7 Gorgeous Islands Where You Can Find Dory in Real Life
These stunning underwater scenes are way better than a dark theater.
The new Disney Pixar movie, Finding Dory, was just released in theaters — and as a result of Finding Nemo fans waiting such a long time for a sequel, the movie has already been a box office smash. As a matter of fact, the soaring popularity of the new flick has inspired people all over the world to begin their own searches to find Dory — way outside the dark theater environment.
Many tropical resorts hopped on a trend of hosting snorkeling excursions where guests can dive in to view the Blue Tang fish, now known to many as a Dory fish. As the buzz surrounding the new picture increases, it is high time to set out around the world in search of Dory yourself, especially when it means a visit to these spectacular island and beach locales.
1Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, Maldives
Situated in the picturesque and secluded southernmost tip of the Maldives, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi invites guests to explore the resort’s house reef with the new “Underwater Snorkeling Adventure” experience. This package brings swimmers underwater with the guidance of Jumeirah Dhevanafushi’s expert marine biologist to locate the world’s rarest, largest and most beautiful coral reefs, including Blue Tang fish such as Dory.
The adventure begins with the opportunity to meet the resort’s marine biologist, who will discuss the importance of preserving the reef through an animated presentation with Dory-themed cookies for kids. Then, guests will dive into the waters where they can take in views of all types of reef fish, just like Dory, and also even see sleeping octopuses, sea turtles and dolphins. More experienced swimmers can snorkel along the half-mile stretch of water bungalows, diving past the drop-off into deeper waters to see some of the world’s most incredible reefs.
2One&Only Hayman Island, Australia
Dory is definitely hiding out at this luxurious private island resort. Nestled close to the northernmost point of Australia’s Whitsunday archipelago, in the heart of the UNESCO-designated Great Barrier Reef, the resort offers some of the most spectacular diving and snorkeling in the world. With over 1,800 miles of coral reefs and small islands, divers and snorkelers will see a kaleidoscope of fish, including Blue Tang like Dory. One&Only Hayman island’s Diving and Snorkeling center offers many unforgettable excursions, such as the Guided Walk and Snorkel to Blue Pearl Bay, where guests hike to a secluded beach to enjoy snorkeling in a bay home to an exquisite coral playground for Dory and all of her friends.
3Carlisle Bay, Antigua
Hop on over to this five-star resort on Antigua’s south coast, where Atlantic Blue Tang fish thrive. Guests may find Dory while snorkeling in the bay, but the resort can also arrange a complimentary scenic boat trip to the close by Cades Reef where Dory sightings are guaranteed.
A trip to Cades Reef is included with each stay at Carlisle Bay, and it is perfect for snorkelers of all experience levels. Cades Reef is Antigua’s largest reef, so guests may even find Squirt and Crush (sea turtles), Nigel (pelican) and Mr. Ray (stingray) swimming around the reef with Dory.
4Royal Blues Hotel, Deerfield Beach, Florida
The Royal Blues Hotel, Florida’s first and only Relais & Chateaux hotel, hosts many Blue Tang fish — though it's the only place on our list on a beach but not an island. Guests may find Dory lookalikes inside the hotel at its large saltwater aquarium, which is suspended in the hotel’s gourmet Chanson Restaurant.
However, guests can also spot Dory outside the hotel in her natural habitat at Red Reef Park in Boca Raton — just two miles from Royal Blues Hotel — and at a smaller coral reef directly in front of the hotel on Deerfield Beach. If guests decide they want to head over to the larger Red Reef Park, Royal Blues will arrange a bicycle rental so guests can enjoy a ride on the scenic paths that lead directly to Dory’s hiding spot (the reef).
5Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa, Papetoai, French Polynesia
Get ready to find Dory in the crystal clear waters of the turquoise lagoon that happens to be right outside the over-water bungalows. Guests can simply throw on their included snorkeling gear and dive into the waters to begin their searches. The hotel’s new coral reef restoration initiative has brought more and more Blue Tang fish like Dory to the waters around Hilton Moorea, and some guests may even find Dory swimming with Nemo (clownfish).
6Peter Island Resort and Spa, British Virgin Islands
With five beaches, some of the clearest water in the world and complimentary snorkeling gear, guests are sure to find Blue Tang fish on Peter Island. At the resort’s dive shop, Paradise Watersports, afternoon snorkeling excursions to one of the many reefs surrounding Peter Island are available to guests of all ages. Professional photographers onsite may even tag along to capture some of the most unforgettable memories of finding Dory.
7Frenchman’s Reef, St. Thomas
Frenchman’s Reef welcomes guests to the sublime U.S. Virgin Island experience with picture-perfect views—but of course, no stay would be complete without jumping into the ocean to find Dory. The on-site Adventure Center offers a half-day snorkeling excursion, where guests can sail to Buck Island, which is home to many schools of Blue Tang fish. There are also occasional spottings of Squirt and Crush (sea turtles).
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