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Dolphin + Seal Experiences

For a very special experience, we offer a variety of premium encounters with our animals, including several water based programs.

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At Dolphin Marine Conservation Park we offer a range of incredible and unforgettable experiences that allow you to get up close and form a personal bond with our friendly animals in a relaxed and intimate setting.

All of our experiences include at least twenty minutes of actual contact time with our amazing animals where you will enjoy patting and playing with them while you learn about your new friend's biology and conservation from an experienced Marine Mammal Specialist who will also be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our friendly photographers will also be there at each experience and will capture the special moment between you and your new animal friend. Each animal experience at Dolphin Marine Conservation Park includes a professional photograph.

There is an animal experience available for all ages and ability levels, including shallow water encounters, interacting in the water with seals and dolphins for more confident swimmers, a land based dolphin and seal encounter for guests who do not wish to enter the water and the day long Trainer For A Day for guests who want to experience what life is really like for the Marine Mammal Specialists who work at Dolphin Marine Conservation Park. Many of our programs even give you the option to book your encounter as a private experience, ensuring you and your friends and family can share a private and intimate memory that will last forever.

We take bookings up to 12 months in advance and prices are seasonal. Please book early, as sessions fill very fast and we have limited spaces. If you want to book an encounter during the busy school holiday periods, it is essential you book well in advance.

  • Any medical conditions and/or disabilities may effect the encounter - please contact our friendly staff on 02 66591 910 for more information and possible options.
  • Bookings are essential and full payment is required at time of booking.
  • Women must not be pregnant, for the reasons why please see our FAQ's
  • Swimmers must not have any open cuts or infections at the time of the encounter.
  • Hair must be worn loose with no hair ties or clips in the hair - if you have beads in your hair, you will need to wear a swimming cap, which you will need to supply.
  • Children = Age & height restrictions may apply please consult the bookings officer
  • Please note interaction times maybe subject to change on the day.
 

Please note: The structure and the animal behaviours/activities included in the encounters are chosen to encourage enjoyment for both animal and guest, therefore all encounters are designed with the animals health and well-being in mind and a maximum level of exertion each day.

Peak season is all NSW school holidays, Easter weekend
Off season is outside all NSW School Holidays except the June/July Holidays



Ultimate Dolphin Experience

Ultimate Dolphin Experience

Off Season: $330pp or $1200 group of 4
Peak Season: $395pp or $1500 group of 4

 

 

Please note interaction times maybe subject to change on the day.


 

The Ultimate Dolphin Experience is like no other in Australia!!. This experience can be booked as an individual or as a group.

  • 20 minutes in the water interacting with one of our curious and playful Dolphins
  • A foot push across the pool whilst riding a body board
  • A hand push where the Dolphin spins you in a circle
  • Also includes an intimate hug and a swim around the water with our Dolphin – Masks provided for underwater swim
  • Learn about your Dolphins personal history, natural biology and conservation in a hands on learning experience
  • A short briefing with your Marine Mammal Specialist prior to entering the water
  • 1 professional photograph of your Dolphin Hug (8x12)
  • Entry into Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, including the Marine Presentation.
  • 10 years or older. (10 years for private group experience)
Shallow Dolphin Experiences

Shallow Dolphin Experiences

Off Season: $195pp or $660 group of 4
Peak Season: $250pp or $910 group of 4

 

Please note interaction times maybe subject to change on the day.

This Shallow Water Experience offers a once in a lifetime chance to enter the water and play with one of our wonderful Dolphins. This experience can be booked as an individual or as a group.

  • 20 minutes in the water where you get to touch and play with one of our curious and playful Dolphins
  • Get a Hug, kiss, hear how they speak, feed the Dolphin a fish, view the Dolphin underwater with goggles provided by us
  • Learn about your Dolphins personal history, natural biology and conservation in a hands on learning experience
  • A short briefing with your Marine Mammal Specialist prior to entering the water
  • 1 professional photograph of your Dolphin Hug (6x8)
  • Entry into Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, including the Marine Presentation.
  • 6 years or older. (4 years for private group experience)
Seal Experience

Seal Experience

Off Season: $195 or $600 private
Peak Season: $250 or $810 private

 

 

Please note interaction times maybe subject to change on the day.


 

This experience gives the guest a chance to enter the water and interact with some of our Seal family in one of the most interactive and fun encounters at Dolphin Marine Conservation Park.

  • 20 minutes both on land and in the water interacting with one of our curious and playful Seals.
  • Participants will have the chance to meet 1 of our Seals
  • Pat, Play and feed your seal
  • Learn about your seal’s personal histories and natural biology in a hands on learning experience
  • A short briefing with your Marine Mammal Specialist prior to entering the water
  • 1 professional photograph
  • Entry into Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, including the Marine Presentation.
  • 10years or older. (8 years for private group experience)
 
Meet the seal

Meet the seal

Off Season: $50pp
Peak Season: $70pp

A fun encounter ideal for guests who are unable to participate in a water based encounter but who still want an unforgettable experience with one of our cute Australian Sea Lions.

