Desiree and I.
Love at first sight!
Desiree pushing me on the bogie board.
Desiree doing a flip.
Despite hearing multiple people say, “No way would I get in the water with a fish that’s bigger than me!” or “Do you know how many teeth those things have?” I could not wait to swim with and ride on a dolphin, an item that has been on my bucket list forever, that I crossed off yesterday!
My parents and I signed up for a boat ride from the island we’re currently on, to Anguilla, where the dolphin encounter was located at a place known as Dolphin Discovery. The adventure was followed by lunch and a few hours at a beach on Anguilla.
There were three options: the dolphin swim, in which you kiss and pet the dolphin, the dolphin encounter, where you do the activities in the prior option, and get a chance to ride on the dolphin, or, the dolphin royal swim, where you not only get to ride on the dolphin, but also, the dolphin shoots you in the air. I went with the second option, which in the end, worked out, since no one on our trip chose the last one and doing it alone would just not have been the same. Maybe someday!
Only two other people on the trip chose, like me, the dolphin encounter, but I was relieved I wasn’t the only one.
Our tour guide/boat captain was hilarious and continued to joke about how, like the others who made this comment, he would never get in the water with a fish that was bigger than him.
When I joked that it was nice meeting him right before getting in the water with the lovely Desiree the Dolphin, he told me he’d take care of mom and pops for me.
Getting in the water with Desiree was amazing. A photographer was there the entire time, taking tons of photos of our experience. We got a chance to pet the dolphin, kiss her, watch her spin around as we too spun in circles in the water, and do various other tricks.
The best part was when I got to lean on a bogie board, waiting for Desire to swim toward my feet until she pushed my feet with her nose, causing me to soar across the water on the bogie board!
In the last stunt, the instructor wanted to give us an idea of how fast dolphins can swim and Desiree showed us her speeds of up to 25 mph.
Although it’s pricey, I would recommend swimming with or riding dolphins to anyone. Although I sound like a big cliché, it was an amazing experience and so much fun! We also met so many incredible people through the trip and even wound up hanging out with and going to dinner with one of the couples once the boat got back to our island. I also got to cross another island/country off my bucket list, Anguilla, which is a British territory in the Caribbean.
Who else has swimming with/riding a dolphin on their bucket list? Who has already completed this experience or had a similar one? I’d love to hear from you guys!