Never start off a whale watching trip by saying I never get seasick.
Despite looking at the high seas, I pressed my luck and said it anyway. I think you can imagine how the rest of the trip went.
Yes, predictably I did get sick, as did half of the other people on our boat. But despite getting sick, the whale watching trip I did in St. Lucia was one of the best whale watching trips I’ve ever done! Why you may ask? Well for one, we actually saw whales. You might think that’s a given on a whale watching trip, but not from my experience. Not only did we see whales, but a small pod of migrating humpbacks stopped long enough to put on a show – just meters from our boat, leaping out of the water and diving back in, their tails waving a temporary good-bye.
Humpback whale sightings offer the most incredible cure for sea sickness.
Within minutes of seeing them, I forgot I was sick. I continued to be amazed for a good 45 minutes.
I snapped photos like crazy, but quickly learned that a recovering stomach, rocky boat and big waves are not exactly ideal shooting conditions, as photo after photo turned out like this:
Always a second or two too late – although I must say my splash capturing skills are excellent 🙂
So I did the unthinkable for a travel blogger…..I put the camera away. Instead of focusing on trying to get the perfect shot, I focused on the incredible whales that were just meters from me.
I’m so glad I did.
If you can’t give all your attention to one of the largest mammals on earth what will hold your attention?
REALLY experiencing the whales was so much more rewarding than experiencing them from behind a camera. The only actual shot I got to show that there really were humpbacks was this one:
But I’m happy to share this one with you courtesy of Heritage Tours and Safaris:
Know Before You Go Whale Watching in St Lucia/iSimangliso Wetland Park:
- Heritage Tours and Safaris offers a 2 hour whale watching excursions from June – November when humpbacks are migrating.
- Whale sightings are virtually guaranteed during this time.
- All whale watching excursions are weather dependent. If the seas are too rough, your trip may be canceled.
- Eat a light breakfast (I learned from experience).
- Be sure to check out the Hippo and Croc Tour, iSimangaliso Eastern Shores Tour, and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve all located in or near iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- I recommend staying at Umlilo Lodge in St. Lucia.