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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.

Tours & Tickets

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 57 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 $209.00

Swim with the Dolphins at Sea Life Park in Oahu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 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: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: Varies

From USD $125.64

Half-Day Dolphin Island Tour from Punta Cana

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Have fun swimming 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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $171.99

Cancun Dolphin Royal Swim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 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

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Experience the best of the Yucatan on a Cancun combo tour including Chichen Itza and your choice of a Dolphin Encounter or catamaran sail! See the Pyramid of ...  Read more

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

From USD $129.99

Ocean World Dolphin Swim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 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

Dolphin Cove Experience in Negril

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 8 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

Swim with the Seals at the Miami Seaquarium

Have fun interacting with harbor seals in a unique seal swim encounter at Miami Seaquarium. With a trained expert to guide you, enjoy a swim with a group of ...  Read more

Location: Miami, Florida
Duration: Varies

From USD $48.15

Cancun Dolphin Swim Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Have you ever kissed a dolphin? Here is your chance to get close to one of the sea's most incredible creatures. Be amazed at how intelligent these animals are. ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $128.99

Manati Park with Optional Dolphin Swim

Check out Manatí Park, the Dominican Republic’s best nature and culture theme park, located in Bávaro-Punta Cana. Get up close and personal with the ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.99

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