Last cruise post.... I promise, well at least for this year!
The last port of our cruise we decided to do a shore excursion to swim with Dolphins since I couldn't find a way to Stanley Cay to swim with the Pigs. It was $90 online so we signed up. During "peak" season it's like $240 or something so I thought what a deal. Little did I know that it also included swimming with sting rays.
It was a 30 minute boat ride to this beautiful island, Balmoral Island. (all the pictures below were part of the cd I bought)
The dolphins are kept in a pretty big rope in area of the ocean. Our trainer said most of them are breed by humans so they would not survive out in the wild. He did mention that some groups have trainer the dolphins to openly swim in the ocean for a few hours and than they return, they were going to work on it with these guys. Also, he mentioned he asks the dolphins to do this and if they choose not too they can swim out into the area and they will not chase them. He says it's happened before were the dolphin didn't want to be around humans that day.
The beautiful private beach. Where that line of tree is, is where the sandals resort is located.
The pictures below are from the day we went swimming with Vin the dolphin. It was probably one of the best things I've done in a long time.
Vin gave lots of kisses
Sometimes he even made faces at the guys..
After the dolphins came the sting rays.. I wasn't a fan. I really tried to ask if I could do the dolphins again instead of the sting rays.
Sadly the picture below is a picture of my picture. I am not sure why this picture didn't end up on my cd but to say I am bummed is an understatement. They wanted me to pay another $70 to get this one picture on cd so I just opted to buy the picture.
This is called the Sting Ray photo bomb!
Do you notice my facial expression from the dolphin to the sting rays? I was terrified!
Since he knew I was scared of these things he decided to rub it on my head. He almost had a dead sting ray!
Next time I will just opt to swim with the dolphins.. There is no need to do the sting rays again.
Have you gone swimming with dolphins or sting rays before? What was your experience like?