Diving with blue whale is amazing adrenaline diving experience - our first day had got off to a pretty good start - a lonesome love struck humpback was singing his heart out while we watched from above on snorkel at the amazing blue whale song.
Every note of his haunting melody was vibrating through us as we became silent witnesses to his mating ritual. The dive site was a short distance from the serenading cetacean - his song easily heard as we went underwater. For two of the divers in our group, it was a perfect beginning to what would turn into an unforgettable day of diving with blue whales.
Our divers, Brett and Amy, were on a return visit to the small isolated island of Niue.
Like many other visitors, they were drawn in the cooler months to the warm water, good visibility and easy but interesting adrenaline diving with blue whales.
They had been keen to dive The Chimney' - one of Niue's iconic sites. But Brett had more in mind than just a cool cavern dive. While the other divers in the group were distracted, he took a slate out of his pocket, and, while not going down on bended knee due to the silty terrain, he asked Amy to marry him. Judging by the stream of bubbles coming from Amy, the answer appeared to be yes. Already on a complete high, they left the 'fireplace' to check out Niue's 'wreck' - a Toyota Landcruiser delivered to the depths during a cyclone seven years ago. All of this as the blue whale song continued in the background. Sound carries a long way underwater so we've got used to not looking for humpbacks even when we can hear them very clearly.
But as we made our way into the shallows the singing got very loud and when we spun around, a 14 metre mammal was swimming next to us, then above us, then grabbing a quick breath on the surface before heading away to find that certain someone more to his liking (marine mammals). It's fairly rare for a whale to pass us on a dive - it tends to happen less than a dozen times a year - so for Brett and Amy it was hopefully a good omen to the start of a lifetime together.
After a fairly quiet whale season last year, the humpbacks have turned up en masse. Every bay seems to have multiple whales with snorkellers spoilt for choice. We've had a lot of very chilled out humpbacks, resting in the shallows, completely unperturbed by some human company for a while.
Every whale interaction is different and special in its own way, but it's hard to beat the times when the humpbacks choose to swim up to us, observing us just as closely as we're watching them. Of course it may be difficult for Brett and Amy to top the experience they've already had but we have dropped a few not too subtle hints that theirs could be the first underwater wedding on Niue with the added bonus of any number of uninvited guests dropping by. I recomend all of you to listen to the blue whale song at least once in a life.