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Review of Dolphinarium

Dolphinarium
Ranked #7 of 103 things to do in Varna
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Owner description: Dolphinarium offers you a show you will not forget. You will get to know the dolphins closely and watch them play, jump out of the water, sing, ... Admission: 17 leva, they have three shows/day
Reviewed 3 August 2014

I was on holiday with a group of my friends and went to the Dolphinarium because we wanted to see the dolphins happy.
this was not a good experience. The dolphin which you can see from the glass window by the café is terrible. the dolphin was on its own in a small tank with dirty water, and he had a curled fin, this is not a good sign and it could be because of due to lack of exercise, or swimming in circles, the fin collapses.

I really hope that this changes things for you, as I would not like for you to see what my friends and I saw.

8  Thank Abi1960
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

This was a great show with very friendly performing dolphins. We have been a couple of times with different friends. The host translates everything in all attending languages (which can be time consuming depending on visitors) Reasonably priced at about 15 - 20 leva (£6 to 8) and clean and modern building. There are some fast food bars and a souvenir shop. Quite a walk from entrance to park.

Thank Joancampbell
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Dolphinarium in Varna offers 3 attractions:
1) Dolphins show
Show starts every day at 10:30, 12:30 and 15:30 and it takes about 35 minutes. Show is commented by leading lady in Bulgarian and English. Tickets may be purchased right before the show (10-25 minutes before, it is not necessary earlier). The cost is 25 lev per ticket for adults + 5 lev ticket for taking pictures. There are lots of seats in the auditorium but it is worth to enter there as a first so you can choose seats with the best view to the pool. That’s why after buying a ticket you should go to the queue for entrance to the auditorium – in front of all stairs.
Show looks like in a circus but if someone had never seen live dolphins its worth to go there to see and hear dolphins.
Unfortunately ladies in a tickets office are horribly unpleasant. They behave as if they still lived in a communist system, and customers only bothering them.
2) Café-bar where one wall is a aquarium (view on the dolphin)
A nice cafe at the back of the dolphinarium. To enter the café you need to pay small fee. Behind one of the walls is a swimming pool with one dolphin. You can drink coffee and watch dolphin swimming next to your table :) Delicious coffee and large, tasty toast. Waitresses very nice and English speaking.

3) Swimming with dolphin (one, very nice dolphin :)
Bookings can be done by telephone. Swimming takes place every day at 14:00. Ticket office have a break from 13-14 but at 13:50 unpleasant ticket office ladies let in people who have to pay for swimming with a dolphin.
In total, it takes about 1 hour. In the swim with dolphin takes part min. 2 and max. 6 tourists. The cost is 100 lev. All people gets belts floating them in the water. So, even if someone does not swim or afraid of deep water (pool depth is 3 m) he can swim with a dolphin. The whole event begins with a brief conversation (in Bulgarian and English), then you need to wear your bathing suits and step-by-step you will be familiar with the dolphin. In the water tourists stays about 20 minutes. During this time you will touch the dolphin, swim on his back, get a “kiss” from him. The photographer who will take pictures of you and dolphin will be there all the time.
In my opinion it is worth to spend ~ 50 euros for such an unforgettable experience as swimming with a dolphin.

12  Thank Matt_Jak22
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

very enjoyable show..just 35 minutes of magic..indoors so it can be a bit sticky..but all the family will enjoy this..audience participation is involved..top holiday show

2  Thank john r
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

A lovely place to visit although on the expensive side. Complex close to beach. Nice to see dolphins under water at the cafe. Show was very good and you sit quite close as small venue.

1  Thank Wilola1
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