Happy Day in the Bay

December 30th, 2017

In the first two months of our journey in the van we have seen many beautiful places, had unforgettable experiences and gained important experiences. We met new people and slowly got used to life in the van. However, we have also spent a lot of time driving and organising and have covered a long distance in a rather short time. Because unlike a two-week stand vacation, we have to plan a lot in advance. Because not all overnight places are considered safe or accessible for our van. That's why we have set ourselves the goal of staying longer in Baja. Just do nothing, put your feet up and maybe even open a book again. In Bahia de los Angeles we have found a suitable place for it. A small village with a beautiful bay and crystal clear water. Just perfect. We have also been told that some 30 whale sharks spend the winter months here. The whale shark is the largest shark and at the same time the biggest fish. It does not feed on humans but exclusively on plankton.

Thus a perfect opportunity to swim with these breathtaking sharks. So on our last day in Bahia de Los Angeles - after three days of rest - we booked a boat trip out to the whale sharks. To our surprise we would be able to swim not only with whale sharks but also with seals. After a good three-quarters of an hour we reach a bigger rock with our small wooden boat, where some seals sunbathe and have fun in the water. No tourists, just us and a Mexican family. However, we are the only ones who dare to venture into the water and promptly, where we are already putting our feet in the water, the boat captain alerts us to the fact that the seals should also like to bite once and that we should therefore keep enough distance. A hint a little later, the anticipation is too great for us to be put off and yet we jump into the water with a slightly queasy feeling.

As soon as we are in the water, the first seals come to swim towards us. They are so playful that they swim beside and below us. But here and there they also show their teeth. We startle each time briefly, but keep filming. In short, the waves become too big, so that the small boat can hardly hold itself in place, which is why we have to go back. Wow, what an incredible experience! We'll be gone for minutes. We really didn't expect that. In the meantime, the breaking waves filled the driver's cabin with water and the captain stood knee-deep in the water. With our brought along plastic box we help him to pour the water back into the sea and then drive to a small, sheltered bay.

Surprisingly, a long awaited dream comes true for me. To be able to swim with wild dolphins once. As soon as we enter this sheltered bay, the first dolphins appear. Immediately we put on our fins and goggles and jump into the water. But the dolphins are travelling much too fast for us. They only show up once just behind us. After a few minutes we finally give up. But as we continue our trip by boat, they appear next to us again and again, sometimes jumping acrobatically out of the water and accompanying us for a while on our way out of the bay. What a day! It can hardly get any better.

We've been on the road for about two hours now as we head into exactly that bay where the whale sharks are. Unfortunately, however, the sea becomes more and more turbulent and therefore also the water becomes cloudy, so that we hardly believe any more in it to find a whale shark. After some searching we see one more. Again with snorkeling equipment in the water we try to swim crampily close enough to the whale shark, but the waves are simply too strong. We are drifting away more and more, which is why we finally have to give up.

Meanwhile it has become noticeably cooler and the swell has increased noticeably. On the way back the boat hits the waves again and again, water splashes into our faces and enters the boat. We wouldn't have been really surprised if the old, rather fragile boat had broken apart in these waves. The children of the Mexican family seem to feel more and more uncomfortable and especially cold, which is why we give them our bath towels to protect them from the cold. To get back to the port, we need over an hour. We leave Bahia de los Angeles towards Scorpion Bay, well rested and with an unforgettable memory.