Ixtapa Dolphin Encounter for Kids
- Splish splash: One parent and child will share an amazing 20 minutes in the water with a dolphin and her child, touching their smooth skin, hugging them, playing with them, and more.
- Teachable moment: Your child will learn how smart and friendly dolphins are, how they communicate through sounds and gestures, and how to interact with them.
- Lasting memories: The encounter includes a brief dolphin performance, an actual conversation between Mama Dolphin and her baby, a sweet kiss, and much more.
About This Ixtapa Tour
Dolphins have been a favorite of humans since before the time of the ancient Greeks. They're sleek, powerful, friendly, fast, acrobatic, and some believe almost as smart as we are. When we look at dolphins we sense something special in them. And our intuition isn't wrong.
Through the ages, dolphins have consistently shown an amazing ability to recognize danger and unselfishly act to protect others from it, both human and animal. There are countless stories of dolphins protecting swimmers from sharks and guiding rescue boats to where the people who need rescue are.
One prominent example: In 1983, a pod of pilot whales ran aground in New Zealand during low tide. The people who lived nearby kept them wet and alive until the tide came back in. But by then, the whales were so disoriented, they couldn't find their way back into deeper waters. A passing pod of dolphins sensed what was happening, and at risk to themselves came into the shallows and guided the whales out.
This tour gives adults and kids the opportunity to spend some time up close and personal with playful, affectionate dolphins. After a 17 minute briefing session on their mannerisms and behavior of the animals, including ways to communicate with them, you'll enter the water for the thrill of a lifetime.
Get the picture?
New research by Michigan State University points to the possibility of dolphins being able to project "auditory images" to other dolphins using sound. If this is true, a dolphin that sees a shark could literally send a picture of the shark to other dolphins. It's the equivalent of humans being able to send an instant holographic picture of what we're seeing to others. Think of it as psychic social media.
Please meet in the lobby or reception area of your Ixtapa hotel. Our representative will be holding a sign with your name or the tour's name on it. You must confirm the name of your hotel at checkout, so we know where to pick you up.
This is an innovative program that focuses on 2- to 7-year-old children, accompanied by an adult. Your tour includes transportation. Your actual Kids Dolphin Encounter time will be approximately 20 minutes and a 17 minute introductory briefing.
. Sunscreen and jewelry is prohibited.
This is a mild activity tour that takes place in the water, and involves some steps and walking within the location. The tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Wilderness/Wildlife, Family Friendly,
Air-Conditioned Van or Bus.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Travelers must be minimum 2 years of age or older and no older than 7 years of age to participate.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is only recommended if you are fit, accustomed to exertion, have no back, neck or respiratory problems..
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.
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