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7 Days Dolphin Watching and Yoga Retreat in Bimini, the Bahamas

  • WildQuest Retreat, Porgy Bay, Bimini, the Bahamas

Sacred Journey Bahamas Yoga Retreat

You are invited to come and watch the dolphins in their own home, on their own terms, and to share the mutual joy of being together in the crystal clear, warm waters off the Bimini coast. WildQuest takes lessons from the dolphins and work holistically with the breath, using yoga and other techniques to sharpen awareness, relax, unwind, and fill your body with a natural sense of well-being. You will return home feeling rejuvenated!

Highlights

  • 5 days out on the DolphinQuest catamaran
  • Optional yoga classes and other group activities
  • Sunday night accommodation in Fort Lauderdale
  • All meals on the island except one dinner out
  • 5 nights accommodation on the island
  • Enjoy complimentary use of kayaks
  • Airport transfers to the island
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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WildQuest Retreat Center

The WildQuest Retreat Center sits bay-­side, in the friendly, Caribbean "funky" fishing village of Porgy Bay, North Bimini. Stunning beaches are a minute’s walk away.

Light, airy, and spacious, with its own bay-­side terrace and mooring, the WildQuest Retreat Center is the perfect spot to relax and chill out after a day on the ocean. The dining room and beautiful meditation and yoga studio are in the main house. The rooms, just a few steps from the water, are clean, modern and very generous. Previous guests describe them as "comfortably functional, rather than luxurious", suited to the laid back vibe that characterizes WildQuest's vacations.

All rooms are non-­smoking, with air-­conditioning, a small fridge and most have a private bath. The sunrise over the bay is spectacular, a joy to behold from the terrace and bay-­side bedrooms. Treat yourself to a bay-­side room upgrade. Numbers are limited so book early!

The price of your package per person is based on double occupancy of each room, i.e., sharing a room with a partner, friend or other like-hearted participant. If you prefer not to share, WildQuest can upgrade you to a private single room for an additional fee.

Bringing your family? Give them a call to discuss specific needs. They are happy to chat and give discounts for kids. Children two years and older are welcome on any of WildQuest Sacred Journey retreat programs, June through September - school holiday time in the US and Europe. Teens twelve years and older are welcome on most of the retreat programs during the season, April to November. There will be 400 USD discount for kids aged two to 11 years old and 200 USD discount for those who are 12 to 17 years old.

The DolphinQuest

DolphinQuest is a Lagoon 410 sailing catamaran. She is docked right on the doorstep at the retreat center. Sailing or motor cruising, she offers simple, steady beauty of being on the ocean.

The boat is comfortable inside and out, with plenty of places to relax in the shade or sun and soak up the stunning scenery. There is a marine toilet (head) on board and wide rear steps (transoms), which allow easy entry in and out of the water.

The crew usually motors out (surprisingly quiet) of the bay to meet the dolphins. When the breeze picks up, they sail along, harnessing the loveliness and power of nature. Catamarans are stable and don’t roll side to side like mono-­hull boats. DolphinQuest’s stability means nausea is rare, even for those usually sensitive to sea-sickness.

DolphinQuest is registered in the USA. She operates under The Bahamas Charter Permit for which she undergoes an annual check up and inspection every year.

Safety is WildQuest's priority. The crew familiarizes everyone with the boat and safety features before we leave the dock. All crew members are Red Cross trained and they have an automated external defibrillator (AED) on board.

Sacred Journey Retreats are run by the resident WildQuest crew. Kind, knowledgeable, full of heart, and very friendly. The team is expert in taking care of your every need, on the boat and on land. More like friends in a "human pod", the crew, have been working together for many years, with one goal: to create a sacred journey into the dolphins’ world, for you to meet the majesty of the ocean and most importantly, the sacred within you.

Yoga and meditation are a main part of each Sacred Journey week, (but optional if you’d rather do your own thing). Designed to relax you ready to meet the dolphins from a rested, stilled space. The easier you breathe on land and in the water, the easier it is to connect with the dolphins. Yoga is also a great way to stretch, open up, tone and strengthen the body. Your body, your beautiful vehicle on this planet, will appreciate it.

Every week WildQuest sees transformation happen. These holidays can be powerful, expansive, and heartfelt. A vacation from your usual self. There’ll be much laughter, maybe tears, great new friendships, and moments you’ll never forget. Check out below what a typical day at WildQuest might look like. Come and learn something new and let go of the old!

Typical daily schedule

Sunrise

Over the bay, reflecting pink and blue clouds above.

Morning yoga

A gift for your body.

