Dolphin Encounter at Blue Lagoon Island
February is huge for us with 3 out of 4 birthdays falling within the month. This year we set out to the Bahamas to celebrate Nathan turning 30. New Providence to be specific, but most know it as Nassau (the capital of the Bahamas). You can see my full recap of the island HERE (coming soon).
Nassau provided us with the clearest water we have ever seen. The water was so blue at one point it looked like it was glowing. YOU GUYS, when I say it’s was breathtaking, I’m not doing it justice because there’s no word to describe it’s beauty. We took part in several excursions on the island surrounded by the beautiful waters and our favorite was by far the Dolphin Encounter we did on Blue Lagoon Island. Swimming with dolphins is something I’ve always wanted to share with my kids, but the idea of them being in a random pool at a chain hotel never really sat well with me. Through some research I found Dolphin Encounters and learned they have a completely natural lagoon for their animals which is 100 times better than anything else I was able to find.
I had the opportunity to talk to Jessica Robertson (their Public Relations Manager) and she told me so many awesome things about the island I would have never known otherwise so I want to share them with you! A few facts that I think everyone should know and be proud of when visiting the island:
The animals (dolphins, sealions and stingrays) are never forced to perform or interact. Each enclosure where they interact with visitors are floating. They’re able to swim under it at any time and if they don’t want to perform, they don’t have to. In fact, Clifton, the sweetest dolphin who participated with our group left the enclosure we were in a couple of times briefly and came right back. The trainer explained to us their dolphins are free to do as they please, but they love their rewards so they volunteer to participate of their own free will.
The dolphins ADORE their trainers. You could see the bond the dolphins had with their trainers. It’s undeniable. The trainer who led our encounter had so much love for these animals which made our experience even more beautiful.
The Bahamas as a whole have set a date of January 2020 to remove the use of single use plastics, but the Blue Lagoon Island has already started. You won’t find any plastic straws on the island. A great step toward sustainability for such a beautiful spot. In fact, they have an employee whose sole purpose for the company is to continually improve sustainability and make the experience as environmentally friendly as possible. They’re making moves that any environmentalist would be proud of!
When you purchase your ticket, you’re also providing the opportunity to local children to experience the island and it’s activities where they otherwise might not be able to. Additionally, there is an education center (see left) where children learn about the environment, marine life and how to properly care for both. If you’re anything like me, supporting a company that gives back is key! I fell in love with this company more with every fact I learned.
See our Dolphin Encounter experience in the photos below:
The animal encounters aren’t the only thing that draws visitors to the island. There are Eco-Nature Walking Tours, Segway Tours, Beach Day Packages, VIP Beach Days, an inflatable water park, snorkeling, kayaking, water bikes and more! There is a cafe on the island where you can order a buffet-style meal (included in certain packages) or order separately.
In the Bahamian Village area you can play games, relax in the hammocks, visit the huts and order Bahamian food (conch especially), get your hair braided, drink from a coconut and/or snack on a snow cone!
There are multiple beaches on the island for you to explore and relax on. Kelly beach is my favorite for views, but the lagoon is my favorite for the kids to play in!
I would be doing a disservice to the island as a whole if I didn’t mention the inflatable water park. Noah is 10 and this was his 2nd favorite (only second to swimming with Clifton the dolphin) thing to do on the island. There are lifeguards (you can see one in the red kayak in the photo below) who paddle around the inflatables to make sure all participants are safe and using the equipment properly.
If you have any questions about the our experience, I’m happy to answer them. Leave me a comment here or shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. I can guarantee this is an experience you won’t want to miss when you visit the Bahamas!