Swim with dolphins in Japan

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Places to Swim with Dolphins in Japan

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  • Annelies193
    Brussels, Belgium23 contributions
    While cycling from onomichi to imabari we saw a sign for this farm and had to try it out. Due to the temperature of the water we Could only take 30 min but it was amazing. We swam a whole lenght with Yuzu, did Some tricks and snorkelled with her. I would recommend it to everyone!
    Written November 15, 2017
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  • stefanusreno
    Beppu, Japan176 contributions
    I had an exclusive trip to this little paradise tucked in Tsukumi city, who knew that umi tamago own the establishment, who knew you can actually swim with dolphins in Kyushu, it blows my mind. The amount of things you can do in this tiny place is awesome too! The place is considerably cheap too!
    Written November 25, 2017
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  • Stephystephy
    Hong Kong, China113 contributions
    We went on early July with temperatures around 23C and were recommended to rent wet suit which kept us warm. Staff was friendly and professional and led us to the dolphins. The dolphins seem happy when we arrived and kept jumping out of the water.
    We were allowed to touch, feed and have connection with them. The staff kindly educated us on the dolphins - body parts, how they make sounds and breathe, structure of their bones, etc
    At the end we were allowed to swim with dolphins hanging onto their dorsal fin. They are so lovely, they'll come to you and put their noses on your lap and will swim beside you and let you hold onto their dorsal fins. They are absolutely adorable and we truly thank them for letting us to be so close to them and connect with them.
    Written July 10, 2019
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  • Matthew McDermott
    Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution
    I have never been there, but know where the dolphins come from makes me sick. They get their dolphins from a cove as part of the Taiji dolphin slaughter. The ones in the aquarium are at least lucky they are alive. Most of the dolphins are killed and their meat sold under the title of whale meat. A problem with dolphin meat is it is full of toxins. So please don't go here and help try and save the dolphins.
    Written June 14, 2019
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  • Cesar C
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    If you are up for an amazing day circulating the beautiful crystal blue waters and exercising your skin diving skills, Sumoguri no Gakkou tours must be your very first option. Yoshiaki-san is professional, prepared, friendly and pretty cool. We arrived and they he and his crew had ready all the rental equipment we ordered, I was the only English speaker, but he made me feel very welcomed, as well as all the guys on the tour, I really thank them for their patience and their kindness translating all the briefings.
    My snorkeling skills are not very good, but they made me feel safe at all times, they were always keeping an eye on me, and this made me enjoyed even more and felt pretty relaxed all the time. As soon as we departed, we got lucky and met a pod of dolphins just after 5 minutes. We then went for some snorkeling at pretty cool spots, including a sunken warship and awesome coral reefs in open waters, near the coast and tunnels. In the afternoon after lunch we were lucky and could swim with dolphins.
    Bring a hat and a rashguard, small towel, sunscreen, camera, sunnies, bento box and a bottle of water - that's all you need for the day.
    If you want to improve your skin diving skills, give it a go, there will be interesting places with different degree of difficulty to test your skills, you won’t regret joining Yoshiaki (Oka-chan captain) and his crew. 100 percent recommended! I'm sure I will try it again.
    Written July 28, 2016
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  • ASweetTraveller
    65 contributions
    We did the 50min dolphin encounter. It was an excellent experience - the dolphins were so cute and the instructors very professional. Highly recommend!! The only thing we regret is not hiring a professional photographer to record the whole experience.
    Written February 5, 2020
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  • kyokushinkaratelady
    Takamatsu, Japan38 contributions
    We went there by car. It was a treat to see the dolphins up so close. They are really sweet and friendly and I could sit and watch them for hours. The staff looks smart, efficient and friendly.
    There is also a small beach area where you could do some swimming.
    If you are coming to this part of Kagawa, do try to make it to the dolphin center for a memorable experience.
    Written August 5, 2013
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  • Duncan S
    London, UK70 contributions
    This well organised snow weekend was hosted by friendly and informative guides. The transport and accommodation was better than I expected. The group were all fun and pleasant people. This was a great trip for both boarding and meeting people.
    Written March 5, 2018
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  • TTY
    Kyushu, Japan70 contributions
    (We have done wild dolphin swim in the past.)
    The cage for dolphins are extremely small. Three dolphins are three jumping, doing tricks, and it was sad in my opinion.
    The "swim" program were kind of short and you swim in very straight line (like 3-4m) on the surface with a dolphins repeatedly. If you have many people in your group, you do this maybe 5 times, then time is up.

    It wasn't what we expected for the swim and interaction.
    Written August 25, 2017
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