Picking the perfect Dolphin Island programme for children

Few things are as magical as spotting a double rainbow. Swimming with dolphins is one of them. Unfortunately, unlike countries like Hawaii or Australia, dolphins aren’t native to the waters of Singapore (oops! we have been alerted that dolphins* have occasionally been spotted off the coast of Singapore) we do not have dolphin tours that take us out to sea to watch and swim with them, and not all of us have the privilege to travel overseas to do that. The next best alternative? Dolphin interaction programmes at Dolphin Island.

Here’s the low down on what’s available, and which might better suit your mini mes.

Dolphin Discovery

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Why your children will love it:

  • Interact with dolphins in waist-deep waters of the dolphin lagoon
  • Learn from marine mammal trainers fascinating facts about dolphins, such as their unique anatomy, behaviour and how to communicate with them

Ideal for:

  • Swimmers
  • Non-swimmers who are comfortable standing in waist-deep water

Minimum height requirement:

  • 115cm

Check out how much Singapore’s top Daddy Blogger Kelvin Ang enjoys this programme with his son

 

Dolphin Adventure

Dolphin Adventure

Why your children will love it:

  • Pick up educational facts on dolphins
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Be propelled through the water by a pair of dolphins

Ideal for:

  • Strong swimmers
  • Adventure seekers

Minimum height requirement:

  • 115cm

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store:

 

Dolphin Trek

Dolphin Trek Dolphin Island

Why your children will love it:

  • Interact with dolphins four metres underwater
  • Walk around on the lagoon floor and breathe freely through an underwater helmet
  • No scuba diving certification required

Ideal for:

  • Swimmers
  • Non-swimmers who feel comfortable submerged underwater, breathing through an underwater helmet

Minimum age requirement:

  • 15 years old

Minimum height requirement:

  • 115cm

Watch why Blogger Elaine Jasmine was so thrilled with Dolphin Trek:

Dolphin Observer

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Why water-shy children will love it:

  • Great view of friends and family participating in the programme without getting into the water

Pricing for Dolphin Island interaction programmes (as at 26 July 2018):

Programme Adult Child Senior
Dolphin Observer $58 $48 $48
Dolphin Encounter $68 $58 $58
Dolphin Discovery $98 $88 $88
Dolphin Adventure $128 $118 $118
Dolphin Trek $98 NA $88

Dolphin Island is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums

Dolphin Island has passed the stringent review that includes multiple day on-site inspection by a team of experts. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation.

The AZA logo is your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.

Click here for more information or to book your dolphin interaction programme.

* We did some digging and found that there may be at least four types of native dolphins in Singapore waters, namely the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin (Sousa chinensis), Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncates), Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus), and Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris).

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