For anyone who loves dolphins but don’t know where to go to see and swim with them, then check out my picks for great places to swim with these marine mammals. On average, a human encounter with a dolphin can normally last from between a couple of minutes to as much as numerous hours each. In order to maintain a good relationship with a dolphin it needs to be based on trust, play, and curiosity.
Without further ado, let’s get into this…
This is a beautiful place to swim with dolphins and that’s exactly what CEO of Dolphin Swim Australia, Andrew Parker, thought when he started his organisation. The DSA provides customers with the opportunity to slap on a mask and snorkel, hold onto a rope attached between two bows of a large catamaran as it moves through the water, and be surrounded by lots of beautiful, fast-moving dolphins at close range. Swimmers will get the chance to get up close and personal with The Short-Beaked Common Dolphin, which get very excited to see you, as well as The Common Oceanic Bottlenose Dolphin.
This is a small island in the Bahamas, which is one of the many Caribbean island groups to provide opportunities to swim with dolphins. The island is only 48 miles from Miami, FL, and it is fortunate to have warm, shallow and very clear waters which are perfect for spotting the aquatic mammals. You are able to interact with various species of dolphin, including; the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin which are very fun and intelligent. This species loves to play and are known to like swimming alongside humans. If you are actively snorkelling and free diving, then you are likely to maintain their attention.
Discovery Cove, Orlando, FL
If you love dolphins and have planned a trip to Orlando, then a visit to Discovery Cove is something you must do. This is the perfect experience for families as the “Trainer for a Day” program gives you the chance to observe and learn all about dolphin behaviour from a marine expert. But the main highlight, and why everyone visits the cove is for the 30-minute dolphin interaction. This package allows you to get up close and personal with two dolphins where you can swim, play and even try your hand at a few manoeuvres, including; the dorsal fin ride and the double-foot push which is where the dolphins attempt to push you along the water.
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Drake Bay is situated just off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and it is known for being home to thousands of species of aquatic mammals, part of the cetacean family. Including; whales, dolphins and porpoises. The bay boasts warm, clear tropical waters and is full of pods of pan-tropic spotted, bottlenose, spinner and common dolphins. Drake Bay also offer plenty of dolphin and whale tours allowing you to witness their playful behaviours as well as them socialising and communicating with other dolphins. Interacting with these creatures can create a sense of peace and tranquillity, and Drake Bay is a fantastic place to experience the joy of swimming with dolphins.
The Azores, Portugal
These are a chain of volcanic islands between North America and Europe and they belong to Portugal. The Azores has the largest assortment of dolphin of any area worldwide and if you keep an eye out, and are lucky you may spot up to eight different types of dolphin in the clear waters. This is a great place to swim with dolphins as it has plenty of expert guides and boat drivers which offer unique experiences. If you’re really fortunate then you may spot a super pod of up to 1000 dolphins as they like to approach the shores to capitalise on the bountiful food supply.