Our Honeymoon: Swimming with the Dolphins in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
A little over two months ago, I married my best friend (more pictures to come) and it was everything I dreamed it would be. Frank and I were married on the Carnival Miracle Cruise Ship in the Port of Long Beach. It was a small wedding as we were limited in the number of guests we could have, but it was beautiful! Following our wedding, we set sail for a seven day cruise to the Mexican Riviera, with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. It was an awesome trip!
One of our stops was in Puerto Vallarta and we had the opportunity to swim with the dolphins (an excursion you can purchase through Carnival Cruise). It was so awesome! Unlike anything I’ve ever done before. I was a little anxious at first because I wasn’t sure if it was going to be in the ocean or in a pool or what.
We departed from the cruise ship on a bus and headed to the location of the Dolphin Signature Swim. When we arrived, we headed to the dolphin pool and changed into our bathing suits. We had to take off all our jewelry (rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc) and put all our stuff in a free locker right next to where we were gonna be swimming. Then they gave us life jackets to put on and explained to us how the dolphin swim would work. Then it was time to get in the pool. I didn’t really think about it and had put my makeup on before heading to the Dolphin Swim, but it was all good. While some people dove in and did cannonballs, I sweetly slid into the pool and didn’t get my face or hair wet – ha ha!
Swimming with the dolphins was really fun! We each had a turn to hang on to the fins of the dolphins and they pulled us through the water across the pool. It was a lot of fun!!
Next, we got to pet them. I am amazed at how soft and smooth dolphins are! They regenerate new skin a few times a day and are basically one giant muscle. They are amazingly smart too!
Oh and then we got to kiss them – ha ha! Never done that before.
And what is swimming with the dolphins without dancing with them in the water, right? Ha ha – we did that too!
While we were in the water, we also had the opportunity to dive down with the dolphins. I was a little nervous (worrying about my makeup getting everywhere and holding my breath in the water), but I did it! The first time, I didn’t really take a long enough breath, so the second time, I really prepared myself. However, I think I prepared myself too long because while I was breathing in, we had already gone down into the water and I got a big huge gulp of salt water! I freaked out a little under the water and had a moment with that dolphin. You know like in the movie, “Bridesmaids,” when Megan said the dolphin looked into her eyes and saw her soul? Well, I had one of those moments. I think the dolphin saw the fear in my eyes (after all, have you ever started choking on water underwater) and immediately headed up so I could get a breath of air. It was a little scary with the big gulp, but overall an awesome experience!
After about 45 minutes in the water, it was time to get out and watch the dolphins put on a little show for us. They were so fun to watch! I was sad to say goodbye to them, but will always remember this awesome adventure of swimming with the dolphins with my amazing husband on our honeymoon to the Mexican Riviera!!!
We had an amazing time Swimming with the Dolphins in Puerto Vallarta on our honeymoon! Along with these pictures, we also purchased a video of our adventure. Check it out!
Have you ever been swimming with the dolphins? What shore excursions do you like to do when you go cruising?