There’s a hot debate these days about getting into the sea to go swimming with dolphins. Some say it is wrong, that these intelligent mammals should be left alone.  Others say they love us playing with them and that it does no harm.  Well, if you are going to do it then one of the most famous and well-organised places to do it is in New Zealand.  The dolphins are wild and choose to join you – or not …

Three dolphins

Swimming with dolphins is something I had wanted to do for over 30 years.  So finally my son and I headed out to fulfil that dream; Kaikoura is where we chose to do it.  It was a lovely experience… I am not going to say that it changed my life, that I had some incredible bonding moment with the dolphins or that it was the best thing I’ve ever done.  No, it was simply a memorable and beautiful swim that I wanted to go on … and on … and on …

Two dolphins

However, our experience of swimming with dolphins made me think about our dreams and how important they are.  So often we rush on in life without taking time to revisit them.  In this hectic, adrenalin-fuelled world, it’s important to take some time out, look at what we have achieved and maybe make a commitment to follow a long-cherished desire, before charging ahead to set new goals … I hope you get a chance to fulfill your dreams before too long.

Zoe & Alex Kaikoura

Dreams really do come true!

Upadate October 2014 – I’m just back from a trip to Ecuador and I went swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands – which was even better! I just wish my son had been with me – he’d have loved it.

Sea lions at Gardner Bay, Espanola in the Galapagos Islands - image Zoe Dawes

Sea lions at Gardner Bay, Espanola in the Galapagos Islands