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


Located in the vicinity of Willemstad, Dolphin Academy Curacao is on the premises of Curacao Sea Aquarium, and happily welcomes residents and guests who are lodging in this part of Curacao. Even if you aren't staying nearby, you should think about stopping by to check out the sights. Willemstad is to the northwest.

Nearby Restaurants

If you work up an appetite while visiting, you're going to be in luck -- you're going to find a wide variety of local restaurants in this area. The most nearby place to eat to Dolphin Academy Curacao is Hemingway Beach Bar & Restaurant, which offers Cuban meals. The eatery is a short distance away, but removed enough that you might decide to make arrangements for using a means of transport to get there. Also nearby, you'll come across restaurants like Mambo Beach and Cabana Beach where you will want to test out International meals and experience the flavors of Curaçao.

Nearby Attractions

You'll find a couple other places of interest nearby, including Curacao Sea Aquarium, which is less than a hundred yards away the vicinity of Willemstad. You might also want to consider checking out Saliña Fiesta Park, which is another attraction nearby.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the following table shows the closest options.

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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