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.
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.
This is what the boat looks like:
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.
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.
If you see one, you’re guaranteed to see a few more.
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.
When visited: May
Weather: Blissfully warm