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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 star rating: Recommended 17 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 Island Dolphin Encounter from Nassau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 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

Blue Lagoon Dolphin Swim from Nassau

4 star rating: Recommended 4 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 30 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

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 64 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

Jamaica Bay Combo Tour: Dolphin Cove and Negril Sunset Cruise from Montego Bay

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

During your stay in Montego Bay, get to know dolphins and indulge in a sunset cruise along the Jamaican coast on this full-day combo tour. At Dolphin Cove ...  Read more

Location: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $155.99

Half-Day Dolphin Island Tour from Punta Cana

4 star rating: Recommended 21 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

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 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

Swim with the Dolphins in Cabo San Lucas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 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

Hawaii Combo: Wild Dolphin Swim and Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 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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