& WHALE RETREATS IN HAWAII:
1) Where are your retreats conducted?
We conduct our Dolphin Retreats in our beautiful home in Captain
Cook on the Big Island of Hawaii. We have two guest bedrooms,
so the first four people to register will stay in our home the
whole time; those who register after that will be housed for sleeping
only at an apartment next door or another home around the corner
from us or the Manago Hotel. This will be only at sleep times
and the rest of the time they will be here in our home with the
group for meals, meetings, etc.
Do I have to be a good swimmer or have snorkel experience to take
part in the dolphin retreats?
No, not at all. We have worked with thousands of people from all
over the world....many who have never snorkeled or know how to
swim. Doug is the expert with beginners and knows how to teach
snorkeling and makes sure that people feel comfortable in the
ocean and have fabulous experiences with the dolphins. On the
first day, we always take the group to a shallow bay to learn
how to snorkel, make sure the gear is working properly and become
comfortable. We have swim supports to hold onto if needed. Doug
is 100% successful in creating safety and comfort in the ocean.
What about food restrictions and allergies?
We do our best to make sure that all participants'
dietary needs are taken care of. We always have you fill out and
sign a waiver with your dietary restrictions so that we know what
to expect. On the first night, we only serve chicken and fish
dishes (if you are a vegetarian we will provide vegetarian alternatives
for you.) If you have very special needs, we can take you to a
health food store so that you can purchase extras for yourself.
For breakfast each day we provide scrambled eggs, fresh fruit,
toast and for those who wish cereal and yogurt. If you have other
needs, you can purchase that at the nearby health food store.
The luau has many choices of fabulous food.
What meals are included in the cost of the retreat?
We provide one dinner and one authentic Hawaiian
Luau with entertainment. All the breakfasts are provided (see
above) as well as four lunches while we are on the boats. On the
"free day," Wednesday, you will need to pay for your
own lunch and dinner. For three nights during the retreat, we
take the group to local restaurants for great meals that are only
about $15 or so ... those nights are self pay. If you are taking
the optional volcano tour, there will be opportunities for getting
your meals on the road. If you go to town for the afternoon, many
like to stay in town for dinner.
Do you have cats or dogs?
No, we do not have any pets so if you have animal allergies, you
will be safe here.
Can we touch or pet the dolphins on the swims?
Since the dolphins that we swim with are wild and free, we do
not try to touch them. This is good dolphin etiquette. We keep
our hands to our sides and just kick gently and evenly and match
their energy as we swim along with them. The magic of being right
in the middle of the pod is so extraordinary, and their sonar
can reach us even from five miles away, we do not need to actually
touch them to receive all the benefits of the dolphin energy.
How many people can you take in your retreats?
We can take up to twelve participants. Our average number of participants
is about six to eight for each retreat. We enjoy small groups where
we can really bond as a family. The captain of the boat that we
charter needs at least four people in order to take the boat out.
He usually has that number, but if we only had two in our retreat
and there was one day that the boat did not go out, we would do
a shore swim on that day if we cannot find another boat (this is
What is the average age of participants and are there singles
Our retreats are open to anyone from the age of about 10 to ???
We have had children join our retreats with their parents who
are open to meditation and are comfortable in a group of adults.
We also have had people in their eighties. We may have one or
two couples and some singles as well. Many times we will have
single women come alone and we provide a roommate for them. It
always is perfect and we all get along beautifully.
My spouse is not really on a spiritual path like I am. Will he/she
We have had many couples attend our retreats since 1994 and it is
especially wonderful when one of the spouses is just opening up
spiritually! We provide such a loving and safe space for everyone
that our groups are open to all who are drawn to come and join us.
We have lots of fun and laughs and no one feels pressured to believe
anything other than what is true for them. People always have the
choice to join the gatherings or not (in the past, most everyone
has chosen to join.... and they have the best time of all!) We have
seen so many transformations occur......especially for those who
have been closed.
If I come alone, will I feel comfortable?
We have been conducting these life changing retreats since 1994
and, other than one instance, have never had a participant who wasn't
totally satisfied with the whole experience. We provide a very loving
and safe environment where each person is honored and respected.
We become a "family" very early in the week and have lots
of fun in the process.
What about inexpensive airline flights?
Here are web sites that often offer great prices for flights and
specials. Also, check your local Sunday newspaper's travel section.
Also try for specials: Hawaiian Airline, Alaskan Airline, United
Airline, Aloha Airline, American Airline
What is the best time of year to swim with dolphins?
The dolphins are plentiful all times of the year. In January,
the ocean can be rough so we do not conduct our retreats then
(only at the end of January at times). In February and March,
the humpback whales are here so it is especially exciting as we
see many whales as well! We cannot legally swim with the whales
here in the US but often the whales will come right up to our
boats. It is spectacular. The weather is perfect and hot most
daytimes year-round (75 to 85 degrees) and then in the winter
cools down a bit at night (you might only need a sweater at night.)