How to Swim With Dolphins in Myrtle Beach

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In 1995, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the feeding and swimming with wild dolphins are both dangerous and harmful to these beloved ocean creatures, and therefore make it illegal to do so. However, there are many different water activities that you and your family can do to enjoy the memorable experience of meeting dolphins in the ocean.

Ride a jet ski. There are several jet ski rental places dotted along the shores of Myrtle Beach. Establishments such as Thomas Outdoor Water Sports make arrangements with you to go on a dolphin tour by way of jet skis. A guide will take you into the ocean to a shrimp boat. Shrimp boats attract the dolphins because of the "free meals" that they provide. Once your tour has found a group of dolphins, be prepared to have them swim along side of your jet ski (see Resources below).

Scuba dive. Scuba diving classes and tours are spread out all over Myrtle Beach. When making arrangements for your diving tour, ask about locations that are specific to dolphin packed areas. The great thing about wanting to swim with the dolphins at Myrtle Beach is that there is an abundance of dolphins throughout the South Carolina coastline.

Ride a banana boat. Visit Murrells Inlet and rent a banana boat. Banana boats sit just inches above the water, so you will be up close and personal when the dolphins come swimming by.

Go kayaking. Ocean kayaks are available to rent at various water craft rental places. You can choose to take the kayak into the river, marsh and even the ocean. Chances are that while kayaking in the ocean, you will be greeted by a dolphin or two.

Tips & Warnings

  • Call in advance before planning to rent water craft. Most places require reservations.

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