Swimming With Dolphins in Cuba

Swimming With Dolphins in Cuba
A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of traveling to Holguin, Cuba. As a travel and tourism student one of the perks is taking a one week trip to a particular destination and ours was Cuba. We stayed in Guardalavaca which is just outside of Holguin on the eastern side of Cuba. What I’m going to share with you today is one of the most amazing experiences that I have had in my life and believe me, I’ve had a lot! One of the many things that Guardalavaca has to offer is their absolutely incredible outdoor aquarium where you are able to literally swim with the dolphins! What makes this aquarium so unique and special is that the dolphins are not held in captivity. You see, the aquarium is actually attached to the ocean, so every night, the dolphins are released back to their home in the sea and every morning they come back to the aquarium to perform their daily duties! What makes them come back, you may ask? Well the answer is simple. Food! They get lots and lots of fish there! These dolphins are trained just like any of the dolphins that you might find at say Sea world, with the major difference being that they are free to come and go. It’s truly an incredible thing to witness and participate in. If swimming with dolphins has been one of your lifelong dreams, then let me tell you all about what you can expect to find from this little aquarium in Guardalavaca, Cuba. Here are some resources that will help you swim with the dolphins! I went to the aquarium on a day trip that was offered through my resort. A bus picks you up in the morning, goes around to all the other resorts getting more passengers and away you go. There’s also a tour guide who’s there with everybody as well. When you get there, you actually have to get on a boat that takes you to the aquarium itself and it’s really cool there! There’s a bar/restaurant that has live Cuban music playing and you’re served a Cuba Libre (Cuba’s most famous drink, Cuban rum and coke, with a twist of lime!) when you first arrive. They have sea lion shows that are really cool too! I never knew sea lions could be so smart and funny!! Next, we’ve got the dolphins! Your group is led over to one of the dolphin areas where you get to wait for your turn to jump in with them! There are 2 dolphins and you go in the water with a group of 6 (or at least, that’s what we did!) 3 for each dolphin, and now the real fun starts! It’s a 20 minute experience that’s priceless. You start beside them, there’s a trainer there who tells you all about the dolphins while you’re able to pet them and then you get to interact with them. You get them to roll over and clap their fins, you get them to speak and you get to do other crazy things as well! They’ll get you to take their tails and put it over your head like an umbrella and take your picture, the dolphins will go crazy and splash water all over you! The finale is supercool too, it was the highlight for me! One person at a time, you swim to the far end of the pool and float on your belly, you keep you body really, really stiff and then you’re going to feel 2 dolphin noses pushing on your feet and they’re going to swim really fast so that you come up and out of the water and you surf on their noses!! Like seriously, how awesome is that?! When that’s over, the dolphins will come over to either side of you and give you a kiss on the cheek while your picture is taken and that’s your swimming with dolphins experience…but your day still isn’t over! There’s a dolphin show where you go into a bigger, seated area to watch. They do all kinds of fun and interesting things! There’s also multiple opportunities for some lucky audience members (I got to be one of them!) to participate in the show! The part that I did, was to go down and you get a hula hoop and you hula so that the dolphins can mimic you and they hula with their noses! Well wouldn’t luck have it, that I apparently can’t hula at all, like AT ALL! The hoop went something like this: waist to feet, waist to feet, yes all while there are hundreds of people watching! God love the dolphins they took pity, or showed off, whichever way you want to look at it (I personally choose the first!!) and still did the hula on their noses! After the show, you can walk around and look at the different things, there’s little shops where you can buy things and then when your group’s all ready, you jump back on the boat to head back to your bus. That day was an absolutely incredible experience. I recommend that everybody should go there and do it! I also forgot to mention that you can buy a video of your day there. You sign up for it before you go in and you can have your whole individual experience on camera! Book your vacation package here for great deals! OneTravel.com I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it and reliving my experience once again! Keep checking back for more of my various adventures, till next time!

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