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Dolphin Island

Spend a day at this dolphin park, where you can safely swim and play with curious sea mammals and admire stingrays and nurse sharks. 

Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Island Park. This floating island allows visitors to come face to face with one of the ocean’s most intelligent creatures. Play games with these friendly mammals and visit the island park’s other enclosures to meet more local sea-life.

Get to the island via transportation provided by Dolphin Island Park. The floating construction is made up of a number of boardwalks and enclosures off the Dominican Republic’s east coast. 

When you arrive, the park guides will provide a brief of rules and instructions to follow during your swim. Then it’s time to put on your bathing suit and join the dolphins in the clear Caribbean water. Delight in their playful curiosity and watch as they perform tricks under the trainers’ command. Get a photo of a dolphin kissing your cheek or letting you ride on its back. This section of the tour lasts from 30 minutes to 1-hour. 

After a swim, explore the park’s other enclosures. Spot stingrays and colorful fish while snorkeling. For a spectacular view of powerful nurse sharks patrolling the water, visit the park’s underwater viewing room. The guides may also take you to a natural reef off the island to spot wild species. 

Set aside a whole day to tour Dolphin Island Park. The guides and marine biologists on the island are happy to answer questions or provide assistance. After your tour, DVDs and photos of your dolphin experience can be purchased from the Visitor Center. The park offers a number of packages of varying prices tied to your length of stay at each enclosure. Check on Dolphin Island’s official website for price information and bookings.

Dolphin Island Park is located a short trip by boat from Bavaro, a town on the Dominican Republic’s west coast. It is open daily.


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Barceló Bávaro Palace - All Inclusive

Barceló Bávaro Palace - All Inclusive

Carretera Bávaro Km. 1, Punta Cana
4.2
of 5, from 2,743 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bavaro, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Dolphin Island, Cocotal Golf and Country Club, and Palma Real Shopping Village. San Juan Shopping Center and Manati Park Bavaro are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$360
Barceló Bávaro Beach - Adults Only - All Inclusive

Barceló Bávaro Beach - Adults Only - All Inclusive

Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana
4.2
of 5, from 1,663 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Barceló Bávaro Beach - Adults Only - All Inclusive has a casino, spa, and golf course on 600 acres, with direct access to the resort's 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) white sand beach.

$217
Meliá Caribe Tropical - All Inclusive

Meliá Caribe Tropical - All Inclusive

Playas De Bavaro, Punta Cana
4.0
of 5, from 3,685 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located on the island's eastern tip, the Melia Tropical All Inclusive faces Bavaro Beach, famed for its white sands and crystalline waters; dolphin encounters at Manati Park are 5 kilometers (3 miles) away.

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

Carretera Bavaro Km1,, Playa Bavaro, Punta Cana. La Altagracia
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bavaro, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Barcelo Golf Bavaro and Barcelo Sky Casino Punta Cana. Dolphin Island and ChocoMuseo are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$47
White Sands Bed & Breakfast

White Sands Bed & Breakfast

Playa Bibijagua, Ave. Leopoldina Viuda , Punta Cana
3.6
of 5, from 8 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bavaro, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Dolphin Island, Palma Real Shopping Village, and Cocotal Golf and Country Club. Manati Park Bavaro and San Juan Shopping Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$285
The Level at Meliá Caribe Tropical - All Inclusive

The Level at Meliá Caribe Tropical - All Inclusive

Playas de Bavaro, Punta Cana
4.3
of 5, from 627 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Bavaro resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Palma Real Shopping Village, Cocotal Golf and Country Club, and Dolphin Island. Manati Park Bavaro is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

IFA Villas Bávaro Resort & SPA - All Inclusive

IFA Villas Bávaro Resort & SPA - All Inclusive

Playas De Bavaro No 7, Punta Cana
3.4
of 5, from 616 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Bavaro resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palma Real Shopping Village and Dolphin Island. Cocotal Golf and Country Club and Manati Park Bavaro are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$197
Sunscape Bavaro Beach - All Inclusive

Sunscape Bavaro Beach - All Inclusive

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3.3
of 5, from 64 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bavaro, this all-inclusive resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Palma Real Shopping Village, Cocotal Golf and Country Club, and White Sands Golf Course. Dolphin Island is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.