On the Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas, you can enjoy the magic of nature by indulging in a swim with dolphins. Enjoying personal interaction with these majestic sea creatures is an experience that will not be soon forgotten. There are many opportunities to do so available on the island, with caring and experienced staff near by to ensure that the both you and the dolphins feel secure and comfortable.
The Dolphin Experience has been in operation since 1987, and is one of the first programs of its nature in the world. Located in Lucaya, on Grand Bahama Island of the Bahamas, this reputable establishment offers a variety of dolphin interaction programs. One, which costs $69 and lasts for two hours, allows the visitor to sit or stand in the water and the dolphins, friendly and curious, come close to touch and investigate. Another, very popular, is priced at $159 for two hours, offers visitors the opportunity to swim with the dolphins.
Other dolphin swim and dive programs are available, depending on the skill level and interest of the tourist. Among these is a package that allows participants to snorkel with the dolphins, exploring coral reefs and other underwater sights. Another is one that allows participants pair up with a staff member and go through the tasks of the day, which include feeding the dolphins, swimming with them and training them to do tricks.
Reservations are required, and should be made as far in advance as possible. These experiences are open to adults and children over 12 years of age. Children less than 16 must have a participating parent with them.
Some of the resorts offer packages that include dolphin swims. Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbor has a package available from May 1 to September 2 that includes 5 days and 4 nights of lodging for two people, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, 2 one-hour massages, bicycles, non-motorized water sports, tennis courts and fitness center, as well as transportation to and from the airport, for $2779.
Dolphin Close Encounter is another program for dolphin interaction. It offers various packages, suitable to most comfort levels. Dolphin Dive assures visitors that a pair of blue bottlenose dolphins will be pleased to swim and scuba dive with those interested in up close interaction.
There are many who extol the virtues and benefits of swimming with dolphins. Some of these include relief from depression due to the calming nature of these gentle, almost magical creatures and the healthful effects of the swimming itself. Some claim that the experience has brought them a deeper understanding of the importance of taking care of the environment and of regulating the tuna fishing industries, which often accidentally kill large numbers of dolphins when they become entangled in the tuna nets.
Those who have an interest in marine life find the experience of being able to enjoy such personal interaction with the dolphins so much more affecting than the usual at-a-distance sightings. Swimming with the dolphins is truly a unique and remarkable experience.