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Esperanza Spalding headlines 2016 Jazz Festival

Esperanza Spalding_Photo by Holly AndresFour-time Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding will be among the outstanding performers as the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with five nights of free concerts Nov. 8-12.

Presented by the Dominican Ministry of Tourism, the popular event has been attracting audiences of 10,000+ music lovers, making it one of the largest jazz festivals in the Caribbean.

For its 20th edition, the festival will make its first appearance in the nation’s thriving capital of Santo Domingo, where it will open on Tuesday, Nov. 8, on the breeze-swept Plaza España in the heart of the Colonial Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage site. From there, the event moves to its traditional venues on the North Coast.

This year’s featured performer is Spalding, an American bassist who at age 31 has already recorded seven collaborative and five solo albums while picking up four Grammys.

The all-star lineup includes saxophonist Lihi Haruvi (Israel), the Tia Fuller Quartet (USA), the Patricia Zarate Quintet (Chile), Pat Pereyra and her band (Dominican Republic), the Berklee Global Jazz Institute with special guests JoAnne Brackeen (piano) and Grammy Award-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington (USA); vocalist Sabrina Estepan (Dominican Republic), The Big Band Conservatory of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), a special quartet with Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ingrid Jensen and Linda Oh (USA), and Enerolisa Núñez and her group (Dominican Republic), who will perform folkloric Dominican music.

In addition to their evening performances, many festival artists conduct daytime workshops for Dominican children, teaching them a few basic concepts and introducing them to the magic of creating music themselves.

Several hundred children attend the workshops, which are presented through the festival’s affiliation with FEDUJAZZ, a nonprofit foundation that provides music education for Dominican youth. Enrollment in the FEDUJAZZ music program in Cabarete recently expanded to more than 200 students.

Here is the schedule for this year’s festival; all concerts start at 8 p.m.:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Plaza España in Santo Domingo.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Centro León in Santiago.
  • Thursday, Nov. 10, at Parque Independencia in Puerto Plata.
  • Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, on the beach in Cabarete.

Since its debut in 1997, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival has presented internationally renowned Latin Grammy and Grammy Award-winning musicians such as Ignacio Berroa, Joe Lovano, Chuck Mangione, Ray Baretto, Néstor Torres, Chucho Valdés, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Arturo Sandoval among many other talents.

The 20th annual Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is presented by the Ministry of Tourism, and sponsors include Ron Macorix, JetBlue, the United States Embassy, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Gratereaux Delva & Associates Law Firm, Sea Horse Ranch Luxury Resort, Ultravioleta Boutique Residences, Millennium Resort & Spa, Casa Linda, the Municipality of Sosúa, the Ministry of Culture, CICOM, Cibao Recycling, BanReservas and the National Gallery of Fine Arts.

The festival is free, but VIP tickets are available and include priority seating, complimentary beverages and other festival perks, with proceeds benefiting FEDUJAZZ. For more information visit www.drjazzfestival.com

American Airlines adds Charlotte-Puerto Plata flight

Just in time for the 2015 holiday season, American Airlines has started nonstop service to Puerto Plata from Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.

Operating on Saturdays, the new flight to Gregorio Luperón International Airport is among eight additional routes American offers through the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America. The first Charlotte-Puerto Plata nonstop was Dec. 19; the flights are scheduled aboard Airbus 319 aircraft, which seats 124 total.

Charlotte is American’s second-busiest hub, after Dallas/Fort Worth.

American has also added new Saturday service to Punta Cana from Charlotte and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Jazz Festival to feature five nights of free concerts

The 19th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival will celebrate five nights of free concerts Nov. 4-8 in Santiago, Sosúa, Puerto Plata and Cabarete. Presented by the Dominican Ministry of Tourism, the renowned cultural event enjoyed a combined audience of 12,000 people for the 2014 festival.2015 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

The addition of a fifth night, to be held Nov. 4 at Centro Leon in Santiago, marks the first time the festival will reach all five cities in the same year and the first time in five years since the festival was held in Santiago.

