Mallorca is one of the most popular Spanish islands, located in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and is the largest of the Balearics. It attracts a steady number of UK holidaymakers to its shores every year and it’s the perfect summer destination for the whole family. The opportunity to swim with dolphins in Alcudia, a popular tourist destination in the northeastern region of Mallorca, is one of the best things about a summer trip to the island.
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Avoid traveling to Alcudia in the winter months. Dolphins come to the Mediterranean shores of Alcudia in the summer because they love the warm waters that they find there. The best time to visit to see and swim with dolphins is from June to to October.
Hire a sailboat from the Alcudia port, if you know how to sail, or charter a sailboat to take you out into the water is you don’t. You are more likely to see dolphins when you are further away from the shore and swimming with the dolphins in deep water is a much more magical experience. Some sailboat owners won’t allow you to jump off of the boat and swim with the dolphins should you encounter them due to health and safety concerns, discuss this with the owners before leaving the shore and paying for your excursion.
Explore the six miles of coastline that Alcudia has to offer. The further away from the tourist beach areas you are, the more chance you have of encountering dolphins. Make sure you take snorkelling equipment with you and spend the day snorkelling close to the shore, as peacefully as you can. You might get lucky. There might be some dolphins who just happen to be close to the areas you visit.
Try out all kinds of watersports activities on offer in Alcudia to increase your chances of coming face to face with a dolphin. There are lots of agencies which specialise in windsurfing, kitesurfing, jetskiing and sailing activities. Standup, sailsurf and banana boat activities are fast becoming popular in the region too. These watersports will take you further out away from the shore and provide plenty of opportunities to find and swim with dolphins in the area.
Take the children to the Marineland water park in Costa d’en Blanes as a last resort if you have nearly come to the end of your holiday and you haven’t been lucky enough to even see a dolphin, let alone swim with one. The Marineland water park is open until the end of October and organises daily marine life presentations, which includes shows performed by dolphins. There’s normally one very lucky child who is picked randomly from the crowd to get into the water and ride around with the dolphins. It’s a long shot in terms of being able to swim with dolphins, but it’s a great way of enjoying all the beautiful things they can do in the water from a distance.
Tips and warnings
- Spend as much time in the Mediterranean Sea as possible. The more activities you can organise which involve being out on the water, the more chance you will have of seeing and being able to swim with dolphins.
- Avoid getting your hopes up before your travel. Dolphins love the warm shores which surround the island of Mallorca and they are big annual fans of Alcudia in particular, but this doesn’t guarantee you will be lucky enough to see or swim with them. Dolphins, like any animal, will choose to be seen and choose to approach when they want to.
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