Top of Sophia's wish list for this trip was to swim with dolphins having seen a picture of me doing it in Antigua many moons ago. However it's a little more difficult these days as they are protected. Whilst in the North Island we did see mention of being able to swim with wild dolphins though, so when we saw the office for E-ko tours in Picton, crossed our fingers and went in to enquire. Fortunately they had two spaces for the following morning and as jake had just got off the ferry and was too young, he and I decided we would sit this one out.
Sophia was beyond excited and the next morning set off at 8.15am in jumpers and fleeces with Dave. Fortunately the sun was shining and the temperature rose fairly quickly for their 3 hour boat trip.
They spent the first 2 hours seeing beautiful scenic coastline, penguins and seals on their way out to the edge of the Malborough sounds - but not a dolphin in site.
As they turned around to head back in, they were almost back in the harbour when they came across a pod of dusky dolphins that were feeding on a shoal of fish. They were finally told they could get their masks on and jump in and that the dolphins would be at their most social having just fed. Below is Sophia's journal entry to describe the rest.
There is some amazing footage of the trip they did on the E-ko tours Facebook page as the staff said it was one of the best ones they'd had. An amazing experience for Sophia and Dave to remember forever.
The smile on her face says it all!