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Swimming with Dolphins

By Viator, May 2013

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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Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa, Akaroa, null
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Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 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 $66.63
Hawaii Combo: Wild Dolphin Swim and Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling, Big Island of Hawaii, Swim with ... 
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Hawaii Combo: Wild Dolphin Swim and Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 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 $158.61
Swim with Dolphins Day Trip from Perth, Perth, Swim with Dolphins
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Swim with Dolphins Day Trip from Perth

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 30 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 $159.98
Akaroa Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch, Christchurch, Swim with Dolphins
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Akaroa Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Explore the coastal town of Akaroa and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with dolphins on this full day tour from Christchurch. Travel through the ...  Read more

Location: Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $202.10
Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula Eco Marine Harbour Cruise Small Group Tour, Christchurch, Swim ... 
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Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula Eco Marine Harbour Cruise Small Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Discover the historic town of Akaroa and the magnificent natural beauty of the Banks Peninsula on this small group tour from Christchurch. Be amazed by the ...  Read more

Location: Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $279.26
Ultimate Swim Dolphin Program in Ocho Rios, Ocho Rios, Day Trips
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Ultimate Swim Dolphin Program in Ocho Rios

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

This Ocho Rios package brings you in close contact with the dolphins where you experience a one-to-one encounter as you swim and frolic with two friendly ...  Read more

Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Duration: Varies

From USD $198.99
Kaikoura Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch, Christchurch, Swim with Dolphins
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Kaikoura Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Discover magnificent marine wildlife out on the South Pacific Ocean during this 12-hour Kaikoura dolphin swim from Christchurch. Travel through the rolling ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $257.22
Dolphin Experience at the Miami Seaquarium, Miami, Swim with Dolphins
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Dolphin Experience at the Miami Seaquarium

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Head to the Miami Seaquarium for an awesome dolphin encounter! During the experience, learn about these intelligent marine mammals before enjoying a 30-minute ...  Read more

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

From USD $56.71
Cancun Combo: Chichen Itza Tour plus Isla Mujeres Catamaran Sail with Snorkeling, Cancun, Family ... 
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Cancun Combo: Chichen Itza Tour plus Isla Mujeres Catamaran Sail with Snorkeling

4 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

Experience the best of the Yucatan on a Cancun combo tour including Chichen Itza and a catamaran sail! See the Pyramid of Kukulcán and other archeological ...  Read more

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

From USD $135.99
2-Day Miami South Beach Adventure from Orlando, Orlando, Day Trips
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2-Day Miami South Beach Adventure from Orlando

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 62 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 $198.99

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