Freediving with blue whales, the world’s largest animal, is reckoned to be a tough act to follow. Amos Nachoum’s Big Animals operation is running trips off San Diego in California this summer, locating the whales using a scout plane, then meeting them from the 12m dive-boat Humboldt.
Only four guests are able to go on each one-week trip, which run from 7 and 14 July and cost US $9800pp. Bookings are also being taken for the following year (5 and 12 July) at $10,800pp.
If you don’t manage to get onto one of these trips, you might want to consider the thrills that striped marlin encounters 15-20 miles off Baja California in Mexico can offer.