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Swim with Dolphins in Cozumel

by Dana Ward on Apr 19, 2009 2

The swim with dolphins Cozumel excursion was one of the best experiences of my life!  I was blessed to be able to share this experience with my daughter.  It’s something I recommend if you ever plan a beach family vacation in Mexico; work this activity into your itinerary.

Although there are other swim with dolphin programs, the one in Cozumel is special because of the extra activities you can do.  It is so much more than just “swimming.”  With this program, you become like the trainer.

They show you some behaviors and the instruction is both fun and educational.  Then you get to be like the trainer and when you do the behavior, such as slap the water with your hands, the dolphins respond with a behavior as taught by the actual trainers.

Swim with Dolphins Cozumel Style!

My absolute favorite behavior was when we had to float on our stomachs with our arms out and be stiff.  The being stiff part was key, because what happens next is that the dolphins (both of them) swim up from behind you on either side and they use their dorsal fin to push you up by your feet and you go up out of the water!

Words don’t do this experience justice!  Most of the people in our group did not do very well, and ended up just floating and not really coming out of the water.  That was because they didn’t follow the directions by the trainers for us to keep stiff.  This was the grand finale behavior.

Other behaviors we got to do was put our hands out and the dolphins swam by, and we would “grab” the dorsal fin, and they pulled us around in the water.  While we were all lined up on the dock, we got to lean out a bit, one by one, and the dolphins “kissed” us on the cheek.

Here are some photos of our experience.

swim with dolphins cozumel r2Please leave comments if you have ever done the swim with dolphins Cozumel vacation, or other related comments.  Someday we will go back to Cozumel especially for this very experience.  There are other places to interact with dolphins, but they are not the same.

This program is one of only a handful that let you do these particular behaviors with these beautiful sea animals.  Other vacation spots we have visited have programs, but it is limited to the trainers demonstrating the behaviors and then afterward the tourists can get in the water and simply swim with them.swim with dolphins cozumel j3

Don’t get me wrong, that is a great experience as well.  However, to be able to swim with dolphins Cozumel style is one of the best experiences of my life!


  1. Admin

    April 21st, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Cozumel is in Mexico, on the east side. It is beautiful!


  2. V.C

    April 21st, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Where is Cozumel? It look quite nice, doesn’t it?
    Look at these dolphins. So cute 🙂
    Nice pix !!!


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