If you enjoy interacting closely with nature or you want to try something new and exciting, swimming with dolphins in Fiji could be a fun and unique experience that you should consider when planning your trip. Dolphins, such as spinner dolphins and bottlenose dolphins (both of which can be found in Fiji’s waters), are very amusing and friendly creatures. Swimming with dolphins is an excellent activity for both adults and children alike.
It is best to get information about dolphin-related tours from the concierge or other hotel employees on the first day of your trip to Fiji, or you can find out from the other locals as well.
Fiji Dolphin Tours
There are various tours in Fiji that will take you out to the ocean to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. One resort, the Lomalagi, has two pods of non-migrating spinner dolphins that make their home around the area and are used to being around guests, so it is a safer choice if you would like to interact with these creatures in the wild.
The Takalana Resort also offers a tour that allows visitors to be with dolphins out in the ocean, though instead of actually swimming, you are tied to the boat and dragged through the water next to the animals. This can be just as fun as actually swimming with them, and you can still see the dolphins up close.
Other resorts that allow you to experience wild dolphins up close are the Koro Sun Resort on Vanua Levu, which organizes dolphin snorkeling trips and Plantation Island, which offers a dolphin safari.
When swimming with dolphins out in the wild, you should take caution, especially around wild dolphins that are not accustomed to being around people. It is also best to do it while on a professionally-guided tour, just in case a medical emergency ever arises.
Marine Conservation Programs in Fiji
There are some volunteer abroad programs in Fiji that allow international visitors as young as high school age to dive with and interact closely with dolphins. These programs also help educate participants on protecting the islands’ marine life and underwater ecosystem, as well as allowing them to experience other marine species up close and participate in other various activities.