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Swimming with Dolphins

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oldbuzzard Mon 30-May-05 16:18:15

Anyone know where in the world apart from Florida I can take my kids to swim with dolphins.
kids aged 9 and 6

RTKangaMummy Mon 30-May-05 16:22:07


did it 3 years ago

They have to be able to snorkel and swim fast though

these were wild dolphins in pacific ocean


almostanangel Mon 30-May-05 16:54:56

in australia there is a dolphin place i cant think what its called i will look later and let you know

jenkel Mon 30-May-05 16:57:02

There is a fun park type thing in Mexico, somewhere near cancun I think but have no idea of the name, think you can swim with these.

The best thing is to swim with them in the wild, and then if they want to stay with you they can. We went diving in Bonaire (caribean) and when we were coming back from a dive on the boat some dolphins started to follow the boat, we all jumped in and they were swimming around us, one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had, there were even babies.

There are supposed to be some very tame dolphins in dingle bay, ireland, but a bit too cold to swim with.

oldbuzzard Mon 30-May-05 19:17:52

Thanks for all your quick replies and ideas. Off to get a few brochures.

RTKangaMummy Mon 30-May-05 19:21:36

In New Zealand it is KAIKORA

BUT THERE ARE OTHER PLACES AS WELL will try to remember the names

THey just swim off back to the ocean when they have had enough and so it is the dolphin's choice to be there

IMHO that is the fair way to swim with them

They choose then

Surprized about swim with babies we were told we were not allowed to swim if there were babies


jenkel Mon 30-May-05 21:42:06

RTKangaMummy - we just happenend upon a pod of dolphins, we werent dolphin chasing, which so many people do. Just jumped in the water and they were playing with us.

Check out this website -

Cybermum Tue 31-May-05 08:06:51

There is a place in Algarave Zoomarine(?) - it does dolphin, sealion dispalays etc. I think you can swim with dolphins there (in a pool). We didn't because I think you have to allow 2-3 hours DD1 would have loved a go but DD2 was too young and we didn't want to split into two groups!!!

suzywong Tue 31-May-05 08:42:45

Western Australia

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spub Tue 31-May-05 09:07:48

Isla du Mujeres just off Cancun.
We did the swim in December and our 2yo dd LOVED it. It is a bit club 18-30 does dolphins but it's still a nice experience - Carribean sea and amazing creatures right in there beside you!

calcium Tue 31-May-05 09:28:56

My niece did it in a national park in Mexico down near Playa des Americanas I think said it was wild.

Mud Tue 31-May-05 09:30:26

Nature reserve in Eilat

potty1 Tue 31-May-05 09:42:42

A friend of mine's dd swam at Zoomarine in Portugal - arranged for them by the 'Make a Wish foundation' as the little one has leukaemia.

Chuffed Tue 31-May-05 10:15:01

dh and I swam in Mandurah your second link Suzywong. It was brilliant, we just went out in the boat until you see some dolphins and then they just stop the boat and you get in the water.

suzywong Tue 31-May-05 10:40:23

OH wow, I haven't done that myself yet, but will deffo be doing it this summer (very nice, WA isn't it?)

Kiwifruit Tue 31-May-05 13:42:48

In the Bay of Islands or in Akaroa in New Zealand (would go for Bay of Islands as the water is warmer!) if you want to do it in the wild. Otherwise, think you can do it in Napier in an aquarium place, but don't recommend swimming with them in captivity as most marine experts say that it's really cruel...

almostanangel Tue 31-May-05 16:56:51

are there dolphins around the barrier reef? or just sharks?

jofeb04 Tue 31-May-05 18:48:12

We did in in Jamaca, amazing experence, but expensive!!

flobbleflobble Tue 31-May-05 19:01:13

Sharm El Sheikh

tilba Wed 01-Jun-05 06:05:53

Monkey Mia in West Australia....fabulous and we did it recently in the bay of Islands New Zealand

valleygirl Wed 01-Jun-05 12:59:23

you can do it in Varadero (v. commercialised) or Guadalavaca (much less touristy) in Cuba.

Newbarnsleygirl Thu 02-Jun-05 08:57:57

Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico, and the Cayman Islands.

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