Bottlenose dolphin © Mark Interrante
For all animal lovers, Dolphin Encounters is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Visitors will get the chance to swim with the bottlenose dolphins, get a kiss, or just watch from the side. There are also opportunities to interact with sea lions, who were brought to the island from Louisiana after their previous home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Dolphin Encounters is based on Blue Lagoon Island (Salt Cay), roughly three miles (4.8km) northeast of Paradise Island. To start off a visit to Dolpin Encounters, visitors are taken on a 20-minute ride on a catamaran from Paradise Island to Blue Lagoon Island, and while on the catamaran visitors are given the chance to see the dolphins' natural habitat. After the catamaran ride and once on the island, visitors are taken to the Dolphin Encounters centre where it's possible to meet with one or more of the centre's dolphins or sea lions. The centre makes provision for those who are nervous swimmers and even those who can't swim at all, providing platforms for visitors to stand on inside the dolphins' pools. In addition to vistors' encounters with dolphins, there are also dolphin shows when the dolphins are given the chance to show off the many tricks they've been taught. Dolphin Encounters is happy to host groups and birthday parties.