Swimming with Dolphins

By Viator, December 2010

Swim with dolphins to share a nose-kiss with one of nature’s most precocious and interactive marine animals. If you’re holidaying by the water, it’s a must-do vacation activity.

From Los Cabos in Mexico to New Zealand’s Akaroa, the Dominican Republic’s Oceanworld to Ocho Rios in Jamaica, swimming with dolphins is a global phenomenon.

In some locations you can swim with wild dolphins, including off the coast of Australia. Most swims with wild dolphins are hands-off encounters, but at Monkey Mia on the Western Australian coast, wild bottlenose dolphins have been visiting the beach every day for the past few years to interact and swim with humans.

Around the globe, aquariums and water parks offer swimming with tame dolphins, with a choice of interactive programs that allow you to share handshakes, kisses and strokes. And if you’re really interested in getting to know dolphins, you can spend the day working as a trainer with a marine professional at a dolphin center.

Qualified, eco-certified operators have developed a rapport with the dolphins, and know where to take you for your once-in-a-lifetime dolphin encounter. Well-organized reputable tours provide all the necessary snorkel gear, as well as refreshments, commentary, assistance and wildlife information.

Most programs require that you can swim, and snorkel lessons can be provided if you’re a novice. There are some age and health restrictions, and tours can also be dependent on good weather, calm seas and clear visibility.

Swim with dolphin programs can also involve up-close encounters with sea lions, seals, manatees, stingrays or sharks.

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Half-Day Dolphin Island Tour from Punta Cana

4 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Have fun with dolphins on this half-day tour from Punta Cana! Visit Dolphin Island, an area created in the open ocean to house dolphins in their natural ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.99

Swim with the Dolphins at Sea Life Park in Oahu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Don’t miss a chance to swim with some of Hawaii’s most beautiful creatures and everyone’s favorite ocean mammal – dolphins! Experience a thrilling belly ride, ...  Read more

Location: Waimanalo, Oahu
Duration: Varies

From USD $125.64

Swim with Dolphins Day Trip from Perth

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Swim with wild dolphins in the sheltered bays and islands off Rockingham, only 40-minutes by road from Perth.This is a unique opportunity to interact with the ...  Read more

Location: Perth, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $170.13

Cancun Dolphin Royal Swim on Isla Mujeres

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

Mexico offers one of the most exhilarating experiences available. The Royal Dolphin Swim is the perfect way to discover this gentle, friendly and intelligent ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $158.99

Swimming with Dolphins in Akaroa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Make a date with the worlds smallest, rarest and friendliest dolphins only on Akaroa Harbour. There is only one place on the planet where you can swim with ...  Read more

Location: Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.43

Ocean World Dolphin Swim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 Reviews

Find out why the dolphin swim is the most popular program at Ocean World! During your 30-minute encounter you'll dance, hug, pet and swim with the dolphins. ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: Varies

From USD $168.99

2-Day Miami South Beach Adventure from Orlando with Optional Dolphin Swim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 63 Reviews

On this 2-day Miami South Beach adventure, take a thrilling airboat tour through the Florida Everglades, enjoy free time to shop at Bayside Marketplace, and ...  Read more

Location: Orlando, Florida
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $208.99

Blue Lagoon Island Dolphin Encounter from Nassau

Touch, kiss and dance with dolphins in this interactive program on Blue Lagoon Island during your Nassau vacation. After a scenic boat ride from nearby ...  Read more

Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: Varies

From USD $122.99

Cancun Combo: Chichen Itza Tour plus Isla Mujeres Dolphin Encounter or Catamaran Sail with Snorkeling

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Experience the best of the Yucatan on a Cancun combo tour including Chichen Itza and your choice of a Dolphin Encounter, Dolphin Adventure Swim or catamaran ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $135.99

Dolphin Cove Experience in Negril

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 12 Reviews

Swim with dolphins in Negril! Choose between a Dolphin Encounter and a Dolphin Swim, each offering unforgettable experiences. Enjoy first-hand the unique ...  Read more

Location: Negril, Jamaica
Duration: Varies

From USD $63.99

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