  • Get to meet a seal up close and personal
  • Give one of our cute seals a big cuddle
  • Learn some fun facts about seals
  • Play a game with the seal
  • 3 years or older, kids under 3 must be held by a paying adult
  • 1 professional photo included of your seal hug
  • An open group up to 5 participants
  • Does not include general admission
Meet the dolphin

Meet the dolphin

Off Season: $50pp
Peak Season: $70pp

A fun poolside encounter ideal for guests who are unable to participate in a water based encounter but who still want an unforgettable magical experience with one of our beautiful Indo-Pacific bottlenose Dolphins.

  • Get to meet a dolphin up close and personal
  • Shake “flippers” with one of our gorgeous dolphins
  • Learn some fun facts about dolphins
  • Play a game with the dolphin
  • 5 years or older, kids under 5 must be held by a paying adult
  • This encounter is not in the water but you may get splashed!
  • 1 professional photo included of your handshake with the dolphin
  • An open group up to 5 participants
  • Does not include general admission
Trainer for a day

Trainer for a day

Price: $650pp

Trainer for a day a full day experience where guests experience life as a Marine Mammal Trainer. This experience also features a private and exclusive water based encounter with both Seals and Dolphins at the end of the day.

  • This program involves learning about the basics of training, Animal Husbandry, food preparation and pool maintenance
  • Rehabilitation and general care of Dolphins, Seals, Turtles, Penguins and Fish
  • Help to feed and walk our Seals
  • You also get to finish the day off with an exclusive and private in water experience with both our Seals and Dolphins!
  • Includes up to 4 personalised professional photographs
  • Lunch
  • Trainer for a day booklet – with information on our park and training techniques
  • 14 years or older.
 

 

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Tami

I seen Bucky on sash on TV just now. What an amazing spirit. I feel blessed to be kissed by a trooper. Xoxo thank you Greg for sharing an amazing dolphin. I work with Fuji and I am glad we have a photo booth for people to keep the memories. Sometimes it is all you have. I love my kiss picture with Bucky. Thank you for your photo. Paige Sinclair CEO..

Katherine Thompson

This was my last visit to The pet Porpoise pool 35 years ago I was 7. we used to go every year when I was little and my grandmother getting kissed by a seal was the highlight of the day. I loved feeding the fairy penguins and my dream is to one day swim with the dolphins. I would love to win passes to marine magic to experience it again with my family. What great memories Katherine, we hope to w..

Bianca

My mum and I just spend the whole weekend at Pet Porpoise Pool, we travel from Tweed to Coffs just to see Buck and Zip, we love them and can't get enough. Already driven down 3 times this year, and every time it's amazing. And we loved seeing all 5 dolphins in the pool, Bella's a sneaky little thing! We got drenched by her plenty of times hahaha. Great to hear you enjoyed yourselves - Paige S..

Joanne

My daughter (4) and I would like to thank everyone at the Dolphin Conservation Park for the amazing work you do and the memorable experience you give to the public. All the animals are well taken care of, loved and respected. We had a shallow Dolphin private experience in the water with the gorgeous "Jett" and trainer Alice. I can't tell you how much we loved this incredible experience. It wil..

Jessica Higgins

My 3 kids, my mum and I had the pleasure of swimming with Zippy today, the experience was truly amazing. Seeing and touching a real dolphin was a dream come true. When I booked the experience I expected a long safety talk followed by a quick photo in the pool. What occured was the complete opposite. We played in the water with Zippy, each got to hug him individually. Thank you Jessi..

Andrew Willis

I have done two ultimate dolphin experience now the first with Bucky how has now passed on,and the second with his daughter Bella which both were a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you Andrew, we hope to see you again for perhaps your third!..

Tiffany Redko

Our family absolutely love animals of all kinds. I have enjoyed visiting many zoo and conservation parks near and far ( from Seaworld in SAN Diego to the SeaWorld on Coast Coast) Yesterday My son, step son and I took the opportunity to visit you guys with “FREE” entry because it was my Birthday...Wow what a fantastic opportunity for the community! Words can not express how grateful we are to a..

KYLIE FAY ROLLANS

My first visit to The Pet Porpoise Pool was in 1980 and I found the dolphin show amazing and now years later I am fascinated at the entire concept of THE PET PORPOISE POOL What I like most is the dedication and passion from the staff at the pet porpoise pool for providing the injured marine and wildlife animals. a safe and happy place to recover and be loved by many visitors from all over the ..

Jody Hunt

I have been saying for years that I have wanted to visit Coffs Harbour since learning about Dolphin Marine Conservation Park. We finally were able to visit last Thursday and it was an even greater experience than I could have ever imagined or hoped for. From the amazing staff that made us feel so welcome, and the obvious passion and care for their animals and allowing such a hands on experienc..

Chrisavalanti manolakis

I got the opprotunity to swim with amazing jett last year. He was all over me and little did I know I was actually pregnant! One year later we are bringing our beautiful boy to come visit my good old friend jett in the next fortnight. Can't wait to reunite with all the gang. Such an amazing park and outrun sea world any day Thank you, we look forward to welcoming you all back here ag..

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