We’re often asked where people can swim with dolphins, but in a way that won’t harm the dolphins. The truth is, science suggests that any regular interaction with dolphins will have an impact on them, probably negative. And just because you may only do it once, unfortunately the same dolphins will have to endure people jumping into the sea with them every day.
So we’d say don’t do it – either try and see them from the land, or go with a dolphin-watching operator who abides by ethical guidelines. If you then feel the need to jump into the sea with the dolphin, and you are allowed, then at least you’ll be doing it the best way possible.
Here are some lists of ethical tour operators who run dolphin watching tours. The list is not exhaustible, and some of it has been compiled using resources from other websites – please go to those sites for updates and more information.
These operators have signed up to the Dolphin Smart programme, Click on the link for the full list.
Florida – several, see website
Alabama – Cetacean Cruises
Hawaii – see
Selected operators within these countries have been recommended via Responsible Travel.com.
For more details, click on the link.
Read our blog Swimming with Wild Dolphins – the RIGHT way