Trip Start Nov 06, 2006
75Trip End Apr 11, 2007
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The people working there were really nice, and for only 10 pounds we were allowed a 20 minute swim with the dolphins. We quickly put our swimming costumes on and dived in, we had a pool and two dolphins all to ourselves and no other tourists visible anywhere. To our delight the dolphins were really friendly, as soon as we jumped in they swam close asking for strokies. When we stroked their nose they even turned around so we could stroke their tummies... soooooo cute! They swam around us (and us around them), coming up for strokies and than diving back down to rub against our toes, all the while making those cute dolphins sound they make in movies (anyone who has ever seen Flipper will know what I'm talking about!). We even played ball with them, throwing them a football which they than either threw back at us or pushed with their nose as they swam towards us. It was absolutely magical, a really unbelievable experience, all the better for been so unexpected. On top of all this, the trainers were so relaxed and there were so few tourists around these days that instead of 20 minutes we got to spend a whole hour in the water with our new friends. Though by the end Nick was puffing like a dragon after struggling to stay afloat for 60 minutes (poor Nick, been a man, isn't very positively buoyant!).
It is hard to describe how absolutely amazing this day was, even Nick who at the beginning wasn't that enthusiastic about the whole thing left with a big grin on his face. When you think that we got this whole experience for a measley 10 pounds when something similar at Seaworld in America would easily cost a few hundred pounds, and than again for 10 minutes with loads of other tourists, well you will understand that we felt particularly lucky that day : )