Last Fall, my mother called me and asked if I was interested in going with her to Bimini in the Bahamas to swim with wild dolphins. She had heard of an organization called WildQuest that has a retreat center on the island. They take you out on the open seas during the course of a week to swim with the dolphins, provide organic, healthy meals, and even host yoga and meditation sessions. As you can probably guess, it didn’t take me very long for to say yes!
There was more to this trip than just a fun week away in the Bahamas. I was getting married in a few months and my mom wanted to spend some quality time together before things got too crazy with the wedding planning. We used to travel a lot together when I was younger and it had been almost a decade since we went anywhere together. She thought it would be a fun “last hoorah,” before I got caught up in married life.
A couple weeks before Thanksgiving, we flew to Fort Lauderdale. We caught another plane the next morning that took us to the island, which is only 53 miles off the coast of Miami. It was one of those tiny planes for only about 8-10 people and I’ll admit, I was a tad nervous. I had never been on a plane that small before. After a *minor* hiccup (the front tire going flat as we took off, so we had to turn around for an emergency landing to have it fixed. Yikes!), we were on our way to the Bahamas 🙂
We spent the week out on the water everyday, sailing on the boat looking for dolphins, hopping out when we came across a beautiful spot to swim and snorkel, and explored the Bimini Road. If you’ve never heard of the Bimini Road before, it’s a row of huge limestone blocks about 15-20 feet underwater. The origins of the road are mysterious as they appear manmade, are estimated to be up to 3500 years old, and limestone is not natural to the area. Some believe it may be an old road of the lost city of Atlantis. I do love a good mystery story!
Throughout the week, we were completely amazed by how social the wild dolphins of Bimini were with people. They would swim all around us, curious. At some points while we were sailing, there were groups of four or five different pods swimming with the boat. There’s something special about the dolphins here and it’s something you can feel the second they interact with you.
My mom and I stayed at the Dolphin House for a couple days after our excursion with WildQuest ended. The Dolphin House is a local gem and landmark – there’s a small museum in the lower level with a bit of history about the island and the hotel itself is decorated using recycled materials or items found on the beach by its owner, Ashley Saunders. There are only about four rooms in the house, so plan on booking early if you’d like to stay here!
Our last day in Bimini was spent completely in the water. It was some of the clearest and silkiest water I’ve ever seen in my life (challenged by maybe the cenotes of Tulum) and we couldn’t bring ourselves to leave it. We probably spent at least 6 hours swimming that day… not even kidding. I can’t even remember what we occupied ourselves with for that long (it may have been trying to teach my mom how to swim and dive haha), but I know I hadn’t seen her laugh like that in a long time.
I will forever remember my experience in Bimini as part adventure, part mystery, part magic, part mermaid (because, of course), and all love <3