After feeding the monkeys we all got back on board travelled 10 minutes or so then did a some kayaking (on the worst kayaks EVER i felt like i'd done 3 hour in gym once we'd done) into a goregous lagoon with crystal clear waters
. Beautiful!! Then the next activity of the day was snorkelling. And i failed miserably. I got at far as putting my snorkel and mask on (of which i nearly started hyperventilating cos felt really clastrophobic) then dipping my head just under the surface, saw about a million fish (no exaggeration) where at which point i started splashing around all arms and legs gasping for breath and gave it up as a bad job. Now i know me saying i've never snorkelled before is pretty poor but its true!! Maybe i should have kept trying but i really didn't like it, us been able to breathe under water just aint natural and it didn't feel right. I'll have to work on my breathing tecnique and invest in a life jacket so i can concentrate purely on that before i try it again. Ryan of course was off like a pro, he weren't too impressed though when one of the staff from the boat kept throwing spoons full of rice all around him and thousands of fish surrounded him, jumping and doing back flips over his back on his head and everything!! Ha ha funny.
After kayaking and snorkelling it was time for what we'd all been waiting for. Our visit to Maya Bay, the place where 'The Beach' was filmed starring Leonardo Dicaprio. As we'd gone on the afternoon cruise by this time it was about 4:30pm and the wind had started to pick up so rather than the boat taking us right up to the shore of Maya Beach (like it normally would) it anchored quite far back around some cliffs. It was then our job to jump off the boat and swim (or kayak for non-swimmers) right up to the cliff, climb up it via some thick rope ladders then throught a small forest where we'd eventually find The Beach. Now doing all that was a small adventure in itself we were thrown about everywhere the wind came up really strong and waves crashed violently into the cliff. God knows how the people that couldn't swim felt! We all made it in one piece though and it was all worth it when we were walking through the trees to see right at the very end the most stunning colour sea you have ever seen
. At first glimpse i honestly thought it was a swimming pool it just looked too blue and clear. Then we reached the white sand and it was like talcum powder, it felt like we were in another world. The photos don't really do it justice cos at the time there was a storm brewing therefore the sky was a bit grey and although it was still hot it was a bit windy. It was still amazing though and i think we'll struggle to find such untouched paradise again.Once we'd all had a swim and took some photos it was back across the death trap (where at one point i swear i was swimming backwards!! It was that windy my little arms and legs were going ten to dozen but i weren't getting anywhere!) We were all knackered by the time we got back on board. The first thing i noticed back on the boat was all the empty 'Chang' cans, (Thai lager). The second thing i noticed was how starry eyed and jolly our crew members were. They were all paro!! One of them put a wolf mask on and jumped out scaring the life out of us, while 2 others came round collecting all our cameras asking for a 'fam-i-ly pic-ture!!!' then got us all in a big group and started laughing his head off while clicking away. It was only 10 minutes into our photo shoot that someone asked "is anyone actually driving this boat?" We looked around and realised 5 minutes longer and we'd be crashing into Phi Phi!! Ha ha crazy Thai people.
Our trip ended by a buffet meal but we gave it a miss cos we'd arranged to meet Alice and Blake ( the American couple we met in Krabi) for dinner and drinks
. We also met a couple for Chester on the cruise so invited them along too and ended up going to a lovely seafood restaurant for a nice civilised meal on the beach before hitting the Buckets then going to watch some Thai boxing!! There's a bar called The Regae Bar and in the corner of the room is a massive boxing ring where they get people up from the crowd to fight each other. Basically if you volunteer to get up, they kit you out in all proper Thai gear you have a fight then afterwards you get rewarded. With nothing other than a free Bucket!!!! The whole thing was bonkers, Alice like the true American was up out of her seat practically on the table waving her arms and punching the air shouting "go blu-e!! go blu-e!!" "Oh maaan!!" whenever her favourite was losing it was hilarious. At one point this forty odd year old Thai woman tapped me on the shoulder and offered up!! Things people will do for a bucket. After the Thai boxing we hit the beach and basically did what we normally do after a bucket or 2. Got wrecked!!
The last few days we haven't done much other than recover from the Buckets. Not good!! Today however we more than made up for it by going on a 'Sunset Tour'. We all boarded a boat at 2pm with our beach wear and camera to hand and first stop was 'Monkey Island' which was.....you got it, a little island full of monkeys!! We all had 20 minutes or so feeding rather cute looking but mean acting monkeys, you had to keep your distance cos they weren't the friendliest unless you were throwing them a banana or 2, hence why i dont look too amused having to pose for photographs!! I really enjoyed it though right up untill the point where i got a piece of coral stuck in the bottom of my foot (ouch! it killed) but thought i'd been bitten by some fish or god knows what else lurking beneath the water! Always a drama.