Breakfast

A natural, healthy, wholesome buffet.

Free time / meditation

Swim or stroll nearby beaches. Or try a guided meditation designed to calm and relax you, ready to meet the dolphins.

Lunch

Pack your own to take on the boat.

Cast off

DolphinQuest motors through the bay and turns north, out into open seas. Oh, the joy when you spot those fins somewhere in 40 square miles of turquoise blue depths.

Playtime

Sometimes the dolphins swim along the bow of the boat. Sometimes they stop long enough for you all to slide in and join them. Sometimes they stay a while, checking you out, diving down, coming up to meet you, so close.

Hometime

Sailing back as the sun sets, stopping off for a swim, maybe dancing on the boat all the way home or sitting silently grateful. Hopefully not sunburned if you take care.

Showers

There will be plenty of hot water.

Dinner

A hot, delicious daily special. You will eat out at a local restaurant one day of the week.

Free time / evening session

Before bedtime, you can enjoy the sunset, a stroll perhaps, or midnight swim, silence, stargazing, a cold beer, fireside chats, or a good book. It's up to you.

WildQuest's program is a group retreat or wilderness experience, designed to re-connect you with yourself, each other and the dolphins, in a loving supportive environment!

Meeting the dolphins is magical. They’re just being what they really are. All you need to do, to be the same, is relax. That’s how our holidays are designed. For letting go and blissing out. They help us plug back into your heart. Meeting, being to being. No personalities, no boundaries, pure presence. Connection. A resonance of oneness many seek through spiritual practice.

What a delightful combination. There will be nurturing exercise, mindfulness, wholesome healthy food, lazy ­days cruising out into open, warm, aquamarine seas to find the dolphins, chilling out on a boat-­full of like-minded people, with loving support from all crew. Retreats at WildQuest leave you rejuvenated. Full again, with the joys of life and a renewed sense of connection.

Unbreakable absolute rules

Safety is number 1

Listen to your boat captain and dolphin guide at all times. Do not walk with fins. Always have one hand for the boat to steady yourself.

Respect

You are a guest, the ocean is the dolphins’ home.

No touch

You will not reach out and touch the dolphins. It’s a matter of respect.

Do not feed

Of course you will not feed them. They are very good at feeding themselves.

Throughout the holiday, you will enjoy trips to watch dolphins.

Bimini

Bimini means "mother of many waters", (in Taino, the native American Indian language spoken there in years gone past). Deserted white sand beaches, shimmering crystal clear warm waters, welcoming islanders, funky colorful architecture, reggae and restaurants. Hello relaxation!

Bimini is made up of three islands, North, South, and East Bimini, which together form its characteristic horseshoe shape, with a lagoon in the middle. Because it’s the closest island to Florida (50 miles / 80 kilometers), many boaters make the trip in a couple of hours and dock in the marinas for short stays, or use the islands as a base for deep water fishing trips.

Surrounded by shallow reefs (20-30 feet) near shore, sea depth increases to 80 to 100 feet off the West coast, before dropping into the profound depths, over 6000 feet, of the Gulf Stream between Bimini and Miami. The Andros Barrier Reef (southeast of Bimini) represents the second largest reef complex in the western North Atlantic.

Some say Bimini is home to the ancient "lost City of Atlantis"; more recently the island was infamous as a favorite location for rum-­runners during Prohibition. Today this gem of a playground has become known as the deep-­sea fishing-­capital of the world and the very best place, anywhere, to swim with wild dolphins.

The horseshoe-shaped island is very narrow, so the Retreat Centre is seconds away from stunning beaches, often deserted, where you can swim, sunbathe and take moonlight strolls. On the Retreat Centre’s doorstep, nature treats us to a splendid sunrise every morning overlooking the bay, where WildQuest's catamaran, DolphinQuest, is moored. Sparkling turquoise by day, golden orange by night, the waters in Bimini soak up your cares, leaving you purified and new.

The Bahamas

The Bahamas is an oasis and boasts the clearest water on the planet with a visibility that can be over one hundred feet. The waters are so blue they seem to merge with the skies.

Christopher Columbus, looking for the New World, made landfall in 1492 at San Salvador, east Bahamas and called the islands "Baja Mar", (j pronounced "ha") meaning "shallow sea". The Bahamas is made up of 29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 rocks, spread over an 180,000 square mile (470,000 km²) archipelago of the world’s clearest waters.

Many of the islands are tiny, making up a total land mass of only 5,382 square mile. (13,939 square kilometers), making the Bahamas the 150th smallest country out of 192 in the world. The islands are also flat, at or near sea level, with the highest land elevation at only 206 feet (63 meters). The currency is the Bahamian Dollar which is interchangeable with eagerly accepted USD.

