Our next trip out was a real treat and was to Discovery Cove which is pretty much a day resort part of Seaworld where everything is inclusive and there are lots of places to swim and chill out. We went a few years ago for my birthday and wanted to take Rosemary back. It’s actually pretty good value as the entry cost includes all your food and drink for the day and free entry to Seaworld as well. We paid an extra few dollars (I think it was $40) to get Busch Gardens and Aquatica as well. I noticed recently that Aquatica is now part of the entry anyway so it’s even better value now.
The park has 4 main areas (at the time anyway, there is the Freshwater Oasis that has since opened) which are the Serenity Bay/Wind Away River which is a lazy river you can swim round and is freshwater, the Dolphin Lagoon where you do the dolphin swims, the Explorers Aviary and the Grand Reef which is a big saltwater area where there are fish and rays.
At check-in we got lent the coolest buggy ever which had giant beachbuggy wheels. This was taken at the end of the day though, which is why Rosemary is fast asleep.
We had breakfast to start off the day.
After a spot of breakfast we got our wetsuits on and headed for the lazy river.
Rosemary looked particularly fab in her all in one.
We grabbed Rosemary a lifejacket, although it was really a little big for her and a float for us to hold onto with her.
Definitely going for an all in one next time as you can see this was too baggy and kept riding up. Wore a T-Shirt specifically because I got rubbed on my shoulders last time but it didn’t help.
The river does a full circuit of that part of the park and there are two waterfalls where you enter and leave the aviary. These weren’t too popular unfortunately as they were pretty fierce and when you’re little they pummel you quite a lot.
We stopped at one point and someone was kind enough to take a photo of the 3 of us together.
Here is a good shot of the Serenity Bay area and the lovely white sand.
And the waterfall and caves which are the start of the Wind Away River.
After a lap of the river and some more paddling about we got some lunch. Food was first rate and we were pretty stuffed having gone back for deserts (all included in the entry price).
I decided to head off to the Grand Reef, which as it was seawater and pretty cold we decided not to take Rosemary into and she had a chill out by the beach. I had an underwater enclosure for my FLIP video camera and shot some footage while swimming and these are mainly snapshots extracted from that.
Some of the rays like these Cow Nose Rays were quite small (about 2ft?).
Some like this Spotted Eagle Ray were pretty huge. I would say the wingspan was a good 6ft and this one came right past we, swam around behind and headed off again. Real close encounter and my videoing was pretty rubbish as I was trying to stay out of his way.
After showering off the salt water I grabbed a couple of ice creams from one of the food spots and headed back to see how everyone was doing. Bringing ice cream back made me quite popular.
Rosemary also decided that she was going to go for snorkle.
After one more swim around the main open water space in the Serenity Bay area the afternoon was pretty much gone, so we got showered up and changed and walked over the aviary so I could take a few photos of the birds there. Julia decided to sit at the bay instead and have free cocktails.
And Rosemary was by this point shattered and had a dose in the beach buggy.
And in the aviary:
We had dinner that night at Red Lobster and knackered to bed.
Will definitely be going back to Discovery Cove on our next visit.