Catamaran take 2
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We booked onto the catamaran tour again as we were so impressed the first time and so that the wedding/England gang could experience sailing at sunset and hopefully get to see some dolphins.
Second time around started very well as we got the little catamaran to ourselves, so just the 8 of us and the crew.
We were once again very lucky to see the dolphins, who again raced along the boat and playfully jumped in and out of the water. Seeing dolphins in the wild so close up really is a magical experience. The dolphins seemed to enjoy themselves and watched us looking down at them as they raced against our boat.
We did the cruise around the islands, got up close to the islands of the national park, watched the birds and then went for a swim in the oh-so-warm sea.
A few of us then had a mess about jumping off the boat into the sea like silly buggers, Simon and me diving off the boat and Mitch perfecting his dive bombing.
Then it was grubs-up and enjoyed the fresh fish kebabs, pasta salad and fresh fruit all washed down with rum punch or cold beer. Lovely.
As the sun began to set, we again went in search of the dolphins and soon spotted them jumping about. We also watched in amazement as the ´fisherman`birds went diving into the sea at an alarming speed to catch fish. The birds also skimmed across the top of the sea to catch flying fish as they jumped out of the sea to escape the hungry dolphins.
We got rather excited as we spotted a fin of a whale in the distance. Whales in this area are rare at this time of year but they had been spotted earlier that day. Simon and I thinking we were whale-watching experts after seeing the whales in Argentina convinced everyone (and ourselves) that it was a fin of a whale. As we approached though our whale turned out to be part of a tree drifting along. Oops. At least the dolphins were real.
Back to Mimo´s hotel for, you´ve guessed it, beer and cards. We are all getting very used to this....