If I thought the 7am coach journey was bad yesterday, the 5am wake-up call today was tragic. I physically had to push myself out of bed, telling myself it would be worth it but not entirely believing it.
After being wet-suited up and given a brief talk, which I'm certain I remember absolutely nothing from, we made our way out onto the water.
I knew today it would be much harder to keep my sea sickness at bay but luckily I managed to only feel really rough on our way back into shore, so it wasn't too bad.
Our first time into the water definitely woke us up, with the cold water harshly hitting your hands and feet. I was fortunate enough to be 1 of 3 people that got to see a dolphin during our first swim, but as we weren't making enough noise, the dolphins got bored of us quickly and we got back on the boat to try again.
The second encounter was by far the best. We had gotten used to make ridiculous noises in the water, swimming in circles and diving down to attract the dolphins' attention and we ended up with about 10-15 swimming all around us. I even had a swimming in circles competition with a few of the dolphins, which obviously they won - I couldn't even slightly keep up with their speed!
I was so surprised by how close they swam to you and they got really close to our faces so they could look at us.
The last encounter was also brilliant, with a whole pod of dolphins swimming through us. I even got to see a baby one!
After we got changed and warmed up, we got to sit and take photos of the 30-40 dolphins swimming and flipping out of the water all around our boat. It was such an amazing experience and one of the most worthwhile trips I've done whilst travelling. To get to swim with wild dolphins in their natural habitat and be privileged enough for them to swim with us was absolutely brilliant.
We were completely shattered when we got back to shore and decided to head to the café for hot chocolate with our new Canadian friend. Then I went for a 3 hour nap, which was another highlight of the day for me!
Deciding we were too tired to do the 2 ½ hour walk to the sea colony and back, we instead went for a potter around town to buy some souvenirs and presents from the quirky shops here.
It seems very strange to think this was the last new place we will visit and that I only have 5 days before I'm home!! I'll see you all very soon!