Travel. 10 original trips to enjoy the Earth
Our small group set up camp on a tiny islet, surrounded by silence and pristine nature. The sound of the tide coming up toward our camp, located only a few meters from the ocean, woke us up every morning. After Larry, our friendly expert guide, prepared a good breakfast for us, we were keen to take our kayaks and set off to navigate the channels dotted with islets. That is where the morning fog greets you, where the silence is broken only by the sounds of nature and of your paddles. It is one of the best experiences that you can have. We are lucky; the coast is very sheltered and the ocean currents leave us in peace. I glide along easily, despite my lack of experience. Spectacular landscapes follow one after the other. Only distant fishing boats remind us that we haven’t taken a step back in time. From time to time we stop in small coves that are surrounded by wild forests in order to rest and recuperate, as well as have a snack. We are all waiting expectantly for our giant friends to make an appearance. We know that if they do appear we must maintain a 100-meter distance from them, unless they decide to approach us. These are undoubtedly the best moments: being there, in the middle of the sea as privileged spectators, witnessing these magnificent animals in their own world, is an unforgettable feeling. We don’t wonder if fortune smiles down on us when we see the magnificent, tapered, 2-meter-high fin of a giant male pass by our little vessel. Night approaches, ushering in another magnificent sunset. We return to our islet. We are content.
At nighttime, camping on the rocky beaches, we can hear their blows as they approach the coast, knowing that the next morning they will be there, waiting for us.
Alot of people would think it crazy to carry out an activity as exposed as kayaking next to one of the most fearsome and intelligent predators on Earth. Reality tells us otherwise: dozens of people do this every year and nothing has ever happened, nor do I think anything ever will. There are no known cases of an orca attacking a human being. So it is best to forget about these unfounded fears of ours and to simply bask in the presence of one of our planet’s most magnificent creatures.
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