Confirmed artists for the 2015 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival include Grammy Award winners David Sánchez (Puerto Rico) and John Patitucci (USA) and the Grammy nominee Pedrito Martinez Group. Other outstanding talents include Josean Jacobo (Dominican Republic), Roy Assaf Trio (Israel), Berklee Global Jazz Institute (USA), Javier Vargas and The Big Band Conservatory of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) with special guests Jim Kelly, Jim Odgren and Jason Camelio (USA). Additional artists include the Student Loan String Band (USA), Manuel Tejada (Dominican Republic), Mario Canonge Trio (France) and Pengbian Sang and Retro Jazz (Dominican Republic).

Since its inception, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival has presented internationally renowned Latin Grammy and Grammy Award winning musicians such as Ignacio Berroa, Joe Lovano, Chuck Mangione, Ray Baretto, Néstor Torres, Chucho Valdés, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Arturo Sandoval among many other talents.

The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival provides more than culture and entertainment with its affiliation with FEDUJAZZ, a non-profit organization that conducts music education workshops for Dominican youth. Hundreds of schoolchildren from the North Coast of the Dominican Republic annually attend educational music workshops with jazz festival musicians.

The FEDUJAZZ music program held in Cabarete aims to educate children with structured music programs that enhance their education and increase their opportunities in life. Over 150 students receive free music education and training in the new center in Cabarete.

The 19th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is presented by the Ministry of Tourism, and sponsors include Ron Macorix, JetBlue, the United States Embassy, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Gratereaux Delva & Associates Law Firm, Sea Horse Ranch Luxury Resort, Ultravioleta Boutique Residences, Millennium Resort & Spa, Casa Linda, the Municipality of Sosúa, Cibao Recycling and Ban Reservas.

Carnaval festivities return to Puerto Plata

The Puerto Plata Carnaval will be held every Sunday in February (1, 8, 15, 22) with the final parade on Sunday, March 8.

CarnavalThe annual celebration features colorful taimascaros (elaborate costumes incorporating Spanish, African, Taíno and Dominican culture) amid parades, dancers, floats, music and art. It all combines for lively, joyous celebration. Each celebration runs approximately 3 to 11:30 p.m. along the Malecón in Puerto Plata.

With origins dating to 1520, Dominican Carnaval is a tradition inherited from Spanish settlers.

Celebrated every Sunday of February, Carnaval parades and entertainment vary by city. In addition to Puerto Plata, festivities are held in Punta Cana, Río San Juan, Constanza, La Vega, Montecristi, Samaná, Higuey, La Romana, Santiago and Santo Domingo. La Vega is home to the most popular celebration in Dominican Republic.

Amber Cove to welcome first cruise ship in October

Amber Cove, Carnival Corporation’s new port just west of Puerto Plata, will welcome its first cruise ship when the Carnival Victory arrives on Oct. 6 for a daylong call.

Master plan for Amber Cove Cruise Center. Image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines

Master plan for Amber Cove Cruise Center. Image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Victory (normal capacity 2,758 passengers) will be the first cruise ship to call at Puerto Plata in nearly 30 years. The visit will be the first of 37 calls by eight different Carnival ships that will take place at Amber Cove between October 2015 and April 2016, accounting for more than 100,000 guests during this period.

“Amber Cove is destined to become a cornerstone in creating new itineraries from several U.S. home ports,” Terry Thornton, Carnival’s senior vice president of itinerary planning, said in a recent press release. “It will provide an unmatched combination of fun-in-the-sun activities and eco-tourism opportunities along with unique sightseeing, dining and cultural experiences to create a lifetime of wonderful vacation memories for our guests.”

Under construction since May 2012, the two-berth Amber Cove Cruise Center will be able to accommodate up to 8,000 cruise passengers and 2,000 crew members daily.

