TRAVEL TREASURE #6 – A Dizzy Dance with Dolphins

So here’s your weekly fix of Travel Treasure; you just gotta do, what you gotta do, to get a dolphin’s attention!

Prepare to be inspired and why not share your treasure too?

 A Dizzy Dance with Dolphins

by Emily-Ann Elliott of ‘The Grown Up Gap Year’

© Emily-Ann Elliott

© Emily-Ann Elliott

Swimming with dolphins in New Zealand.

Jumping into the icy cold, choppy, seawater took my breath away and it took me a few moments to notice that I wasn’t alone. A beady eye was looking at with me with interest and then another one appeared, and another, and another…

Before I knew it I was absolutely surrounded by dolphins, swimming beneath me and back flipping next to me.

My visit to Kaikoura came about as part of my 30b430 trip, where I ticked off 30 things around the world I’d always wanted to do before my 30th birthday. Our morning began at 5.30am and as we sat in the boat bleary eyed, the crew warned us that they couldn’t guarantee that we’d actually see anything. But just 25 minutes later we started to spot some dolphins following us. Now I’ve seen the odd dolphin before, but I’ve never experienced a whole pod and seeing around 400 together was an incredible sight.

We jumped into the water and began to make the silly squeaking sounds we’d been told would attract the dolphins’ attention. My self-consciousness instantly vanished as the dolphins curiously moved closer to check out these strange creatures.

Dusky dolphins are one of the smallest species, but they were still the same length as me and I couldn’t believe the speed at which they swam. To be so close to wild animals was such a fantastic feeling and I kept ending up with mouthfuls of seawater as I was laughing so much.

The crew told us a good way to play with the dolphins is to make eye contact with them before swimming around in a circle, which might encourage them to copy you. I decided to give it a go and caught the attention of one before madly trying to propel myself around. It looked at me quizzically, as if to say: “Okay, so we’re playing this game?”, before swimming around me so quickly that it made me dizzy.

It was one of the most amazing moments of my trip and is something I will treasure forever.

 ❤ Emily-Ann blogs at Grown Up Gap Year  ❤

 ❤ Follow Emily-Ann on Twitter ❤

 ❤ Follow Emily-Ann on Facebook ❤

 ❤ Follow Emily-Ann on Pinterest ❤ 

❤ TRAVEL TREASURE #5 ❤

❤ TRAVEL TREASURE ❤

 ❤

Advertisements

TRAVEL TREASURE #4 – Dream Dinner in The Desert

This weeks travel treasure left me with a serious case of wanderlust and made it to my bucket list! Will you be adding it to yours?

Be inspired and why not share your treasure with us too…

 Dream Dinner in The Desert

by Kiwi and Koala

Dream Dinner in The Desert

You can eat dinner or you can dine. Dinner in a desert, next to one of the most recognizable natural wonders of the world, Uluru (commonly known as Ayer’s Rock) and the dinner is called “The Sounds of Silence“.

The Adventure begins as the bus pulls up out front of in the Hotel about one hour before sunset and it only takes a few minutes to to a large sand dune not too far from Uluru. You stroll up to the top where you are served Champagne and hors d’oeuvres and listen to stories from a local, as the sun gets lower, and the giant red monolith changes color’s of red. A magical start to the evening, listening to the sounds of the didgeridoo reverberating through the desert, you feel very small and yet connected to this magical place.

As the sun dips behind Uluru, you walk to the dining area. A series of white table cloth table’s literally set up in the desert, with an unobstructed view of Uluru disappearing into the darkness. In the darkness you can feel the presence of this incredible monolith, let your eyes adjust you can see the silhouette against the starlight. You get to feast on a BBQ buffet of Australian delicacies, barramundi, kangaroo and crocodile, bush salads and classic desserts, complemented by Australian wines or beers.

The food was as wonderful, and as dinner moves along, the millions of stars come out to join you. Until you have seen the stars in the desert, you haven’t seen stars! Utterly breathtaking… After dinner a startalker, takes you on a tour of the spectacular southern night sky, telling stories of the Aboriginal dreamtime. The evening was about four hours long and has given magical memories for a lifetime.

Kiwi and Koala live in Monteray (California), they can be found; tasting wine, eating food, travelling and writing about it all at Wine Walkabout.

 ❤ Follow Mostly Kiwi and Koala on Twitter ❤

❤ TRAVEL TREASURE #3 ❤

❤ TRAVEL TREASURE #5 ❤

❤ TRAVEL TREASURE ❤

 ❤