Swimming with Dolphins in Kaikoura #New Zealand
So, we are both coming to an end of our solo trips.. How was your Christmas on the other side of the world? I didn’t really have Christmas, but that’s okay. Didn’t really feel like Christmas here (it is sunny and warm instead of snowy and cold). At the moment I’m in Kaikoura, a seaside town three hours up from Christchurch. This is the town of crayfish (something I have yet to try) and ocean life-tours. You can go whale watching, kayaking with seals, spotting albatrosses or swimming with dolphins. That last option is what I have done today.
It is a pretty amazing experience and totally worth the cost. I mean, it’s a girls dream come true to actually swim with dolphins in the sea and here in New Zealand they have a lot of rules and guidelines for this kind of stuff. So I got on that boat and jumped into the water with my wetsuit and snorkel into a whole new world. It was beautiful. To see those creatures swim right past you, under you. They are playing with each other and are very curious about you so they come closer. If you make high piched sounds in your snorkel they come even closer (effect of this: I kept singing ‘I have a dream’ from ABBA in my snorkel. Must have sounded beautiful). I dived around with them and circled so they would follow me and really had the feeling I was making some new friends.
I wasn’t really paying attention to the boat I came from and all the other people, so when I looked up I found out I had drifted off pretty far. Swimming in the ocean always costs you a lot of energy. But while I was swimming back (still humming ABBA) I ended up in a whole group of dolphins! There was nobody else around but me and they were just circling around me and came swimming next to me. They swam all the way back to the boat with me! By that time I was practically feeling like the little mermaid with blonde hair. It was amaaazing!
So this is yet another great experience I can add to my storie-list of ‘Oh-My-God that was so cool’. It is starting to get pretty long with all of the things I have done in New Zealand. I really decided I love this country. I love the nature here and the mountains. The sound of the birds and the people. I really rediscovered my appreciation for nature. I hope to come back here some day and see all of those things I didn’t see this trip.