Wednesday 27 - Wasn't sure I could possibly beat the day I had yesterday, but was determined to give it a go!! Had arranged to go swimming with dolphins today at 12.30 pm. The weather wasn't as good today, but as long as I saw dolphins I didn't mind. Arrived at 'Dolphin Encounter' and was given a wet suit. It was so tight I could hardly breathe, but it was very warm which was the main thing. Before we set off we had to watch a briefing video, giving us info and do's and dont's. We were told not to touch the dolphins, not to jump in and to wait until the horn was sounded before going in - this was to ensure the propeller was turned off - Dad does this remind you of Kira jumping off a moving dingy? They also gave you tips as to how to try to get to dolphins to swim with you - they are totally wild and not enticed or fed. Basically you have to look like a pratt! Make noises down your snorkel, try to swim round with the dolphins and dive down - it makes a funny sight to watch! Then we were off! They called out 7 names, mine was one of them for some reason, and we got on a small bus, and then we were lucky enough to get on the smallest and fastest boat which meant we could stay out longer. There were probably about 40 people all together, and the other 33 were split between only two boats! I definately got the best deal. It took us about 20 minutes to reach the first pod of dolphins (it did cross my mind that this was a similar location to the whales and that therefore there were sharks, whales and giant squid in the same bit of ocean as me - we were assured that they were nowhere near us though - but if we saw the dolphins leg it, then it might be wise to get out!) The horn sounded and I was first into the water. Started swimming/snorkelling and thought where are the dolphins? Next thing I knew about four raced past me. They get so close to you it was incredible. Some of them were really playful and would swim round you. They would stay longer if you tried to keep up with them, so I was frantically swimming in a circle trying to keep up (most times failing dismally and getting a mouthful of seawater as I, in my excitement and forgotten to keep the snorkel about the water!) It was so incredible - sometimes I would go a few minutes without seeing any and then the next moment there were up to six or seven around me. They would swim and jump out of the water right by you. They have huge eyes and they look right at you. It was even more amazing because these dolphins are totally wild, and we weren't feeding them or anything like that. They were swimming with us because they wanted to - they were curious about us, and that was so cool. All in all I was in the water for about 40 minutes, swimming with three different pods. It was so great I didn't even feel the cold, although I was quite tired at the end of it. We got out and got changed and then just watched the dolphins playing and jumping. It was incredible, I was on a high for the rest of the day and just had a stupid grin on my face. Another girl at the hostel had also done the trip and she was exactly the same. I thought flying a plane was the best thing I've done so far, but this tops it. IT WAS INCREDIBLE!!!!!