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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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Swim with the Dolphins at Sea Life Park in Oahu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 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 $125.49

Blue Lagoon Dolphin Swim from Nassau

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Fall in love with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and feel like you’re flying during the famous ‘foot push’ during this interactive program on Blue Lagoon Island. ...  Read more

Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: Varies

From USD $197.99

Cancun Dolphin Royal Swim on Isla Mujeres

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 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 $168.99

Half-Day Dolphin Island Tour from Punta Cana

4 star rating: Recommended 22 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 in Cabo San Lucas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

If you've ever dreamed of swimming with dolphins, here's your chance to turn your dreams into reality! The Swim with the Dolphins program offers you the rare ...  Read more

Location: Los Cabos, Mexico
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $188.99

Blue Lagoon Island Dolphin Encounter from Nassau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

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
$160.00 Save $37.01

Swim with Dolphins Day Trip from Perth

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 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 $147.61

Best Dolphin Experience at the Miami Seaquarium

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

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

Location: Miami, Florida
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $55.59

Dolphin Swim and Ride Program in Cancun

3 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

Take a wild ride with a dolphin during this 1-hour interactive program in a Cancun dolphinarium. After a briefing on dolphins’ characteristics and habitats, ...  Read more

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

From USD $108.99

Hawaii Combo: Wild Dolphin Swim and Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

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

Location: Hawaii-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.96

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