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“Swimming with the dolphins”
Review of Manati Park Bavaro

Manati Park Bavaro
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US$35.00*
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Manati Park Entrance and Guided Tour
Ranked #35 of 89 things to do in Punta Cana
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Manati Park is a huge garden set in 80.000 m2 of typical caribbean flora and fauna. You will find more that 150 species of animals and plants in their natural habitat, will have the chance to touch different species as parrots, iguanas, snakes, dolphins, sea lions and so many others. Enjoy our 4 animal shows (Dolphins, Sea Lions, Parrots, Horses and don't forget that in Manati Park the ancestral Taino culture is relived, with its showy ritual dances and delicate handicrafts.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Swimming with the dolphins”
Reviewed 11 December 2013

We went while in Punta Cana and the dolphin swim was the only good thing that happened here. It was great, but, we were swarmed by vendors and even when we tried to get away they wouldn't listen. The video of the swim was 120 US, which was very expensive and then the guide took us to the vendors and they were putting necklaces on the kids etc. they would not take no for an answer and after the swim it was a very unpleasant experience. I am glad we did it but I would not go there again.

Visited November 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Nice place to see in Punta Cana”
Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

Although , I have to agree with the others regarding the fact that there are some pushy vendors there trying to convince you to buy hand made things , we did not regret going there.
The parrot show was very funny. The horse show was nice but above all we liked the fact that we swam with the dolphins . That was awesome and we took some really nice pictures there. So , I recommend it if you feel like going out of the resort for a couple of hours.

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good if you have never seen iguanas.”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

If you have been to large marine parks and aquariums then this place is tiny and expensive. But if your kids have never seen iguanas or dolphins then this place is good. We saw the dolphin and sea lion shows. They were kept in pairs and seemed happy enough. It is more expensive than it should be but your kids might love swimming with the dolphin.

Visited November 2013
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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Irritating staff "sellers", mediocre shows”
Reviewed 16 November 2013

This is not park or zoo, it is just a mini zoo with some mediocre shows executed with same staff (they just change clothes and body painting) which are pretty bad placed in time schedule and you feel like running from one egde of park to another or waiting hours for next one, if you take free bus from hotel. If you are looking for half day trip without any activity, or you are bit disabled, older or have small kids try this - but do not rise your expectation too high. 35USD for park entrance, after that you can make photos with park staff or parrots (you cannot take your own pictures, so you can charge you 12USD for 1 photo later). After that staff is going to jump into stores to offer you every crap tourist could buy almost pulling you inside to buy something - it reminded me Egypt. Do not expect some cool animals except dolphins: They have few horses, big cow, goats, cage with parrorts, few arara parrots, 2 cages with small monkeys, flamingos, crocodiles, turtles, ducks and geeses, iguanas, rabbits and few eagles and night birds plus toucan ... that is all. For 35USD bit overpriced, but as everything in Dominican - I preffer Mexico really. You cannot even enjoy your stay in this mini place, because from every corner some staff is jumping onto you, trying to have chat with you, showing "exclusively for you" some secret corners of this place and of course pulling you again into huts and stores to buy another crap you do not need.
Dolphin show is like 10-15 minutes long in small pool, but ok if you have never seen dolphins before. You can have pictures with sealion before the show (he will kiss you - sure photo is for 12USD again), but if you have camera with you with good zoom on it, someone can shoot you from the other side of pool without problem and you can reject theirs overpriced photos later with smile. Parrots show was ok for kids, boring in general, village show is just few sellers from the shop are jumping around with body painting on them. Horse show is mediocre, ok to see (but you will not catch this one if you have pick free buss from hotel).

Visited November 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Waste of what's supposed to be 4 hours.”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

I'm getting straight you the point because I was so disappointed. I was told this was going to be two hours. You waste most of your time waiting on the bus and with pushy vendors who pretend to be nice and helpful in the beginning. Others lying about making some of the products themselves. You have someone an hour between "shows". The only one that was worth it was the parrot show and a bit of the horse show. Everything else is CRAP!

Visited October 2013
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