With their unique sense of curiosity and undoubted playfulness, dolphins have always intrigued humans. Swimming with dolphins recently came out top in a BBC survey of things viewers wanted to do before they die. While you are in Bermuda you can fulfil this fantasy at Dolphin Quest and, hopefully, live a little longer to tell the tale.
The attraction offers several programs for visitors to interact with its resident dolphins. Options range from a 20 minute shallow water encounter to a full day working as an apprentice trainer. Reservations can be made online at the official website.
Visitors arriving on a cruise ship will have no difficulty finding it. It’s just a short walk from the cruise terminals at Heritage Wharf and Kings Wharf. Visitors coming from other areas of Bermuda can travel by public transport on the bus (number 7 or number 8) or on the ferry (blue route or orange route).
The first Dolphin Quest facility was established in 1988 in Hawaii by Dr Jay Sweeney and Dr Rae Stone. The Bermuda site was opened in 1996 at the Fairmont Southampton hotel but was destroyed in 1999 by Hurricane Gert. The facility subsequently moved to Royal Naval Dockyard and has remained there ever since.