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Delphinus swim with dolhpins Ride v Splash differences
September 26, 2019

Ride or Splash? Know the differences and swim with dolphins

Because it connects you with nature through one of its most charismatic species, swimming with dolphins is a once in a lifetime experience. Besides, sharing the same space with the dolphins and learning more about their environment and personality help people to understand the importance of each inhabitant of the planet.

So, if you're planning to visit Cancun and Riviera Maya but you still haven't figured out how you will experience an ideal swim with dolphins in Mexico, in this article we compare two of the most popular interactions available at our sanctuaries: Ride and Splash.

Common features

Both, the Ride and the Splash, swimming programs include 14 activities, and support a maximum of 10 people at a time.

This makes them two of the best attractions you can enjoy with your family or in a group of friends, since every participant has the possibility to pet, play and learn about the dolphins up close.

After a warm welcome and a short briefing, guests put on life jackets and go straight into the water to begin the experience. Among the most entertaining activities, which are common in both swimming programs, are:

  • Dolphin Kiss
  • Hugs
  • Singing
  • Applause
  • Free jumps
  • Free and controlled swimming

Now, let's check the differences which can be somewhat subtle, but significant.

Ride: a thrilling kind of swim

What distinguishes this swimming program the most is the activity called dolphin ride. It’s a fun aquatic adventure in which you’ll be guided by a dolphin, holding its fin.


This makes for a very pleasant and safe ride for children and adults alike, because it takes place inside one of our sanctuaries, where the dolphins are led by highly qualified instructors.

As a precautionary measure, it is recommended that kids are at least 8 years old with a minimum height of 1.20 meters (3.9 ft) to be able to take the dolphin ride. 


Splash: fun for all ages

Among all of our swim with dolphins programs, the Splash is one of the most inclusive since every person can participate, from the very young ones to the elderly.


Therefore, this interaction has no age or height limitation so each guest will have the opportunity to receive an affectionate kiss from one of the dolphins while, learning more about its anatomy.

Finally, everyone will be "soaked in fun" when there comes the time to play water splashes with the dolphins. Definitely, a very refreshing activity.


After 30 minutes of fun, by the end of your swim you can revive the emotions, laughs and tender moments by watching the photos and videos captured by Delphinus' professionals.

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We hope that this information makes it easier for you to choose the perfect swim with dolphins experience that you will remember for the rest of your life.

And remember, if you book online you can have a discount at any of our 7 Delphinus sanctuaries... see you soon!