The 30-acre development on the Bay of Maimon includes a welcome center with a variety of retail outlets, themed restaurants and bars and a transportation hub allowing visitors easy access by land and sea to nearby destinations.

The $65 million development is a joint project between Miami-based Carnival Corp. & plc and the Rannik family of Grupo B&R.

Mariposa Foundation presents 6th annual Christmas Fair

The sixth annual Mariposa Christmas Fair will be on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mariposa Center for Girls in Cabarete, near the entrance of La Ciénega.

The fair will feature live music, a raffle, circus performance, a petting zoo, sand castle competition and more. International food will be available, too.Mariposa Christmas Fair

Come prepared to buy all of your Christmas gifts from many talented local artisans and enjoy the day with your family.

Proceeds support the Mariposa DR Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports the education, health and empowerment of poor Haitian and Dominican girls.

Until December 10, donations to the Mariposas will be matched! Double your impact, and help the foundation continue to give our girls opportunities to dream. For more details or to donate visit www.mariposadrfoundation.org or find the Mariposa DR Foundation page on Facebook. You can also call 809-571-0610.

JetBlue starts Boston-Puerto Plata nonstop service

Already serving three Dominican cities, JetBlue Airways launched a new, weekly nonstop flight from Boston to Puerto Plata on Nov. 1.

The new, seasonal route runs once a week on Saturdays from Logan International to Gregorio Luperón International Airport, a flight of about 3.5 hours.

Puerto Plata becomes the 4th Dominican city JetBlue serves. Photo: JetBlue website

Puerto Plata becomes the 4th Dominican city JetBlue serves. Photo: JetBlue website

In addition to Puerto Plata, JetBlue also offers nonstops from Boston to Punta Cana, Santiago and Santo Domingo among dozens of Caribbean destinations.

“We now offer customers 69 nonstop routes from the U.S. to the Caribbean and more than 200 daily flights to, from and within the Caribbean, which is more than any other airline,” said JetBlue President Robin Hayes. “We will continue to expand our presence in this region to better connect families and friends, create international business opportunities and bring Americans to the wonderful leisure destinations across the Caribbean.”

18th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival coming to North Shore

The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival will celebrate its 18th year with four nights of free concerts Nov. 6-9 in the touristic towns of Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete on the Dominican North Shore.

Abraham Laboriel performs at Dominican Republic Jazz Festival 2013

Abraham Laboriel performs at Dominican Republic Jazz Festival 2013. Photo by Olivier Moro

Presented by the Dominican Ministry of Tourism, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is a renowned, annual cultural event. Bringing Jazz to a diverse crowd of music lovers, comprised of local residents and tourists alike, the 2013 event enjoyed record-breaking attendance with a combined audience of over 10,000 people.

The festival also brings music education to the region through its affiliation with FEDUJAZZ, a non-profit organization that conducts musical workshops for youth. Motivating and developing young artistic talent, FEDUJAZZ has partnered with local organizations such as Sosua City Council to further assist in the education of Dominican children, using Jazz as the teaching platform.

The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is known for its legendary performers and seaside locale with its mix of tropical climate, Caribbean culture and a Latin take on the international jazz scene. The festival is free, but VIP tickets are available, enabling priority seating, complimentary beverages and other festival perks with proceeds benefiting the music foundation FEDUJAZZ.

The internationally acclaimed musicians participating in the 2014 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival include Colin Hunter & Joe Sealy ‘s Quartet (Canada), Ignacio Berroa Group (USA) with Giovanni Hidalgo (Puerto Rico), Berklee Global Jazz Institute (USA), Joe Lovano’s Quartet (USA), Ramón Vázquez Trío with Edmar Colón and Danny Díaz (Puerto Rico), Big Band Conservatory of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic ), Patricia Pereyra and Band with musical direction by Rafelito Mirabal and Guy Frometa (Dominican Republic) with special guest Alex Jacquemin (France), and Edgar Molina (Dominican Republic).

