SPOTTED DOLPHIN SNORKELING EXPEDITION
| Free diving (snorkeling) with
| Bimini, Bahamas.
|| Oceanfront Hotel, North
| Snorkeling experience
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
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.
Personal snorkeling equipment rental, flights,
WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT
ATLANTIC SPOTTED DOLPHINS?
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
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.
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.
LEAVE YOUR DIVE GEAR AT
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.
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.
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
6: Transfer back to South Bimini Airport, fond farewells,
and begin the journey home.
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