This is very much a weather dependant adventure when we were there in September and one not to miss. An early start for us as we wanted the first boat out to make the most of our time in st Lucia. They tractor you from town to the beach to meet with the boat and this is where you first get to see the immense power of the ocean at 6am. Unfortunately for us that's how far we went as rightly so the skipper, Dutchy, decided its was too dangerous to launch. However all was not lost as he was confident of a later launch as he believed the conditions would be better in a few hours time. At first we were a little miffed and thought this was some sort of scheme to combine a couple of boat loads of people together, but we needn't have worried as a few hours later we turned up again with the same amount of people as the early morning start and were given the green light to kit up and climb on board. Safety is paramount here and the launch on an early September morning is an experience not to miss. A full briefing was given on what to expect as the boat has to power over some massive waves to get beyond the break. Basically grab hold of the bar, plant your feet firmly and pull you self down. Dutchy then does the rest and my god does he know what he is doing in these conditions. The journey back in is just as exhilarating. But let's not forget the main reason of the review, The Whales, previous reviews have said it all, a must do experience in St Lucia. To be so close to these gentle giants is an unforgettable experience. The skipper expertly moved us into position to such an extent that the whales felt so comfortable having us there. At some stages the whales were feet away from us with their fishy spray blowing in our faces and on one occasion one gently bumped the boat. At no stage did the boat gun after them to catch the perfect picture for us eager tourist but they just swam towards us. A once in a life time experience, in fact one of our group was so taken with it he booked again for the next day!
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