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

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.