Dolphin Academy Curacao

Part of the Curacao Sea Aquarium, the Dolphin Academy opened in 2002 and has been encouraging visitors to learn about and interact with dolphins ever since.

There are several different ways guests can sign up to swim with the dolphins. The first is the Dolphin Encounter, which is great for all ages and allows guests to stand in the water and pet the dolphins while learning a bit about them for 15 to 20 minutes. Children under eight can participate, but must be accompanied by a paying adult. You can also take it a step further with the 30 minute dolphin swim in the natural lagoon. Next, the Dolphin Free Dive allows you to spend time underwater with the dolphins by using a snorkel and fins. Finally the Scuba Encounter lets you get as up close and personal with the dolphins as is possible by scuba diving with them in the natural lagoon. For this experience you have to be over the age of 12, experienced in scuba diving, and you cannot be pregnant.

Scuba Encounter


Positioned in the vicinity of Willemstad, Dolphin Academy Curacao is on the premises of Curacao Sea Aquarium, and invites local residents and travelers who are rooming in this part of Curacao. Even if you aren't staying particularly close, you should consider stopping by to check it out. If you're curious, Willemstad is to the northwest.

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most enjoyable possibilities while spending some time exploring the area is having a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of Dolphin Academy Curacao. The nearest place to eat to Dolphin Academy Curacao is Hemingway Beach Bar & Restaurant, which offers Cuban food. The dining establishment is a small ways off, but far enough that you will probably decide to arrange for taking advantage of a viable type of transport to visit there. Mambo Beach and Cabana Beach are some of the additional refreshment choices nearby. At Cabana Beach you and your group might test out International food and experience the flavors of Curaçao.

Nearby Attractions

There are a couple other activities in the area, including Curacao Sea Aquarium, which is less than a hundred yards away the vicinity of Willemstad. You might also consider visiting Saliña Fiesta Park, which is another attraction in the area.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest to this location are found in the following table.

Attractions Near Dolphin Academy Curacao
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Curacao Sea Aquarium Other Attraction 0.0 mi. (4.4 km) SSE 2.7 mi. Southeast of Willemstad
Saliña Fiesta Park -- 1.6 mi. (4.8 km) NE 3.0 mi. East of Willemstad
Curacao Liqueur Factory at Landhuis Chobolobo Other Attraction 1.8 mi. (2.7 km) N Willemstad
Landhuis Zeelandia Historic Site 2.2 mi. (2.8 km) N Willemstad
Fort Beekenburg Historic Site 2.5 mi. (8.2 km) ESE 5.1 mi. East-Southeast of Willemstad
The Money Museum Yotin Kortá Museum 2.7 mi. (0.0 km) NW Scharloo
Postal Museum Museum -- -- Punda
Tele Museum Museum -- -- Punda

More Information


Operating hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.


The Dolphin Encounter is $99 per person, the Dolphin Swim is $174, the Dolphin Free Dive is $184(USD), and you can contact Dolphin Academy to find out pricing or the Scuba Encounter.

Location: the vicinity of Willemstad, Curacao


(599-9) 465-8900

(599-9) 465-6666



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