In my experience, if you live somewhere that is noted as a tourist attraction, you never get around to doing any of the trips or visit any of the historical or cultural sites that are on your doorstep, but for once I can say that I have.
For some time now, I have been tantalised by tales and indeed I have seen photographic evidence of dolphins swimming off the coast of Jersey.
I am passionate about dolphins and have taken boat trips in various parts of the world in search for them and not always successfully. I was spoilt in the Indian Ocean when huge pods would swim within yards of our water bungalow, but would I be so lucky in home waters? So with reasonably high expectations of seeing both dolphins and seals, I booked trip with Island RIB Voyages and hit the high seas with Mario at the helm and headed for Les Ecrehous, a rocky outcrop just off the coast of Jersey.
After a period of dodgy weather, during which time I thought I might reserve my rights as to whether or not to get on board the rib, there was only a slight swell and for most of the trip the sun shone for us. Mario and his seafaring counterparts, have a pretty good idea where and at what time the dolphins are likely to be. However, our search on the way out to Les Ecrehous proved non-productive, although Mario really tried to find them for us. Mario dropped us off at Les Ecrehous leaving us to explore and eat our picnics. It was a Sunday and Les Ecrehous was about as busy as it gets. The owners of the few houses that have been built there all seemed to be at home. There was paddle boarding, snorkelling and fishing going on and for the owners of the houses, a great place to spend a weekend, when the sun is out and the sky is blue.
Having eaten our picnics, we boarded the rib again and spotted a couple of seals including one seal pup who thought the rib and its occupants to be very interesting, resurfacing every few minutes to have a look at us.
Again Mario tried really hard to try and find Dolphins, but without success. Instead of seeing dolphins we experienced the full force of the rib’s capabilities and it is an exhilarating ride. A rib trip is a great way to spend a couple of hours and if you enjoy speedboat trips, I would thoroughly recommend the experience to both locals and tourists alike. I would certainly go out with Mario and his rib again as surely my dolphin spotting luck must be in again soon.