Cienfuegos' famous dolphinarium, the Delfinario, is close to the beach and other attractions of Rancho Luna. Whether you are staying in a local resort or in downtown Cienfuegos, it's a great place for a half-day family excursion.
Swim with Dolphins
Unlike many similar facilities in the West, Delfinario de Cienfuegos is set in beautiful natural surroundings of the local mangroves.
Visitors can view performances by trained dolphins, seals and sea lions several times a day in an amphitheatre set against the backdrop of Cienfuegos Bay. Watch the dolphins jumping, diving and demonstrating their skills with hoops, balls and other toys. Presentations are in Spanish, but it is easy to understand what's going on.
big draw, however, for many visitors, is the opportunity to swim with the dolphins. Guests are provided with showers and wetsuits before entering the pool with the dolphins for an unforgettable experience. The time spent in the water is filmed and visitors have the option to view and purchase a DVD or photos after their swim. Children in particular enjoy being hugged, kissed and lifted into the air by their new aquatic friends!the less adventurous, you can pet the dolphins at the poolside and might even be lucky enough to get a wet kiss!t nearby Rancho Luna Beach
A trip to the dolphinarium is easily combined with half a day at Rancho Luna Beach (Playa Rancho Luna), where you can enjoy unspoilt beaches, swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. It is also possible to take a ferry across to Castillo de Jagua, a 17th century fortress overlooking the entrance to Cienfuegos Bay.
The dolphinarium is near Rancho Luna Beach, around 18km (11 miles) south of downtown Cienfuegos. It is reached a few hundred metres/yards along the coast from the Faro Luna Hotel. It is easily reached by taxi from downtown Cienfuegos.
The dolphinarium is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5:30pm. Entrance costs around $15 CUC and the experience of swimming with dolphins is an extra $30-40 CUC. The DVD of your experience should cost $40 CUC.
There is a good value restaurant on the premises.
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