This post started out with the intention of being about our honeymoon. But once I started talking about the dolphins, I realised it needed a post of its own. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to swim with dolphins or as I call them, my dolfriends, in their natural habitat. Dolphin key-rings, photo frames, snow globes, 1000 piece puzzles, you dolphin name it, I had it. So to say I was overjoyed when I heard our hotel in Mauritius, Lux Le Morne, was a prime dolphin swimming spot, would be an understatement of note.
We arrived at the boathouse at about 6:30 am (nice and early to avoid overcrowding of fellow dolphin lovers) and met our two guides and a lovely German couple who would be embarking on this dolphin journey with us. The dolphins obviously knew I was coming, as on this specific day they were so close to our resorts beach that we literally only had to drive about 2km out to sea, which also gave us more time with them. The boat slowed down, we spotted a few fins and then our goggles and flippers were handed to us.
I thought I would be more nervous as I stood in the boat and watched fins emerge from the unfamiliar watery world beneath us, but I was more excited than I could have imagined and kept asking why we weren't jumping in yet. At last, our guide pointed to one side of the boat and shouted: "go, go ,go!" I jumped into the warm, crystal clear water and could not believe my goggled eyes. There they were, hundreds of my dolfriends! More majestic and magical than I could have ever imagined.
Even when you couldn't see them you could hear them. They were so fascinated with us and would swim at arms reach. They often made eye contact with us and would swim slowly at the waters surface when next to us. They would eventually swim away and we would get back on to the boat and drive until we saw the next pod.
It was more exhausting than I thought, and slow swimmers such as myself did have the option to hold onto a life buoy, but I would not let some 'floaty' or my fear of drowning get in the way of time with my precious dolfriends. Plus I had full confidence that if I started drowning, they would take me back to shore.
Swimming amongst dolphins in their home, in a whole new wet & windless world, was an incredible experience that I could not recommend enough to anyone and everyone.