Clear blue waters, stunning beaches and an incredible night life have made the island of Ibiza one of the most coveted vacation destinations in Europe. Just off the coast of Spain, this small floating paradise has a host of incredible activities to pursue -- none more memorable than swimming with the dolphins. If you are lucky, you may be able to get personal water time with these intriguing marine mammals, especially if you are an experienced diver.
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Things you need
- Valid diving licence
- Oxygen tank
- Snorkelling mask
- Sun cream
Book your trip to Ibiza to get there between April and September. Focus on Punta Grossa in Cala San Vincente, Cala Portinatx and San Antoni.
Book a diving package if you have a diving licence, or you may decide to include diving lessons in your trip. Companies such as Punta Dive and Arenal Diving (see Resources) offer both lessons and excursions, and a full trip with equipment included can run anywhere from €100 to €300 -- depending on how far you would like to go and for how long.
Go snorkelling if you don't have a diving licence and don't want to go to the trouble and expense to get one. Snorkeling requires little gear, but has a lower rate of success than diving for dolphin swimming. Most snorkelling takes place in shallow water further away from where dolphins swim, making it difficult to get really close to a dolphin. Try snorkelling at S’Arenal Petit beach in Portinatx -- a city famed for its dolphin activity.
Source the equipment for the excursion. Most charter or diving companies offer equipment rentals, but you will have to pay for each piece in addition to your boat transportation costs. For both diving and snorkelling, you will have to bring your swimsuit and waterproof sun cream, as water activities in the hot sun can leave you prone to severe sun burns.
Tips and warnings
- For a guaranteed way to see dolphins, take the ferry from Ibiza to Marineland Dolphin School in Mallorca. Catch the ferry from Carrer Andenes in Ibiza Town and it will take you to Mallorca in about 2 1/2 hours. From there you can drive or take a cab to Marineland Dolphin School in Costa d’en Blanes which is a 15-minute drive from the port. Take a 45-minute "Dolphin Encounter" where you will be able to touch and meet the dolphins while learning about them. The school does not allow swimming with the dolphins, however, they have a viewing tunnel that has glass on three sides, getting you pretty close to the real thing.
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