Several years ago I made plans to take the then BF to Dolphin Cove Jamaica for his birthday since he shares my passion for beaches and adventure but a series of unfortunate events changed our path that day. Since then, I haven’t given Dolphin Cove much thought, just kept it at the back of my head for a future family adventure. You can imagine my excitement when the Jamaica Tourist Board asked me to join them on a tour there with some other invited bloggers. I was geeked!
We were treated to the full experience which saw us interacting with the dolphins in a number of different ways. I admit I was a bit nervous to jump in with the dolphins, cute as they are, you just never know. It really amazed me though just how much they are trainable. For them to receive a simple command and both swim up in perfect unison for me to grab onto their fins and go for a ride around the pool kind of amazed me. Their little dances and flips were awesome, but when it was time for us to be pushed flying through the air by them? I was floored. The trainers tell you to float on your stomach and keep your knees straight, then they swim up, put their beaks on your feet and push you up into the sky. A couple people went ahead of me so I knew what to expect and how I wanted to position my body to make the most of it. I made the decision to just go for it and fly high when it was my turn to go.
It was so much fun! It went by too quickly, I wanted to go again! I hope I didn’t hurt the dolphins. 🙁 Being extra close and kissy with them was a little weird and a little scary, but it was all good and a fun experience. There was a little section in the introductions when one of the dolphins brought a lady in our group a box with what was supposed to be an engagement ring. Wouldn’t that be a cool way to propose? And doesn’t this make a totally rad wedding picture?
It’s a pic of a pic hanging in the Dolphin Cove Jamaica lobby. How’s that for a destination wedding? After our swim with the d, lphins we went for a tamer swim with some stingrays.
Ugly, creepy little thing. Nature is so beautiful lol. I was a little freaked out but I played it cool. We had lunch which was some yummy jerked chicken (or burgers or chicken sandwiches, hot dogs etc) and then went for a walk on the nature trail. It started in the birdcage with the lovebirds. Do you know why they’re called love birds? “Their name stems from the parrots’ strong, monogamous pair bonding and the long periods which paired birds spend sitting together.” The bird keeper said when one in a pair dies the other one is often sad and sullen for the entire time after… 🙁
The lovebirds loved me. 😀 It got crazy in there! They were flying and pitching all over the place.
More birds along the path. The colourful duo were named Bob and Rita. Rita wore a ring. lol
A touch tank with conch and starfish. That conch picture absolutely grosses me out. How can y’all eat that overgrown slug? EW.
Snakes and iguanas. I passed on the posing with the reptiles session but it was kinda cool…from a distance…
At the end of the tour we went on a short boat ride out at sea and it took us past Dunns River Falls. I wish I had taken my camera but feared it would get wet on the little dinghy. I really need to get a waterproof cam. It was so awesome to see the falls from out at sea! It’s a whole different view, different perspective. I found this image in a Google search but it pales so much in comparison. This looks like an old pic and the panoramic experience is so much more richer:
We also passed a smaller falls with a little gazebo perfect for weddings which the boat operator said was once owned by a celebrity (the name slips me now, I’ll update soon) but it is now owned by Sandals Resorts, though kept private and separate from the resort grounds. My day at Dolphin Cove was amazing! I have no idea how I found energy for Mystic Mountain after all that, but that was so worth it too. More pictures from the adventure can be viewed on the blog’s facebook page here. Have you ever been to Dolphin Cove Jamaica? How’d you like it? If not, have I convinced you to go?