Slaughters in Mexico-Swimming with Dolphins

I shared Part 1 and Part 2 of our summer vacation last week.  I promised to share our dolphin encounter with you.  I finally got around to getting the pictures off the disk, so I’m ready to share!

On Sunday of our trip, we made reservations to swim with the dolphins and I’m using the term “swim” very loosely.  🙂

*Be prepared for picture overload!!

We got the party started with kayak rides around this little canal.

The dolphin instructor was also in a kayak and she was showing us what hand signals to do to make the dolphins perform little tricks.

Nixon and I were in a kayak too, but they wouldn’t allow phones in the water area.

The picture is deceiving….in real life-they were REALLY nervous at this moment.  haha!  

Then we all got in the water on a little platform and waited to do some tricks with the dolphins.  Tab was up first…
The pictures make it look super quick, but the instructor was so nice.  She took her time with everyone.

Bowen was up and oh my word…
 You guys!!  His little eyes are closed!  Holy sweetness!  

He was up second and he was a champ!  Seriously, he was all about that dolphin.

 See what I mean?  He was LOVING it!

This guy rocked his little encounter.  🙂

 I think “the kiss” is an optical illusion on this one.  #andidontblamehim  #waitformykissingpic

Nixon did great, but he was definitely a little more reserved.

 I wanted this to be MY picture.  haha!

I told the instructor this one with Nix could count for me.  She didn’t buy it.  🙂

“Okay, that’s close enough, dolphin”-doesn’t that look like what he’s thinking?

This cracks me up…clearly, Ebby Lee didn’t get the “look at the photographer” memo. 

She was a fan instantly.

On the kissing picture, the photographer kept WAITING for us to lock lips.  ha!  I finally told him that’s the best I could do.

The dolphins showed off a little bit.

We were SUPER impressed!  And then our little encounter was over.  I thought it was WAY more fun than I was envisioning and longer too.

If you guys have the opportunity to do this sometime, I highly recommend it!  The Slaughters give it five thumbs up!  🙂

Last call on vacation questions!!  I’m answering them all on Thursday.  Just leave a comment if you have any thing specific you’d like me to answer.  

Have a GREAT day! XOXO

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  1. 6.28.16
    Megan @ Letting In The Light Blog said:

    What an amazing family memory! Girl, I don't blame you. I would be air-kidding that dolphin too;)

  2. 6.28.16
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Oh Bowen! Bowen, Bowen, BOWEN! You guys totally need to get a dolphin now. It can live in your pool. Bowen needs one.

  3. 6.28.16
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    OMG at Bowen and the dolphin! They had a moment!!! This looks like such a fun experience. Loved the pics!

  4. 6.28.16
    Valerie Cox said:

    What precious photos! They should use Bowens as an advertisement! 🙂

  5. 6.28.16
    Anonymous said:

    Oh my goodness!! Look at Bowen!! So cute!!! I love it!!

  6. 6.28.16
    brookerichardson said:

    Awe Bowen was telling me about swimming with the Dolphins on Sunday!!! Such a neat experience!!!

  7. 6.28.16
    Abbyvb said:

    What resort did you stay at and how kid friendly was it? Thank you!!

  8. 6.28.16
    Eileen said:

    Those dolphin pictures are fantastic! I think I would be the same way you were. Where did you stay?

  9. 6.28.16
    Sarah Shaneyfelt said:

    Love it! I wanted to swim with the dolphins while we were at Atlantis this month, but the package only included getting into knee-deep water with the dolphins and petting them–not that I wanted to do! Your kids will never forget the dolphins!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  10. 6.28.16
    Kara said:

    We swam with dolphins when we went on a cruise and I always say it was one of the best experiences of my life! I can't wait to take my kids to do it. It looks like you guys had a great time!

  11. 6.28.16
    Sara said:

    Eyes closed kissing the dolphin is the sweetest thing I have ever seen!

  12. 6.28.16
    Lori said:

    Looks like so much fun! What resort did you stay at and where did you swim with the D
    dolphins? I would love to plan something g like this for my kids.

  13. 6.28.16
    a little bit of emily said:

    What an awesome experience! You guys got some great pictures!

  14. 6.28.16
    Laci said:

    We did this in the Bahamas on our Disney Cruise this past February! It was AMAZING!!! I would totally do it again, TOTALLY!!! My kids loved it. 🙂

  15. 6.28.16
    Amy @ Getz Girl on Fire said:

    I absolutely LOVE this! Swimming with dolphins is on my bucket list . . . and I would totally kiss one!! Ha! Those pictures are so sweet – what a fun experience for you children! If you don't mind, would you please share your resort?!? And if you'd recommend – all the vacation pics look amazing! FYI – I had to leave bloglovin and go to your actual website to post a comment – weird!

  16. 6.28.16
    Angela Ellingson said:

    We swam with dolphins on our honeymoon in Acapulco. Very cool experience! You guys had an amazing photographer! Great pictures and brave kiddos (and mama haha)!

  17. 6.28.16
    live compassionately said:

    We did the dolphin swim when we went on our honeymoon in 2013! I loved it so much – they even let us "ride" them (they propelled us forward with their noses). So much fun!

  18. 6.28.16
    Anonymous said:

    Erika! I'm dying that you wouldn't kiss the dolphin… We are alike in this matter. Because would you kiss a fish? Nope. So why kiss a dolphin? Beautiful photos!! Hope this was a blessed time for your sweet family!

  19. 6.28.16
    rhester said:

    Where did you actually stay on your vacation? It looks really kid friendly and lots of fun and would like to get more details about a future trip their with my family.

  20. 6.29.16
    giginpink said:

    Oh, the joy on Bowen's face is priceless! Frame that picture! Looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing your trip!

  21. 6.29.16
    Marla Slaughter said:

    Oh my goodness! I see a pic on canvas in each bedroom in the future! These are unbelievable!!