Apr 21, 2011

Cancun – Part 3: Swimming with Dolphins

My big desire for this trip was to go swimming with dolphins. Aaron and Nicole were just as up for this activity as we were, which was perfect. They were actually the perfect travel companions as they were up for anything.

Luckily, on this day we got to sleep in some, as we didn’t need to be at the docks until 10 AM. After a delicious French toast breakfast at the buffet, we left at 9:15, just to be on the safe side. We arrived at 9:45. From the waiting area next to a marina, we were walked across the street, through a building to another beach and dock. That’s when it dawned on us that the hotel strip is on a peninsula (our resort wasn’t on this strip). It was quite confusing before trying to figure out where the water was and what direction we were headed until this realization.

While on the boat, we got to take in the beautiful aqua blue water. The water was crystal clear and it was another beautiful day. The boat ride over to Dolphin Discovery on Isla Mujeres took about 45 minutes to an hour, so drinks and music were provided.

As soon as we arrived at Dolphin Discovery, we were given instructions on how to obtain a locker and life vest. From there we headed into the instruction room where we filled out our names and were divided into groups of about 10-12 people. We were then directed to the docks, where we met our trainer and two dolphins, Noel and Fatima.

We watched as the dolphins did a series of exercises, and got to pet them. Then it was time for kisses, and tricks. Each person in our group got to hold a volleyball for the dolphin to nose, hold a hand out for the dolphin to reach up and touch, hold the dolphin’s fins like we were holding hands with them, kiss the dolphin and get a kiss back, and “hold” the dolphin. But the best was getting towed and pushed by the dolphins. The dolphins did a good job at pushing us out of the water when they pushed us by our feet and a very good job at getting us to drink some salt water when we were towed by their dorsal fins.

It was an amazing experience that Cameron and I would like to do again with London some day. Next time, we’d make sure to get the package where we get to swim with the manatees and sea lions as well. Plus we’d make sure to be there long enough to take a bicycle ride over to the Turtle farm to play with the sea turtles.

But on this day, we wanted to make it back for some more pool time before having dinner at the Mediterranean restaurant. Of all the places we ate, this one was probably our least favorite. Still good food, but not what we expected. Cameron and I both ordered the rack of lamb, so when we got lamb kabobs we were a bit surprised. That night’s entertainment was a Michael Jackson impersonator and dance crew. It was pretty good but would have been more convincing if the impersonator was skinnier.

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