Dominican Republic Jazz Festival dates and locations include:

• Nov. 6 – Puerto Plata, Independence Park

• Nov. 7 – Sosúa, Hotel Casa Marina Amphitheater

• Nov. 8-9 – Cabarete, Cabarete Beach

The Caribbean jazz ensemble BwaKoré of Martinique will perform a special concert at Parque Mirador in Sosua on Saturday, Oct. 11 as an opening event for the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, sponsored in part by the French Embassy of the Dominican Republic and Alianza Francesa. In addition to the concert, BwaKoré will offer free music workshops at the Casa de Arte in Sosua for children in the Strings program, in conjunction with FEDUJAZZ and Sosua City Council.

Since the beginning, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival has presented internationally renowned Latin Grammy and Grammy Award winning musicians such as Chuck Mangione, David Sánchez, Ray Baretto, Néstor Torres, Chucho Valdés, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Arturo Sandoval. Additional jazz greats have included Stanley Jordan, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Danilo Pérez, El Canario, Ismael Miranda, Cuco Valoy among many other talents.

Sponsors for the 18th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival include Ron Macorix, JetBlue, United States Embassy, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Sea Horse Ranch Luxury Resort, Ultravioleta, Millennium Resort & Spa, Casa Linda, the Municipality of Sosua and Cibao Recycling.

For more info visit drjazzfestival.com.

Master of the Ocean competition returns Feb. 23-28, 2015

After a successful global mission to recruit world-class competitors, Master of the Ocean organizers announced commitments from nine international teams and an impressive roster of corporate support for their unique watersports competition on the North Shore of the Dominican Republic.

A kite lifts off at the 12th annual Master of the Ocean competition in February 2014.

A kite lifts off at the 12th annual Master of the Ocean competition in February 2014.

Master of the Ocean is an elite professional competition that showcases the best athletes in four watersports disciplines: surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and stand-up paddlesurfing (SUP). Founded by German waterman Marcus Bohm, Master of the Ocean will celebrate its 13th edition in Cabarete and nearby beaches from Feb. 23-28, 2015.

“We will have the participation of teams from Germany, Italy, Nordic countries, USA, Israel, Puerto Rico and Canada, among others,” Bohm announced recently at the third annual Discover Puerto Plata Marketplace 2014.

“Master of the Ocean is proud to have the support of the Dominican Ministries of Tourism, Sports, and Environment. The Ministry of Tourism has provided special assistance in the promotion of the event by including it in its GoDominicanRepublic Calendar and through its 28 offices worldwide in eight languages,” Bohm said.

This year the event was sponsored by Delta Air Lines, Powerade, CCN|Orgullo de mi Tierra, Dakine, among others.

Five days of competition, free-style expression sessions and music will all take place in and around Cabarete. Formerly a farming village, the bohemian town has morphed into an international Mecca for extreme watersports because of its ideal, year-round conditions. The festivities culminate on Feb. 27—Dominican Independence Day—with an awards ceremony and IndepenDance for athletes, sponsors, media and guests.

The Master of the Ocean competition, which Bohm launched in 2003 as the Ironman of Watersports, features 12 teams of four athletes per team (one for every discipline). The 16 overall athletes who master all four disciplines then compete for the Master of the Ocean title.

“This is the only competition in the world that incorporates all four surf-related disciplines in search of the most complete watersports athlete, who is crowned the Master of the Ocean,” Bohm said.

Star athletes expected to return include the defending MOTO titleholder (men’s) and winner of European for SUP, Zane Schweitzer from Hawaii; defending MOTO titleholder (women’s) Fiona Wylde from Oregon, Stand Up World Tour, second place; and Dominican Luciano Gonzalez, four-time Master of the Ocean title holder and third place, Red Bull King of the Air.

