Well the reason why we have to leave at 3 am: we are staying at Kuta, south of Bali. The famous beach with dolphins is at the north of Bali called Lovina Beach. This takes about 3 hours drive hence the early riser and the first spot on our itinerary. We had a total of 5 places on our tour itinerary for this day.
Our tour guide (which cousin Jino insisted we hired), Wayan, was punctual. Luckily we didn't toss and turn longer or we would be late phew! We were half asleep during the journey with partial rain but when Wayan stopped to buy breakfast. We insisted we have it there together since we have not eaten anything. To be honest, it was just a small stall attached to a wooden house by the roadside where the locals eat, nothing touristy which is something we love!
|Nasi Babi Genyol: simple yet tasty and yummylicious! Meat so tender and fresh!|
|Somewhere in Sembung Village|
|Our flimsy looking ride|
|So many boats going out with tourists with the same purpose: dolphins|
|Boat to nowhere|
After about 2 hours ++ of chasing, we headed back to the beach. I was like 'Is that it? Nothing else? So soon?' I was reluctant to leave my dear dolphins! Anyhow, with a heavy heart, I bade them farewell silently...
Who would have thought of chasing the dolphins, scaring them away instead of welcoming them so that we can high-five with them? That's the downside, a little pang of disappointment as I thought I would get to at least touch them. On a brighter note, they are carefree and wild, not meant for high-fives and not in captivity. I've seen many photos on the internet where people get to hug and touch the dolphins. These dolphins are in captivity for such entertainment which is totally wrong! How can you capture them for your own greed??? This is soooooooooooo cruel! Some dolphins looked sad as they are confined and perhaps not happy at being hugged as humans are not experience in handling them... could have scratched them leh!!! They should be handled by trained professionals! At this thought, I felt much better in knowing we have preserved the humanity and chasing the dolphins is a much more dolphin friendly option.
According to Wayan, many moons ago, dolphins were abundance leaping, chasing and playing near the beach. You can just watch by the beach side, free of charge. However, once the tourism industry picks up with boats chasing after them, the dolphins have gone out further to the sea. Sigh!
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