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Bimini 5-Day Sample Itinerary
OK, if you've read this far, you share my
excitement for adventure! Following is the outline of a typical
trip to Bimini...
Day 1: Arrive Bimini around
noontime, (typically through Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) I meet you
at the airport and we head for our lodging. You’ll be all eyes
and ears as you drink in the local flavor of this small Bahamian
island (Bimini is known for the friendliness of its people).
Once we arrive and you unpack, we'll grab a bite for lunch and
I’ll give you an overview of the trip, the island, history of
the dolphins and how things work. Then we grab our snorkel gear
and head for the beach.
At the beach, we practice our snorkel skills. For first timers,
learning how to snorkel is easy and usually takes ten to fifteen
minutes to learn, even for non-swimmers. For those already
skilled at snorkeling, I teach you how to freedive, something
that the dolphins LOVE! (when you freedive, they spin all around
Non-Swimmers: We frequently have
non-swimmers on our trips, though most of them are happily (and
easily) swimming by the end of the week. We provide you with all
the flotation you need to feel 100% safe and comfortable in the
water, and show you how to snorkel with a life jacket on. Once
you realize that you cannot sink, you naturally relax and have
After a refreshing swim on the beach, (the beaches on Bimini are
beautiful and practically empty of people), we go back to our
cottage and get ready for dinner. Over dinner, we talk about
tomorrow’s upcoming dolphin swim and teach you our dolphin
protocol (no grabbing - its only captive dolphins that are
trained to pull people around by their dorsal fins). After
sharing our highlights of the day, its off to sleep or maybe a
late night walk on the beach.
Depending on the weather, we typically go out to the dolphin
grounds in the afternoon. Mornings are spent enjoying the beach,
taking a walk around the island, going to the straw market or
seeing the sights. For corporate groups, we frequently have a
morning seminar or workshop. After lunch, we get on our boat and head
out to the dolphin grounds. Here we cruise the Grand Bahamas
Bank, a vast area of turquoise water that is typically 20 to 30
feet deep with sandy bottom and crystal clear. When we find the
dolphins, which is about 80% of the time, we follow them and see
what they are ready for. The dolphins call the shots, if they
want to swim with us, which they almost always do, we happily
Our encounters with the dolphins are magical, they love to swim
in and around us, looking in our eyes. We stay together as a
group, and those that can freedive take a breath and swim toward
the bottom. The dolphins love that, and whether you go down ten
feet or twenty, they love to swim spirals around you...
The Dolphins! Our encounters typically
last from fifteen minutes to over an hour. Depending on how big
their pod is and the mood they’re in, we might stay with them
all afternoon. They frequent swim right beside us, looking deep
into our eyes, a look that you will remember of the rest of your
We return home before sunset, clean up and make dinner. After
bringing groups to Bimini for many years and bringing a chef to
cook for us, I found that it is more fun when everyone helps in
the making and cleaning up of our meals.
I used to be a wilderness guide for
several Outward Bound schools, and found that the camaraderie
that results as we make meals together adds a wonderful
component to the trip. I lead leadership retreats for
corporate executives where we frequently prepare our own meals.
People who are initially skeptical always
report that making meals together was more fun than they
imagined. (I've had lots of people who, with the help of many
hands in the kitchen, regained their love of cooking). And there is the options of having a cook
if you desire. Over dinner we share highlights of the day, then
out for a walk or off to bed. After a full day in Bimini, most
people hit the pillow pretty quickly.
Day 3: Each full day we are on
Bimini it is pretty much a repeat of the second day; unscheduled
time in the morning to hang out, go to the beach, do yoga,
take a walk, etc, and in the afternoon we go back out on the
water to the dolphin grounds, making a snorkel stop on the way
at a beautiful shallow reef to see the many amazing fish and
coral. There is a fun local band that plays one night midweek
and on the weekend, and we frequently make it out for an evening
of dancing one of these nights.
Day 4: Beach, walk, chill time in
the morning or a scheduled activity or seminar, then out on the boat in the afternoon. On a five day
trip, we schedule three boat trips out to the dolphins. As is
true for any ocean adventure, we adjust our schedule according
to the wind and weather. Typically the last night of the trip we
go out to eat for dinner. In addition to our group time, there's also time
to sleep in, hang out, read a book or go for a long walk on the beach in
front of our cottages. This is what makes these trips great - the energy and
enthusiasm we create together.
Day 5: (or last day of the trip).
Most commercial flights leave Bimini around noontime, so we
typically eat a light breakfast, pack up and take a last swim in
the morning on the beach. Then we take a quick shower and head
for the airport. There is a $15 departure tax, paid in cash,
that you pay directly to your pilot.
Lodging Options for custom trips:
Depending on your budget/objective, there are many options of lodging, from a
camp-style two bedroom cottage with several fold-out couches to
upscale condos and apartments. I’m totally fine with you eating
out most or all of your meals and will price the trip
There are a number of activities available in addition to
swimming with the dolphins. We typically also stop to snorkel
several beautiful reefs, and we visit the famous 'Stones of
Atlantis', site of several Jacques Cousteau and National
Geographic TV specials.
Other optional trips include going to the famous ‘Healing Hole’,
an upwelling of fresh water out in the mangroves. There’s a trip
to feed the stingrays, a shark feed (totally safe and very
cool), a visit to the shark lab, visiting the South Bimini
Nature Trail, renting golf carts and exploring the island (a
great rainy day activity), and much more. These activites can
often be arranged short notice and are an additional expense. Bimini is also famous
for bonefishing and big game fishing. (Martin Luther King wrote
his Nobel Prize acceptance speech while bonefishing here, and
Earnest Hemingway wrote about Bimini in his book "Islands in the
I’ve taught a number of kids and adults how to spearfish here;
the waters are so clear and the fish plentiful. Its fun to watch
how much kids love cooking up their own catch.
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Land of Atlantis: Bimini also has a
mystical side, and has been regarded by researches the world
over as the site of the lost cities of Atlantis, and for good
reason. Edgar Cayce, known as ‘The Sleeping Prophet of Virginia
Beach’, spoke at great length about Bimini. People from around
the world come here to bath in its healing waters and swim with
the dolphins. Most all IMAX movies about dolphins include a LOT
of footage of the dolphin here, because the waters are so
beautiful and the dolphins so playful.
Bimini is laid back, it has limited facilities and is for the
kind of traveler who enjoys slowing down and taking it easy. And
as we slow down, all kinds of exciting things show up; a school
of eagle rays next to the boat, an afternoon of catching lobster
for dinner, a magical encounter with the dolphins that seems to
go on forever…
I’ve been a wilderness guide for several decades and a corporate
consultant for just as long. I used to be a psychotherapist in
private practice. I’ve brought executive teams from Fortune 500
companies to Bimini as well as spiritual groups and families. Of
all the things I do, (I’m also a speaker and workshop
facilitator), leading dolphin trips is one of my favorite. If
the description of these trips evokes a sense of excitement for
you, give me a call. I look forward to sharing the magic of
Bimini and the dolphins with you!
Prices: These trips are
customized to meet your budget and objectives. A five day trip
for a group of four to twelve costs approximately $1595 -
person and includes accommodations, most meals, on-island transportation
and boat trips. Airfare is not included unless requested.
There is also a camp cottage we love for a more economical trip. A totally cozy
place to stay, a five day trip for four to eight at this
location averages $1295 - $1495 per person.
And a more luxurious option, including staying at
condos with the highest level of service, your own golf cart and
restaurants onsite, is available as well. Any of these options
are available, depending on availability, with a simple phone
Whatever your objectives, it is my joy to assist you in
having the experience of a lifetime!
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