There are so many unforgettable moments in my life: my graduation, the first time we danced in a competition, the first trip to Europe, our wedding, the birth of my children, experiencing my first snowfall. The most recent that comes to mind is the day we went to see the dolphins.
We were in Mauritius for our holiday and we saw a brochure advertising a trip to see the these marine animals. My daughter loves dolphins and we thought it would be a lovely experience to give to her. But the experience was more than a gift to her – it was one that every member in our family thoroughly enjoyed.
The trip comprised of many firsts for me. We got off the bus and we saw before us the first catamerang that I would board. White with clean lines, the mast stretched towards the sky. My family and I walked towards the vessel with excitement We were looking forward to seeing the dolphins and had not yet given thought to the boat trip.
As we pulled out of the harbour and looked back towards the island, I realised that another bonus to the trip was experiencing a day on this boat. An experience that the wealthy take for granted. We found our spot and settled in, grabbing a drink and turning our faces towards the sun.
The sky overhead may have had some clouds in it, but the rain was kept at bay and the sun warmed our skin. This was a day in which we were forced to relax: there was nowhere we could go, and nothing we could do except sit, chat or close our eyes and let our minds wander.
We arrived at Tamarin Bay and were told by our guides that we had arrived at the spot where the dolphins play. The window is very short before they move into the deeper ocean.
We all moved to the one side of the boat and looked out into the sea, hoping that our trip had not been in vain and that we would see the marine creatures that we had come to watch.
We were lucky and we saw a small school of dolphins. They moved so quickly and we had to watch carefully or we would have missed them. Can you see their fins in this next photo?
Their bodies seemed to blend in with the colour of the sea that day and I was lucky to capture them on camera. Before we knew it, the dolphins were gone. And we were on our way.
We left Tamarin Bay and moved towards the ocean. One of our guides started making our lunch: barbecued drumsticks. He was quite comfortable cooking the meat while standing on the edge of the sea.
While he was cooking, we were given the opportunity to enter the deep blue sea and have a look at the fish. Another first for me: I had never been snorkelling, not had I been in water so deep. As I floated in the salty water, I looked out at the immense blue water and had a sense of what a person stranded in the ocean would feel. Scary thought!
I enjoyed looking down into the water and seeing the coloured fish. The guide threw some bread into the water and that brought even more schools of fish for us to have a look at.
After our swim in the ocean we had a tasty lunch. The barbecued fish and chicken was delicious, the salads were freshly made. And the view we had while eating could not be matched:
On our way back to our starting point, I looked back and saw that we were missing the falling rain. The sun seemed to follow us the entire day and we stepped off the boat at the end of the trip satisfied that we had experienced something quite unforgettable.
We still talk about this trip and our day out on a boat. And I am sure that it is a memory that our children will not forget.
Share with us one of your unforgettable memories.
(This post was inspired by Jake’s prompt: Unforgettable).
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013