Swim With Dolphins at Dolphin Cove Montego Bay

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Jamaica is an island in the Caribbean near Cuba and the Cayman Islands. Montego Bay is the capital of St. James Parish and is the second largest city in Jamaica. It is a major tourist destination and Montego Bay excursions are popular with cruise ship passengers. There are lots of hotels, restaurants, duty-free shopping and many tourist attractions, one of which is Dolphin Cove Montego Bay, a short ride from the harbour along the beautiful coastal road.

Dolphin Cove Montego Bay

Dolphin Cove Montego Bay has a beautiful setting with decorative ponds housing large colourful koi, as well as bird gardens.  Of the many things to do in Jamaica, Dolphin Cove is one of the most popular attractions.

A natural dolphin lagoon at the sea’s edge is the home of the bottlenose dolphins, some of whom have been successfully bred there.

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The dolphins at Dolphin Cove were presented in a safe and fun-filled environment. We were all surprised by their intelligence and friendliness of the dolphins.

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A beautiful dolphin at Dolphin Cove Montego Bay.

A short orientation talk was given and then we decided our level of personal interaction (financially driven, of course!).

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Jumping dolphins at Dolphin Cove Montego Bay.

All the dolphins are trained to perform to varying degrees, with synchronised jumps, dancing and singing acts, as well as interact with visitors.

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Dolphin Cove Montego Bay is a great place to learn more about dolphins.

Swim with dolphins Montego Bay

This is not something I personally like to see as I prefer animals in their wild and natural environments. But as they say, we only preserve what we know and love, so these types of venues do have a positive education role.

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Photos: Dolphin Encounter, Montego Bay

There were opportunities to observe the dolphins from a knee-deep shallow platform at the water’s edge, or pet, take a handshake, caress or even grab a kiss or two.

They even allow you to get in the pool with them.

You can take a memorable ride ‘one on one’ on a dolphin’s belly, or to be pulled along by its dorsal fin.

Or even still, the thrilling ‘foot push’ as they push you across the water by your feet. A truly unforgettable experience!

Swim with dolphins Montego Bay
Swim with dolphins Montego Bay

There was so much to do with the dolphins, we almost forgot to visit their other attractions, which included a boardwalk and shopping for souvenirs.

There was a nature trail where we could interact with the rainforest birds and fascinating reptiles.

The bird aviary housed some amazing colourful tropical bird species.

Another special enclosure allowed you to pet or snorkel with gentle stingrays, and they also had a group of tawny nurse sharks which were being trained to be handled so they too can become ambassadors for their kind.

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Close encounter at Dolphin Cove Montego Bay.

The concept of introducing people to a trusted environment with sharks is a welcome one to help promote future shark conservation.

There was something for everyone, with many unforgettable memories to take home.

Irene Isaacson travelled at her own expense.

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Swim With Dolphins at Dolphin Cove Montego Bay

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Irene Isaacson
While living the life on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and actively volunteering with wildlife organisations in her spare time as a semi-retired medical doctor, Irene has travelled the world with her shark scuba diving husband, Tony Isaacson (aka DiveCareDare). Experiencing wonderful wildlife adventures as well as voluntourism, travel and nature photography has become her passion. She loves to share their experiences via Instagram and YouTube, in an effort to increase awareness and promote conservation. On a mission to make a difference, their shared motto is: "In the end, we conserve only what we love, we love only what we understand, and we understand only what we can learn." (adapted from Baba Dioum 1968)