I’ve been to Wildquest in April/May 2012. As I am not an esoteric person and also travelling as a single I was wondering how I would get along with the group. Well, it was wonderful. The members of the team are warm-hearted and humorous people who made me feel at home very soon - and so did the members of my groups. Most of them were pretty esoteric people but not in a dogmatic sense. So I was soon feeling very well in my „pod“. There was much laughing, dancing (!) and also sharing of personal experiences and emotions. But if you didn’t feel like sharing - as me at first - this was also absolutely respected.
I had a room in the side building facing the garden. It was large, simple, not especially cosy and without room service. The bathroom could have needed a little bit of an update. But the mattress of the large bed was very good providing a good sleep. And usually you do not spend much time in the room – except you stay over the weekend as I did. So all together the room was a little bit below my expectations. But this was by far compensated by the great team, the good atmosphere, the delicious food, the very good organization, the pod and of course the dolphins …
Coming from Europe - and knowing that there might be a week in which it is not possible to swim with the dolphins - I decided to book two weeks. Now I would recommend this to everyone who has a long way to travel to Bimini because in our second week swimming with the dolphins was possible only on the very last day – and only thanks to a special effort by the WildQuest staff. They pulled us on a rope through the water so that we could keep up with the dolphins. The staff is the very experienced, cautious and aware of what's going on in and above the water. I always felt very safe when getting into the water.
Except for one day we met dolphins every day. They were playing very close around the boat which was very nice to look at. Swimming with them for a longer time was possible on three days during the two weeks. On one day it was for more than two hours ! On two or three more days we got into the water but could not follow the dolphins because they were moving too fast.
So far the sober facts. But how was it like to swim with dolphins emotionally? Overwhelming! I will never forget those moments when the dolphins came so close to me that we were looking directly into each others eyes. Old eyes, young eyes - friendly eyes. Heart moving also the moment when a group of dolphins passed underneath me and a little one first looked at me over mom's shoulder and then - while approching - turned to its side to not lose eye contact with me.
Afterwards I thought what is the essence of happiness for me? I think it has much to do with the experience of becoming one. Becoming one with a group, a person, nature, with music while dancing and - of course - becoming one with these wonderful dolphins ...
One pod, one world - yes, that's it! Thank you so much to everyone at Wildquest and to all my pod members!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The WildQuest Retreat is situated in the friendly little fishing village of Porgy Bay. Light, airy and spacious, with its own bay-side terrace and mooring, it provides the ideal environment to relax and chill out after a day on the ocean. Best suited to swim with wild dolphin, or encounter dolphin from the boat. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- WildQuest Bimini, Bahamas