Well the only word that I can use to try to explain my experience that i had with the whales and people is unexpected.
You cannot be really prepare 100% for this adventure.
To me this trip was a big deal as I wanted to face one of my biggest fear … which is water. But of course have the best time in my life.
Well the only thing that I can say is thank you to the very professional team of swimming with gentle giant. They made me feel like a part of the family, everything went extremely smoothly and even when I struggled into the water they where around me to make me feel secured and this way help me to push myself further up in this adventure.
Tonga is an incredible country full of surprised. Honestly can you imagine one second that you are so close to a whale that you can give her a high five, personally before this trip if you come to me and say that i will experience this i wont believe you and probably laugh a lot. But it happened. And not one second i felt in danger. The team of swimming with gentle giant includes local people who knows better than anybody else the whale’s behaviour. They will only let you go in the water at the right moment when everything will work for the best of the everyone including the whales of course.
Also make sure that you are ready to live the same way as local. Simple things are the best and they knows that more than anybody else. Don’t expect to get everything served on a silver tray because if you want to make the most of it you will need to understand where you are and how lucky you are at first to be there and to be surrounded by the most beautiful people and wildlife on earth.
The team of swimming with gentle giant showed me the beauty Tonga can offers, they showed us some hidden places which looks like heaven. I couldnt believed it.
From the first day till the last one my smile was getting bigger and bigger… except when I got sea sick. Yes you can expect to face this things especially if you are as delicate as me.
You need to realised that you are in a water all day, so make sure that you keep the sea sick pills ready! Even during those less fun moment the team was surrounded me to help me to feel better about it.
Somebody asked me if this is one life time experience well at the beginning is said yes. I though first that I was extremely lucky at first to realise one of my dream and that I should feel blessed for it but the occasion won’t come twice at me.
But then I changed my mind, the trip wasn’t finished that I decided to come back. I didn’t get enough of it, I can’t explain it really but I know that inside me I need to explore more Tonga and be more personal with those magic beauties.
I already booked my second trip, but I will need to be patient as the demand to go enjoying some unforgettable day with the whales is getting bigger. So in 2 years time I will be again in the water with the crew of swimming with gentle giant.
I can’t explain really the way I felt over there the only thing I can add is, I laughed, I have been extremely excited, I haven’t stopped smiling and I cried too.
Only tears of happiness, I met some incredible people which I can call friends now and they helped me to get the best experience in my life.
I will never thanks them enough for that. I could speak about what happened over there for hours and hours. But I won’t the only thing is if you want to experience it, honestly don’t think twice … and go for it!!
You won’t regret.