Valleta, the capital of Malta, sits on the central eastern coast of the island. It is a well-known vacation destination focusing on all things aquatic. The island is on the Mediterranean Sea and provides visitors with warm weather through most of the year. Visitors to the island marine park have the opportunity to swim with dolphins. This is a safe way to experience real wildlife and is a rare and memorable thing to do on the island of Malta.
Malta Marine Park
One of the island's largest tourist spot offers the unique opportunity to swim with dolphins. The program is available to guests age 8 and older and allows participants to spend time in the water with two bottlenose dolphins. As of October 2009, up to 10 guests can enjoy a one-hour visit with the dolphins in the park for 124 euro ($182). Guests also have an experienced trainer to teach them about the animals and conservation along the way. Two sessions are offered per day, but the second will not be booked until the first is full. Cancellations must be done three days before the planned outing to receive a refund. To participate, guests must be older than 8 years old and be strong swimmers.
Mediterraneo Marine Park
Because there is great risk involved for both participants and the dolphins, there are several rules that anyone who participates must follow. Women who are pregnant, people with restrictive medical conditions or physical impairments or who are under the influence of alcohol will not be allowed to participate. For the convenience of the park, those who are late for departure time will not be included and money will not be refunded. It is important to meet at the designated spot at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time to leave. For safety of the animals, wear only your swimsuit and provided life jacket. Leave all jewelry and other valuables elsewhere. Anyone who endangers either other swimmers or the dolphins will immediately forfeit the right to continue, and their money will not be refunded.
Malta is an island that offers a mild climate year-round. With such a benefit, most sports revolve around the water. Swimming, diving and snorkeling are widely available. Inland sports are also a must for travelers. The Marsa Sports Club is the island's largest sports park and is just 4km (2.5 miles) from Valleta. It features an 18-hole golf course, miniature golf, tennis and squash. Many area hotels also offer weight rooms and saunas for guests. Horse racing and Maltese lawn bowling are also crowd favorites.
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