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How to Swim with Dolphins in Hawaii

When you think of the ocean in Hawaii, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Certainly a pristine beach setting, or surfing, or perhaps it’s snorkeling at a secluded island location that shows off the stunning beauty of the underwater world that surrounds Hawaii. These answers are all correct, and each of these is a superb choice for enjoying the ocean while visiting the islands. And we can say with great confidence that ocean activities of all kinds can be added to that list, with incredible options found on each Hawaiian Island.

Hawaii features a nearly endless number of fun ocean activities, and with all that there is to do in Hawaii, one activity stands out as an incredible experience that you just cant get in most vacation destinations. When you visit Hawaii, you can swim with dolphins, taking part in one of those activities that almost doesn’t seem real, and while you’re taking part, you’ll have countless moments where you are pinching yourself, wondering if this is actually happening.

In order to find the stars of the day, tours depart early morning and heads out to areas that are known gathering spots for playful pods of dolphins. In order to meet these pods, boats head out approximately a mile off shore, where pods are found following a night of hunting, using the shallower waters as a place for protection while they in their resting state.

Dolphins are a very popular ocean mammal and very smart and playful, and while they are in their rest state, they are even more playful, interacting with each other in ways that many never get to see. Options for viewing dolphins while on tour include watching from the boat, or getting into the water and swimming with dolphins in Hawaii, giving you close up views of the pods beneath the surface, swimming freely and occasionally performing a mesmerizing jump from the water.

There are methods that each boats Captain and Crew have for spotting the pods, and by meeting the pods while they are on their way in from the deep ocean, the time spent swimming with dolphins is maximized. Even if there is no desire to enter the water, Dolphin Watch Tours are perfect for all ages, and there is always a sense of excitement when the first dolphin is spotted. Just the realization that dolphins are in the area is exhilarating, and finding them in their natural setting is so special.

Dolphin Encounters are available on all islands, and is a great activity for all ages. Kids and adults love this experience, and this is one of the rare chances to encounter dolphins in their natural habitat. Swimming with dolphins in Hawaii is a bucket list activity and shouldn't be passed up.

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