How to Swim with Dolphins in Hawaii

How to Swim with Dolphins in Hawaii
Spinner dolphins can be found in the waters off the Hawaiian Islands year-round. Very often, all you have to do to see them is to look out toward the water. However, if you want to see the mammals up close, consider one of the many dolphin swim or interaction programs. These programs allow guests to get considerably closer to dolphins and in some cases, even touch them.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Decide whether you want to see wild dolphins or trained dolphins. There are two ways to swim with dolphins in Hawaii, through the dolphin interaction programs or through one of the many boat tours that allow guests to snorkel with wild dolphins. Dolphin interaction programs are in a pool, which you might prefer if you are worried about being in open water.
Step 2
Book your flight. When doing so, be aware that only the Big Island of Hawaii and the island of Oahu offer dolphin interaction programs. Kauai and the islands that make up Maui County do not have trained dolphins.
Step 3
Locate a company close to where you will stay. Sea Life Park is on Oahu, while Dolphin Quest has branches on Oahu and the Big Island. For wild dolphin swims, Dolphin Excursions is popular on Oahu, while Maui Charters offers dolphin snorkeling tours on Maui. Dolphin Essence is another popular Big Island company.
Step 4
If you are booking a dolphin interaction program, decide on the package you want. Both major companies that offer dolphin interaction programs, Dolphin Quest and Sea Life Park, offer several programs ranging from simply touching the dolphins to being pulled through the water by dolphins.
Step 5
Book your dolphin swim as soon as possible. Dolphin Quest is a particularly popular company and they tend to book up weeks in advance.

Tips & Warnings

 
Consider taking a disposable waterproof camera to take pictures of your dolphin encounter. Read he reservation information thoroughly. You will need to know what to bring with you, such as towel, sunscreen and bathing suit, as well as what not to bring, such as jewelry. Be sure to check the cancellation policy, too, in case you have to reschedule.
 
Consider taking a disposable waterproof camera to take pictures of your dolphin encounter.
 
Read he reservation information thoroughly. You will need to know what to bring with you, such as towel, sunscreen and bathing suit, as well as what not to bring, such as jewelry. Be sure to check the cancellation policy, too, in case you have to reschedule.
 
When swimming with wild dolphins, remember that it is illegal to approach them. Always wait for wild dolphins to approach you.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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