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Dolphin Academy

If you’re lucky you can spend hours watching the dolphins from your Royal Resort villa terrace, otherwise just pay a visit to Dolphin Academy at the Curacao Sea Aquarium. Dolphin Academy opened her doors in May 2002 and is now home for 17 coastal bottlenose dolphins. We offer educational programs for children and adults. At Dolphin Academy we keep the groups small so that all our visitors can enjoy a unique and intimate experience with the dolphins.


The Dolphin Encounter is suitable for all ages and you don’t even have to be a swimmer, because you will be standing on a platform waist deep in the water. Children 1 to 4 years pay only half the price and babies not older than 12 months participate for free. The Dolphin Encounter is the only program where pregnant women can participate in. During the Dolphin Swim you will swim along with the dolphins while gently petting and interacting with them. You will also give them signals to which they will sing, spin, wave and even splash you with water. Swimming with fins is obligatory and participants must be at least 8 years old. The Dolphin Freedive (Snorkel) is especially for the experienced snorkelers that enjoy spending time underwater. During the Freedive the dolphins will dive down alongside, allowing gently petting and interaction. A special part of this program is an echolocation experiment and an underwater dorsal ride. Our Dolphin Scuba Encounter is for non-certified divers and takes place in our natural lagoons. During the Open Water Dolphin Dive you will join the dolphin in the open sea for an unstructured program where the dolphin can be spontaneous. This program is only for certified divers and as well as the Dolphin Scuba Encounter it can only be booked through Ocean Encounters Dive Center.

For those that want to learn all about dolphins we have the Assistant Dolphin Trainer course for children ages 9 through 14 and the Dolphins in Depth course for everyone 15 years or older. During the Assistant Dolphin Trainer course children will experience how to work with dolphins as a trainer while learning about the dolphin biology and behavior. The course consists of classroom sessions and interactive water sessions. They will even participate in a real Dolphin Show. The Dolphins in Depth course is our most comprehensive dolphin interactive and educational program. You will learn what it is like to study and work with dolphins up close and personal. Learn about past and present dolphin research from around the world and participate in multiple interactive sessions with the dolphins.

Both courses have 2 levels and participants must complete level 1 before starting with level 2.
Level 1 consists of two half days, Monday and Tuesday.
Level 2 consists of three half days, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Dolphin Show and Dolphin Kiss

The Dolphin Show is offered on daily basis at 10.30 am, 01.30 pm and 04.30 pm. After the show you have the opportunity to purchase a Dolphin Kiss and a free picture is included. For more information or reservation you can visit our website www.dolphin-academy.com or call (+5999) 465 8900.