Swimming with Dolphins
By Viator, December 2010
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.
Tours & Tickets
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
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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
Head to the Miami Seaquarium for an awesome dolphin encounter! Choose between two great encounters and get up close and personal with a playful dolphin. During ... Read more
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
Combine the magic of swimming with wild dolphins off the Kona coast with an amazing snorkel adventure in stunning Kealakekua Bay. Set out from the Big Island ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)