We just got back from a highly recommended terrific 5 day 4 night liveaboard with EYE TO EYE MARINE ENCOUNTERS. This dedicated and passionate group of environmentalists led by world renowned John Rumney run these Dwarf Minke Whale research-expeditions only 2 months a year, June-July (the season when the dwarf minkes come to the Great Barrier Reef). I believe they have 2 more trips this 2013 season. They have a special permit to run these trips and abide by strict interaction guidelines. The trip included flights from Cairns to Lizard Island, 4 nights on the boat, all meals and all interaction with the Dwarf Minke whales. In between, there was diving and snorkeling. We had 2 days of whale interaction, totaling about 15 hours of swimming with these gentle giants, and assisted in the research and photo data collection of Dr Alistair Baird, the lead scientist on board. I am posting this so that more people become aware of this special phenomenon and be able to join John, Linda, Alistair and their team. They are a truly special and wonderful group and deserve to be supported in their research and conservation efforts.