A goa girl trip was planned on the eve of my 40th bday and along with my bestie (who is also one of my closest cousin), we landed there.
One of things on our to-do list was dolphin sighting from one of the popular Goa beaches. A quick google search later, John’s Tour stood out for us as that was the most popular one and guaranteed the best sighting ever, including swimming with them.
Early morning, we were picked up from our hotel and taken to Bardez from where we got on a boat with a few other people who were as excited as we were.
An honest confession – the google reviews were so glowing, that I had donned my swimsuit underneath my clothes (despite the heat) – I had this vision of swimming alongside these glorious aquatic mammals (as the brochures had glowingly suggested that we could).
But when I saw the grey green waters, I quickly changed my mind (how sad it is that we can’t keep our coastline clean?) though couldn’t do the same with my clothes and had to literally sweat it out. (The tour staff had also looked askance when I had mentioned I want to swim in the water; seems the reviews are over done)
We were taken to the middle of the sea where we could see plenty of other boats crisscrossing the water to sight these darlings. An hour of waiting and not even a ripple – when we all turned quizzically to question our operator; the guys shrugged their shoulders claiming helplessness as the dolphins are not circus trained beasts that would come running when called.
Suddenly a shout went up and there they were! The cheeky little things with their snouts out in the air, bodies slicked wet with water and glistening where the sun shone down on them. They playfully nudged each other and shot in and out of water, synchronised gracefully.
There was something so magical and innocent about seeing these gentle creatures frolic in the water – we were all spell-bound and couldn’t get enough of it.
Prompted by my cousin, I suddenly remembered to train my DSLR on the water and try to capture them as best as I could for they disappeared faster than the shutter could click shut. So all my shots are of a fin or a snout or the tail 🙂
We spent a happy hour gazing at these sea creatures that strived to enthrall us with their kibitzing around. It’s as if they had sensed our earlier anguish and were making up for the disappointment 🙂
This is one of the warmest memories of this Goa trip and I got to relive some of it on a recent trip to Fort Kochi where its far easier to spot dolphins, closer to the shore.
” The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and wonder at it.”
– Jacques Yves Cousteau –
Have you ever been dolphin sighting?
What do you think of it?
- Goa is one of the most popular beach destination of India on the western coastline. Its neighbours Maharashtra and is well-connected by air, rail and road.
- Dolphin spotting is greatly advertised as a touristy thing, but one doesn’t have to go with the tour operators. Local fishermen are equally happy to take you for a small fee.
- One needs to be very patient for the sighting as often one can go without it too.
- I am not a fan of John’s tour and had a relook at their reviews which on a second read looked strangely suspicious.
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