Over the summer Bohm and colleagues visited Canada, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and the USA as part of the MOTO|Global Team Quest to recruit top athletes. Once again, transportation was provided by Delta, which accommodated athletes and international media attending the 2014 Master of the Ocean competition. During this Quest, Bohm promoted the Dominican Republic as one of the top watersports destinations in the world.

Casablanca Night in Cofresi

Casablanca night in Cofresi

Festival features free percussion concert

Sara Renelik
Puerto Plata Provincial Festival
Nine municipalities in the province of Puerto Plata and 200 local institutions are preparing to showcase local culture over the weekend of 16, 17 and 18 November. During the FEPP event more than 60 new arts and crafts will be on sale, there will be bachata dancing contests and a drumming performance featuring Canadian singer and choreographer Sara Renelik and Dominican composer José Duluc, who have collaborated on a show entitled “The Power of The Tambor” that highlights the talents of 15 leading percussionists from the province.
A model of Puerto Plata province is being created in the Central Park in Puerto Plata City for the three-day event.
The event is being sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, municipal governments and the Japanese cooperation agency, JICA. They are working towards including the municipalities in the TURISOPP project with the municipalities of Imbert, Luperon, La Isabela, Altamira, Guananico, Villa Isabela, Estero Hondo, Los Hidalgos, Cerro de navas, Sosua, Villa Montellano, Maimon, San Felipe de Puerto Plata, Yasica Arriba and Pedro Garcia de Santiago, among others.
The inaugural event takes place on Tuesday, 13 November at 5:30pm at the Casa de la Cultura in Puerto Plata.

See the Calendar of Events

See Sara Renelik in this performance in Santiago May 2012

Nov 2-4: DR Jazz Fest

Local hotel & restaurant association publishes guide book


Ocean World Fact Sheet

Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina & Casino is the most complete entertainment complex of the Dominican Republic, located in Cofresi Beach, just 3 miles west from the town of Puerto Plata. Is made of an elegant Marina, a unique adventure park and the outstanding building where our clients will have the opportunity to enjoy restaurants, bars, a theatre with live dance show, casino and a disco-lounge.

OCEAN WORLD MARINA is the only full service marina located in the north coast of the Dominican Republic that features 104-slips, to accommodate vessels up to 250-ft length overall. Each slip is completely serviced with electricity, water, cable TV, Wi-Fi internet access, 24-hour security. Additional on-site services include laundry, shower facilities, spa/salon, gift shop, food/liquor delivery services, car rental service and gym. The controlling depth in the basin is 12-ft in mean low tide. We have available a roofed Dry Rack Storage for 200 vessels up to 32-ft in length. The government of the Dominican Republic officially appointed Ocean World Marina as a port of entry complete with navy, customs and immigration facilities on site. Our fuel station counts with gasoline and diesel and supplies lube oils, potable water, ice, sewage pump-out and oily waste disposal facilities.

Ocean World Marina guests enjoy a wide variety of services and truly unique experiences unmatched in the region. In our facility visitors may swim with dolphins and other marine life, have a sunset dinner overlooking spectacular ocean view in several restaurants and bars, enjoy a Vegas-style tropical show, or try one’s luck in the Caribbean’s most glamorous new themed casino.

Ocean World Casino

Overlooking the Marina is the most exclusive Casino in the Dominican Republic. Guests experience Las Vegas gaming in the setting of a true Caribbean paradise.

Here one can enjoy a choice of the most popular table games and slot machines in luxurious surroundings.

This glamorous building is adjacent to the famous Ocean World Adventure Park, the largest marine park attraction in the Caribbean. Ocean World Casino Features

  • Open daily starting from 7pm
  • Complimentary national drinks, snacks and cigarettes while playing
  • Valet parking
  • Slot Machines and Table Games (Black Jack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Roulette, 3 Card Poker, Craps, Texas Hold’Em, Baccarat)
  • Scheduled Tournaments every Tuesday and Saturday at 7pm

POSEIDON TERRACE the restaurant overlooking the Ocean World Marina is specialized on light and grilled snacks. Serving premium beverages and variety of premium drinks and refreshing cocktails, this is the perfect place to enjoy drinks with friends.

