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Published: October 30th 2014
October 12 - Today we headed out to sea! It was a bit breezy, but the clouds took a break, and there was no rain. I came prepared -- coat, pants, sweater, wool socks, long underwear, hat and sun tan lotion! I might have looked a little odd, but I was quite comfortable sitting up on the top of the boat. David wandered the boat looking for photo opportunities.
Our captain described our route which would take us through a number of small islands. As we passed each one, he related interesting bits of information and stories. He told us how Captain James Cook came to these islands, and how the area was the base for the South Pacific whaling fleet in the 1830's. Most of the islands have Maori names like Urupukapuka, Kororareka, Motukiekie, Motuarohai and Motukokako. Cape Brett and Piercy Island or Motukokako was the last island on our trip. The Cape Brett lighthouse operated from 1901 until it was replaced by an automated light in 1978. This has happened all over the world leaving abandoned lighthouses behind. Piercy Island is home to 'The Hole in the Rock'. Unfortunately, the seas were too rough on this day to
go through it. David did get some great shots.
On the way back, the boat stopped at one of the islands where we disembarked and went for a short hike. On both the outgoing and return trips, we searched for dolphins. We didn't spot any dolphins, but we did see orcas, which explains why we didn't see any dolphins. The captain said orcas are only spotted about once every three or four weeks.
At the end of the cruise, we could choose to be dropped off in Paihia or Russell. We disembarked in Russell where we were given tickets to take the passenger ferry when we wanted to return to Paihia. It was nearly lunchtime, so we decided to have desert!
In the evening, we decided that there were no restaurants in Paihia with a view as good as the one at our B&B, so we drove into town and ordered take-out from a Thai restaurant. After dinner, we slid into the hot tub and watched the sun go down. We will miss paradise but are so grateful we were given the chance to experience it.
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