You’ve seen them perform in aquariums and aquatic theme parks, but there’s something about seeing dolphins in their natural habitat that makes them a favorite ocean dweller. There are plenty of ways you can enjoy the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, and one of our favorites involves taking to the seas in hopes of spotting these docile creatures of the deep.

Swimming with Spinners

Dolphin Snorkeling SwimThe crystal blue waters of the Pacific are filled with a variety of oceanic wildlife, from beautiful green sea turtles to smaller tropical fish that tend to cluster around you out of curiosity. The main attractions, however, are the spinner dolphins known to call the coasts of Hawaii home. Rather than just experiencing these wonders from the comfort of a boat, you can have the chance to dive into their habitat to experience these playful creatures close up, whether you’re staying on Oahu, Maui, or the Big Island of Hawaii.

As they’re no strangers to the presence of other people, when you do happen across a school of energetic spinners, it may seem like they’re putting on a show for you. These pods of dolphins are amazing to watch as they interact with one another and welcome you to their own underwater world.

Named for their ability to leap out of the water and spin in midair, this is one beauty of Mother Nature that you won’t want to miss out on. Before diving in to the depths of the Pacific, you’re outfitted with snorkel gear so you can really view the crystal-clear waters of the ocean.

Keeping Dry

If swimming in the Pacific isn’t appealing to you, you’re more than welcome to remain on the tour boat. Almost as if they know you’re watching, dolphins aren’t shy and will come to the surface often to greet those watching from above. While you may not be swimming with these awe-inspiring mammals of the sea, you won’t be missing out on the excitement of their playful personalities.

As an added bonus for those who visit during the winter months, the warmer waters off the Hawaiian coastline attract one of the ocean’s most stunning inhabitants – humpback whales. You can listen to their song-like calls from afar as these giant splendors escape the frigid waters off the Alaskan coast.