I’ve always had a fascination with marine life. In fact I loved it so much, that I thought I was going to be a marine biologist. I completed all my biology and chemistry courses in high school so I could pursue it, but alas the creative side of me was pulled towards video production and I ended up going on to pursue television production and writing.

You can imagine how bittersweet the moment was when I realized the two worlds would meet again and I would be documenting my experience seeing the Marine Big 5 (whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, and penguins).

I was an emotional wreck.

After watching a beautiful sunset the previous day with whales breaching in in the background, I was so full of happiness, gratitude, and joy.

Gansbaai, South Africa

Gansbaai is one of the only places in the world that can offer this extensive range of marine wildlife and my accommodation at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve was situated right on the doorstep of this aquatic wonderland. I jumped at the chance to experience Whale Watching which is something I’ve been dreaming of doing for years. Even with whales migrating to and from Canada, I don’t leave near an ocean and have never been lucky enough to witness the magic of whales swimming in their natural habitat.

humpback whale in South africa

I could barely sleep the entire night knowing I was about to experience a huge bucketlist item of mine in merely a few hours. After waking up to the sounds of birds chirping outside of my window and a beautifully painted orange and pink sky, I met the other guests in the main lodge and away we went.

South africa boat

We boarded a boat with Dyer Island Cruises which is an eco-friendly tour vessel led by experienced marine biologists and guides who were excited to share their knowledge with us. You could hear it in their voices how excited they were every time we spotted something new.

right whale in Gansbaai, South africa

I particularly enjoyed how they put an emphasis on the welfare and conservation of the marine life and how they’ve built a trust and relationship with these amazing mammals.

To say the experience was life-changing is an understatement. There really are no words for the magic I experienced that day. I still get emotional talking about it, and it’s a memory I will cherish forever.

South africa

If you need ideas of where to take your next trip, make it South Africa. I promise it will change your life.

 

and stay tuned for the video (when I have better internet to upload!)