Dolphin, Cruises and weather updates 29/01/11

Dolphin watching in the bay:

We are almost certain now that 3 dolphin calves have been born in the last 2 months to the main three female groups in the bay. Summer is the time most baby dolphins are born so this is a great time to see these little guys out and about with their mums. The bay waters have been clearing after all the rain a couple of weeks ago and with lots of bait fish around the bay is literally teeming with big fish and the dolphins are gathering together to hunt in large numbers.

Snorkeling Cruise:

The sea has continued to clear and warm up after the big wet and the visibility on the Snorkeling cruise is improving by the day. The days are warm and The sailing has been great with the big blue drifter being used daily. Cabbage tree island has become our main snorkeling point as it provides good shelter from the prevailing easterly swell. We have seen a number of big Gropers and a turtle quite regularly turns up and Didj has even made friends with a Banjo Ray.

Sunset dinner Cruise:

The daily dinner cruise has proven to be a winner especially as folks can have a quick dip before dinner or they can simply lay back in the bow net with a champers. BBQ Prawns and fish in a Cognac sauce on a bed of mash and rocket with a crusty bread roll followed by French Vanilla cheesecake with berries, and all for just $35 per adult or $100 for a family of 4, this has got to be the best value dinner cruise on the east coast!

Swim with Dolphins:

This weekend we have one swim scheduled for Sunday morning at 6am so anyone wanting to experience one of the most amazing interactive adventures with intelligent wildlife should check this cruise out: http://www.imaginecruises.com.au/cruises-tours/swim-with-dolphins/

Imagine received a really nice compliment recently from one of our guests. Kirsty Dunphey, Telstra’s Youngest ever Young Australian Business Women of the year travelled on one of our cruises late last year unknown to us and had a few words to say regarding our company’s ethics towards our guests which you might find of interest. It’s interesting to note how important Twitter can be to tourism business.

Check the link: http://www.smartcompany.com.au/gen-y-millionaire/20110127-whale-sized-expectations.html

Sea conditions predicted for this weekend and the following week:

Pretty good conditions for getting onto and into the water this weekend. An 11 knot easterly breeze and 1.5 to 2 metre swell is forcast for Saturday flattening out a bit on Sunday and dropping further throughout the next week as the winds shift back to the northeast. Warm and mostly dry in the bay for most of the week and the sea is continuing to clear. High tide is around 05:50 on Saturday morning and dead low at 12:50 midday.

The Skipper’s HOT TIPS for safe swimming and sailing:

TIP 1: If you have any concerns with weather and sea conditions you should always check in directly with your cruise operator, Imagine uses three main online meteorological sources in making our sea condition predictions plus we interpret local conditions that may affect the areas we travel when looking for dolphins or finding a safe anchorage. Imagine’s office is open between 9:00am and 4:30pm, 7 days a week and the number to call is 49 815 373 or 49 849 000

TIP 2: Although it’s warm at the moment it can still be cool offshore so take a light jumper of jacket with you as well as your swimmers and a towel. This is now the season for Blue bottle stingers so consider wearing a rashy when you go in the water and keep a good look out for those bubble like floaters and avoid them. Best way to treat a sting is by applying to the stung area the hottest water that you can bear on a towel for a good 10 minutes. The heat followed by a cold compress usually does the job( you can use a cold can of beer or soft drink the same way). Flat shoes with a reasonable grip is the way to go on board any boat, no stilettos girls!

TIP 3: If you have any doubts about how your tummy is going to stand up to a few hours at sea, take a motion sickness pill. Imagine has them free on board including safe ones for pregnant ladies and chewy strawberry ones for kids, don’t risk it, the best time to take them is half an hour before boarding or at the latest straight away when you get on board.

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