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Swimming with Dolphins

Submitted by on November 13, 2009 – 8:58 pm7 Comments

swimming-with-dolphinsDolphins have been fascinating people for thousands of years with their beauty and grace along with their elusive sense of intelligence. Swimming with dolphins, an activity available in travel destinations around the world, is something that many people dream of and has become one of the most popular and talked about travel activities there is. There are a wide variety of interactive dolphin programs and activities available offering swimming experiences both fun and educational. While each tour operator has their own particular way of presenting their activities, most programs include direct contact with the dolphins as well as the opportunity to take the dolphin by its fin while skimming through the water.

A few general rules for swimming with dolphins include removing all jewelry, watches and eye glasses as a dolphin’s skin is easily scratched. Also, make sure your nails are cut short and that your bathing suit does not have a zipper. Do not touch the dolphins unless the trainer indicates that you can and never touch a dolphin’s head, especially the area around their eyes.

Here are a few places where travelers can get closer to dolphins than they ever dreamed:

Akaroa, New Zealand

Kaikoura, New Zealand

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Cozumel, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

IMAGE VIA: Captain DJ on flickr

7 Comments »

  • Cheri Lucas says:

    Hi Rich,

    Great overview of rules and tips. Another thing our Dolphin Discovery guide in Cozumel mentioned was to avoid applying sunblock before getting in the water with the dolphins, too.

    Cheri

  • Rich says:

    Hi Cheri – Thanks for the tip…

    Rich

  • Glenn says:

    This is something I’ve always wanted to do, but I’ve read conflicting comments. Is this safe/good for the dolphins?

  • Rich says:

    It is definitely something to think about… I found this to be a good read: http://www.responsibletravel.com/Copy/Copy901035.htm

  • Jesus says:

    I was following your links and none of them takes me to the company that you show up in the picture. Could you give us the link to find it?

    I see Delphinus, is that the name of the park or company?

    Thanks

  • Rich says:

    hi jesus – the image is from creative commons and doesn’t represent any of the companies involved. as credited above: IMAGE VIA Captain DJ on flickr.

    rich

  • gerald hebert says:

    There are several places in CUBA that offer shows and interplay with dolphins. I was at the one near Holguin and found that everything about this tour was worthwhile. The show was spectacular. These dolphins live in a large inland bay so that they have plenty of space to live in. When showtime comes along they somehow know it and come into the tourist area to stage their spectacle. The Cuban trainers are terrific. There are also trained seals.

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