Happy tummies make happy holidays. Food is part of the fun at WildQuest. Their expert cook prepares delicious, mostly organic, healthy meals, and can cater for most dietary needs, so please let them know when you make your reservation.

Help yourself to coffee and teas, regular and soy-­milk, rice-­milk and honey. There is also filtered drinking water, lemonade and iced fruit tea. Meals are served in the dining room in the main house. It’s a treat to eat outside at the communal table, overlooking the garden and the bay.

Most of the food is imported from the USA. Shopping for groceries on Bimini is very limited. There’s nothing grown on the island. If you need your own favorite snack or dietary supplement, please bring it with you.

Sample menu

Breakfast

A buffet of eggs, French toast, freshly prepared waffles, granola, cereal, fruit, breads and spreads, orange juice, teas, and coffee.

Picnic lunch

Pack your own to take on the boat from a choice of salads and sandwiches.

Dinner

A vegetarian option and either a fish or chicken entrée and dessert.

Dinner out

You will dine out one night of the week at an authentic local restaurant to enjoy Caribbean food, culture and island music. This dinner outing is not included in your package.

Enjoy a massage session

There are two excellent body workers on the WildQuest team. Many people have found that having a massage greatly adds to their experience. There is an additional charge of 95 USD for these sessions.

  • 6 nights accommodations
  • All meals except for Sunday night dinner and one group dinner out
  • Airport transfers
  • Boat trips, 5 days out weather permitting
  • Complimentary use of kayaks and bicycles
  • Daily group activities
  • Drinking water
  • Hot beverages at WildQuest Retreat Lodge
  • Shuttle transfer from the hotel to the airport on the Monday morning
  • Wi-Fi connection where available
  • All individual body work sessions
  • Bahamas departure tax
  • Bahamas airport tax and civil aviation screening fee
  • Gratuities
  • Rental of snorkel equipment
  • Retreat photos when available at 65 USD
  • Single room and ocean view room upgrade
  • Sunday night dinner in Fort Lauderdale and one group dinner out on Bimini
  • Travel costs to and from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale
  • Travel costs to and from Bimini, around 390 USD
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL). On Sunday (first day), your room is reserved at the Bahia Mar Hotel. Check-in time is 4:00 pm. You will receive a welcome letter upon arrival. All rooms have an ocean view and are non-smoking. You will meet others in the lobby at the Bahia Mar at 5:30 p.m. This is a chance to connect for the first time and also to get information about the journey to Bimini the following morning.

On Monday morning, the shuttle bus (included in your retreat price) will pick you up outside the Bahia Mar to take you to the airport for the private charter flight. Island Air Charters operates from the Sheltair FBO facility which is part of the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. WildQuest has reserved your seat on the island plane. The flight time to Bimini is 25 minutes. Amlas and Atmo will meet you at the airport when you arrive in Bimini. You will then take a van and a short water taxi ride to the WildQuest Retreat Lodge.

The return flight from Bimini to the Sheltair FBO facility at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport is on Saturday morning. You should be cleared through customs around 11 a.m.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Susan Marie
    9 out of 10

    "Never will you encounter an entire group of people so dedicated and in love with what they do. They do not work here, they play, educate and thrive here. They share a mutual connection with the dolphins and other earthlings. "

    "This experience changed me in ways that are hard to explain. The transformation is still continuing and it has been more than 4 years. I met the most wonderful humans and our friendships continue. It is not a matter of if I will return but rather when. :-) Namaste"

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  • Review by Marina Michaelides
    9 out of 10

    "Been twice and both times were magical, enchanting, best holiday ever. Turquoise waters, out on the sea all day, diving deep with the dolphins. It really doesn't get better than this and I think it's fantastic value, all in, food excursions etc. Well worth every penny."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom

    "Immediately after arriving at Wildquest, I felt at home. Amlas, Atmo and the team are amazing - the food is wonderfully tasty, yoga stretches in the morning prepare you for the day, I had the best ever massage and healing with Sukhama and I haven't yet mentioned the dolphins! Turquoise blue waters took my breath away each day; vibrant, colourful fish made me smile; and the dolphins were just magical. We had a number of encounters with bottlenose and spotted dolphins - each one was unique. Being in their company, watching them feed, watching them play, hearing their sonar communication - all touched my heart and soul. Unforgettable and life-changing. So grateful for the experience. Can't wait to go back!"

