Fun Things to do in the Caribbean: Swim with the Dolphins in Curaçao
by Lou-Ann Jordan May 15, 2023
This year we’re going to be balancing, creating equal time for work and relaxation. To begin, we’ll create a ‘things to do in the Caribbean’ list. In addition to the countless festivals, the Caribbean islands offers many fun activities to enjoy. Whether you stay at home and plan a luxurious stayacation or decide to plan a trip there are lots of things to do. So, let’s make a list.
At the top of our list is an activity that will require you broadening your mind, and well making a budget. But, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. First, have you ever visited the ABC islands, Curaçao to be precise? Why Curaçao? In addition to there spectacular beaches, while there you can participate in an incredibly thrilling activity—it’s made it to the top of our list. What is it? Swimming with the dolphins!
Dolphins hold a fascination for many of us. Their sleek, spirited glide through the water and playful clicks are enchanting. Even more so, we are amazed by their intelligence. In the Caribbean, we are fortunate because several sea aquariums allow us to learn about and interact with dolphins and other marine wildlife.
The Curaçao Sea Aquarium Park and Dolphin Academy Curaçao are where locals and tourists learn about bottlenose dolphins. It’s a wonderful experience as visitors spend the day touring the facilities, discovering fascinating facts about the dolphins or watching them in action.
At the Dolphin Academy, you also get to swim with the intelligent aquatic creatures. It’s one of the island’s major attractions. When, the best time to visit? Any time is a great time because there are always exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy.
We thought you would like to know a little more about dolphins as you begin preparations for your trip to the island. Therefore, with the help of the Dolphin Academy Curaçao, we’ve put together five interesting facts about the bottlenose dolphin.
Here are five interesting facts about the bottlenose dolphin:
Did you know that bottlenose dolphins sleep with only one-half of their brain at a time? They do so to stay alert for any predators, such as sharks, that might be around.
Did you know that bottlenose dolphins have whisker hairs on their rostrum when they are born? These stay for about three days and then fall out.
Did you know the coastal bottlenose dolphin and the offshore bottlenose dolphin differ in where they inhabit? The Offshores are pelagic species that like to swim in deep oceans, more than 100 m deep, and swim long distances. On the other hand, Coastal bottlenose dolphins like shallow waters up to 7 m deep and generally stay within a 3 km2 range.
Did you know that dolphins cannot smell? Instead, they evolved a completely different sense called Echolocation. It works as a natural sonar enabling dolphins to ‘see’ long distances underwater without using their eyes. Bats also have developed this sense.
Did you know that there are 36 different dolphins worldwide, and bottlenose dolphins are just one of them? Killer whales are also officially categorised as dolphins.
There you have it. Now you’re all set for your visit to the Curaçao Sea Aquarium Park and Dolphin Academy Curaçao. To make your booking visit them at www.dolphin-academy.com. Also, to stay updated on upcoming activities, check them on Instagram, Facebook and Tiktok.
Stay tuned as we continue to add to our list of fun things to do in the Caribbean. We guarantee there are many more activities to explore.