Trip to Kalekoy & final night on the boat

Trip Start Feb 23, 2008
Trip End Jun 05, 2008

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

I slept so much better last night thanks to earplugs - best travel invention!   Blocked out all the boys and girls snoring... haha   We all woke early to a beautiful cloudless day and couldn't wait to set off exploring the islands.  After brekky we took off and immediately came across this cave - the boat pulled so close that the bow was actually poking in... Josh, Flik and I decided to go for a snorkel inside.  I jumped off the boat and the cold water took my breathe away and i almost squealed.  The water again was an amazing blue azure colour - visibility almost seemed endless... We quickly swam into the cave and it took a little while for our eyes to adjust to the dark - it also didn't help that Flik and I were pissing ourselves laughing because the cold water made us want to go to the toilet -- the shock of it!   Plus we couldn't stop burping from our breadfest & yum food...!  
We got to the shallows and laughed at each other trying to stand on the rocks -- shivering from the cold... There wasn't much to see - we did hear bats flying around and prayed that they didn't come and swoop us!   We swam into the other section of the cave and it was the same thing so we swam back out into the sunlight - it penetrated the water and you could see all the way to the bottom.   I was suprised that there wasn't more fish around - I only saw a few in groups of 2 & 3 and they were only little ones....
We hopped back on and motored over to Kalekoy for our daily walk - this time we were going to check out the ancient city of Simena to see the Crusaders Fortress.  After paying our entrance fee we wandered through the ruins of a theatre -- this is where they supposedly held council meetings.   The walls of the fort were quite big and in excellent condition and we climbed all the way to the top - this gave us sensational views of the area and all the little islands.   The landscape on the mainland was very hilly and very rocky - from the top we also saw where the richest man in town lived - his house was fairly basic but he did have a helipad!  
We walked down the other side which was dotted with Lycian tombs and sarcophagus - all have been robbed. A few group shots later we walked back down to the boat for lunch - more of mums fantastic food -- we are definitely going to miss this!   By mid-afternoon it had heated up so after a little sun baking all of us hopped in for a snorkel of swim.   It was still bloody cold but if you kept moving it was ok.  We tried to follow the anchor line down - i only made it about 4-5m before my ears wouldn't pop but one of the guys Josh made it all the way and surfaced with sand in his hands... We chillaxed for the rest of the arvo - Jimmy took the group for a yoga session up on top deck but I couldn't be stuffed and stayed below with my book and wine enjoying the sun.  We settled in for our last mum meal - a huge tuna steak cooked on the coal BBQ...
It was almost a full moon tonight and the water was so calm you could see the reflection of it... was tough trying to take a pic capturing it though...  Soon enough we packed away the table and they bought the disco music out.  The daughter of the couple had come aboard and soon she had everyone up dancing - you couldn't resist the puppy eyes she gave you if you weren't!  We danced in circles doing the cha cha and whatever else we came up with, limbo and a round of musical chairs as well -- winner got a free drink!  
It was a great night and a fantastic 3 days - we all dint want to leave but we have to keep moving... Our last night was the calmest it had been, the weather the warmest - just perfect..!
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