I already didn't want to go, but Chris was keen and it's meant to be one of the best places in the world for spotting blue whales.
The boat company picked us up from our guesthouse bright and early at 6am and took us to the boats. We hopped onto the boat and were fed breakfast, and I should've known then that it wasn't going to be a good day. We were given sea sickness pills with breakfast.
I think we might have lasted about half an hour until Chris started vomiting. Those pills did not work! We went up to the top deck to get a better view, and well, it was less embarrassing to throw up off the side up there, as there were no other people on the top deck. I felt awful, and threw up not long after. It was so hot, must have been at least 40 degrees, and there was no respite from the sun while throwing up overboard.
We spent the whole day out at sea searching for whales. THE WHOLE DAY. I've never felt so ill in my life. Okay I have...but never that ill on a boat. I spent my childhood on boats so getting sea sick was never something I thought I was going to have worry about. I think it was a mixture of the heat and the giant rolling waves...and maybe the drink or two from the previous night.
The two crew members were lovely, and spent the whole time looking after us. One even constantly mopped up the sweat off my face...I think he thought that was from me being sick...I didn't have the heart to tell him it was because it was 40 degrees and I'm a sweaty person! Chris was worse than me, and literally had to lie down on the boat for the whole day. He ended up getting extremely sunburnt because he couldn't move. He threw up a lot! I didn't see any of the other passengers vomiting which I found odd...maybe they were doing it downstairs.
We didn't even see any whales.
We saw some dolphins at one point, but we were too sick to care.
I was so glad when the day was over and we got back on dry land. The crew members had become very fond of us in that time, and one even invited me to dinner with his family! I wish I had taken him up on that offer.
But in short, I'll never go whale watching again.