Amlas and Atmo, who own Wildquest, have been doing this for awhile--and it shows. All the staff are very positive, helpful, and expend a lot of energy to assure the guests have the best experience possible--with the dolphins and otherwise. The rooms are basic and clean, with all essential amenities. No TV, no phone, and spotty Wi-Fi. This is a place you go to in order to disconnect from everyday hectic lives, and to get in touch with another side of yourself--through the dolphins and the relaxed energy of the island.
The weather was warm, but pleasant for us in late October. The Wildquest catamaran is lovely and boasts a sail for times this is appropriate. The staff are incredibly patient and vigilant--spending literally hours up top with binoculars, scanning the ocean for signs of dolphins. We saw dolphins 4 out of 5 days. On the last day we swam in the midst of a large pod of dolphins. The staff dive deep into the ocean to help attract the dolphins and encourage them to stick around. Everything is done with respect for the fact that these are wild dolphins, and we should do nothing to interfere with their wildness.
This is the sort of adventure where you get get out of it in proportion to what you bring to it. Certainly everything about Wildquest is geared towards optimizing your experience. The food is delicious, plentiful, and lovingly prepared. I should perhaps mention that I'm a huge meat-eater, but did not feel unfulfilled in any way with the offerings on the dinner table. The meals are not strictly vegetarian. I can't remember when I've slept through the night for ten hours, but I seemed to have no trouble doing so at Wildquest. The sea air? The relaxed atmosphere? Nothing else to do at night?
Wildquest has the feel of being a home-away-from-home, rather than a resort hotel. Be prepared for no daily maid service, but if you want additional towels, just ask. Many others have returned to Wildquest many times, and it's easy to see why:)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WildQuest has been respectfully connecting with dolphins in the wild since 1995. We offer week-long retreats to swim with wild dolphins in The Bahamas. The WildQuest Retreat Center is situated in a friendly little fishing village, with a bayside terrace and a mooring for our catamaran DolphinQuest. Rooms are on the water and accommodations are light, airy and spacious with private bath and A/C. Food is fresh, healthy and organic where possible, including vegetarian, chicken or fish dishes. Our excellent chef caters to most dietary needs including vegan and gluten free. Each day on our week long retreats, we are scheduled to go out on our 41-foot catamaran DolphinQuest for some snorkeling at coral reefs, visiting the famous Atlantis Stone Road and of course meeting up with playful dolphins. Snorkeling and free diving lessons are included and all levels of aquatic skills are welcome. WildQuest provides a supportive and safe environment, both on the boat and on land for the optimum Human-Dolphin Connection. Other activities on offer are the daily yoga and meditation classes. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- WildQuest Bimini, Bahamas