Discovery Cove is quite an expensive day, however, it is a wonderful experience. Modelled on a hotel experience, you ‘check in’ at reception on arrival rather than going through bag checks and turnstiles.
There are a limited number of spaces per day so it is totally possible to find your own space. I’ve been a few times now and have never experienced any crowds or queues. It is a full day experience although you only get to swim with the dolphins for 30 minutes, there is so much more to do. You can wade with the rays, snorkel with beautiful tropical fish and hand-feed tropical birds in a free-flight aviary.
When you want a rest there are lovely white sand beaches to relax on or you can take a float along the lazy river. You can’t sunbathe close to the Dolphin bays, you’re only interaction with the Dolphins is during your allocated time. Photos are taken by Discovery Cove so if you want to have photographic memories of your swim you will have to buy the official photos.
Lunch and beverages were included in our package and the food was fresh and nicely presented. One year when we visited we were able to do a cheaper package where you visited later in the afternoon, had your swim and then had a Caribbean style dinner – not seen them advertised recently but worth keeping an eye out for.
Life jackets, wet suits and Dolphin friendly sun lotion were provided. If you are fair skinned like myself, I would recommend getting a wet suit that covers you up as much as possible to avoid sunburn.
http://www.Discoverycove.com for more info