Bali is often advertised as a paradise island with dreamy beaches, magnificent sunsets and unspoilt nature. But when it comes to things to do, places where one can swim with dolphins in Bali are less talked about. A one-of-a-kind experience, we imagine that interacting with these magnificent creatures can be quite exciting.
Highly intelligent and sociable, these beautiful mammals will surely leave anyone with an unforgettable memory. Most places where you can swim with dolphins in Bali emphasize education and conservation. One even features therapeutic swim sessions and dolphin-assisted therapy!
We should also take the opportunity to address the controversy behind swimming with dolphins programs. We reached out to several dolphin lodges featured on this list, who responded that they only keep dolphins who are not fit for release into the wild. Unfortunately, we do not have the means to verify the truth. But poring over the reviews online, many reflect that the dolphins all seem to be happy and treated well.
We know that many people out there dream of going on a swim with dolphins in Bali, but want to do so in a way that is as humane as possible. We hope that this article will help you!
1) Bali Dolphin Interaction
At Bali Dolphin Interaction, you will go out to sea for your swim with dolphins in a floating sea pen. The dolphins live out at sea and in their natural water environment, instead of chlorinated water pools.
The Swim With Dolphin program is suitable only for proficient swimmers above 12 years old. Under the watchful eye of experience trainers, you will get a chance to swim and play with the dolphins. You will also learn about them such as their habitats, diets, anatomies and migration patterns!
2) Dolphin Lodge
Dolphin Lodge aims to inspire visitors to have a deeper understanding of dolphins and marine life through engagement learning. Apart from up close contact with dolphins, you will also learn about how they are cared for and protected.
In the Dolphin Swim program, you will spend 30 minutes in a specially designed sea pen, where you will not only swim and play with dolphins, but receive kisses from them! Each session there will only be a maximum of 6 to 7 people so as to ensure quality time and also to not overwhelm the dolphin.
3) Bali Exotic Marine Park
Bali Exotic Marine Park offers hands-on learning about dolphins and environmental conservation through their dolphin interaction programs. They give people the chance to form real, empathetic bonds with dolphins that will inspire awareness to conserve our marine environment.
Apart from interaction and swim programs, Bali Exotic Marine Park also offers therapeutic swim sessions to treat widespread mental health symptoms, as well as a dolphin assisted therapy (DAT) program specially tailored for children and adults under guidance of a certified therapist.
4) Bali Dolphins
It is the ambition of Bali Dolphins to promote a better awareness of marine mammals and their underwater world. As such, they have specially developed different dolphin encounter programs where guests can gain a deeper understanding of the intelligent mammals.
In their Swimming with Dolphins program, guests will spend 40 minutes in a specially designed dolphin enclosure. Guests must be 12 and above, and have the ability to swim in a pool with a depth of 7m.
5) Villa Bossi
For many children (and adults), one of the highlights of a stay at Villa Bossi is the opportunity to swim with a spinner dolphin during a 30-minute interactive adventure that is specially arranged for you.
Accompanied by a trainer, small groups will become acquainted with these fascinating and intelligent animals through hugs, kisses and pats. Then, taking the adventure one step further, guests will go into deeper waters to interact with their dolphin.