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Old 01-08-2013, 11:22 AM   #1
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Sea Lion Encounter Questions

Hoping that someone who has participated could tell me a little about this excursion. In particular, does anyone know at about what temprature the water is? Also, the website for Blur Lagoon states "no cameras" but the DCL site does not. Can you take your own camera (waterproof Olympus) with you?
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:36 AM   #2
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Blue Lagoon does not allow cameras. You will have to leave all items in a locker provided by them. They have their own photographer and will try and sell you their photo package.

We did the excursion back in May 2009, the water was temp was cool (but not cold), but it was also rainy that day.
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We did this in 2011, they did not allow cameras and wanted you to purchase their cameras and videos. We were there with another couple and purchased the cd of photos and split the cost and printed our own...it was worth every penny. I would do this encounter again in a heartbeat, I enjoyed it FAR more than any dolphin encounters I've done.
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We really enjoyed the Sea Lion Encounter also. It's unique and you don't see them many places. Dolphin Encounters on the other hand, seem to be everywhere.
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Forgot to add that we opted to stay at the Lagoon afterward for some lazy beach time...it was wonderful. Such a beautiful location!!
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I read about the no cameras and decided to do the dolphin encounter instead. It has something to do with the sealions thinking they are toys and they will grab them out of your hand and then endanger themselves
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Yes you are the first group with the sea lions. There was only one other couple with my daughter in our group. I observed from the observation area. They start with a lecture there at the observation area about the sea lions, their environment and what the place is doing to help them. After that they walk you down to the platform. On the way they have one photo opportunity with the sea lion perched on his back fins for a shot from their pro photographer (it won't be at a good angle from the observation area). Then you get in the water on a platform that is covered from the sun. They offer wetsuits but unlike the dolphin encounter, they are optional here. My daughter opted to just wear her bikinis and I think it made for cuter photos even though the water is chilly.

The encounter itself lasts for about thirty minutes to so with lots of interaction and they take lots of pictures. I will say while they're smart to keep the observation area far enough for photos to be grainy and dull at best, their professional photos and video were really well done and considerably less expensive than other excursions we've done. I think it was around thirty for three 5x7s and the video DVD would have been $60 as I recall.

We had plenty of time to wander the place afterward and still wanted to make the 1pm ferry back to the boat. The beach area with the floaty play equipment would've cost more money but you can walk around some beach area without extra cost. Lunch is not provided with the sea lion experience so expect to pay for that if you don't head back to the ship for lunch.
We are booked also. Ours says 7:45 - 12:15. So I'm guessing ours must be first.
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