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  • Review by Layla from United Kingdom

    "Had the most amazing week at Wildquest! I have always wanted to swim with dolphins in the wild but wanted to make sure it was done respectfully; after lots of research I found Wildquest. The actual experience of swimming with these beautiful creatures is something I'm so thankful to have enjoyed. Wildquest ensures that we appreciate the ocean, the dolphins' playground, which is so important. The staff are all amazing, friendly and professional. The retreat itself is funky and felt like home after the first day. Travelling on my own and being only 20, I wasn't sure how I would feel, but I made so many friends; everyone was so including and you really do become the human equivalent of a pod! I loved doing yoga every morning, it was such a great way to start the day! Nothing was too much trouble, everything was well organized (from the transfers to the matching lunch boxes and water bottles) and the food was all super tasty and healthy! They also provide bikes and kayaks which you can use, and this was a great way to see a bit more of the surrounding area. I don't normally like visiting the same place twice but I will definitely be making an exception for WIldquest, I can't wait to come back!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "Wildquest provides an amazing experience. Accommodations are spotless, the food is prepared with love, and the crew are are all adept at a variety of things, from teaching yoga class, to body work, to cooking. This is all before you get onto the boat to go out into the crystal blue water off Bimini, where, on our visit, we encountered wild dolphins every day, and sometimes got to swim and play with them. Wildquest is completely respectful of these creatures. There is no feeding to attract them, no touching or chasing them...only a pure interaction which left my wife, me, and everyone on the boat in a state of joy and wonder. We are already looking forward to returning...highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Chrissy from United Kingdom

    "Words can't really explain how amazing this trip was. the crew, the food, the place, the boat the wildlife, ALL AMAZING. thank you WildQuest unforgettable. I would recommend this part wholeheartedly. The food was so good, healthy fresh brilliant. We were so well looked after, everything we needed was there. We had yoga in the morning, free bikes to use to discover the island and out on the beautiful boat everyday."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I highly recommend WildQuest Bimini, Bahamas. When we thought it couldn't get any better than the previous day ........ it did!!!! Magical swimming with wild dolphins, beautiful people and surroundings, good food and beds. Fantastic yoga and treatments! We had an ocean view room and it was really worth it. The only problem is that when you're in Paradise you don't want to go home! :)"

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  • Review by a traveler from US
    9 out of 10

    "My husband and I were invited to take this trip with WildQuest by some beloved friends. We both/all love the sea and animals of all kinds that are part of this incredible planet. The WildQuest team staff is compassionate, considerate, fun, careful, attentive, conscience, informative and highly respectful of the dolphins who swim the seas in Bimini. They are their guardians and were ours for 6 outstanding days. Every detail was their concern-- even the incredible photos taken during the journey. We had a "pod" of 20 people-- most all of them strangers and everyone who shared that week developed a special bond-- many experienced a transformation. Terri O'Hara, also gifted us as our facilitator, and animal communicator, and she also brought us and held us together beautifully. WildQuest lodging is comfortable, and the food healthy and delicious. The magnificent sail boat/catamaran never once felt crowded even during the story seas that surrounded us during hurricane Joaquin-- which magically blew away from us. We swam with dolphins every day, and Almas taught beautiful yoga in the mornings. Sukanah and Tara offered body work that was amazing. I cannot recommend WildQuest enough for anyone seeking relaxation, beauty, transformation and most of all... love."

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  • Review by Kerry S. from California, US
    9 out of 10

    "This is a trip that will always be top on your list! Words can't explain!Yes, you really do swim and play with wild dolphins in warm water, that is crystal clear like drinking water. To look in the eyes of a wild dolphin and swim for hours with them is an experience that I will always treasure, thank you! The crew is 5 star, along with the food and the love that you are filled with is unexplainable.WildQuest is a guaranteed awesome vacation!"

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  • Review by Marcia F. from California, US
    9 out of 10

    "WildQuest is the most magical, beautiful, and generous retreat facilitators I have ever encountered. From the protection and wisdom they have for the water, dolphins and humans, to the food, facility, boat, and extreme fun and love. Bimini and the Wildquest crew are hands down my favorite adventure. I been twice and I still can't get enough."

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  • Review by a traveler from Tennessee, US
    9 out of 10

    "Wildquest went far beyond my expectations. Extremely well organized. Yummy healthy foods. And honestly, fantastic crew, loving travelers, amazing dolphin swims & snorkels with tropical fish. For the first time in my life, this regular meditator & yoga practitioner experienced "being in the present", where no other thoughts were invading my mind. It was an absolute beautiful bliss. And I have been missing swimming in the gorgeous multi-shaded blue ocean of Bimini ever since.I cannot wait to return! "

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