Aboard Turumoan Dolphin Cruise At Hualien Port 花莲港之多罗满赏鲸记

Whenever I plan for a trip, I would try to include places where I would be being able to get up close to nature, including marine wildlife. Ironically, I have a phobia for water & cannot swim, but I get excited every time I have an opportunity to be out at sea (of course not in direct contact with water). Since 2013, I’ve been on-board dolphin cruises every year, be it a deliberate or accidental plan to include the tour in my holidays. The only exception was last year 2016, as the places I had been to (South Korea & Ho Chi Minh City) don’t offer such opportunities. I thought I would miss the dolphin cruise again this year after the one we booked at Chenggong Harbour was cancelled last minute due to bad weather conditions. 😦

每当我计划下一个旅行目的地的时候,我都会尽量把与大自然近距离接触的机会融入行程,包括观赏海洋野生动物。不过,我其实怕水,更别说会游泳,但每次有机会出海都会很兴奋(只要不是需要入水的情况)。从2013年开始,我每年都会有一次出海赏鲸的体验,无论是刻意或是无心的安排。唯有去年2016,韩国胡志明市之旅都没有这类行程,才没法出海赏鲸。原本以为今年在成功渔港的赏鲸船因天气关系取消后,又会与鲸豚失之交臂了……

However, as wet weather was forecasted to continue in the next few days, we decided not to visit Taroko Gorge for a full day. Instead, since dolphin sighting happens rain or shine, as long as it isn’t too windy, we decided to check if the dolphin cruise was still going to sail the following day. Thankfully, through 500KM Home, we managed to book the Turumoan dolphin cruise that was still set to sail off the next morning. The fee of 900 TWD (~S$42) per pax included return pick-up & drop-off service from the minsu slightly before 8 am. Price was slightly more expensive than what we had to pay at Chenggong Harbour, but not much of a choice…

谁知道,也因为天气不佳的关系,我们决定原先安排一天的太鲁阁游还是缩短为半天比较好,毕竟太鲁阁是户外园区,下雨时会寸步难行。既然鲸豚不畏下雨天,只要风浪不是太大,船只都可以航行,那我们索性试问看赏鲸船在花莲港有没有取消。通过伍百里驿站的帮忙,我们得以订了隔天早上8点的多罗满赏鲸船的船票。赏鲸船票一人台币900元,包括往返民宿的接送服务。价格是比成功渔港的赏鲸船稍贵了点,但临时安排的,没什么选择了吧……

Briefing prior to boarding the cruise boat 上船前的讲解

When we arrived at Turumoan office, the briefing had already started as we were slightly late. The bubbly guide (as seen in photo above) introduced the cetacean family to us, which comprises of whales, dolphins and porpoises. She mentioned that there are several types of dolphins & whales found in the surrounding waters of Hualien Port, but the percentage of being able to spot whales was quite low compared to dolphins. Of course, she also emphasized on safety precautions aboard the boat & what we should look out for. Thereafter we were asked to board the mini-van again, which would bring us to the port for getting onto the boat.

抵达多罗满办事处时,因为有点延误,导览员已经开始向其他乘客介绍这趟行程中有机会看到的鲸豚了。活泼开朗的导览员告诉我们鲸豚属同一家族,而花莲港附近的太平洋海域能看到好几种鲸豚,但比起海豚,能赏到鲸鱼的机会极少。不过,既然它们都是一家人,所以称它为赏鲸船也不为过。这样也行😅……当然,导览员也不厌其烦地再三说明各种安全措施,以及待会儿出海后需注意的事项。之后,我们又上车,前往花莲港搭船去。

The port was a quick drive away so without further ado, we set out to the ocean to seek the whale family on a drizzling morning. Disposable raincoats were provided aboard so we could wear them while standing on the deck to wait for the mammals to appear. Unlike my previous experiences in Bali & Hong Kong where we had to sail really quite far out from the pier before the adorable mammals could be sighted, we were pleasantly surprised when dolphins began knocking on the hull of the boat barely 10 min out.

