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SPOTTED DOLPHIN SNORKELING EXPEDITION

snorkeing with spotted dolphins in the bahamas

 

Expedition:

 Free diving (snorkeling) with spotted dolphins.

Location:

 Bimini, Bahamas.
Accommodation:  Oceanfront Hotel, North Bimini Island.

Experience Level:

 Snorkeling experience only.
   

Dates:

 There are currently no dates for this  trip on the Big Fish Schedule. If you have a group of eight people or more that would like to join this expedition, please let us know and we will build a private trip around your preferred dates.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED: Your trip includes 5 nights accommodation in an oceanfront hotel, all room taxes, refreshments while at sea, and four days of snorkeling with playful spotted dolphins with underwater photographer Andy Murch.

NOT INCLUDED: Personal snorkeling equipment rental, flights, food, gratuities.

a pod of spotted dolphins near Bimini Island

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT ATLANTIC SPOTTED DOLPHINS?

Of the 34 species of ocean dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins are by far the friendliest! Once we locate a pod, it is not unusual for them to hang out with us until we end the encounter because we have to return to shore.

Like many dolphins that live in the tropics, spotted dolphins have no trouble locating food. So, once their hunger is sated, they don't have much to do except socialize with each other and find ways to play. Spotted dolphins play by tapping each other's fins, splashing, breaching, passing objects or animals to  one another and generally cavorting. When humans show up to play its a great source of amusement for them so they are more than happy to hang around.

 

dolphin encounter near Bimini Island in the Bahamas

 

WHY THE BAHAMAS

Atlantic spotted dolphins occur throughout the tropical Atlantic ocean from the west coast of Africa and Portugal to the east coast of North and South America. Over the last 40 years, the spotted dolphin pods that live in the Bahamas have become especially used to the presence of snorkellers. Combined with Bimini's crystal clear water, this is a world class encounter you will remember forever.

 

diving with dolphins

 

MEET THE FAMILY

Spotted dolphins are extremely social animals. Sometimes you will encounter just a handful but the pods that we see off of Bimini can be much bigger. The largest pods on record range up to 50 animals! Within the super pod, there are multiple family units. Within each family, you can tell who is who by their markings. Juveniles don't have any spots so they look like small bottlenose dolphins. Sub-adult and sexually mature individuals often have a few spots, whereas physically mature animals are covered in a dense covering of black, grey, bluish and white spots. Each is beautiful in its own way but the physically mature densely spotted adults are quite stunning.

 

Snorkeling with a large pod of spotted dolphins in the Bahamas

 

LEAVE YOUR DIVE GEAR AT HOME

This encounter requires nothing more than a mask, snorkel and fins. Scuba creates too much drag so it is tough to keep up with the dolphins. They also don't particularly like the sound so you can get much closer by snorkeling. That also means, no overweight bags at check-in. And, if you want to pack even lighter, we can arrange snorkeling equipment rental for you.

 

spotted dolphin and snorkeler

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Bimini and settle in at Big Game Resort on North Bimini Island. In the evening, join us for dinner (not included) and then kick back at the waterfront bar and get into the island lifestyle.

Day 2-5: After breakfast, head out around 11am to look for dolphins. Finding the dolphins can take 15 minutes to a couple of hours depending where they are hunting that day. Return in the late afternoon just in time to relax a little before supper.

Day 6: Transfer back to South Bimini Airport, fond farewells, and begin the journey home.

 

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spotted dolphins swimming in the bahamas

 

 

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Andy Murch Trip Leader

Andy Murch

EXPEDITION LEADER

Andy Murch is a fanatical big animal diver.

He has photographed and dived with more sharks than most people on this planet and he's very good at it.

Andy's images and shark stories have appeared in hundreds of books and magazines around the world from titles as varied as National Geographic, Scuba Diving, FHM, Digital Photography,  and the Journal of Zoology.

Andy is the Creator of the ever expanding Shark and Ray Field Guide on Elasmodiver.com 

 

When not running big animal expeditions or on photographic assignments, Andy lives and dives on Vancouver Island, Canada

 

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