Coral Bay - Christmas And Manta Rays.

Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2020

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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Well it is high time we updated our blog from Coral Bay.

As Managers of Bayview we are busy all the time and never quite sure what each day will bring. Since last writing we have survived schoolies week, had a restraining order issued, a booked out Christmas and New Year period and 3 cyclone alerts all while working around 80 hours a week. But we have also had the immense pleasure of swimming with huge manta rays, snorkeling on some amazing coral reef and amongst gorgeous colourful fish and meeting some wonderful travellers. The sunsets   have been divine and sometimes we just grab a glass of wine and walk the few steps to the beach and enjoy the splendour.

Our swim with the Manta rays was unforgettable and exhilarating. We went on one of the boats under our management, the MV Ningaloo. A good level of swimming/ snorkeling ability is required. A spotter plane finds the rays and the boat heads to the spot. A staff swimmer leaves the boat and swims until a manta is located close enough and willing enough to stay around. Manta rays can be quite flighty and move off fast if the mood takes them. The skipper then moves the boat  closer and the deckhand gives the command to get quickly and quietly into the water and swim to the guide. The mantas are huge and so graceful and even seem a little bit interested in the snorkelers. Coral Bay is one of the few places in the world where the mantas can be constantly found close enough to shore all year round. On the way back the boat stopped at a beautiful snorkel spot full of colourful fish and wonderful shaped coral where we had a half hour or so enjoying the underwater beauty.

And so to our Christmas in Coral Bay - the only day of the year our Bayview reception is not open. We still had to deal with guests locked out of rooms and air-cons not working but mostly had the day off. The day dawned extremely hot and windy. At 9.00 am we headed down to the beach for the Coral Bay tradition of Father Christmas arriving on the beach by motor boat. Children received lollies and hugs from Santa and his helpers then left the beach by way of the fire truck which travelled around the caravan park throwing lollies to children who weren't down on the beach.

We had some rather special company to share our Christmas lunch with. During the previous week we had got talking to Roberto from Italy and Jenny from Germany who were travelling around Australia together. We invited them around one evening to swap travel stories and have a meal. They left to go further up North but didn't enjoy the heat, flies and unhelpful visitor centres and they came back to Coral Bay again just before Christmas. They were thrilled to be invited to share Christmas day with us and to be experiencing a hot, outback style Christmas.

So life goes on for us here and we are feeling quite at home in our management role. We have stuck to our original plan of not having a TV and in our rare spare time enjoy the beach, reading, scrabble, crosswords and planning future travels - no, we have not finished yet!!
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