Next to Humans Dolphins are one of the smartest animals on the planet. Encountering them in the ocean can be a thrilling experience. Dolphins are known to actively try to communicate with swimmers and often play and engage in tricks. Some of the best places for swimming with dolphins are in the tropical oceans but you will also find them in colder waters in places like New Zealand and Iceland. Here is a look at some of the best locations around the world where you can experience a swim alongside these inquisitive and friendly mammals.
1. Key West, Florida
Key West is a city in U.S. The warm waters that surround the Florida Keys are home to numerous exotic sea life such as turtles, crabs and rays and also home to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. If swimming with dolphins has always been your dream, then a visit to Key West could make it come true.
Dolphin Spotting in Iceland has in recent years become very popular activity for visitors and several operators around the country offer tours to see these majestic animals in their natural environment. The best time of year to see dolphins around Iceland is from April to October with the peak season in June, July and August.
3. Indus River
The Indus River is a major river which flows through Pakistan. Dolphins in Indus River, Pakistan are one of the world’s rarest mammals and the second most endangered freshwater river dolphin. These are also been referred to as the :side swimming dolphin” because it is often seen swimming on its side and the “blind dolphin” due to its extremely poor eyesight.
4. Hong Kong
Hong Kong with a plethora of tourist attractions such as Victoria Harbor, The Peak, Giant Buddha, Disneyland, Ocean Park, Avenue Of Stars and Victoria Bay is regarded as one of the top tourist destination within the Asian Continent. Pink Dolphins were first observed in the waters around Hong Kong and the Pearl River Estuary. There’s something therapeutic about gazing upon Hong Kong’s endangered ‘pink’ dolphins as they frolic in their scenic, natural habitat.
5. Spey Bay, Scotland
Spey Bay is a small settlement in Moray, Scotland. It is a fantastic place to see dolphins, seals, ospreys and learn about the amazing wildlife found in Scotland. The world’s largest bottlenose dolphin here on the mouth of the River Spey, make it one of the best places to go dolphin watching in the UK.
Hawaii is the only U.S. state located in Oceania and the only one composed entirely of islands. Dolphins in Hawaii are commonly termed as “porpoise” by local folks. In certain areas in Hawaii, spinner dolphins are seen on an almost daily basis. Probably since the islands have formed, the Hawaiian spinner dolphins have come into nearshore daytime habitats along the west coast of Oahu. Travelers hoping to swim with dolphins will almost certainly get that chance in Hawaii.
7. Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver is a coastal seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia, Canada. Many of the whales, dolphins and porpoise found throughout the world can be seen along the coast of British Columbia. The British Columbia coastline is incredibly long and varied. There are “inside passages”, “outside waters”, and millions of islands in between. And there are whales, dolphins and porpoises that travel all the waterways.
8. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Beach is an independent city located in the U.S. state of Virginia. Dolphins in Virginia Beach are known to be smarter. They have a lifespan of twenty years and can grow to be up to ten feet long. If you are interested in dolphin watching in Virginia Beach, it is most likely that you will spot “Bottlenose Dolphins” as they are the most common ones here. Secluded Sandbridge and the Chesapeake Bay, the coastline of Virginia Beach is not to be missed as it’s a playground for dolphins.
9. Ligurian Sea
The Ligurian Sea is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea, between the Italian Riviera and the island of Corsica. The seas of Liguria and Corsica have a high concentration of marine mammals. At Ligurian Sea you can monitor several species, including bottlenose dolphins and the enormous fin whale – the world’s second-largest animal.
10. Nassau, Bahamas
Originally known as Charles Town, Nassau is capital of the Bahamas, is located on New Providence Island. Nassau offer the most incredible dolphin encounters in the world. The islands of the Bahamas offer plenty fun in the sun activities, but none can compare to a personal encounter with a dolphin. You can also enjoy swimming with dolphins here.