Jungle beach

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Off to jungle beach today, a 10 min tuktuk ride from Unawantuna.  We are dropped off at the top of a steep dirt track which meanders down hill through thick rainforest.  It feels good to be free from the shops, tuktuks and bussle of Unawatuna.  
The beach features two idyllic bays and a small beach hut restaurant which is surrounded by rainforest.  We settle down on two loungers in the shade next to a group of sun-worshipping and pretty sun-scorched Russian tourists.  It was a great position for people watching, with a few tourists posing for photographs, lying in the sea, under a palm tree or draped over rocks, as if they were posing for a eighties swimwear catalogue.  I giggle to myself, but also admire their lack of inhibitions.

Needing to cool down we decide to take a dip in the sea.  Dunc assures me the water is warmer than the Red Sea, which I struggled to get into in Egypt and to my surprise when I dipped in my toe, it was beautifully warm.  

Swimming out a little we notice brightly coloured coral fish darting below us.  We dive down to watch the vivid blue, yellow and striped , taking a minute to watch them in their natural habitat.  While sitting in the shallows six tiny stripped baby fish, of no more than a centimetre long, hover by my chest.  As I move slowly in the water they seem to follow.  After a few minutes, more little fish join them, following my every move, taking shelter from the currents.

Lunchtime arrives and we treat ourselves to fresh pineapple juice, there is nothing that quenches your thirst better.  Yet again our meal did not disappoint, vegetable rice, delicious healthy and very tasty.  During lunch a family of monkeys make an appearance.  The restaurant owner approaches and throws up chunks of mandarin, which they seem to catch with ease.  He says they are so bold they often try to steak food from their kitchen! We laze a couple of hours more and wonder up the track for a tuktuk home.  
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You guys are having such a tough time :-) lovely to hear all about it x

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