Archive for November, 2010
Once the catamaran got us back to Paradise Island after our visit to Dolphin Encounter we took the bus back to Nassau and asked the driver to drop us off at Fish Fry instead of our hotel. Our first Fish Fry trip a few days earlier to Twin Brothers had been a total disaster; we decided to follow the recommendation from the man we had met on the bus a few days earlier and try Goldie’s. Thankfully, this turned out to be a wonderful suggestion.
Is Goldie’s fancy? No. Does it have a comfortable down-home feeling? Absolutely!
We ordered the same food we had ordered at Twin Brothers a few days earlier: conch fritters as an appetizer, then lobster tail for my wife and cracked conch for me. When the meal was brought to us we knew we were at the right place!
The conch fritters were delicious. My wife’s lobster tail was tender, moist, and flavorful: she could easily cut it with her knife. My cracked conch had a delicious taste that was so sadly lacking a few days earlier. The plantain was tender and moist, easy to cut with my fork, and full of flavor when I bit into it.
And there were no roaches.
In short, THIS was the wonderful meal we had looked forward to for so long. As my wife and I said, we did have our wonderful anniversary meal, but it was a few days late. Thank you Goldie’s for making it so special!
Perhaps you’ve seen stories about places where you can to get in the water and interact with dolphins. My wife and I have wanted to to this for a long time, and I wondered if there was a place where we could do this while we were in Nassau.
Thankfully, the Internet can be a great source at times like this! I found the Bahamas.com website. (You can follow them on Twitter as I do, @Bahamas1) I wrote and asked if there was a place in the Bahamas to “meet the dolphins.”
I visited both websites and decided that Dolphin Encounters looked like our best bet. I liked the idea of the private island, the catamaran ride to get there, and what was, I hoped, an area that would not be as crowded as Atlantis, so I made reservations with them. This was one of the best decisions of the trip!
Their bus picked us up at the hotel and took us to the ferry terminal at Paradise Island. After a short wait we boarded their catamaran for the ride to Blue Lagoon Island. I mentioned in a prior post that this was hurricane season and our hotel was not crowded; the same could be said of our boat. It was a double-deck that could easily seat 125-150 people. For our trip there were only 6 passengers: my wife and I and two other couples.
It was a very enjoyable ride. We saw some incredible homes as we left Paradise Island. Once we got into open water the boat increased speed and we had a wonderful breeze. The seas were calm, it was a smooth ride, and twenty minutes later we arrived at Blue Lagoon Island.
We got off the boat and went for our training session where they taught us about dolphins, and our upcoming encounter with them. The guide explained how they train the dolphins to follow their instructions and gave us valuable information. For example, the way to tell a male dolphin from a female dolphin is to look below their belly and count the slits: two slits for a male, four for a female. We were also cautioned that when we rubbed the dolphin we should not rub near those slits or we “would end up with a friend for life!”
Everyone had their swimsuits on under their clothing, so after our training session ended we had time to take off our clothes and put them into lockers before we met the dolphins.
We went to a pool and got our briefing from our hosts. The pool was deep. deep enough for the dolphins to be able to swim in and out of it from their cove. There was an underwater platform at one end of the pool, we would kneel on that for our “meeting” with the dolphins. Eight people were able get in the pool at a time, my wife and I were in the second group.
We got into the pool and got down on our knees. The trainer had the dolphin come up to us and give each of us a kiss. Then it put its head on our shoulder so we could give it a hug. I have to tell you that is a special moment!
Then the trainer had the dolphin open its mouth wide as she told us to “put your hand in there and feel his teeth!” Let me tell you that the dolphin has a lot of teeth and this did not seem the most appealing thing to do. (That’s a fancy way for saying it was scary! )
Then the dolphin flipped onto his back and we were allowed to rub his tummy. We remembered the earlier warning and made sure we did not rub him below the navel, no need for a new friend!
Our final treat was the chance to feed the dolphin. The trainer gave us each a small fish that we held high up in front of us: the trainer blew her whistle and the dolphin jumped out of the water and very gently took the fish from our hands.
After that our time with the dolphin was over and we left the pool so the next group would have their chance. We had some time to visit the souvenir shop, purchase photos of us with the dolphin, and relax before the ride back to Paradise Island.
Blue Lagoon Island has beaches that people can use before/after their dolphin encounter. Many people had done that, spending the day on the Island. Our boat back to Paradise Island was the last one of the day so it was much more crowded than our first one as all the beach-goers were heading back too.
Dolphin Encounter at Blue Lagoon Island was a wonderful experience. We’ve hugged a dolphin and can take that item off our bucket list. If you are looking for a pleasant way to spend the day on your Nassau trip, you could not do better than this!