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Dolphin encounters where to go...

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Dolphin encounters where to go...

My daughter had a great time swimming with spinner dolphins in the wild when we vacationed in Lanai, Hawaii a few years ago. It was one of the best experience of her 7 yo life.

We're excited to take our now 9 yo daughter & 7 yo for a dophin encounter in the Bahamas.

Should we stay with Atlantis or venture to Blue Lagoon?

Any recommendations?

If we go to Blue Lagoon, it'll be our only day trip to Nassau with a side trip for dinner, too.

What would be to cost for transportation?

Thank you!

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Blue Lagoon is a great place to spend a day, but if you only have one day in Nassau you might just prefer to stay on the Atlantis property so you can also do other things.

You can spend an entire day at Blue Lagoon though, they have a couple beachers, hammocks under palm trees inflatable water park, and quite a bit of other stuff too. It's a little more relaxing than Atlantis since it's not as crowded. The dolphin encounters cost less than Atlantis and you take a ferry to/from the island from Paradise Island (it doesn't cost anything to take the ferry as long as you purchased dolphin or sea lion or beach pass for that day.

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We're actually going to be at Atlantis for 6 days. Wanted to explore Nassau by taking a day away from the property after we're have enjoy all of Atlantis' novelties. Is the a cost to get to the ferry? How much time does it take to get there. Or, should we just stay at Atantis? Pro & cons. Etc.

Thanks!

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The water taxi (aka ferry) from PI to Nassau runs during the day and is $4 pp each way. Officially they depart every 30 minutes, but in reality they run on island time. Translation...they leave when their full. Nice to do once. Nice view of the island, downtown, the cruise ships, and the "not always accurate" narrative from the tour guide. Or you can share a quick taxi ride with others for $4 pp to the cruise terminal, which is in the center of downtown, same going back. Catch a taxi at the exit from the casino, across the driveway of the Coral Towers lobby. Taxi takes ten to fifteen minutes each way, ferry can take up to an hour, when factoring the wait time to leave. Ferry dock is located under the bridge that brings you to Paradise Island.

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SInce you'll have about 6 days at Atlantis, I highly recommend spending a day at Blue Lagoon Island. There is no cost to ride the boat there as long as you purchased either a "beach day pass" or a dolphin/sea lion encounter or swim. If you buy the beach pass you can leave early in the morning and come back in the mid to late afternoon. The boat ride to Blue Lagoon takes about 30 minutes.

Blue Lagoon is a nice change of pace from Atlantis. It feels a little more isolated and natural than Atlantis. The beach on the opposite side of the island of the main beach is a little more isolated and private. At one point my wife and I were the only two on that beach, and it's a beautiful beach. The water is very shallow so you can go way out and it's only up to your knees with almost no waves.

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We just did the Blue Lagoon Dolphin encounter last week. We really enjoyed it but it was a little short. We went on the first boat of the day (8:30am) and there were only 11 people. They took us all to one platform. My family of 4 got into the water first. We each got to hug, kiss, dance with and belly rub the dolphin. It took about 15min. Then they told us our encounter was over and go see the lady with the pictures and dvd's. Even though we didn't know the other people who were taken to the platform with us, it would have been cool to sit on the edge and watch their encounter also like they got to do with us. Just being that close to the dolphin for a couple extra minutes would have been nice.

If you can swing the cost of the Dolphin Swim, that looked fantastic. The people were actually floating in the lagoon in a lifejacket while the dolphin swam around you.

We did stay on the beach until 2pm. Since we came on the first boat, it was just us and the lifeguard until 11am. Pretty cool to have your own private beach for 2 hours. We didn't eat on the island but lunch looked reasonably priced. At high tide, you can snorkel some on the ocean side of the island. The water was pretty rough though.

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So which package would you recommend for us if we did the Dolphin Swim-- my 10 year old daughter would do the swim, my wife and I would watch. And we would stay at the island the whole day.

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Bamboo222 - with 6 days, definitely think you should do a "Nassau explore" day - (and there's a lot to explore!) you (& your kids) will get a kick out of doing some Bahamian "tings" - see conch salad being made (and try some!), get your photo standing on one leg w/ the marching flamingos, climb on a cannon, feed lorrikeets, get your own customized straw purse, go for a surrey (horse & buggy) ride,...

Have Fun!

Edited: 28 August 2013, 18:33
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Bamboo222 - meant to add - if you go to Blue Lagoon, it won't be a trip to Nassau - it's another island a few miles to the East of Paradise Island :) Think you'll all love going there - for the boat ride/scenery, the island has nice beaches (on the N side, but can be rough) and a fun inflatable park in the developed part of the lagoon, as well as of course, the dolphins!!!

Your kids are also just the right age for snorkeling! Just one more thing to consider for your schedule - if you can fit it in - think they'd love having their own u/w cameras & seeing the reef & fish in a natural setting. Have a look at the 1/2 or full day trips with Flying Cloud (small group trips!) & Barefoot Sailing Cruises (smaller group trips!).

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SeninCalif - think you already decided on your package?!? Have Fun!

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