Interacting closely with animals in a safe environment is a life-changing experience. Swimming with dolphins in Cancun is one of the main attractions that tourists enjoy, as it is an excellent way to get close to marine wildlife and become aware of the importance of taking care of their ecosystems.
In the Delphinus family, we want more people to be able to live this experience at least once in their lives, in a respectful and conscious way. Read on to learn more.
How to responsibly select a place where you can swim with dolphins?
While there are many different options for swimming with dolphins in Mexico, it is very important that you do your research and responsibly choose the right place. One of the main factors to consider is animal welfare.
Animal welfare goes beyond kindness, food, care, and shelter - it’s a complete science. Delphinus is a modern zoological institution that bases its model on the World Association for Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). Since 2015, they designed a "The World Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare Strategy"” that proposes a model of five dominions:
- Physical health
- Environment (habitat)
- Mental wellness
This model is a guide and method for the evaluation of animal welfare through specific indicators for each species and is divided into two:
Direct indicators: They cover the physiological domain such as health status, heart rate, body temperature, weight, and nutrition, as well as behavioral ones such as appetite and levels of physical and social activity.
Proxy indicators: They evaluate the environment or enclosure in which the animals are kept, as well as the handling and treatment they receive.
Animal welfare is achieved when an animal is in good health, is in a safe place, lives with other animals, can demonstrate its natural behaviors, and has adequate mental stimulation. That is why Animal Welfare is a science that can be measured, evaluated, studied, and improved. With these indicators we can know that the physical space for dolphins in zoological institutions is not the only important thing, it has to be accompanied by integral attention to their needs and this includes environmental stimulation, physical exercise and sessions of enjoyment, caresses, and games with their keepers.
A respectful and enriching interaction
Interactive experiences with dolphins are a way to get to know them more closely and be fascinated by their intelligence, curiosity, and the way they interact with each other and with humans. It is important to do this in a relaxed and controlled environment that takes care of both people and animals. Thinking of creating a 100% enjoyable experience for every type of person who wants to get closer to the wonder of the marine world, we have different swimming experiences that are enjoyable for both children and adults.
Experiences such as Supreme and Ride include games, jumps, and kisses. Delphinus Trek at Xel-Ha Park is designed to dive 4 meters deep with a breathing apparatus, to enter the underwater ecosystem of these wonderful cetaceans. And thinking of all the members of the family, the little ones and older adults can also meet the dolphins in a close and joyful experience with the Splash experience.
We have 7 habitats in Quintana Roo, each in total alignment with the best practices in animal welfare and integration with the environment.
In addition to enjoying this unforgettable experience, you will learn more about marine fauna and how to help in its conservation.
¿Cuánto cuesta nadar con delfinesHow much does swimming with dolphins cost?
Con esta información estamos seguros de que elegirás el mejor lugar para realizar .We are certain that this information will help you select the best location for your swim with dolphins experience. We want to help you plan a vacation that doesn’t leave anything out and have created a cost calculator that is 100% personalized: simply choose one of our 7 locations and the swim with dolphins experience including the number of guests to receive an approximate cost.
The Delphinus family awaits you with open arms and fins!