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Swimming with Dolphins, Bahamas

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 4 - 7 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 14 people
Destination(s): Bahamas  
Specialty Categories: Swimming with Dolphins   Snorkeling  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1195 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1995 US Dollar (USD)

For many people, swimming with dolphins is the dream of a lifetime. For the past 16 years, its been our pleasure to help make that dream come true. Did you know that swimming with dolphins is in the top ten of people’s most desired wishes? We help individuals, couples and families swim with dolphins in a safe, respectful and fun setting. Our client’s consistent feedback is that the experience of swimming with the wild dolphins is even greater than they hoped, and has opened their eyes to more magic in daily life once back home.

We bring you to swim with the most playful dolphins in the world! These are happy, healthy dolphins and treat us with great respect and gentleness. We do not feed them and they choose to swim with us out of their own free will. Our clients say that swimming with these dolphins has uplifted their spirits, renewed their outlook on life and healed decades long depression. Sometimes people that come on trips say they felt a powerful calling to swim with the dolphins. Other times it’s a calling from childhood or it’s a calling that comes suddenly out of the deep blue. If you feel called to meet the dolphins I know exactly how you feel, and it’s my joy to help make that dream come true!

We also have lots of non-swimmers on our trips, though most are happily swimming by the end of the week. We provide you with all the flotation you need to feel 100% safe and comfortable in the water, and show you how to snorkel with a life jacket on. Once you realize that you cannot sink, you naturally relax and have fun. If you’re ready to fulfill the dream of swimming alongside the dolphins, contact us now and together we’ll bring that dream to life.

Itinerary:
Day 1:
Arrive to Bimini at 11:00 a.m. from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where I greet you at the airport and take you to your waterfront accommodations. You’ll be all eyes and ears as you drink in the local flavor of this small Bahamian island and once we arrive at our waterfront accommodations, we eat lunch and head for the beach! At the beach, we fine-tune our snorkel skills. For first time snorkelers, learning how to snorkel in the beautiful Bahamian waters is fun and easy. For those already skilled at snorkeling, we teach you how to freedive, something that the dolphins love!

After a fun and refreshing swim on the beautiful white sandy beach, we go back to our cottage and get ready for dinner. Over dinner, we talk about tomorrow’s upcoming dolphin swim and teach you our dolphin protocol: we swim with the wild dolphins with our arms at our sides; no grabbing at the dolphins - its only captive dolphins that are trained to pull people around by their dorsal fins. After sharing our highlights of the day and our famous ‘Appreciation Exercise’, its either off to sleep or a late night walk on the beach.

Day 2:
Depending on the weather, we typically go out to the dolphin grounds in the afternoon. Mornings are spent enjoying the beach, doing optional yoga or kundalini breathing on the beach, taking a walk around the island or reading a book. After lunch, we get on our boat and head north to the dolphin grounds. Here we cruise the Grand Bahamas Bank, a vast area of turquoise water that is typically 20 to 30 feet deep with sandy bottom and crystal clear.

When we find the dolphins, (which is about 80% of the time), we follow them and see what they are ready for. We follow the dolphin’s lead; if they want to swim with us, which they frequently do, we happily oblige! Our encounters with the dolphins are magical; they love to swim in and around us, looking in our eyes. We stay together as a group, and those that can freedive take a breath and swim toward the bottom. The dolphins love that, and whether you go down just ten feet or twenty, they love to swim spirals around you as you do it. These encounters typically last from fifteen minutes to over an hour. Depending on how big their pod is and what mood they’re in, we might stay with them all afternoon. They frequently swim right beside us, looking deep into our eyes, a look that you will remember for the rest of your life.

We return home at sunset, clean up and make dinner together. After bringing groups to Bimini for many years and bringing a chef to cook for us, I found that it is more fun as a group and family if everyone helps in the making and cleaning up of food. I used to be an instructor for several Outward Bound schools, and found that the camaraderie that results as we make meals together adds a wonderful component to the trip. People who are initially skeptical always report that making meals together was more fun than they imagined. Some people share that the sense of community that is developed during our mealtimes is a highlight of the trip for them. There is also an option of having a cook on our custom trips. Over dinner we share highlights of the day and our appreciations, then out for a walk or off to bed. After a full day in Bimini, most people hit the pillow pretty quickly.

Day 3:
Similar to day 2, in the morning you may hang out, join us for yoga, go to the beach, read a book, take a walk and in the afternoon we go back out on the water to the dolphin grounds, making a different snorkel stop each day at several beautiful reefs to see the fish on the way out. We also stop and visit the famous ‘Stone of Atlantis’, also known as ‘The Bimini Road’ or ‘Atlantis Road’. This ancient archaeological formation is made famous by the numerous Jacques Cousteau and National Geographic special shows done to determine the exact nature of this formation. Many claim it is the remains of the ‘Lost City of Atlantis’. After visiting it, you’ll get to decide for yourself!

Day 4:
Beach, walk, chill out in the morning, out on the boat in the afternoon. As is true for any ocean adventure, we adjust our schedule according to the wind and weather. Typically the last night we go out to eat for dinner. There is a fun local band that plays one night midweek and on the weekend, and we frequently make it out for an evening of dancing one of these nights.

Day 5:
On our last morning in Bimini, we often have a sunrise greeting to the day and take an early morning swim and snorkel at the beach. We have breakfast together and share our contact information. Most commercial flights leave Bimini around noontime.

Supplemental Tour Information:
Optional Fishing/Spearfishing:
The warm Bahamian waters are filled with an abundance of fish and lobster, and we frequently serve both during our trips. Joe Noonan, our founder, is an avid spearfisherman and is happy to show anyone on our trips how to catch their own. We do it with great respect for the life we are taking, and include an ancient ‘Hunter/Gatherer’ ritual of thanksgiving. An entirely optional activity, many teens and adults have caught their first fish or lobster on our trips.

Bimini also has a mystical side, and has been regarded by researches the world over as the site of the lost city of Atlantis. Edgar Cayce, the famous ‘Sleeping Prophet of Virginia Beach’, spoke at great length about Bimini, and said it was the site of the most powerful temples of Atlantis, including the ‘Temple of Rejuvenation’.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Lodging
- Most meals
- All on-island transportation and boat trips
- A very experienced, upbeat guide who will ensure you have a most amazing adventure.
- Camp style cottage with two bedrooms and several fold-out couches for the most economical trip.

About This Supplier
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Jul 1999

Our company provides individuals, couples and families the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins and whales in their natural environment. Through our custom family trips and our small group open trips, we offer you the opportunity to have up-close and personal encounters with the wild dolphins in Hawaii and in the...

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