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May 18th 2017
Published: May 18th 2017
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Did you notice the change of continent?

In the interim I wrote a blog post entitled 'Stranded on Heron Island' when we were given an hour's worth of free internet access after the ferry failed to show up on our departure day. However since there is no sign of that entry, the internet was as unreliable as the ferry - blame the bad weather, a spin off of cyclone Donna that caused big damage in Vanuatu, about 1800 km away.

Since the last posted entry a lot has happened and we're exhausted so I'm going to let the photos briefly tell the story...


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Heron IslandHeron Island
Heron Island

Beautiful when the sun shone 😎
Black noddy terns and a white egretBlack noddy terns and a white egret
Black noddy terns and a white egret

Apparently it is very difficult to sleep when the 120,000-ish terns along with 30,000 wedgetailed shearwaters are on this little island in the breeding season!
White capped noddy tern or is it a black noddy tern? White capped noddy tern or is it a black noddy tern?
White capped noddy tern or is it a black noddy tern?

The white cap apparently evolved to keep the little black terns' heads from overheating
Turtle in the shallows off Heron IslandTurtle in the shallows off Heron Island
Turtle in the shallows off Heron Island

It was wonderful to be able to see many turtles, sting rays and juvenile black tip sharks from shore. We were also lucky enough to witness some turtle hatchlings on their first journey from nest to sea although almost traumatic to see the gulls snatching some up 😢
'Tchaikovsky's Pathetique' in the Concert Hall of Sydney Opera House'Tchaikovsky's Pathetique' in the Concert Hall of Sydney Opera House
'Tchaikovsky's Pathetique' in the Concert Hall of Sydney Opera House

At a very dramatic performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra of Wagner's Overture to the opera Rienzi, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 1 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6
We met up with Jeffrey, one-time colleague in London at OTSWe met up with Jeffrey, one-time colleague in London at OTS
We met up with Jeffrey, one-time colleague in London at OTS

We also met James, another friend from Uni days, but the weather ruined our planned Bonte Beach to Bondi coastal walk so we ended up in the Icebergs bar and 'forgot' to take any photos!
At Bandara Resort in Bo Phut on Koh Samui in ThailandAt Bandara Resort in Bo Phut on Koh Samui in Thailand
At Bandara Resort in Bo Phut on Koh Samui in Thailand

With a wonderful upgrade to a villa with a private outside patio...
... and even flowers on the bed... and even flowers on the bed
... and even flowers on the bed

All thanks to dear friend Elizabeth who now works at Kuoni in Kingston
Kayaking followed by snorkelling in the Ang Thong Marine Park off Koh Samui Kayaking followed by snorkelling in the Ang Thong Marine Park off Koh Samui
Kayaking followed by snorkelling in the Ang Thong Marine Park off Koh Samui

But I thought this part of our holiday was supposed to be relaxing and doing nothing except reflecting on the past 9 weeks!
Lunch on a quiet beach on Koh Pha Ngan on the way back from snorkelling with whale sharks at the dive site Sail RockLunch on a quiet beach on Koh Pha Ngan on the way back from snorkelling with whale sharks at the dive site Sail Rock
Lunch on a quiet beach on Koh Pha Ngan on the way back from snorkelling with whale sharks at the dive site Sail Rock

Lunch was great but the rest of the trip was definitely NOT relaxing with a strong swell and generally stressful conditions!
The big Buddha near Bo Phut on Koh SamuiThe big Buddha near Bo Phut on Koh Samui
The big Buddha near Bo Phut on Koh Samui

Just one of the sights on our island tour today
Beach outside Bandara Resort, our hotel on Koh SamuiBeach outside Bandara Resort, our hotel on Koh Samui
Beach outside Bandara Resort, our hotel on Koh Samui

And this is where we plan to spend much of tomorrow, weather permitting of course, before the flight to Bangkok on Saturday


18th May 2017

More chapters!
It really looks like you've made the most of where you are... in spite of setbacks. You've certainly seen some stunning bits of our world.
18th May 2017

Too right
Totally agree! We were starting to think through the whole trip and to try and identify true highlights. For once we were in agreement - Belair's koalas and birds are pretty much top of the list!
18th May 2017

Me too
It's hard to beat Belair National Park. <3
21st May 2017

What a fantastic trip!
Thank you - it has been so enjoyable to follow your blog along the way of your wonderful adventures. Enjoy Bangkok and probably best to keep Mark away from the lady boys! Looking forward to seeing you both X sue and tom xx
21st May 2017

Amazing massages 😮
Thank you for your responses! We are now recovering from some seriously painful massages. Sad that we'll probably undo all the benefits during the flights tomorrow.

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