13
February
2012
Top 10 Places to Swim With Dolphins
Top 10 Published on 13/02/2012 12:04

1. Oahu Island, HawaiiOahu Island, Hawaii
Welcome to Oahu! The island can be described with one word and that is abundance. Nowhere else in Hawaii you will find this plenty of life and activities, which pour the island. As the most populated island of the Hawaiian group of Islands, Oahu has many faces. There, urban and rural communities live together offering visitors and tourists the best of both worlds. Visit the popular pristine beaches of Oahu that offer plenty of activities and then dive into the ancient and deserted ones surrounded by waterfalls, lush greenery and gorgeous mountains. Swimming with dolphins in Hawaii will make your vacation there unforgettable. The crystal water near Hawaii is home to 8 different species of dolphins, including afalata and spotted dolphins which are really friendly. Swimming among the dolphins is one of the most preferred activities for anyone who goes to Hawaii. These tours are usually combined with the possibility of snorkelling, scuba diving and a combination of both (snuba). Hawaii is one of the best places in the world where you can enjoy the unique experience to swim with dolphins.



2. Marsa Alam, EgyptMarsa Alam, Egypt
Marsa Alam is an emerging modern resort situated on the Red Sea in Egypt. Its main attraction is the pristine coral coastline with crystal clear water and the richest underwater flora and fauna of the Red Sea. A holiday in Marsa Alam is ideal for lovers of fishing and experienced divers due to the fact that far from shore are located coral reefs and rare species of fish inhabits. In the resort operates the largest and fully equipped diving centre in the region. Red Sea is among the most alluring underwater wonders of the world. Its waters are occupied by more than 1,000 different types of invertebrates and more than 200 species of hard and soft corals. The high percentage of endemic species is precisely what attracts divers to the mysterious depths of the Red Sea. Swimming among the dolphins or exploring the beauty of the underwater world, make a visit of the Egyptian Red Sea resort an unforgettable adventure for each diver - from beginner to professional.



3. Akaroa, New ZealandAkaroa, New Zealand
Akaroa is a historic spot which used to be French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an old extinct volcano surrounded by the majestic nature of New Zealand. The village is really hospitable and attracts thousands of visitors with its unique colonial architecture, craft shops and cozy cafes.  You can choose to relax and rejuvenate or take part in the various activities that are offered. There you can enjoy cruises, sailing by boats and excellent walking trails. Akaroa waters host the rarest and smallest kind of marine dolphin you can swim with surrounded by the spectacular nature. Don't miss the chance seeing the Hector's dolphins and penguins on an enchanting harbour cruise. Explore the picturesque bays and take your time lose yourself in that magical fairy-tale coloured in blue and green.



4. Grand BahamaGrand Bahama
Grand Bahama is the fourth largest island among the 700 islands in the group of the Bahamas. Located about 90 km from Florida, the charming island is the closest one to the United States. Grand Bahama was discovered centuries ago. The most eastern island is still unspoiled with its exotic beaches that are completely deserted, and cities in the west which have managed to preserve their unique charm. Walking through the parks on the island, you can find valuable remnants of earlier civilizations and traces of pirates. You will be swept away by the deep secrets and stories, which lie in the island itself. With its bright green waters, perhaps the most saturated among all the islands, and indescribable landscapes, revealing a mix of advanced resorts and deserted sands, Grand Bahama is the perfect place for an exciting vacation in the Caribbean, suitable for everyone. Where else will have the opportunity to explore one of the largest underwater caves, swim with dolphins, meet face to face with sharks and all this for just one day in paradise?



5. Cancun, MexicoCancun, Mexico
Located on the Yucatan Peninsula in the state Kitano Roo, exotic Mexican city of Cancun proudly ranks among the most desirable and luxurious top resorts on the planet. The reason is the endless white beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters that will literally take you to heaven. There is an abundance of ultra-premium hotels, yacht clubs, shopping centres, nightclubs and discos waiting for you. You can add archaeological treasures and beautiful ancient ruins, museums and outdoor Indian pyramids, which seem to take you to a distant, mysterious and so intriguing civilization - Maya. There you can enjoy the excellent conditions for water sports - swimming, fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling. Swimming with dolphins in the warm clear waters is truly unforgettable experience there in heaven that should not be missed.



