Kaikoura is the place in New Zealand to see whales, I’m told. So I booked myself on a (not cheap) whale watching trip. They do 13 trips a day and I wanted to be on the trip that saw the most whales. Though the booking agent said that the whales were equally active at all times of the day, she mentioned that the sea was calmer first thing in the morning. So I booked the second trip of the day – which required me to be at their office at 6:45 am for a lot of farting around before we were on the water at 8:00 am. I was looking forward to seeing heaps of sperm whales, orcas, and possibly a shark or two, just as people had the day before.
We saw two sperm whales. I paid $130 for two hours on the water and two whales. I’m still trying to determine whether it was worth the money. Particularly as, after speaking to a number of people who did the same trip on different occasions, they also saw the same two whales (they’re identified by the unique shape and markings on their tail flukes). I’m starting to think they were mechanical. Am I too cynical? Also, there were no orcas and no sharks. Sigh.
But we did see lots of dusky dolphins and several albatross (pictures over on Flickr). That was great.
I am a cynic, aren’t I?
I did have a great time. So I suppose it was worth it 😉