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Manati Park picture in Punta Cana
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Manati Park picture in Punta Cana
Manati Park picture in Punta Cana
Manati Park picture in Punta Cana
Dolphins picture in Punta Cana
Manati Park picture in Punta Cana

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If you're trying to decide between Manatí Park and Dolphin Discovery Punta Cana (another popular interactive animal excursion), visitors generally agree: visit Manatí if you like birds and reptiles, but make the journey to Dolphin Discovery if you're into marine life. In addition to animal shows, Manatí Park also features Taíno dance performance shows.

Recent vacationers with kids in tow say that Manati Park offers fun for the whole family, commending the guides and the shows. However, recent visitors did share a few warnings for future travelers. The park provides a free shuttle, transporting visitors from hotels in Bávaro, Punta Cana and Uvero Alto to the attraction, but it operates on a set time schedule, meaning you can't leave at your leisure. This was a frustration for some visitors who wanted to leave before the shuttle departed. Several past visitors also griped about the cost for photos and food. Though you can bring your own camera, several areas of the park do not allow pictures – though you can have your picture taken by a staff member and purchase photos at the end of your visit.

Manatí Park is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and hosts show times throughout the day. The rates for entry and shows are moderate ($35 for adults, $20 for children ages 2 to 12), but there's a steep fee to swim with the dolphins ($125 for park entry and dolphin swim). Speak with your hotel concierge or tour desk about arranging a visit to Manatí Park: the colorful (and free) shuttle bus stops at several hotels. Visit the official website for more information on shows and admission fees.

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