MONTEGO BAY — The operators of Dolphin Cove Negril are looking to immediately start expansion of the attraction, which was opened to the public last September.
“We plan to immediately commence phase two of the development of this property here in Hanover,” said President and Chief Executive Officer, Stafford Burrowes.
“This will include the exciting mangrove safari adventure tour featuring river kayaking, challenge bridges, zip lines, with crocodiles, camels, ostriches, sharks, stingrays and more,” he said on March 31 at the official opening of phase one of the project located at Point.
He said that phase two will also offer the exciting dolphin trek “where guests will walk on the sea floor wearing underwater helmets … with dolphins all around."
Sitting on 23 acres of land, the marine attraction is about three times the size of the sister property in Ocho Rios, St. Ann and is touted as the world’s largest natural dolphin lagoon.
Completed at a cost of US$6 million, this initial phase offers the touch, encounter, and swim with the dolphins packages made popular by the Ocho Rios property.
The three-phase development, on completion, will become the largest marine park in the western hemisphere, employing some 200 persons.
In his address at the opening ceremony, Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, congratulated the operators of Dolphin Cove, noting that the opening of the attraction has brought great value to the tourism product in western Jamaica.
He noted that the attraction, which has received “tremendous support” and copped a number of top attractions and awards, “blends perfectly with the Government’s plan for tourism in this area."
By GLENIS ROSE, JIS Reporter