This trip was so popular that it sold out in no time, twice! Snorkeling is something many visitors to Australia look forward to and the opportunity to get up close with wild dolphins and seals adds an extra dimension to the experience.
After walking around Queenscliff Harbour for a while and climbing the tower to get a good view of our surroundings, we all got changed into our bathers and tried on the wet suits. This made for some funny moments as people struggled to get into the tight fabric, but once the wet suits were on properly, they were actually quite comfortable. Trying on the masks was funny as well, due to the weird names some of those had, such as ‘biscuit’ and ‘Kid 5’.
After this, we were ready to get on the boat and set sail. We actually saw some dolphins quite soon and the first people, myself included, got to go into the water. These dolphins didn’t stay around long enough to get everyone a chance at swimming, so we moved on to the seals next. This is where we got to do some actual snorkeling and swimming, because free swimming is not allowed with the dolphins (because they’re an almost extinct species). The seals would swim quite close to us however. That is, if you were a good swimmer, because the tide was pretty strong and to stop moving your legs for even a moment meant being swept back ten metres by the water. This made the experience turn into quite the exercise, but it was fun nonetheless and we had a good laugh when at the end a big wave swept over most of us while we were holding on to the rope at the end of the boat.
We found a very large group of dolphins a bit later on, after enjoying hot Milo and some refreshments, so this time everyone who was interested got the chance to get into the water. One of the birds came out for a swim as well! After all this excitement, some people felt like going out with a splash and there was the opportunity to jump into the water from the top of the boat. With that, we took off for Queenscliff, where hot showers awaited to get us all nice and warm before getting back on the bus to uni after a great day at sea.
By: Eva de Feber