$95 for a Shallow Water Dolphin Encounter ($155 Value)
During the Shallow Water Dolphin Encounter, guests walk out into a natural lagoon, allowing waters to reach their waists. Once surrounded by water, they exchange handshakes and belly rubs with dolphins, such as Elvis, Nica, and Isaac. Trainers also show participants hand signals that cue the marine mammals to respond. Guests take turns entering the water, typically six at a time, to interact with one or two dolphins. The encounter does not have a set duration, rather it's based on a series of behaviors that the dolphins perform at their own pace. Encounters take place daily at 10 a.m. Nonparticipating visitors may also join for additional fee—$10 for adults, $5 for kids aged 7–17, and free for children aged 6 and younger.
Like all dolphins, Elvis loves to chase fish, leap into the air, and paint abstract-expressionist artwork. He does, however, need a human to hand him a brush, which is where the Painting with Dolphins program comes in. This is just one of the initiatives at Dolphin Cove that reveals these marine mammals' fascinating behaviors. In a natural lagoon, trainers facilitate human-dolphin relations through encounters such as swimming with, snorkeling beside, or rubbing the belly of Elvis and his cohorts. The dolphins may also regale guests with antics such as sharing their favorite toys or showing off a new behavior. Dolphin Cove's additional services include the Trainer for a Day program and a live webcam, which was an idea Elvis brought from his background in IT.