Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Mexico’s Bay of Mazatlan
Join an extraordinary adventure into the ocean realm on a mission to meet and swim with dolphins in their natural habitat!
USD $109.00 – USD $139.00
Enjoy Marine Encounters and Go Swimming with Wild Dolphins
Experienced marine scientists will guide your hands-on Swimming with Wild Dolphins adventure along the coast of Mazatlan. During the trip, you’ll learn about marine ecosystems and gain insight into the lives of dolphins while collecting scientific data for current research and conservation projects.
When you encounter dolphins, the crew will take photographs of the dolphins’ dorsal fin natural markings that aid identification. You’ll also observe them as they collect data and deploy hydrophones to record dolphin whistles.
Once data has been collected, you’ll have the chance to swim with wild dolphins if sea conditions permit! Since the dolphins are wild and untrained, you’ll have to follow their lead. Sometimes they are curious and initiate interaction, and other times not so much. Regardless, simply being in the water with them and watching them swim gracefully through the blue ocean will be an unforgettable experience.
In addition to dolphins, there is always a good chance of close encounters with other fascinating marine life during the trip. You’ll have fun trying to spot sea turtles, sea lions, manta rays, and a great diversity of marine and coastal birds. As an added bonus, you’ll also get to visit some of the best snorkeling locations near the Venados and Pájaros Islands.
Swimming with wild dolphins
Go snorkeling and enjoy intimate encounters with other marine life
Listen to dolphin whistles through the hydrophone on board
Learn about the study and conservation of dolphins in Mexico
Duration: 4-5 hours Start and end location: Mazatlan, Mexico Availability: Year-round
7:20 am – Pickup from your hotel (exact time varies depending on your hotel location)
7:45 am – Arrive at the Marina. Welcome and briefing on dolphin ecology, conservation, and security measures.
8:00 am – Swimming with wild dolphins expedition begins. Navigate offshore for 4 to 5 hours in search for dolphins and other marine life.
12:00 pm – Back to shore for some island snorkeling fun
13:00 pm – Back at the Marina and transfer to your hotel
Round-trip transportation between hotel and marina
Bilingual expedition guides
Lesson on dolphin ecology and conservation
Bottled water, soft drinks, fruit, and lunch
Guided swim with dolphins
Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, and fins)
Guided snorkeling session near islands
Hydrophone on board to listen to dolphin whistles
What’s Not Included
Tips for captains and guides (recommended)
What to Bring
Camera and binoculars
Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
Bathing suit and towel
Rashguard or Lycra shirt
Cash to buy souvenirs or for tips
The tour operator requires a minimum of 4 adults to proceed with the tour. You may book with fewer than 4 and allow the remaining spots to be filled by other travelers. If no other travelers join the expedition and the minimum of 4 is not reached, you will receive a refund.
Level of activity: Easy to moderate. In order to swim with wild dolphins, you should be in good physical condition, be able to swim well and over 100 feet (30.5 meters), and preferably be comfortable in the open ocean environment. Snorkeling experience is not necessary but recommended.
The minimum age to go on the boat is 6 years old. To swim with wild dolphins, you must be 12 or older. Travelers between 12 and 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult while swimming with the dolphins.
The main boat seats up to 8 passengers for this activity.
For safety reasons, this tour is not recommended for expectant mothers or people with heart conditions, neck and/or back problems.
If you have suffered from motion sickness in the past, please take any necessary precautions.
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Mazatlan, Mexico23.249415, -106.411142
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