Trip Start Mar 29, 2010
14Trip End Sep 01, 2010
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Where I stayed
little corn beach and bungalow
Highlights of our stay include...
Swimming with sharks for the first time. It went something like this..
Staying with Will and Mary in the plushest cabinas on the island. After two days at “Graces Cool Spot” we decided to splurge and move with Mary and Will up the beach to a two storey cabina. Old Sykes, being the master angler that he is, went fishing and came back with enough to feed our little family for a couple nights. The giant Mahi Mahi and Kingfish that his chassis pulled in, was then cooked above a fire on the beach and enjoyed by us for a couple nights. Cheers bud. We also enjoyed delicious freshly baked coconut bread that we picked up from a local ladies house every day at 2pm and had to try the local specialty of Ronton soup (coconut broth with plantains, vegetables, fish, shrimp and potatoes...very tasty!) One more thing, when you are chilling on the beach, every hour you are approached by a different local selling various homemade treats “Banana Bread, Chicken Pie, Banana Pie, Mango” of course we had to sample them all
Kayaking around the island. The place we stayed at, Little Corn Island Beach and Bungalow, has only been open for 6 months. Somehow, only one dude has kayaked around the island. Lauren and I took the two man kayak and powered our way around the island in a few hours. Great to see the whole island and stop at any beach we wanted to. Most with 0 people on them.
Trying unsuccessfully to walk around the perimeter of the island. After staring off on an exploring the island walk and ending up walking for 3 hours on the reef, without any shoes, an unprotected camera, in the extreme heat, it was time to give up. Luckily we came across Frank the tank standing on a rock in front of us, machete in hand, smile awaiting us. He seemed a little surprised to see what direction we came from, noting that we “had been on a long journey”. He then took us up to the land he was working on, to show us his horticultural skills as well as show us his coconut tree climbing skills (see pictures below). After he fed us fresh coconut milk, mangos, and oranges, he led us to the path that would take us back home fastest. On the way, he insisted on taking us to the “lighthouse”. This ended up being a 50ft tower in the center of the island. I gave it a go, got half way and climbed right down. No thank you. Frank called me a “coward”. Lauren then proceeded to scamper up the ladder in no time and enjoy the view of the whole island...
Listening to the local lingo. “Wi don gat dat round ere” was the favourite for the week.