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jamaica_swim_with_dolphinsAre There Dolphins In Jamaica | Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios

by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Are there dolphins in Jamaica? Yes, absolutely! There are actually 28 kinds of marine animals live at least part of their lives in Jamaican waters. These include Pygmy Sperm Whales (Kogia breviceps), Killer Whales (Orcinus orca), Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), and West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus).


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Not all of these species are permanent residents of Jamaican waters. Some come here to spend the winter in the island’s balmy waters or to go to other nations.

Of the 5 categories of marine mammals, only two can be found in Jamaica; cetaceans and sirenians. Whales, dolphins, and porpoises are some of these. Around the world, there are more than 70 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, however, these are the species of Dolphins that can be found in Jamaica.

  • Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Clymene Dolphin
  • Common Dolphin
  • Fraser’s Dolphin
  • Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
  • Risso’s Dolphin
  • Spinner Dolphin
  • Striped Dolphin

Where can you see wild dolphins in Jamaica?

While there are several species of dolphins in Jamaican waters, it is not that frequent that you hear people talk about the sightings. No exact spots on the island promise you a sighting of wild dolphins. But, according to a few TripAdvisor reviews, the cliffs in Negril, Treasure Beach and Pelican Bar in St. Elizabeth are your best bet for viewing wild dolphins.

However, if you are hoping to add swimming with dolphins to your list of things to do while on vacation here, these are the best places to go.

Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios

dolphin_cove_venesha_with_dolphin.jpgDolphin Cove Jamaica Ocho Rios

An incredible natural park called Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios is situated on Jamaica's north coast and is encircled by more than five acres of beautiful tropical rainforest.

Due to the large number of cruise passengers that arrive at Turtle Bay Pier each day, this island, also known as "Ochie," has emerged as Jamaica's most popular tourist attraction. Due to the incredible natural beauty, this island has to offer, like the incredible rivers, waterfalls, and tropical forest, it has emerged as the most significant port.

Discover the true beauty of Jamaican culture through their incredible arts and crafts and listen to classical Reggae while taking a stroll through the city if you're an adventurer at heart.

Visitors to Dolphin Cove have the chance to engage with, swim with, and enjoy the thrill of these incredible animals in their natural habitat. The adventure at Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios doesn't finish with their swimming sessions; guests will also have the chance to spoil and feed the dolphins while learning about each species' dietary needs.

As you go through the park, you'll see all the exotic wildlife, such as iguanas, Caribbean birds, and tropical plants and flowers, that will make you fall in love with the location.

In their renowned Star Buccaneers, tourists can sample real Jamaican coffee and shop for mementoes at the Dolphin's Cove boutique while taking in the tropical ambience.
With your interactive program paid admission at

Dolphin Cove Ocho Ríos, you get:

  • Feeding the ostriches activity
  • Kayaking in a private lagoon
  • Stingrays interactive program
  • Buffet lunch
  • Dolphin Watching at Play
  • Activities with dolphins in their natural environment
  • Lifejackets
  • Use of facilities and showers

Contact Information

Address: Belmont Road, Ocho Rios
Phone: +1 866-393-5158

Dolphin Cove Montego Bay

Montego Bay is a refuge with lush natural scenery and some of the world's most sought-after clean, powdery white beaches on Jamaica's north coast.

Prepare for an amazing adventure while on vacation in Montego Bay, where roaring water, eco-friendly pursuits, and hip cultural destinations may be explored at any moment. Bring your loved ones, family, or friends to Dolphin Cove Montego Bay for a fun-filled getaway or to explore the breathtaking beach area!

The friendliest marine animal species in Jamaica are waiting to provide exciting experiences at Dolphin Cove Montego Bay. In Jamaica, you may live out your fantasy of swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat and experience what it's like to hug and swim with one.

Your Interactive Experience at Dolphin Cove Montego Bay includes:

  • Meet & Greet
  • Dolphin Encounter
  • Dolphin Swim Adventure
  • Dolphin Royal Swim
  • Interact with stingrays
  • Pet the camels

Contact Information

  • Address: A1 Highway, Montego Bay
  • Phone: +1 866-393-5158

Puerto Seco Beach

The recently rebuilt Puerto Seco Beach Club is situated on ten acres of wonderfully planted land and has a lengthy stretch of immaculate white sand beach available to anyone looking to unwind on the north coast. Puerto Seco Beach is ideal if you want to unplug from your resort, unwind, and receive a dose of Vitamin Sea.

When you arrive at Puerto Seco Beach, you'll undoubtedly come across Dolphin Cove Puerto Seco, a dolphin habitat that provides a singular opportunity to interact with magnificent marine mammals.

The swimming with dolphins programs offer the best experience and are suitable for people of all ages. To celebrate a day of joy, pick from the Dolphin Encounter, Swim Adventure, or Royal Swim programs in Dolphin Cove Puerto Seco!

Contact Information

Address: Discovery Bay, St. Ann
Phone: 876 913-5655
Email: info@puertosecojamaica.com

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References & Sources For Are There Dolphins In Jamaica?

  1. Dolphin Cove Montego bay (no date) Swim with Dolphins in Montego Bay | Dolphin Cove. Available at: https://www.dolphincoveja.com/Parks/dolphin-cove-montego-bay (Accessed: October 8, 2022).
  2. Puerto Seco Beach: Swim with dolphins: Dolphin discovery (no date) www.dolphindiscovery.com. Available at: https://www.dolphindiscovery.com/dolphin-cove-puerto-seco-beach/ (Accessed: October 8, 2022).
  3. Swim with dolphins in Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios, Jamaica: Dolphin discovery (no date) www.dolphindiscovery.com. Available at: https://www.dolphindiscovery.com/dolphin-cove-ocho-rios/ (Accessed: October 8, 2022).
  4. Water adventure (no date) Puerto Seco Beach. Available at: https://puertosecojamaica.com/water-sports/?currency=JMD (Accessed: October 8, 2022).

Are There Dolphins In Jamaica | Written: October 10, 2022

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