Swimming with Dolphins in Varadero
Photos: Roberto Morejón, Jit INDER
Swimming with dolphins is a new activity visitors can now enjoy in Varadero, Cuba’s largest beach resort, specifically in waters near Key Blanco, an extension of the Hicacos Peninsula.
Dolphins are peculiarly interesting creatures that have a profound impact on the people who swim with them or simply on those who enjoy watching their pirouettes, as is the case in this tourist resort.
Located at some 140 kilometers east of Havana, the Cuban capital, Varadero has many appealing options for visitors.
Upon arriving at the dolphinarium, the instructors train the bathers so that they can stay close to the animals without hurting them.
Once the bathers get into the water, the animals begin jumping as though they are greeting the visitors. It is a pleasurable experience, as though the dolphins are smiling at the bathers.
Given the interesting nature of this type of training, we provide you here with some photos that are indicative of dolphins’ intelligence and kindness.
Varadero is located on the Hicacos Peninsula, a tip of land facing the Bay of Cardenas on one side and with a series of keys off the northern coast of Cuba, a former stopover for pirate ships and other vessels.
The dolphins in this center belong to the tursiops truncatus species of the delphinidae family. Of the more than 30 species of dolphins on record, this is the most common and popular, because they are very friendly. In their natural habitat, they can be found in groups of up to twelve.
Dolphins usually follow the wakes of ships and get close to swimmers. They can be found in warm waters all over the world and in all the oceans except for the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans.
The dolphins of the tursiops truncatus species can swim between five and eleven kilometers per hour and they can reach speeds of up to 35 kilometers per hour (21 knots) over short distances.