Portal dos Borbas
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... the main port. Our best discovery however was the next day. The best beach apparently is Lopes Mendes, a two and a half hour hike through the forest and across the island. We sent off after breakfast and the hike up through the forest in the heat was hard work, but a beautiful walk at the same time. We did get worried at one point though, we could hear an animal making quite a loud ...
After a fluffy morning, trying to enjoy some quality time on
the balcony before check out, took the bus to Mariana, a smaller and less
intact colonial town. Had some nice old buildings which I explored with Carol,
a Londoner I bumped into at tourist info.
More grey clouds and rumbles of thunder eventually produced
the mother of all thunderstorms, ...
... and the wind came! We didn't fancy walking 2 hours back so instead got a water taxi. Oh my, we were on a tiny speed boat with massive waves, at times I thought we would all be in the water! Thankfully we got back in one piece. That evening we enjoyed a meal on the beach, seafood risottos, yum!
Today the sun was shining, a perfect, calm day for a dive. We spent a good hour on the boat before heading to our first dive sight. It was a good way to ...
... are allowed on the island. It's probably only a matter of time until things change but for now, the island remains relatively unscathed by modern transportation. I arrived by wooden yacht, ferrying produce to locals from the mainland. The trip cost around £3 and involved lying on top of milk and vegetable (and drink!) crates, whilst taking in the incredible views of Isla Grande on the horizon. In terms of ecosystem, you couldn't get much more diverse than this. Isla ...
... to head over to Curva da Jurema, just across the park. We had met a nice lady there yesterday. Her name was Marcie and she worked at one of the restuarant/bars on the beach. We went back and had a beer with her and some of her friends before we caught a taxi to the bus depot for our long bus ride back to Muniz Freire.
Vitoria was beautiful but our time here was too short. Perhaps I will return again someday. One never knows!