Dolphin Encounters is one of the top tourist attractions in The Bahamas and is owned and operated by a local family. It began in 1989 when two Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins were rescued from an aquarium that closed in Nassau, Bahamas.
In 2006, our beloved marine mammal family expanded to include six California Sea Lions that had lost their home and habitat at Marinelife Oceanarium in Gulfport, Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina. Once again, Dolphin Encounters expanded creating a large, all-natural habitat for the rescued five females and one male sea lions.
Dolphin Encounters Ltd. is a member of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, (IMATA) the largest organization of its kind. In 1997, Dolphin Encounters also became a member of the prestigious Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, confirming its status as one of the top marine parks in its field. Dolphin Encounters received the prestigious Bahamas Excellence in Tourism Cacique Award in 2005 for its outstanding educational interactive programs. During its short history, Dolphin Encounters has transformed itself from a dolphin rescue project with two dolphins and three employees to one of Nassau’s foremost tourist attractions. Our natural seawater lagoon has facilitated a very successful breeding program.