazing that your son was so brave and kissed the dolphin! I’ve always thought dolphins are a neat animal, but I don’t know if I could get that close.

  55. This is something I have always wanted to do would be awesome….

  56. Allyson becker says:

    The dolphins are beautiful. I have always been intrigued by them and their incredible intelligence.

  57. benjamin bubb says:

    Dolphins are cute!

  58. I have always wanted to swim with dolphins. You look like you had fun.

  59. Diana Vuong says:

    I wish I could of done this when I was in Hawaii. I have to wait for another vacation.

  60. Aww! I’ve always wanted to get a chance to swim with dolphins. This is actually on my bucket list.

  61. Wow, it looks beautiful! And the photo of your son kissing the dolphin is precious.
    Even though its a cliche, it’s a dream of mine to swim with dolphins one day.

  62. Emily Adams says:

    This attraction looks like it would be so much fun! I think our whole family would love to do something like this! 🙂

  63. Kelly Kriefall says:

    Love the two tier pool. So perfect for younger children. I’ve always thought of dolphins as being somewhat puppy like in their atraction to humans.

  64. Robin Abrams says:

    I have always wanted to visit a place to interact with Dolphins. I would love to take my grandkids here. They would love this.

  65. This is something that I’ve always wanted to experience! You’re so lucky. Thanks for giving me all of the details. I really want my next vacation to be in the Caribbean. And the pictures you have from your experience are fantastic! This place looks beautiful and makes me want to go there. Thank you!

  66. I would love to take my best friend to do this. She would freak over the dolphins!

  67. DeAnna Keller says:

    Looks like tons of fun! I have always wanted to try this!

  68. Shana Langley says:

    I swam with the dolphins in Cuba with my daughter! It was amazing!

  69. Michelle Elizondo says:

    I love Dolphins. they are so sweet and nice.

  70. Michelle Elizondo says:

    What an amazing experience.

  71. That is a dream come true!

  72. How fantastic, I had to look at this again. I can’t believe that you can touch them.

  73. Stacey A Smith says:

    WOW that would be so cool to go to! Love Dolphins.

  74. Swimming with dolphins has been my DREAM since I was a little girl. One day I will cross this off my bucket list.

  75. This sounds like such an interesting experience! I would really enjoy interacting with dolphins this way. Loved the pictures!

  76. I think this would be the most amazing adventure ever! What a wonderful opportunity.

  77. Cynthia Seppala says:

    Oh my gosh what an awesome experience this must have been! I so hope I get to do something like this with my family.

  78. taht that lok so neat i hope they are able to keep up the work with the animal my grand son went to one and he disabled a nd he really in joyed it alo

  79. Linda Manns says:

    This sounds awesome. This is something I would love to do with my family. Thank you so much for sharing

  80. Cheryl MacPhail says:

    When we were in Cuba we swam with the dolphins. They sure are amazing and strong animals!! They lifted me right out of the water on the tip of their noses and took me for a ride just like I was on water skies!! 🙂

  81. Renee Walters says:

    What an incredible experience! I would love to do that with my family someday!

  82. Darren Scrubb says:

    An awesome looking experience you seem to receive when visiting this location.I truly have to make a visit there for a

  83. This is so amazing! I would absolutely love to take my family here. And how nice that 3 and under are free. I know my kids would remember this experience for a lifetime!

  84. This looks so awesome! I’d love to bring my son, he loves animals of all kinds.

  85. OMGosh, a once in a lifetime thing! Your kids will never forget it.

  86. Melissa Marinho says:

    So jealous! I want to go there so bad, its absolutely beautiful! And I want to swim with dolphins. Looks like a blast! Glad you had a good time 🙂

  87. This must have been an AMAZING experience. I used to read so many books on dolphins and whales when I was a kid, because I was so fascinated with them but haven’t had the opportunity to see one up close. Thanks for sharing this with all of us! 🙂

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