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Chasing Dolphins in Bali

If you’re in Bali, head north for a bit of dolphin spotting.  You’ll need to get up before daylight (and if your hotel is a decent sort of place they’ll give you coffee).

First, you’ll need a captain.  Ahoy, matey.

Captain Dolphin Chaser, Lovina, Bali, Indonesia

Captain Dolphin Chaser, Lovina, Bali, Indonesia

And he’ll have a boat.  A unique boat.  If you’re legs are ridiculously large you’ll get stuck.  You’re sat on a piece of wood that moves and you’re kind of half-standing if you’re tall, like moi.

In the dolphin boat, Lovina, Bali, Indonesia

In the dolphin boat, Lovina, Bali, Indonesia

This is what the boat looks like:

Dolphin boat, Lovina, Bali, Indonesia

Dolphin boat, Lovina, Bali, Indonesia

Then the chase begins.  I say chase, because you won’t be the only boat out on the water, and if someone spots a dolphin, you follow them.  A safari on water.  An aquafari.  Not that ‘sa’ represents the word land in any way.

Dolphin Chasing, Lovina, Bali, Indonesia

Dolphin Chasing, Lovina, Bali, Indonesia

Also, you want to be in the front to spot the dolphins if you’re taking pictures.  When someone shouts ‘dolphin’, or starts pointing or waving frantically a race ensues.

Dolphin!

Dolphin Chasing, Lovina, Bali, Indonesia

Dolphin jumping, Lovina, Bali, Indonesia

If you see one, you’re guaranteed to see a few more.

Dolphins in Lovina, Bali, Indonesia

Dolphins jumping in Lovina, Bali, Indonesia

They’re amazing animals, and you kind of want them to jump in your lap and give them all a name.  Individual names.  Or you can call them all Dave.

Chatting with the hotel owner, he said the dolphins might not be there for much longer; too many boats are deterring them so they might go somewhere else to play.  Asia and trip regulations don’t really go together.

I was told the morning I went wasn’t so good for spotting dolphins.  I saw quite a lot, so I don’t know how many you’d see on a good day.

If you want to read more about Lovina, Ubud or Bali, click on the places.  Hashtag/slashtag I just can’t stop imparting useless knowledge.  Smiley face.

When visited: May

Weather: Blissfully warm

More information: Lonely PlanetTrip Advisor

6 Comments »

  1. Particularly like the idea of calling all Dolphins Dave! Dolphin Dave as it were. It’s not as though we know many Dave’s after all x

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