On the small island of Bimini in the Bahamas, you can join boat safaris looking for pods of wild spotted dolphins. The trips last five or six hours and require a bit of stamina but they have an 80% success rate of getting people in the water with the dolphins.
In Tysfjord in northern Norway, they run safaris in search of the magnificent orcas. Stay at the Tysfjord hotel where they give lectures on orca behaviour and then join one of the day trips to get good sightings of these giant 'dolphins'.
Snorkelling with orcas costs approx £135 (including drysuit and all equipment), and a 6 hour boat trip is around £65.
Offering a natural haven to red squirrels and deer - so no dogs allowed - Brownsea is 500 acres of woodland with trails in the middle of Poole Harbour. The walking is easy and there are great views of Studland and the Purbeck hills, and on a clear day you can just about see some of the world's most expensive houses at Sandbanks. Brownsea is where Baden Powell started the Scout movement (100 yrs ago this summer). Take the yellow ferry from Sandbanks quay (£4.50 or £12.50 for a family (2+3) and then the National Trust entrance fee is £4.70 for adults £2.30 for kids. www.nationaltrust.org.uk
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