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Published: June 23rd 2010
The thunder reached us at about 1am last night and it was mighty loud. We got up earlyish today, well before 9am 😉 I had my usual museli fix and Rob had roti then we walked to Coral Bay on the nicely paved jungle walkway passing another cute secluded empty bay on our way. Coral Bay looked quite nice and the sea there was stunning though as it was more built up and there was some building work going on there it waasn't quite as sweet as our place. It took about 30mins to get there and then a further 10mins to get to Long Beach (this is the length of time it takes to cross from one side of the island to the other!).
Long Beach is the busiest place here as it's where most of the GH's are. It didn't look quite as picturesque as Coral Bay so we just took a couple of pics then turned round and made our way back. This old couple stopped us to ask how to get to Coral Bay and we pointed them in the right direction. We stopped off for a coke at a cafe on Coral Bay. After 10mins
the old couple we'd seen earlier caught up to us looking worse for wear. they were in their 80's and the guy wasn't feeling too well. It's no wonder really, they were both sunburnt, had no water with them and were walking in very high humidity- should know better at their age! Luckily he seemed OK after a little rest.
We'd hired snorkels before breakfast so as to ensure we didn't miss out so after grabbing them from our room we went straight to the sea in front of our GH. After the storm last night the sun has not been out much today and the water seemed a lot more choppy. My mask was a right pain leaking in too much water but as there were no more left Rob tried to rig it so that it was a little better and we went off for a swim around the rocks that were covered in crabs. Many of the fishes here seem bigger than thse we saw in Tioman. Again we saw lots of zebra fish and 'highlighter pen' fish and huge schools of little fish. When we got past the first few rocks my mask started filling
with water, the eyes and nose and I had a panic attack. I pulled my mask off (probably the worst thing to do) and tried to swim back. The current was quite strong and I thought I may be in real trouble for a minute when I started swallowing quite a bit of sea water and was finding it tough to keep going. Rob swam beside me and encouraged me to keep swimming and as soon as he was in a position to stand he grabbed me. My heart was beating twenty to the dozen and I was shaking like a leaf so we decided it would be best to have a rest to recover. Went to the restaurant and had a drink, played scrabble and ate some fruit.
Felt much better so I decided to get straight back on the horse. The waves had calmed too which made me feel more confident and made swimming much easier. I was really glad we went out as we got to see loads more fish including the infamous stonefish http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synanceia (glad we didn't accidently stand on that!). The coral here is beautiful, really pretty colours. After a while Rob's mask was
giving him a headache so we just hung out in the lovely warm water relaxing then went for showers (mighty cold shivery showers). As this is our last beach place 😞 I threw out my bikini and beach skirt along with my vile smelling hiking shoes! We sat on our huge balcony for a bit before going down to the restaurant for veg noodles w/chicken and a fruit salad (which are amazing here). Our dorm mates moved to their own chalet this evening so we have our big room to ourselves again which is good as it means we don't have to go to bed at 10pm and can be as noisy as we like in the morning 😊 Watched the football on T.V., Portugal vs North Korea so it was quite an entertaining game.
Can't believe that it's our last bit of travel in Asia tomorrow!!
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