Debbie had the opportunity to swim with two eight-year old dolphins at Xel-Ha Park. Xel-Ha Park tries to provide dolphins an environment almost identical to theirs; this allows you to swim with them as if they were in their natural habitat.
The session started with an interactive orientation where participants are taught about the dolphin’s anatomy and characteristics. The instructors go over hand signals and forms of positive reinforcement.
Participants get into the water and the interaction with these brilliant creatures begins. It was immediately apparent just how smart dolphins are; you couldn’t help but to stare in awe. Participants witness an incredible view of the dolphins as they speed and spiral through the water below you, demonstrating their amazing agility.
Looking at dolphins, it is a common thought to think they would feel slimy. Not at all; the dolphins surprisingly felt like rubber.
The dolphins did many tricks: singing, jumping over our heads, and pushing each of us across the pool by the bottom of our feet.It was an adventure full of adrenaline swimming with these majestic animals.
Xel-Ha also offers encounters with Manatees, Sting Rays, and options to snorkel, snuba, relax in a hammock on the beach, tube town the ‘river’ and more.
We loved our day at Xel-ha and would definitely return if we ever had the chance.
Have you had the chance to get up close with dolphins? What was your experience like?