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    Dusky Dolphins off Kaikoura in New Zealand by Peter Alfrey.

    DOLPHIN WATCHING

    The destinations listed and linked below are the ones we believe are the best in the world to see dolphins. Many of these are also the best in the world to see Whales.

    If there are any other destinations you think should be on the list then please Email us.

    The destinations are listed alphabetically with very brief summaries. For more details click on the destination name.

    Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
    Commerson's, Hourglass and Peale's help make this A Top Ten Destination.

    Atlantic Odyssey
    Dusky, Hourglass and (Pantropical) Spotted, a chance of Clymene, and an outside chance of Southern Right Whale Dolphin and Spectacled Porpoise.

    Australia - Western
    Close encounters with Bottlenose Dolphins at Monkey Mia.

    Azores
    Bottlenose, (Short-beaked) Common, Risso’s, (Atlantic) Spotted and Striped Dolphins.

    Bahamas
    One of the best places in the world to swim with dolphins; (Atlantic) Bottlenose and (Atlantic) Spotted.

    Baja California - Mexico
    Thousands of Bottlenose, (Short-beaked and Long-beaked) Common and Pacific White-sided Dolphins.

    Cambodia
    Irrawaddy Dolphin.

    China - Hong Kong
    'Pink' Indo-Pacific Humpback (Chinese White) Dolphin.

    Dominica
    Spinner and Spotted, and a chance of (Atlantic) Bottlenose and Fraser’s.

    Dominican Republic
    A chance of (Atlantic) Bottlenose, Fraser’s, Risso’s, Spinner and (Atlantic) Spotted.

    Hawaii
    A chance to snorkel or scuba-dive with Spinner Dolphins, and to see (Indo-Pacific) Bottlenose and Spotted, and possibly Rough-toothed.

    Madeira
    In certain conditions it is possible to swim with (Common) Bottlenose, (Short-beaked) Common and (Atlantic) Spotted, and to see Risso’s and Striped.

    Maldives
    (Indo-Pacific) Bottlenose, Risso's, (Long-snouted) Spinner, (Pantropical) Spotted and Striped, plus a chance of (Common) Bottlenose, Fraser's and Rough-toothed.

    New Zealand
    (Common) Bottlenose, Common, Dusky and Hector's.

    (Western) Pacific Odyssey
    Bottlenose, Risso’s, (Eastern) Spinner, (Pantropical) Spotted and Striped, and a chance of Fraser’s and Rough-toothed.

    Peru - Northeastern (Iquitos)
    Grey River and Pink River Dolphins.

    Scotland
    Bottlenose Dolphins from Chanonry Point or boats out of Cromarty in the Moray Firth.

    Spain - Southern
    Bottlenose, Common and Striped Dolphins in the Strait of Gibraltar on boat Trips out of Tarifa.

    Sri Lanka
    A chance of Bottlenose, Risso's, (Long-snouted) Spinner, Spotted and Striped Dolphins.