港口离办事处不远,很快地,我们就在下着细雨的早上登船出海赏鲸去了。船上有提供一次性雨衣,好让我们在甲板上等待鲸豚出现时不会全身湿透。比起之前在印尼巴厘岛香港的赏鲸船航行了挺长时间才看到鲸豚的情况,这次,我们出发不到10分钟后就感觉到海豚与船只碰撞,并围绕我们的船只。

First sighting of the school of dolphins! 看到海豚出现!

Everyone’s eyes were glued on the dolphins swimming ahead of us 所有人的目光都聚集在这群海豚上

Everyone aboard the boat was really excited as we could feel the dolphins right below as well as surrounding the boat, except for a few ladies who looked very seasick. I guess this was probably their first time on a small boat (about 20 odd passengers) riding on occasional waves. Frankly, despite the drizzle & breeze, I thought the sea was quite calm compared to the time I took the cruise out from Bruny Island. Dolphins were aplenty throughout the next half an hour or so of our journey. Here are some of the better photos of dolphins we managed to capture, using continuous burst shots.

几乎全船的乘客看到海豚的出现都雀跃不已,除了几位看起来晕船晕的厉害的女生。我猜想我们也许是第一次搭乘较小的船只(大概只能载20来名乘客)出海,因偶尔的波浪感到不适吧。其实,虽然下着雨又偶有风浪,这次的航行跟我之前在澳大利亚塔斯马尼亚的出海体验比起来,海面真的算蛮平静的了。在接下来的半小时左右,海豚不断地出现在我们眼前。以下是从好多连续拍摄的照片中挑出来,比较漂亮的照片。

So near! 海豚就离我们这么近!

This is the closest shot amongst the 100+ photos we took haha 这是我们在100多张照片里,拍到最近距离的海豚照片

Saw a boat from another dolphin cruise company (Whale World) nearby 在我们的船只附近有另一家赏鲸公司的船只(鲸世界)


After about half an hour, we couldn’t really see any more dolphins. Most passengers decided to return to the seats since there was nothing much to marvel at, except the mystical mountain range hiding behind the sea of clouds. I stood out in the rain for quite a while to soak in the beautiful sight before retreating back to the sheltered sitting area. Although the guide was explaining to us the different types of dolphins seen on the upper deck of the boat, I couldn’t really hear her properly & hence do not really know how many types of the cetacean family we managed to spot. However, I think there were at least 2 types, the Monk dolphin (the 1 we took the closest shot of) and Fraser’s dolphin.

半个小时后,什么鲸豚都看不到了。大多数的乘客都选择回座位歇息,因为最令人期盼的项目已看到了。我继续站在雨中欣赏眼前迷蒙的山峦被云层环绕的优美景色好一会儿,才回到有遮盖的座位歇脚。虽然导览员有在船只的二楼讲解,但我听不清楚,也不晓得到底看到几种海豚。应该有至少两种吧,就是花纹海豚(拍得最近的那张里的海豚)和弗式海豚。

I had expected the cruise to last at least 2 hours, but it soon turned back to the port about an hour out at sea. Before we knew it, the boat docked at the port just slightly 1.5 hours after we set off. Naturally, I was somewhat disappointed because this was the shortest dolphin cruise I had ever been on yet not exactly that cheap. The consolation was we spotted a lot of the adorable dolphins soon after departing. So I guess it was still better than nothing after all. 😉

原本以为赏鲸船应该会至少两小时才上岸,但出海约一小时后就开始返港了。回到港口时,只离出发时间大概一个半小时。搭过这么多次的赏鲸船,还是第一次这么快就返港呢,有点失望,毕竟价格也不是很便宜。幸亏出海后不久就看到很多海豚游来游去,让我这次的赏鲸旅再次成功!

Ending this post with a photo of the Turumoan boat docked at Hualien Port as we disembarked…

就以以下这张多罗满赏鲸船在花莲港靠岸的照片结束文章吧。😃

Scenic backdrop of Turumoan boat at Hualien Port 多罗满赏鲸船停靠在风景怡人的花莲港

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