I was in Dunedin for 5 days for a work related conference and had very little time off. For Saturday morning, my very last day, I decided to book a cruise with Monarch Wildlife Cruises in order to see the majestic Northen Royal Albatross. It was, no doubt about it, the best decision I could have ever made.
I was pick-up early at my hotel and when I arrived at Monarch office I was offered a hot beverage (and another one latter, during the trip), both very much needed and enjoyed. I was very surprised to learn that I was the only passanger for the 4-hour cruisse and even so, the cruise went along (thank you again Monarch Team!!). Meaning that the very knowledgeable guide Aaron and the ship captain were all for myself.
During the cruise through the Otago Harbour I was lucky enough to see resting first seals, a cormoran feeding on flatfish, a couple of species of seagulls, a nest of albatros with its chicken while one of the parents was feeding it… However, the real magic happened after we left the harbor behind.
I still don’t now what happened: aparrently a school of fish was just outside of the harbour and all kinds of birds (in really massive numbers) and even first seals were feeding on them. We saw countless amounts of Northen Royal Albatross, both young and old, flying both overhead and along with our boat and even landing beside us on the water!
After the cruise was finished I was drive back to my hotel in a minibus by Paul, a very nice person, cameraman and driver.
Thank you very much to Aaron and the whole Monarch team for an OUTSTANDING EXPERIENCE! Four of the best hours of my life, surely.
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