Today we had the most amazing day...we went to Discovery Cove. It is a part of the Sea World parks but is a seperate park with a limited number of people admitted each day. From the beginning, it felt like we'd gone to some tropical island, with beautiful tropical gardens and white sandy beaches.
We had breakfast when we arrived and headed to the tropical bird aviary. They give you food to feed the birds so we got some good photos. There were a few really big ones but they wouldn't land on your arm!
We then got our swim vests (we decided against the wet suits as it was kind of a nice day!) and snorkelling gear and headed to the coral reef section where you swim with loads of different tropical fish and rays amongst the coral. In a couple of different parts, they have glass behind the rocks and in the tank are sharks and it feels like you are actually swimming with them as it's difficult to see the glass underwater!
Next we got into the ray pool. No swimming here, just walking.... but if you stood still, the rays would swim right beside you and over your feet. One was nibbling Brianna's toes - I told her to stop wriggling them or they'll think it's feeding time!!
They also have an enormous pool, which is rocks with sand at the bottom...so not really a pool! It has a huge lazy river (takes about 30 minutes to go around at a decent pace) with loads of huge water falls (it goes through the aviary so they have to keep the birds in some how!), changes in the currents and changes in the depth. There were also buried treasure at various parts which made for some amusement!
Next was our turn to swim with the dolphins - yep, swim with the dolphins! They split you up into groups of 8 or 9 and a trainer takes each group out into one of the dolphin pens. Our first dolphin was a new mother. Her name was Thelma and her baby was Hurley. The trainer showed us some of the things she got do and we got to feed her and feel her skin and tail. We also got to give her a kiss! Tara couldn't do it!
Next we got to meet Hutch. He also showed off a bit and then we got to have a swim with him (and a hug!). He gave us a 'supersoaker' goodbye...if we weren't wet before, we were then! It was amazing! They are so beautiful. Discovery Cove is amazing and so worth the price. They supply everything right down to the plastic bags for your wet bathers in the changerooms! We went home very happy and tired but have just packed ready for our early departure tomorrow to....
can you guess??
do you really need a clue?
the happiest place on Earth, of course