One of the highlights of my trip to Cuba was the swim with the dolphins at the Delfinario Cayo Guillermo. A little train picked us up from the Resort in Cayo Guillermo and drove us the short drive to the dolphinarium which is located in a natural mangrove area and has a visitors area and café as well as a boardwalk leading to the three fenced areas where the interaction with the dolphins happens.
The water was warm but I was happy to have my wetsuit with me. We had a short introduction to your two dolphin friends and were given the do’s and don’ts of hanging out with dolphins and then we were told to get into the water with the dolphins.
It was amazing to be in the water while these huge creatures swam around us and they did flips over our heads and made their happy squeak sounds and were likely saying something to us that we couldn’t understand.
We got to put our hands in their mouths and give them kisses and hugs and of course a dance with them! At one point we had to make our bodies stiff and were pushed by two dolphins each pushing on one of our feet and we flew right out of the water like dolphin powered superheroes!
The dolphins have such gentle faces and eyes and it was amazing to be so close. At one point the tail of one of the dolphins smacked my leg under water as he was swimming by and it was quite a smack indeed. It made me glad that these were friendly creatures and not hungry sharks or the stealthy Kraken of the deep ready to feed on me!
There were showers to rinse off after the 30 minute swim and there is a photographer who takes pictures of everyone in the pool as they interact with the dolphins and you can buy prints or a CD of all the photos for $45 which I did because it’s a once in a lifetime thing and the photos were good.
It was a nice sunny day and while it was short, about 30 minutes in the water, it was a great afternoon activity! After some time in the lounge talking with the staff about the dolphins we all boarded the train and headed back to the resort. Awesome excursion!