Poseidon Terrace Features

  • Terrace sitting area
  • Pool facilities
  • Swim-up bar
  • Plasma TV

POSEIDON ‘A-LA-CARTE’ RESTAURANT. This stylish modern setting combines sleek architectural features with a fusion of oceanic artifacts, creating an incredible ambiance. This different hot new concept in dining features various mouth-watering international cuisine favorites with a special focus on succulent seafood choices.

Poseidon A-la-Carte Restaurant Features

  • Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 6 pm until 12 am.
  • 102 seats inside
  • Air conditioning
  • International cuisine specialized in seafood
  • Scheduled culinary activities

BRAVISSIMO SHOW

BRAVISSIMO SHOW is a Las Vegas style dance show with a tropical flair.  Gorgeous performers take guests on an enchanted journey throughout the Caribbean by presenting their interpretive dance collection from throughout the destination, with 120 costumes that will leave you breathless.

Bravissimo Features

  • Wednesday, Friday & Saturdays at 9pm
  • 26 dancers
  • Pictures/filming permitted at the end of the show.
  • Souvenir Photo of the dancers.

LIGHTHOUSE LOUNGE & DISCO is with no doubt the most spectacular and classy Lounge & Disco Bar of the island, completely dressed in white, with comfortable leather sofas where you can relax and enjoy the unparalleled view of the marina and the best music.

Lighthouse Lounge Features

  • Open Wednesday to Saturday from 10.00 p.m until sunrise
  • Spectacular ocean view
  • Tuesdays: 2X1 in drinks
  • Wednesdays: Karaoke Night
  • Fridays: Ladies Night
  • Saturdays: Party Night
  • Also available for private events

OCEAN WORLD ADVENTURE PARK

Is the most advanced marine interaction park of its kind.  Boasting the largest man-made dolphin habitat in the world, Ocean World is a must-see attraction for everyone visiting the Dominican Republic.

Guests of Ocean World Adventure Park have the opportunity to touch, pet and feed dolphins, sea lions, sharks, stingrays, exotic tropical birds, meet tigers, walk through a tropical rain forest and much more.

Ocean World Adventure Park emphasizes personal experiences between guests and marine animals through interactive programs.  There are only a handful of such facilities in the world, and none that rival the variety and quality that Ocean World Adventure Park provides.

Royal Swim, Dolphin Swim & Dolphin Encounter. For many guests, the highlight of a visit to Ocean World Adventure Park is the rare opportunity to swim and play with beautiful Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.  The Dolphin experience begins with a brief orientation and educational program.  Then guests enter the water for their introduction to dolphins.  Guests learn about dolphin behavior and discover how Ocean World Adventure Park trainers use hand signals and positive reinforcement to communicate with them.  Taking the experience one step further, guests encounter, kiss, hug, pet, and feed dolphins one on one in their environment.

Small Dolphin Lagoon Features

  • Total area 2,400m2
  • Volume 4,000,000 est. gallons, up to 4.5m deep
  • Filtration turnover rate 4 hours
  • Stadium capacity estimate 450 seats
  • Filtration system high rate sand, protein skimmers, ozone treatment

Big Dolphin Lagoon Features

  • Total area 24,000m2 average depth 3.5m
  • Water volume 14,000,000 gallons
  • Turnover rate 4 hours, 24,000 gallons per hour
  • Filtration system, protein skimmers, ozone injection, system first of its kind in the world

Ocean World Adventure Park’s dolphin habitat is the largest of its kind in the world.

Sea Lion Show & Encounter. The South American Sea Lions featured in this program originated from Uruguay.   Two of them are male and six are female.  Guests are provided with an opportunity to touch, feed, pet and play with these wonderful animals in the Sea Lion Encounter Program. The Sea Lion Show draws great reviews as guests watch the animals perform amazing behaviors and stunts.

