Joe Noonan, Dolphin Whisperer

 “Swimming with wild dolphins, whales and whale sharks is a very fun and memorable family adventure!”

Joe Noonan is a masterful adventure guide, and has been bringing groups and families on outdoor adventures most of his life. He loves sharing the joy and excitement of nature, the ocean and the dolphins with people of all ages. He puts together and leads private boat and yacht charters around the globe including Hawaii, the Bahamas & the Caribbean. Joe provides you with a custom adventure that you and your family will rave about. He will teach you and your kids how to swim, snorkel, freedive and feel more at home in the sea than you ever dreamed. Maybe you will become one of the families who comes back year after year for your own private charter in one of the many locations he brings families.

Seventh of eight kids, Joe grew up on a farm in Maine. As a teenager, during a family counseling session over the death of his brother, he realized that we are the custodians of our own reality and began a lifelong passion of exploring his full potential. At the age of 23, in a desire to deepen his connection to nature, he built a log cabin and lived in the woods for a year.

Over the next decade he had a private healing practice, working as a hands-on healer in local churches and hospitals, and had a private psychotherapy practice.

He was a trip guide and facilitator for several Outward Bound Schools, including Hurricane Island Outward Bound and Thompson Island Outward Bound, leading hiking, canoeing, backpacking and sailing adventures around the United States for individuals, families and corporations.

In 1990 he started his own consulting company that teaches experiential based team-building programs to businesses, corporations and universities including Harvard, Cornell and MIT. He takes executive teams from Fortune 500 companies on leadership retreats around the world, including such adventures as climbing, rafting, sailing and swimming with dolphins and sharks. He is also a life coach helping senior executives bring more balance and joy into their lives.

In 1995, Joe had his first swim with a pod of wild dolphins, and he stepped out of the water a changed man. Since that time, he’s brought corporate groups and families from all over the world to swim with wild dolphins. He’s called the ‘Dolphin Whisperer’ for the way dolphins respond to him.

In 2008 he was given the name ‘Merman’ by a group of Native American Elders, recognizing him as one of the Mer-people, those who are the bridge between the tribes of the land and the tribes of the sea.

7SKY Surf magazine: “So what attracts us to the ocean ? What are we looking for when we leave the shore and move towards vaster horizons ? Waterman Joebaby, living between the Bahamas and Hawaii, embodies the answer to these questions. He is one of those for whom the surface was not enough. Meeting him and diving deep into his mind and heart might very well trigger some of our deeper feelings of ‘longing’ and ‘belonging’. Read the 7SKY interview here

For the past twenty years, Joe has been bringing people to swim with wild dolphins in Hawaii and the Bahamas, where he lives. He loves sharing the joy of being in the ocean and invites you to come on an adventure with him!

Life is an invitation to have fun; and nature, the sea, the dolphins and whales are wonderful allies in bringing more joy into our lives”