Where to swim with dolphins
There are two different ways in which you can swim with dolphins. Before you look at where you want to swim with them, you will first need to decide whether you want to swim with dolphins in captivity or whether you would like to swim with wild dolphins.
There are differences between the two experiences. Swimming with trained dolphins in captivity is an amazing feeling as you will really be able to experience the bond between human and dolphin. However, for those who think that it is cruel to keep animals in limited spaces, this could be an upsetting experience. Swimming with trained dolphins gives you more of an idea of the intelligence of the animals. Trainers will be on hand to show you exactly what the dolphins are capable of doing and if you are lucky they may even pull you along with their fins.
When you swim with dolphins in the wild you will probably not be allowed to touch them. We humans can have hazardous substances on our hands without even knowing it and even simple products like sun lotion can cause harm to the dolphins and other wild animals nearby. In places where tourists are regularly taken to swim with particular dolphin populations, the dolphins will have become used to humans being around and may appear to be more curious and tame than other dolphins in the wild. This means that you are more likely to see them up close than if you were to go to a more remote area where dolphins are less used to human interference. Swimming with dolphins on these excursions is extremely moving because you know that the dolphins are making a choice to be there. They have the whole ocean to choose from and yet they are happy to be spending time in the company of humans. If you have a boat, going for a swim when you see a pod of dolphins still counts as an experience of swimming with dolphins. This can be much more dangerous than if you were to go on a supervised excursion, as there is always the possibility that the food sources attracting the dolphins to an area are also attracting larger and more dangerous animals.
Specific resorts in Hawaii and Florida offer the chance to swim with trained dolphins as well as the opportunity to spend time understanding what it’s like to be a trainer. If you are looking to swim with dolphins in a less-contained setting, there are loads of trips which run from the Bahamas to areas where dolphins are almost always present.Dolphin Facts | Dolphin Information | Dolphin Species | Dolphins FAQ