Friday, 14 March 2014

Mexico Pt 4: Swimming With Dolphins

I have a bucket list. I think everyone does, really. Mine isn’t written down (maybe it should be, but it isn’t), but in my head there is a list of things I’d like to do in my life. It changes a lot, and it grows as I learn about new things, but one thing that has always been on it is swimming with dolphins. 

I’m pretty sure this is on a lot of people’s lists – dolphins are such intelligent, beautiful and friendly animals, and there’s something so life affirming about swimming with them. So when Ian and I discovered you could swim with them in the sea – in their natural environment – we knew we had to go.

We got a boat to the Isla Mujeres, the only place in Mexico where the dolphins are kept in the sea rather than in a pool (which was important to me). The boat itself was actually really good fun. The views were beautiful.

We went down to the bar and ordered two cola lights. The barman repeated our order…and handed us two beers. At 9am. Still…we were on holiday, after all!

We arrived at the premises, which were beautiful, put our stuff in provided lockers and excitedly followed our instructor into the water where the dolphins were splashing around!

There was a mum and her baby in together. They keep families together which really pleased me to see. The course instructor told us that although the mum would interact with us as normal, we had to  be patient and accept that she might get distracted by looking after her baby! If anything I was just pleased that they don’t separate them and it was so cute to watch! We stroked the dolphins and they did some little tricks for us before we got to interact with them on a one-to-one basis.

The dolphin gave us a kiss…

And we had a dance…

And gave them a little high five on the nose…

And played some quick games of basketball!

The instructors were brilliant, alternating between Spanish and English with ease and making both us and the dolphins feel really comfortable. Afterwards, we were offered the chance to buy the photographs. I’d read reports that this was really high pressured selling and that the photos were really expensive. We paid about £50 for 31 photos – I know this might seem like a lot, but bear in mind that two photos at the Harry Potter experience cost £24! There was absolutely no pressure at all to buy anything – you could’ve avoided the photo kiosk entirely if you’d wanted to.

We got free lunch – all you can eat buffet, which was amazing – and a chance to explore the island…more of that tomorrow! If you ever get the opportunity to swim with dolphins you should grab it with both hands. We only went for the most basic encounter (you could also let a dolphin lift you up and jump over you and so on) and it was more than enough. It was one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done! 



  1. WOW how cool is these to dance with dolphins and this one looks like he could dance awesome memories pictures great job.

  2. Looks like you had so much fun. I love dolphins too. They're so adorable, If only I can bring home a dolphin. But I can't because I know they will be so happy in the sea. :) I enjoyed reading your post. Have a great day!

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  3. Oh my what amazing photos! My friend was feeding dolphins in SeaWorld years ago and got handed a ticket from one of the phographers who was going round taking random snaps. I can't tell you how much the picture looked like it should have been on the cover of a magazine.. dolphin reaching up for the fish, her dangling in it's mouth ready to eat - was amazing.


  4. We went to Isla Mujeres too! It's such a gorgeous place - I didn't see this on either time when I went to Cancun, but it looks so amazing! If you ever go back to Cancun, try go in June time because we went swimming with Whale Sharks in the middle of the sea (literally zero land in sight) with loads of Manta Rays! It's so nice being able to do something with animals in their natural habitats :)

  5. I swam with dolphins when I was a lot younger at Discovery Cove in Florida and I loved it! You look like you had such a good time :)
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  6. Lovely photos :) you both look like you had so much fun! I'd love to do something like these, I think dolphins are amazing animals xx

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  7. This looks like such an amazing experience, I'd love to swim with dolphins!


  8. Oh my goodness!! Can't believe you got to dance and play with dolphins!! I'd absolutely love to do that <3 Your photos are lovely and it looks like you had an amazing trip :) xoxo

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  9. That is awesome, I would love to swim with dolphins one day. Great post.


  10. I really love the photos! It looks like you had a wonderful time with the dolphins :)


  11. OMg! You are very lucky:)! I want to do this too!
    The pictures are amazing<3!
    Xoxo Melle

  12. Ahh I'm so jealous of you!! I've always wanted to visit Cancun (or any vacation destination in Mexico, really). Spring break is definitely the time to go!! I've had friends that have gotten a chance to go and I've heard so many great things about Cancun. I'm in Chicago and the stupid weather here can't make up it's mind. One day it's starting to look like spring and we get 50 degree temps, and the next day we have a snow storm. Grr. I would love to be basking in the sun on the beaches of Cancun, with a margarita in hand of course. ;) Lucky girl! I'm following you on Bloglovin now and would love it if you followed me back.

    xo, Sarah
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