It was a good friend who had experienced swimming with the whales with Scotty for a few years in row who shared with me some of her photos, stories and experiences of being with these gentle giants, Green with envy I was determined to join her for her 4th visit. I really had no idea what to expect despite everything I had been told. I will never forget the first time I jumped in the water to be greeted by one of these giant creatures. It is an incredibly humbling experience being in the presence of the whales, they are gigantic without being the least bit intimidating.
I will never forget the time we had been swimming with a mother and her calf, simply enjoying their company when they decided to continue on their journey, not knowing which way they went or how far they had gone we simply bobbed around in the water waiting for the boat to come and collect us when literally 20 metres in front of us these 2 enormous creatures launched themselves out of the water breaching across each other. Being so close I felt the power through the water as I was left stunned at what had just happened right in front of my very eyes.
Every single day on the water brought new experiences and provided us with many more stories to tell over a glass of wine in one of the islands many wonderful restaurants and bars. No two days were the same with us exploring different parts of the island with our guide Scotty who offered endless information on the Whales, the locals, the way of life as well as providing us with some sound photography tips as well.
Swimming with the whales is a truly addictive experience one in which I will embark on again as soon as possible.