We receive loads of praise from our happy customers. Read through testimonials of past visitors to the park and even add your own - you could win free entry to the park for you and your family!*
A BIG congratulations to the latest winner Bridget Moran who posted on our website February 16, 2013.
Roxanne is my eldest
daughter and she has autism. I took her to Pet Porpoise when she was 8 years
old. We were given the lovely opportunity for her to swim with the dolphins. It
was a magical experience. The staff were absolutely fantastic in allowing
this to happen. As it was all done after hours. Roxanne was enthralled by it
all and I was overwhelmed. This was in 1994, way before it became as popular as
it is now. Roxanne is now 27. She has progressed a great deal from those early
years. I'm sure that experience had an influence on her. I now have a 10 year
old named Sage. I couldn't forgive myself if i didn't let her have an experience
as wonderful as the one we had years ago. Hopefully we are planning a trip soon
that will include a stopover at the park. I couldn't possibly just drive by.
We still offer special swims for people with disabilities, and we still have many of the same staff we did in 1994!
myra nicolls 07-Apr-2013
Hi, im asian, last dec. 13,2011 was my first time at dolphin marine magic, at that time im just here in australia for a holiday with my husband. It was also my first time to be kissed and tapped by a dolphin, they're so adorable and such a cutie. I am now staying here for good, and my father is here at the moment. i took him there and he was so happy to see the dolphin and seal, he said when he was a teen he used to went fishing with his father(deseaced) and caught lots of fish and dolphin will come near the boat and ask some fish, dad felt like a child again, he had kissed with dolphin and seal today, and me too for the 2nd time, i cant get enough. hehe. thank you so much.
Myra, hopefully you will be able to visit us as often as you wish. Our annual pass allows you to come as many times as you wish each year. Paige Sinclair CEO
ray squires 04-Mar-2013
In 2008 I took my 2 girls aged 14 & 12 to see Bucky & Zip & the other animals.
The reason we went back for a visit was when my girls were 5 & 3 ( Yr 2000) we visited there with my ex wife. After the show my ex wife took the girls to the gift shop to buy a soft toy of Bucky for my eldest and a smaller soft toy of Zip who were the stars of the show at that time. I stayed behind to change the film in my non digital camera. At that time you could wander around the pool unattended & everyone had left. I had my back to the pool and was hit in the back with a ball. I turned around and no-one was there so I tossed the ball in the pool and started to walk away & was hit again !
I turned around & bucky was on his tail 'speaking" & I realised that it was him throwing the ball to me !
We played for about 10 minutes because he wanted to !
It was one of the most magical experiences in my life so we played a vist again in 2008 and had photos with the dolphins and the seals
We recently saw bondi vet and saw Bucky & Zip and understood bucky was ill.
It touched us deeply as we all have a special bond with those 2 dolphins.
Bucky is showing all the signs of good health, however he is an aged animal with a history of cancer, but we are confident we will enjoy a number of years more with him. Regards Paige Sinclair CEO
Emily Kelly 01-Mar-2013
My family and I went to marine Magic for my 26th birthday and it was such an amazing experience. I have always wanted to touch or play with a dolphin and have never had the opportunity before. As I was leaving the pool after the dolphin and seal show I was very happy after having such an intimate experience with Bucky my best dolphin friend ever. We were walking past the underwater viewing window on the big pool which had a mum, dad and baby dolphin in it. What happened there blew my mind as the baby dolphin came up to the window, looking me straight in the eyes and started to respond to my hand gestures. He even rolled over for me as well as shaking his head and following my finger as i moved it across the window of the pool. They are amazing creatures and I will never forget that experience. The staff were just lovely and very helpful answering my many questions. I would love to return and have spoken very highly to all my friends encouraging them to go and see it for them selves. The trip from Brisbane to Coffs Harbour was worth it. Love it, love it, love it.
