Have you ever wanted to swim with the dolphins in the Florida Keys? Hawks Cay’s ocean-fed saltwater lagoon is home to a friendly pod of bottlenose dolphins and the Dolphin Connection program. Unique experiences allow guests the opportunity to view, interact and learn about the dolphins and Florida’s marine ecosystem. If you’ve ever wanted to swim with the dolphins, Hawks Cay is the only resort in the mainland United States that offers dolphin viewing on site and a variety of interactive programs for every age.
Reservations are required for all of our Dolphin Experiences. Guests with medical restrictions or special needs are required to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (305) 289-9975 or (305) 289-0136 to make a reservation. There is a ramp to access the dockside experience. Please note that there are no lifts for the in-water experience.
Every Hawks Cay Resort vacation is made of magical moments, but Dolphin Connection may be our crowning jewel. Choose from the following programs and have your own Florida Keys dolphin adventure at Hawks Cay Resort.
Rates: $179 Per Person
Program Length: 45 Minutes (25 minutes with the dolphins)
Group Size: Limit 6
Time: 10 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, 4 pm daily (Times can and may vary)
Dolphin Discovery provides a high quality and personal experience for each guest. Following instruction in our outdoor classroom overlooking the lagoon, guests enter the water to hug, kiss, splash and play with our dolphins. For guests' comfort, dolphin interaction occurs from submerged, deep water platforms but also includes opportunities to swim into the lagoon for some special interaction with our dolphins.
Requirements: Participants must be at least 4’6”. For safety reasons, pregnant women are not permitted. View more information on restrictions and cancellation policy below.
Rates: $69 Per Person
Program Length: 30 Minutes (15 minutes with the dolphins)
Group Size: Limit 7 (Large groups may reserve their own private group)
Time: 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm daily (Times can and may vary)
If you don’t mind getting splashed, our friendly dolphins will meet you dockside. Enjoy all the fun with no swimming required. Following a short introduction into the world of dolphin training, Dockside Dolphins allows you to feed, play and interact with our animals from our dry training docks.
Requirements: Participants ages five and under must be accompanied by a paid adult (infants and children pay to participate). One paid adult participant per each participant four years and younger. View more information on restrictions and cancellation policy below.
Rates: $329 Per Person
Program Length: 3 Hours
Group Size: Limit 2
Time: Varies by Season
Join the Dolphin Connection team and become an actual trainer for a day. The program is designed to give participants an up-close and personal experience which includes a private training session, and the Dolphin Discovery and Dockside Dolphins programs. Trainer for a Day includes a t-shirt, reusable water bottle and a photo CD.
Requirements: Participants must be ages 10 and up, and at least 4’6”. For safety reasons, pregnant women are not permitted. Participants must be able to read, speak and understand the English language. View more information on restrictions and cancellation policy below.
Rates: $129 Per Person
Program Length: 45 Minutes (15-minute educational class, 30 minutes with the dolphins)
Time: 10 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, 4 pm daily (times can and may vary)
Experience first-hand the connection of a lifetime while our marine mammal specialists guide you through all of the fun and excitement. Following a brief educational session into the world of our dolphins, conservation and a demonstration on proper hand placements for each behavior, participants will be able to experience hugs, kisses and handshakes from a submerged platform. Dolphin Encounter is the go-to program to accommodate families, teams or groups.
Requirements: Participants must be at least 4’6” to participate on their own. Anyone under 4’6” must be accompanied by a paid adult 18 years and older. One paid adult participant per each participant. For safety reasons, pregnant women are not permitted. View more information on restrictions and cancellation policy below.
Dolphin Connection is proud to be professionally accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums since 2003.Learn more
Become a trainer for a day or simply meet our dolphins dockside. Choose from a variety of programs for all ages.Learn more