The Bahamas. Ah, the mere hint of the word conjures days of unending sun, sand and boat drinks. True; but you’re not travelling with us! We generally bring record breaking weather with us wherever we go. That’s not to say we bring the “best” weather, just record breaking. San Diego – 75 degrees year round, dry, not humid, sunshine and no rain, Ha. Aruba – constant breezes, dry, warm sunshine and Caribbean waters, Ha again. San Diego was cool, damp, rainy and rarely any sun (we had to stay another day just to get to the beach). Aruba; it felt like downtown Boston in the middle of August. Humid, stifling, no breeze. The locals were saying that in all their lives they’ve never experienced weather like that. Well, the Bahamas was no different. It was cool and sometimes downright cold! Windy, rainy and a high wind storm even blew in one afternoon.
Like I said, traveling with us is an experience in and of itself.
I tell you this because there was nothing that was going to stop us from Swimming with the Dolphins. Yes, it was cold – but we had wetsuits. Sure it was cloudy – but we have photoshop. As long as the dolphins were swimming, so were we. And glad we did. What a fantastic experience. We ended up taking a boat ride from our hotel through the canals that line the coast of Freeport and over to the site.
The company we used was called Unexso and it was situated right in the harbor at Freeport. It was also very close to our hotel the Pelican Bay Hotel at Lucaya as well as the marketplace where there were shops, restaurants and bars. The staff at both Unexso and Pelican Bay were friendly and helpful. Our room at the Pelican Bay overlooked part of the harbor and also allowed us to catch the sunsets in the evening. Each morning they would deliver bread and a newsletter through a two-way cubby in the door to our room. Pretty cool.
Once we were in the water with the dolphins we got the opportunity to swim with them, call and command them and they would perform tasks and tricks based on what we indicated in our signs.
In the end we got the chance to hug and ultimately kiss them. One recommendation I would make is that the trainers give the dolphins some breath mints. Getting up close and personal was fantastic but the fish gargle they use makes you not want to linger. Or, at least only long enough to get a photo. Here we are getting our kisses from our dolphin friends.
After swimming in the water with the dolphins and interacting with them I can only say that if you are anywhere near where they offer dolphin experiences like this “make it happen”! What an amazing feeling to be swimming next to these guys. They are gentle, fun and incredibly intelligent. Feel their skin, watch them look at you; and they always seem to have a smile on their face. You will walk away with a better understanding of life in general.
In the end we did get some sun and were able to soak up some much needed warmth at the beach; as well as, crossing another item off the Bucket List and something J has always wanted to do – Horseback Riding on the Beach. We made sure to soak up as much LiFE as we could regardless of the weather.
As you know, with the sun comes sunsets. Sunsets truly are one of best things the universe has to offer; they command your attention. They force you to stop in your tracks, focus on them and forget your worries while compelling you to simply appreciate NOW. Not too many things can do the same.
We hope you take the initiative to book your swim with the dolphins and cross it off your Bucket List! Then you can say “I did it”.
LiFE is NOW… – Make it Happen