Wednesday 1st - Thursday 2nd June 2011
Days 62 - 63 - Having fun in Coral Bay.
Wednesday 1st June
Day 62 - Snorkelling at Coral Bay.
A mild night, I only used my ONE blanket.
Went to sleep about 8pm and woke about 6am, strange that. Tried to find a radio station but no AM or FM stations to be found. By the way, yesterday I
had trouble trying to find the satellite at one stage I have given up and tried to tune in analogue Tv, but no stations found. Not to give in, I moved
the satellite dish from the front to the back of the fiver and this worked, it is sort of cramped van sites for a sat dish to work.
Anyway I got sidetracked again, at 6am Marg woke and so we flicked on Sunrise and watched them until 9am. After showering in bore water, we wandered
over to the surf shops, and looked at rashies. Tour-Surf shop no. 1 didn't have any in adult sizes, big help. Surf shop the price was $140 reduced from $179
I didn't get to see the sizes, the price put me off. Tour-Surf shop no. 2 had them long sleeve 2XL for $50 each, we bought a pink one and a black one.
My pink one clashes something shocking with my flippers, or did Marg wear the pink one, you may never know, as I didn't take my camera to the beach, as I
didn't want it flogged, consequently, no photos available, and also Coral bay do not hire underwater cameras. Bummer. You can buy a 10 shot film underwater
plastic disposable Kodak camera for $25, that's no good for me, I am only warming up at 10 shots.
Here is this morning's description of our beach activities, I will try to paint the picture:
I took towel, flippers, mask, snorkell and rashy, I wore my throngs, boardies and a T shirt, I also had a $20 note in my boardies for Ron, as in 'Later on'.
Marg took towel, flippers, mask, snorkell and rashy, she wore throngs, bathers and a cheese cloth dress and smokes. We walked the 200 meters to the closest
beach, then took off our throngs and walked through the water for another 200 meters, to where I saw about 10 people snorkelling. We dropped our gear and
walked into the water, the tide is in, the first 50 meters was about knee depth, then the bottom drops away to approx 4 meters and the coral starts. Ohh,
did I tell you that the water is crystal clear, sorry I forgot too, also did I tell you that it was WARM without a wetsuit on, sorry I forgot too.
We put on our flippers etc and slowly swam towards where the coral is. The first thing that I saw underwater were the snapper from last night, they
were just staring at me about a meter away, then as I got nearer to the coral the fish numbers increased. The coral is not that colourful, but its
closeness to the beach made up for any lack of colour. I showed Marg a large clam about 18" wide and heaps of different shapes of coral. The fish are
obviously used to humans as they kept just out of my reach, I even tried to grab a snapper, but guess what, it moved. It was just beautiful in the water.
After about 2 hours, I left the water and Marg was already ashore, so we walked back to camp, showered, hung out our beach gear and had lunch.
It is 2:10pm and we are going back for another snorkel about 3:30pm. The current weather is about 25°s with a light onshore breeze and some high
level clouds filtering out the sun.
About 3:30pm, I went snorkelling without Marg. This time I went straight off the beach in front of the beach access path, I know that you feel for me,
but the water was a bit murky, so I only stayed about 30 minutes and then went back to camp and had a chilled refresher or two.
Tomorrow, I am leaving at 8am to swim with the Whale Shark, I can't wait. Talk later if I am not eaten by the Whale Shark.