Monday, 17 September 2012

Winner of the World Travel Awards - Caribbean's Leading Adventure Excursion Operator 2012

Dolphin Cove is proud and honored to have been awarded the Caribbean's Leading Adventure Excursion Operator for the second year in a row by the World Travel Awards.

Mr. Stafford Burrowes CEO, in an interviewed expressed how proud and honored he was to accept this award on behalf of Dolphin Cove and gave credit to his well trained staff. 

For the full interview and pictures of the event please follow the link below:

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Dolphin Trek - A Fantastic Experience!

Experience the magic of interacting with dolphins in a whole new way.

Dolphin Cove's Dolphin Trek Experience allows you the opportunity to play with your fascinating dolphin friends on the sea floor!

With the well trained Dolphin Trek staff you always feel so safe!  The helmet has constant air circulating through it and makes you feel like an astronaut, discovering a whole new world!

Imagine walking along the bottom of the dolphin lagoon on a stone path, viewing colorful sea life along the way.  A well trained guide leads you on the excursion.

Enjoy the Sea Life!
A trainer then guides a dolphin to you.  You get to hold the dolphin and get a kiss or two (against your helmet).

Group Hug!
Belly Rub!

Interacting with dolphins this way, in the quiet of the under sea experience is so serene.  Even though you are under water with other guests, when the dolphin kisses you against your helmet you almost feel like it's just you and that amazing dolphin in the tranquility of the sea floor.

Experience the Tranquility

A wonderful experience not to be missed!!

I did it myself and had a blast.  The trainer actually commented that I never stopped smiling and looked like an excited child that had never seen a dolphin.   The secret is....that's exactly how I felt!

Too Excited!!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The Story of Misty

In April 2002, Dolphin Cove received a call from some local fishermen claiming that a young Dolphin was beached off the coast of the Island.  Within minutes our marine animal rescue team was mobilized and heading to the scene to see if there was anything that could be done to assist the animal.  On arrival, the rescuers found a sad scene it was a young dolphin, possibly a year old, very thin and only 4 feet long beached on the shore.  Efforts were made to locate if the pod was nearby but there were no signs.  The team made several attempts to take the animal to deeper waters and release her in hope that maybe she was beached by accident, but it became apparent after the dolphin continued to beach herself that she was much too weak to be left behind.

The rescuers brought the young animal back to Dolphin Cove, placing her in a natural lagoon but isolated from the other Dolphins.  Our consultant marine veterinarians, tops of their field, were called and were quickly en route to Jamaica to assist in the rescue.  

Head Trainer performing basic husbandry procedures  
"April" after being transported to Dolphin Cove

After being examined by the veterinarian, the dolphin now dubbed “April” (because of the month that she was rescued in) was given only a 20% chance of survival.  Regardless of these odds the owners and operators of this family run park, Mr. and Mrs. Stafford and Marilyn Burrowes, insisted on doing everything in their power to give April, who had quickly captured their hearts and the hearts of their employees, the best chance of survival.

April was found to have ulcers in both her mouth and stomach and was unable to eat or digest her food properly; she was fed through a tube a liquid fish diet and given medication to help with her condition.  It was a long road to recovery but April was strong and under the vigilant 24 hour care of the vets and animal rescuers she was soon showing a vast sign of improvement.

Animal Rescuers and Dolphin Trainers ensure that "April" is released gently into Dolphin Cove's natural lagoon
April was soon jumping the fences of her isolation area to interact with the other dolphins, imitating their behaviors including trained behaviors such as dance, tail present and tail walk all on her own.   

She loved the sessions with the trainers and her time with the other dolphins and quickly integrated herself as a member of their pod, capturing the hearts of her pod as quickly as she had captured the hearts of her handlers. 

"April" playing with other Dolphins at Dolphin Cove
After much deliberation, the vets and animal specialists ruled that due to her need for ongoing medical treatment and her obvious attachment to her new pod, April would be unable to be returned to the wild and survive.  Dolphin Cove was granted the permit to keep April as part of their family.

Mr. and Mrs. Burrowes had four sons but had said that if they had ever had a daughter; Misty would have been her name.  So it seemed only fit that April be officially named Misty.

