Wild Dolphin Encounter on the Big Island – October, 2012

This was a dream come true for me and it was the best anniversary present!! We swam with wild dolphins on the Big Island of Hawaii on our 25th wedding anniversary. I have wanted to do this since forever and it’s hard to put into words how excited I was at the chance of “maybe” being able to swim with wild dolphins. On more than one occasion I have tried to do this but for some reason or another it just didn’t work out for me.  I kept thinking to myself if we even just see one it will be special, but we jumped into the water with a pod of around 200 spinner dolphins and it was incredible.

I couldn’t believe how fast they move through the water, we actually had to jump off the boat quite a ways ahead of the pod and then in a few short minutes they were all around us. We had to swim really hard to stay with them so that we could watch them for a while. Once that pod left then we jumped back into the boat and did the same thing over again.

There is something about being with dolphins in their natural habitat that’s very surreal and it almost has a meditative quality about it. I had a period of time when I actually swam fairly far from my group and never even realized it because I was so entranced with the dolphins. While I was away from my group I had a special moment with one particular dolphin. For some reason it stopped swimming and just hung in the water, we made eye contact and just looked at each other for a while. This was one of those moments when I just felt completely present and unbelievably blessed. Unforgettable!


We booked this tour with Lobo Del Mar and we loved it so much that we booked it a second time. The guys that ran this boat were so nice and fun, in fact they offered us a third complimentary dolphin swim so we went! I really made up for all of those times that my planning for dolphins never worked out!

Written by: Tammy Hermann…Live~Love~Travel


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