on February 17, 2007
The next part of the excursion requires a trip along the coast to a reef for snorkeling. Somehow these boats seem to be designed to get the occupants as wet as possible in the minimal amount of time. Again were it sweltering hot, it would possibly be refreshing, but there was so much salt water spray splashing into our eyes, we could not even keep our eyes open. I was the passenger so just kept my eyes closed at all times. If I were to do this trip again, I would be wearing goggles. It is probably not a good trip to go on if you have a bad back or hips as the boat just kept bouncing on the waves. Under my very thin cushion there seemed to be some kind of metal bolt that I landed on very time the boat crashed down on the water. The nose of the boat kept rising higher and higher as the back filled with water adding to the difficulty of seeing anything in front of us. Nevertheless the guides kept urging us to go faster and faster. After a 30-minute ride, we were close to our snorkeling destination and we now had to anchor our boats to a line. With hand signals and whistles we realized that we were to aim our boat directly at a black head bobbing in the water. This fellow was there to “catch” our boat and attach it to the line. We had remembered the part about pulling out the key, but obviously some people had not as the poor guide was almost overrun. Once we were all attached, we did the reverse sequence of before to get into the water taxi and then we were boated over to the diving platform where we were outfitted with snorkel gear and fins. We were all cold and wet and longing for the sun to come out and warm us, but as that was not happening, we elected to jump into the water with our guide as it was warmer than the air. Each couple had their own guide who had a fist full of fish food which he shared after showing us the varieties of fish swimming around. My guide did not speak much English, so I did not get much information on names of fish, but I could see that there were different colours and sizes. He also seemed to know exactly where each different type of coral was and took me around to see them all.
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