Mr. and Mrs. Stafford and Marilyn Burrowes and their precious Dolphins at Dolphin Cove in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Misty continues to bring joy and happiness to the hearts of all who meet her.  She is now a healthy 8.5 feet in length and 330 pounds. 
One of the greatest stories of Misty here at Dolphin Cove was when we were visited by a seven year old girl who was autistic, she had never spoken a word and during her kiss with Misty she spoke for the first time, two words: “Dolphin! Misty!”  Immediately invoking tears from all who were lucky enough to witness such a miracle including other guests, the child’s parents, teacher and the dolphin trainers. 
Misty is truly a unique and amazing animal, loved by all, and definitely a gift from heaven.

Misty "the heart" of Dolphin Cove

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Dolphin Cove Negril

Nestled right on the coast near the town of Lucea you will find Dolphin Cove, Negril; surrounded by beauty and overlooking the crystal clear Caribbean Sea. 

Rolling Hills to the Back....
....Beautiful Caribbean Sea in the front!

Dolphin Cove, Negril is home to our family of beautiful Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 gentle camels, 2 nurse sharks, 4 stingrays (barbs clipped) and a family of flamboyantly colored peacocks.

Meet our Dolphins!

Proud Father
Happy Mother and her Babies

Pet and play with Sharks!

Guests will enjoy petting the camels and interacting with the stingrays.  There is also a lovely beach area right in front of the stingray lagoon where guests can relax on complimentary beach chairs. 

Camel pet!
Interacting with stingrays!

Our touch tank is filled with exotic sea creatures, like lobsters, sea urchins, star fish and more ... kids in particular love to be able to interact with these fascinating animals. 

There are so many exciting plans for the future of Dolphin Cove, Negril including a lazy river ending at a beautiful beach!  (shhhhh...that's a secret! but too exciting to keep quiet!)

We hope to see you all soon in beautiful Dolphin Cove Negril!

Leaping dolphins!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Plan your perfect wedding day! Feb 18-19th, 2012

"Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale"
- Anonymous

Dolphin Cove is the most amazing setting for the most romantic day of your life, whether it be an unforgettable proposal or a fairy tale wedding.  

This weekend, February 18th-19th, 2012, join us at the Wyndham, Kingston, Jamaica, for the Wyndham Wedding Spectacular.  Everything you need to plan your perfect day all in one location, with fantastic prizes to be won!

See you there!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Dolphin Cove - Share in the Love this Valentine's Day!

Aphrodite was the goddess of love and beauty.  She is the mother to Eros, commonly known as Cupid. 

Aphrodite is said to be born from the Sea Foam.  Her symbols include Doves, Swans, Roses and Dolphins. 


It is no wonder then that Dolphins have always been associated with love.  This Valentine's Day Dolphin Cove wishes to share this love with a very special promotion, starting from February 11th -14th, 2012.

We hope to see you all as we celebrate love this Valentine's Day, 2012.

Happy Valentine's Day! From our family to yours!

Feel the Love!!

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Sea Keeper Program - Be a Trainer for the Day!

Imagine waking up in a tropical Island and heading to Dolphin Cove for an experience like no other.

When you chose to be a Sea Keeper you are choosing to spend the day working alongside top Dolphin Trainers and sharing in their love for these amazing Mammals.

You will assist in food preparation and Dolphin feeding sessions. 

The trainers will explain to you the hand signals that they use to communicate with the dolphins and then you will have the opportunity to use the signals you have learned to ask the Dolphins to perform behaviors; allowing you to experience dolphins in a totally new way.

While working in the Sea Keeper program you will also have the be working with sharks and stingrays, widening your appreciation for all the creatures of the Sea.

Dolphin Cove offers two Sea Keeper programs:

A 4 hour program which includes: A whistles, Notebook, Sea Keeper Certificate, 1 5X7 Photo and a Soda/Drink.


An 8 hour program which includes: All of the 4 hour program details, Lunch, Encounter Swim Program and a Program DVD.

At the end of the day you will receive a Sea Keeper Certificate to keep as a memento of your day as a Dolphin Trainer.

Who knows maybe these few hours amongst these wonderful creatures and amazing Animal Professional will start you on the path to a brand new career!