On the day we went to Dophin Cove, we had originally intented to go to Boatswain's Beach, which is right across the street. Since we were staying on the East End, and these two locations were on the northeast side of the island, it took us almost an hour to get there. We had really talked up going to Boatswain's Beach, which includes a large turtle farm and big lagoon stocked with fish and even sharks, so when we went up to the door and a security guard told us managment had decided to close for the day, the kids were very upset. Alexa even started crying.
I was very disappointed and wanted to cry myself. We now had an hour drive back to the house with two very upset children. Our car was parked in the parking lot of Dophin Cove, and Steve said he wanted to go inside and check things out. I told him it would be much to expensive to swim with the dophins, although I would have loved to have done that. When I had looked costs up online, it would have been $150 for each person, and I had thought the kids were to young to go in the water. Well, I'm so thankful Steve checked things out, since it turned out all four of us could get in the water with the dophins for $120, plus we were given wristbands for Boatswain's Beach that intitled us to half off ticket prices. Once again, another reason why it really pays to travel with family to the Carribbean in September.
After getting our suits on, we met one of the employees out at the pool, and we went over instructions on hand signals for the dophins and what experiences Steve and I would have with the dophins.
After all of us had a chance to kiss the dophins (except Alexa who was a bit afraid to get near them) and pet them, and even hold onto their fins, Steve and I had two extra experiences. We did a Boogie Board experience where you hold onto a boogie board with your legs stretched out very straight behind you. Then the dophin pushes you by the bottoms of your feet to the other side of the pool. Then we had another experience where the dophin would swim up behind you belly up, and then you would grab both of his fins and lay across his belly as he swam across the pool. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures to post on the blog because we wern't allowed to have our cameras near the pool, but we paid to buy the DVD of our time here.
Before we left, we were able to watch a short dophin show. So, what started out as a disappointing day turned out to be one of our most memorable of the vacation. I guess it's true that God works in mysterious ways!