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Dolphin swim suggestions

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Dolphin swim suggestions

We will be at the Big Island In mid March. Our daughters birthday is the Saturday we are there. She is wanting to swim with the dolphins for her birthday, and I'm trying to find where would be the best place to try and book. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Dolphin swim suggestions

Please don't promote captive dolphin swims.

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There is only one place, DolphinQuest at the Hilton, as swimming with wild dolphins is illegal. I don't know if non guests are allowed in the Hilton lottery.

We regilars on this forum think captive dolphin programs are cruel and supportive of dolphin slaughter in Japan. Watch the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove (it is on Netflix) to learn about the horrific practices of this industry, as you might be shocked to find out how many dolphins die cruelly in order to procure one or two to swim with people.

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leave the wild ones alone, too: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g28932-i36-k571827…

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It would be far better to take this opportunity to educate your daughter about the reasons why one shouldn't try to swim with dolphins, either captive or wild.

KK has noted a great resource for teaching her the realities about captive dolphin programs, and Billy's link is an excellent review of the issues around swimming with wild dolphins. Please also read the "What are the issues about kayaking and swimming with dolphins?" section on this site, which has several good links, and can be found on the right-hand side of the page, under the Top "Questions" heading.

The concept of swimming with wild dolphins has been widely promoted by the people who make a lot of money from those tours, but it is illegal to "swim with" wild dolphins. You must stay 50 yards (150 feet) away. The fact that these tours continue to operate is due to the underfunding of the enforcement agencies - but although these tours operators are not often prosecuted, that doesn't make it right to participate in this activity, which is detrimental to the welfare of the dolphins.

When she understands how being surrounded by people wanting to swim with them causes the natural resting behavior of the dolphins to be interrupted, which in turn makes them more vulnerable to predators and less effective at finding their food, hopefully she'll join the growing community of people who want the dolphins to be protected so that dolphin populations start to grow again - and so that we can ensure that spinner dolphins will always be here in Hawaii's beautiful waters.

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Our family has gone with Fair Winds several times and seenspinners in the bay where they snorkel. Lovely and free.

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It's a violation of federal law to approach dolphins or chase/follow them in an attempt to swim or snorkel with them. When the dolphins do come into Kealakekua Bay, which they do much less now, it's generally to rest, and they usually do so in the deep middle of the Bay, not near the monument, where the snorkelers are. Kayaks have now been banned in the Bay, which hopefully will prevent interfering with the dolphins resting patterns. Neither the Fairwinds nor any other boats should approach dolphin ppods and should educate all their guests not to approach dolphins in the water.

Of course while cruising at any time in Hawaiian waters, boats may encounter dolphins or see them from a distance, and that's always special, but no one should plan a Fairwinds or other boat tour planning to swim or snorkel with them.

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I want to be clear that each of the Fairwinds trips where we have been delighted by dolphins they have strictly followed the rules.

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Thanks MooseMouse

I too think Fairwinds has great tours, the dolphins are really a treat to see and its great to know they strictly abide by the rules

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