6. Bali, IndonesiaBali, Indonesia
Bali is truly a tropical paradise located in the heart of the largest archipelago in the world - Indonesian archipelago. The island is famous for its magnificent scenery, mysterious cults and rich ancient traditions. Regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world, Bali is often called the "Island of Thousand Temples" because of its rich heritage of many temples and pagodas. Nature there is impressive - the exotic beaches and crystal green sea alternated with dense tropical jungles, spacious terraced rice plantations and quiet volcanoes, towering high in the sky. But the first thing that will make you return to Bali are the dolphins. The locals explain that many people go there to cure themselves because swimming with dolphins is a magical therapy. It would certainly make your visit unforgettable.



7. Dubai, UAEDubai, UAE
Dubai today is a bright, busy and fun city. Known for endless sand beaches, sun, turquoise water and excellent shopping centres, it is an excellent choice for your vacation. It was once a quiet rural town with houses of coral and gypsum, built by Persian traders, and palm huts that housed Bedouin fishermen and lovers of pearls. Today, the mosques and towers of Old Dubai are reflected at new shiny skyscrapers. Audacity of urban rulers is breath-taking. They build hotels, not on the beach, but just in the water. They build artificial islands with 120 km coastline - that is the magic called Dubai. Dubai Dolphinarium is a habitat for the amazing creatures and there they meet and greet guests. Dolphins and seals are ready to show their smiles and make new friends. You can try swimming with dolphins or just admire them from a distance. Dubai Dolphinarium is a place that really cares about marine life and ecology.



8. AzoresAzores
Azores archipelago is an autonomous region of Portugal located in the middle of the Atlantic. For those who love and appreciate nature, the archipelago offers breath-taking views. Amid the endless ocean stand sharp green mountains that seem to have just jumped out of the depths in the impulse to touch the sky. If you are lucky enough, it is possible to see dolphins playing and if luckier - even whales. On the slopes of mountain cones there are idyllic grazing cows, and in the deep craters of the volcanoes are asleep wondrous crystal lakes. The Azores attract with varied marine flora and fauna and is a true paradise for divers and lovers of the ocean. There can be seen sperm whales in their natural environment. The surrounding of the islands is inhabited by 23 kinds of whales; you can also encounter several dolphins and enjoy swimming with them, as well as admire rare and beautiful underwater corals.



9. Key West, FloridaKey West, Florida
Key West, the city and the southernmost island of Florida, is famous for its coral reef, warm, carefree lifestyle and with their cats with six toes on each paw, which are wandering the streets. Key West is a fun place that can be relaxing, romantic or wild - whatever you want it to be. A trip to Key West Florida always involves a giant sun on a long beautiful beach. All the pristine beaches of Key West invite tourists from all around the world and in the city you can also enjoy the cultural and natural heritage, which make this historic area even more attractive when it comes to vacation destination. If you are looking for typical fun holiday with family or friends, then Key West Florida is the best place you have ever explored. It is an excellent place to experience the unique feeling of freedom which overwhelms you while swimming with the dolphins in the immense ocean.



10. JamaicaJamaica
Jamaica is an island country in the Caribbean, part of the archipelago of the Greater Antilles. Turquoise blue sea, tropical beaches, dotted with palm trees and perpetual summer. Jamaica is all that and even more. An island paradise with picturesque scenery, beautiful sunsets, caves, waterfalls and springs, romantic and mysterious, lively with the clamour of tourists, but at the same time offering privacy and tranquillity. Jamaica combines exoticness, luxury and local culture, to ensure endless opportunities for its visitors to enjoy their stay on the island. Tourists can indulge downhill zip line, snorkelling, canoeing, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, even swimming with dolphins which are very friendly.



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