To dive and to nap
Trip Start Jul 14, 2009
26Trip End Aug 09, 2009
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I'll take a moment to describe the resort. It’s on a small island in the middle of the archipelago. From the lagoon, there are small stretches of beach visible, especially at low tide, but otherwise the island appears uninhabited: the bungalows are all hidden from view. Beyond the mangroves and fallen trees, the interior of the island has been opened up (not cleared, but thinned)
After breakfast, while all the others went out diving, Kyla and I walked around the island. It was low tide, but, in some places, we still had to wade because of mangroves and dense vegetation. We were surprised by the number of pine trees along the beach. In one tree sat a pair of lovely parrots, who squawked, clearly unhappy that we were in their territory. We also saw a number of bright blue starfish, as well as sea slugs and brittle starts – plus a banded sea eel. (I would have been fairly confident that it was an eel, but I had overheard, at breakfast, a conversation between divers, where one assured the other that they had seen a snake, not an eel.)
We finished our circumpedigation, then took our books out to the stretch of sand near our bungalow, to enjoy the quiet and watch the tide come in. it was overcast, so not too hot – though more of a breeze would have been welcome
About 11am, Kyla began to feel that her blood glucose was running low, so she went to check herself. She forgot her key, so I brought it to her – but then suddenly felt the wind rise. Squall a’comin’! I rushed back to the beach and managed to grab all of our books and stuff before the rain began. A few small sprinkles – a downpour – then moderate rain for a few minutes. Love the tropics! We spent the rest of the morning playing games in the library.
The dive boat returned about 1:30pm, then a tasty lunch. After, we had more squalls, so we spent the afternoon reading and napping.
Paul told me that, on the dive boat, someone asked Ange if they still dove at a certain location. Agne said: Not anymore. The local village headman felt that he wasn’t being paid enough and wanted what Ange and Ditmar felt was an extortionate amount of kina. So they tried to negotiate, but then he demanded a pig. They thought, if we buy him a pig, we’ll have to buy everyone a pig, so they just said No and don’t dive there anymore
Dinner was very tasty: crab, fish, fried rice. After, the mechanic, the carpenter, and their children performed a “sing-sing” for us. We sat on chairs on the beach to enjoy the dances. The dances weren’t described to us, so we had to make it up. The first clearly suggested birds flying; the second had people paddling canoes; the next seemed to be fishing; the last couple involved farming and produce. We guessed it told the story of following the birds to the islands, then starting a new life there. Who knows? But it works for me. The rain started during the last couple of dances, but it never came down too hard. Everyone was introduced to all of us, then we shook hands all around. Then we went to bed.