After breakfast we headed out to the docks where we toke a 22ft sailboat out for a little sail around the bay. The wind was perfect and the waters just calm enough for a boat this size. We took the boat out to the shores of Mosquito Island (Richard Branson's Eco resort project). Unfortunately we were not allowed to get too far. But still it was a very nice appetizer for some future sailing in the area. The little boat did not have any anchor or engine for that matter. So we could not anchor out and have our packed lunch. On our way we spotted a giant sea turtle. It had to dive down as we were on a collision course with it, beautiful! We did try some moorings in the area, but unfortunately they were all marked private. We decided to head back and took one of the Boston Whalers out to find a private beach. We found a little isolated strip of sand (no more than 20 meters) where we enjoyed our packed lunch there.
After lunch we took our masks and fins and headed into the water for a little snorkeling around the rocky shores. The underwater world was magnificent, we saw a school of squid hanging around, and took off like rocket ships.
Back at the resort we biked to the pool, where we enjoyed a drink. We saw some dark clouds heading our way, so we tried to dodge the rain, and headed back to the villa. No such luck, the rain caught up with us and was lovely and refreshing. It does rain once in a while here on the Islands, but only for 5 minutes. Its actually very nice and cools the place down a bit. At the villa we had our shower and relaxed a bit.
Before dinner we met up with Pierre and his girlfriend, our photographer for Thursday. He came down to the resort for us to go over the wedding plan and to pick the right times and spots for the photos. As the wedding is just us two, these photos will be very important to us. The photos will be shown at the Macau Banquet in November and will be the only thing that our parents and friends will get to see of our special day. After we took care of 'business' we decided to go for a little hike along the Mangrove trail to work up our appetite. The trail is short and goes along the mangrove covered shore of the bay. It ends up around the corner of the hill at the Bitter End Yacht Club. As the evening settled in, we quickly turned around and walked down again. We did not want to hike this trail in the dark. Along the way there were many holes dug by the crabs. We did not see any big ones roaming around, but plenty of small crabs and little iguanas.
For dinner Linda enjoyed a nice Duck Breast and I settled for a seared Tuna, both equally delicious. Tired and happy, we made our way back to our little villa, where we enjoyed each other's company.
This place is paradise, I think I never want to leave! The crashing of the waves woke me up early in the morning. I don't know how early, but who cares about time here. I sat outside on the patio deck checking e-mails and news on the Internet, while the coffee maker was filling the apartment with the smell of freshly brewed coffee.