After spending a few days discovering North Bali we decided to try out Lovina’s main attraction: a Dolphin Tour! Sofie is very fond of dolphins and she rated swimming among the friendly mammals high on her bucket list. When push came to shove, she didn’t really like snorkeling. Catching some close glimpses from a boat seemed like an excellent alternative!
No matter where you are in the world, getting up at 5:30 in the morning is hard! Especially after another cozy Starlight dinner. Still sleepy (and some of us grumpy) we made our way to the beach, taking care not to wake any other residents. The sun had not risen yet.
Our wooden catamaran-boats were being prepped… Our captain finished his last cigarette and gestured us to follow him. We embarked and left the shore behind us.
The chilly island breeze gently woke us up. Our drowsiness turned into awe as we drew back from the shore. The magnificent coastline of Northern Bali unfolded before our eyes. It felt like we were IN a National Geographic documentary! The kind of documentaries I loved watching as a kid in our tiny living room. I resisted the urge to pinch myself… we were really here!
Watching that perfect sunrise while floating just off the coast in Bali was the most magical moment Sofie and I had ever experienced. It took us three years and a visit to Machu Picchu to top that.
Our moment of peace and quiet came to an end when about fifty other boats joined us for the hunt. The air started to smell like gasoline and for a moment I felt uncomfortable…
“There are way too many boats! Those poor dolphins must be stressed like crazy!”
Some studies on whales and dolphins do claim that the poor animals can starve to death when chased away from their foraging grounds.
When we saw our first dolphins I was relieved… They were so lean, agile and quick… these aquatic acrobats could have gotten away from our boats whenever they wanted to. I even got the impression they were toying with us: diving whenever they grew tired and reappearing only when we had lost track of them.
More than being accustomed to the boats, they seemed to actually relish the excitement! And so did we.
Dreams and Dolphins
That magical day was the 14th of September 2012. We had successfully turned what might have been a regular friday at work into an unforgettable experience on the other side of the world.
We were thirty-one at the time and we realized that it was up to us to make our dreams come true.
This also means that it’s up to you to make your dreams a reality.
If you are someone who saves his or her dreams for that moment we refer to as “one day”, let me just tell you:
Keep chasing your dreams for they are as elusive as dolphins!