Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina And Casino
calle principal #3, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina And Casino Puerto Plata Reviews
wonderful time Sep 30, 2008
went to ocean world jan 29th. it cost $145 to do the dolphin swim and i went ahead and paid the extra $30 a piece for the sea lion encounter and the shark/stingray swim. ($205 total) i didnt ask what the admission price was if you just wanted to walk around and not do any of the encounters.
the "swims" are a little more involved than the "encounters" and thus they are a little more pricey. for example, in the dolphin encounter you are on a platform with the water oh about waist high. the dolphins swim by so you can touch them and they do a few tricks for you. during the "swim" you strap on a life vest and get on out there with them. i got a chance to get a dorsal fin ride. they said okay swim over there, stop and hold your arms straight out to your side. the dolphins swim up, one on either side of me, and without even moving i catch their fins. when they feel you have them they take off...lol lol. to me that alone was worth the $145. they move so graceful but they are some powerful animals. during the encounter there is someone from the staff there to take pictures for you. you can buy these in different priced packages later. the highest price package was $85 and it included a DVD. i just got a 5x7 of the pictures that i liked. they were $10 each.
during the shark/stingray swim they start with a few safety do's and donts. they provide snorkel gear and you're given 10 minutes or so to swim with the stingrays. then you're moved to the shark tank where we actually became part of the show. they introduced us as todays victims errrr i mean volunteers...lol they had us sit down on a ledge in the water. staff put the sharks in our laps and we got a chance to feed them (them meaning sharks). after that we were allowed to snorkel around in the shark tank for awhile. i took some really nice pictures with a waterproof disposable camera i bought.
the park doesnt appear to be that big but i had a wonderful time. then again that could possibly be because i did all the encounters/swims.
oh and one more thing. beware of the people in the white shirts in the area of the gift shop/ where you buy the pictures. they offer to show you around the park. they are not park staff but really time share sellers for the nearby resort.
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