Sea Lion Facility Features

  • Total Area 780m2
  • Stadium seating 350 guests
  • Water volume 60,000 gallons in 4 pools
  • Filtration system high rate sand filters, protein skimmers, ozone treatment

Snorkel Reef. In the coral reef aquarium, snorkelers swim in a colorful reef teeming with hundreds of exotic fish.  The snorkeling here is available everyday of the year.  Visitors are most likely to encounter angel fish, puffers, grunts, tangs, jacks, butterfly fish, spade fish, look downs and lobsters.

Snorkel Reef Facility Features

  • Total area 305m2 and 2.0m average depth
  • Water volume 150,000 gallons
  • Estimated number of fish 2,000
  • Filtration system, high-rate sand, protein skimmers, biologic, ozone treatment, temperature controlled
  • Split level underwater viewing panels 1.5m high and 15m long

Shark Encounter. The sharks at Ocean World Adventure Park are an exciting variety of nurse, bonnet head and brown sharks; all indigenous to local waters. This rare award-winning interactive program includes touching, petting, feeding and snorkeling with the sharks.

Shark Pool Features

  • Water volume 200,000 gallons
  • Total area 360m2 and 2.5m deep
  • Filtration system high rate sand, protein skimmers, ozone and U.V., biologic filtration and temperature control
  • Two viewing windows 2m high and 8m long
  • Artificial reef structures decorate the bottom
  • The only shark pool specifically designed for human shark interaction

Stingray Encounter. Guests wade into the Stingray Basin, float and interact with the stingrays.  These fishes, which glide gracefully through the water, will provide you a really unique and memorable experience.

Stingray Basin Features

  • Total area 142m2
  • 45,000 gallons of filtered sea water
  • 2 separate water falls

Rainforest & Aviary. Ocean World Adventure Park has created the perfect rainforest.  The exotic tropical oasis is complete with waterfalls, sandy beaches and rocky lagoons.  In this area there exists a large free flight aviary, where guests are able to feed, touch and mingle with over one hundred colorful tropical birds.  Aquariums here feature exotic and unusual freshwater fish including arapaima fish.

Rainforest Features

  • Total area 3,650m2
  • Aviary 156m2 walk-through facility with tropical trees and waterfalls
  • Large Amazon fish exhibit of 24,000 gallons, 1.5m high 8m long view panels
  • Small Amazon fish exhibit of 25,000 gallons, demi-tube underwater view 7m long

Tiger Grotto. The highlight of the Tropical Rainforest is the tiger grotto.  Here, guests are invited to take a refreshing dip in the water next to the tigers habitat separated only by glass!

Swim face to face with Bravo and Blanco, our 5 years old Bengal tigers, and enjoy a unique photo and feeding opportunity.

The pool stretches out toward what is reminiscent of ancient ruins overgrown with thick vegetation and waterfalls.

Tiger Grotto Features

  • 26,000 gallon pool and total area of 450m2
  • Four rapid flow waterfalls
  • Rainforest stream entry
  • Swim cave

Trainer for a Day. Trainer for a Day will ensure a true dolphin trainer’s experience. From playing animal chef to issuing dolphin commands during a regular program with regular guests!!  Education is a significant and valuable part of this unforgettable day.

Trainer for a Day Features

  • Includes Ocean World T-shirt, hat, Trainer for a Day Certificate
  • Lunch with the Trainer
  • Dolphin Encounter interaction as a guest

SCUBA Diving with the Dolphins or Sharks. New and exciting programs have begun at Ocean World Adventure Park; the fantastic once-in-a- lifetime opportunity to interact with dolphins or sharks underwater.  In these incredible programs visitors put on a wet suit and SCUBA gear then become immersed in an underwater paradise. The staff of Dolphin SCUBA offers instructional programs that prepare guests with the PADI open water SCUBA certification required for these programs.

Depending on experience levels; programs feature 5 different SCUBA adventures.

A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!