Thank you Emily, we are very happy you and your family enjoyed your time with us...Paige
Kylie Taylor 28-Feb-2013
Georgie was sooo excited to see the seals.....until they got upclose-12 months have passed and hoping for a better result ;)
We hope so too, until next time....Paige Sinclair CEO
On September 24th i entered a competition to swim with the dolphins with 3 of my friends, the competition was to write a caption for the photo that was uploaded on that day, it was of one of the friendly seals at the pet porpoise pool and a young boy, my caption was "its snuggle time and if you're lucky I'll seal it with a kiss". on September 25th 2012 i was scrolling through my facebook page and see congratulations Megan you've won the competition. I was so excited I've always loved dolphins and to get the chance to swim with them was a dream come true. On Friday the 30th of November myself and 3 of my closest friends arrived at the pet porpoise pool and watched the dolphin marine magic show then went to get ready to swim with Jet, at first jet didn't want to play so to encourage good behaviour we got out of the pool and jet came over to say hi, we all got back into the water to begin our interaction with jet, i was so amazed by how smart these amazing animals are, we learnt all about his markings and parts of his body and where bone and muscles are and what parts make the noises. We played ball, and we threw a ring to jet and everyone went under the water and he always brought it back to the one who threw it, we danced and played, it was amazing, i honestly cant explain how happy i was to be able to interact with jet and the rest of the dolphins at the pet porpoise pool, its truly a memory ill never forget. i have the photo that's uploaded with this testimonial in my lounge room so i can remember how amazing my experience was. I look forward to doing it again soon.
We're so happy you enjoyed yourself and learnt more about dolphins...Paige Sinclair CEO
kristy smith 16-Feb-2013
It was 12 or more years ago I experienced the magic of a lifetime with the most gorgeous dolphins i've ever seen and swam with bucky, zippy and calamity a moment I hold dearly. I remember I swam with them for my 10th birthday. I love them more than so many things and I had the privilege of volunteering there 3yrs ago for 3 months and I miss it to this day as life took me to brisbane. Lots of love Kristy smith, qld brisbane.
Hi Kirsty, we remember you, hope all is going well for you. Paige Sinclair CEO
Bridget Moran 16-Feb-2013
I have tears in my eyes tonight...
I have not been to Marine Magic but I have been there in my heart! When I watched the Bondi Vet tonight one of my favourite shows, as I love all creatures great & small, I knew I had to meet two very special friends Bucky & Greg!
Bucky has been a resident of Marine Magic for more than 40 years after being found as a badly dehydrated and sunburned six-month-old calf in the Nambucca River.
Greg Pickering has been his trainer for 42 years and it's that relationship that I found so soul inspiring. People can't even last that long. Bucky was so brave with his cancer treatment not once complaining but trusting that this is what he should do. I love you both & I hope I am lucky enough to win a pass to bring some friends to meet such an amazing pair. I will still come anyway however as I wouldn't miss Bucky in action for the world xxx
Thanks Bridget, Bucky is a very special animal, as is Greg. Paige Sinclair CEO
Sami Hutchins 15-Feb-2013
I'm always dragging my husband to anything that has the word dolphin attached to it, when we last went on our NSW trip, one of our Stops was to Dolphin Marine Magic.
We cannot rave about the place enough. Compared to other programs in Qld, the place is fantastic and we will be returning in 2013 for the Dolphin swim!
We experienced hands on, with the seals and dolphins during the show and the staff were great.
We were excited to share in a special moment as staff were training a new seal, and my husband has been telling the story, have you ever had a seal suck your finger!?
I'll drive all the way from Qld to visit the Coffs Harbour and share in Dolphin Marine Magic!, From Sami.
Thank you Sami - we are happy you enjoyed your visit - Paige Sinclair CEO
Bianca Hadi 13-Feb-2013
I have never been able to get kissed by a seal or even touch one. i was meant to come back in december but, i never got the opportunity to as i had to go back to sydney because my mum was dying. i promised her i would go back and swim with a seal because those were her favourite animals. so when i came to the pet porpoise pool a couple of days ago and had the opportunity to get kissed by one it was such a great experience. i would do it all over again and i cant wait to get to swim with one!
Hi Bianca, a very sad story and I do hope that one day you do come back and swim with a seal, they are such good fun! Paige Sinclair CEO
*Winners will be drawn at the beginning of each quarter (January, April, July, October) and notified via the email address provided. Free entry for families is limited to 2 adults and 2 children. Any extra visitors will be charged at our regular rates.