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We arrive in Paihia late afternoon, after diving the Poor Knights, and we're both pretty tired – we chill out with a glass of wine on the balcony (it’s rare we have one so we like to use 'em when we do!) and have an early night.
We explore the town the next morning. It’s small, so doesn’t take too long. First stop …
... what we could see through the fence anyway. I had gone ahead of Mattijs and was looking at the little trinkets in the gift shop. It was around £5 entry and I was quite happy to pay it. Mattijs then arrived and looked around for about a millisecond. Then looked at the price. ‘Would you like to buy a ticket?’ a kind, elderly looking gentleman asked from behind the counter. ‘Naaaaaah’ Mattijs replied and then wandered out again. Awkward much?! I could ...
We had booked the all day Cream Trip with Fullers Cruises, a tour that followed the old delivery route around the islands. We met at Piahia marina at 9.15 for our briefing. The previous day had been glorious sunshine and really hot but today was grey, cloudy and drizzly! A bit of a shame but on the plus side there were only 21 guests on a boat which took up to 130 so we all had plenty of room! Myself and Andy had registered interest in swimming with the dolphins, so the ...
... in the water and splashed them around and we surrounded by a glowing light which was phosphorescent algae. It was like something from a Disney film!! Apparently when we were shaking our hands and paddles in the water we were disturbing the algae and that's why it was glowing. But I can honestly say that sitting in my kayak, in the middle of the ocean, underneath the stars surrounded by the light of the phosphorescent algae was definitely one of the best ...
... amazing ones we’ve seen in South East Asia (Looking at you, Luang Probang!) Still, we enjoyed the walk around them, and luckily for Han, there were no chickens around this time. The rest of the day was spent completing the longish drive east to the Coromandel, although we did break it up with an amazing hot mineral water swim. Imagine a swimming pool sized bath – it was heaven!
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