Boats, Beautiful Beaches and Bloody High Jumps
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
297Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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13:08 It took half an hour to drive from my hostel to the boat which was by Victory Beach. There are so many new looking but incomplete hotels on the road. Apparently the Russians own stuff here, maybe some sort of tax haven. The boat is 3 stories tall, and I jumped off the top at our first stop. I'd say it was about as high as jumping off my balcony in my flat. I made sure to jump in as straight a possible, which still gave me a total wedgy as I plunged under the water. My right hand was occupied holding my nose tightly so was nicely tucked in
I did the jump after I'd been snorkelling, it wasn't too bad, but I've still not seen anything a good as Nha Trang yet. Lots of coral, none of it very bright; sea urchins; colourful fish. Same same. I took some photos and finished the film, so I'll see how they turn out next time I get to a town and can get them developed.
15:29 We've just left possibly one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. It was a completely deserted white sandy beach, with clear blue water. The water was so shallow I was at least 100m from the shore and still below chest height in water. I've taken some photos that will never do it justice!
We went for a walk up a river that was brown from a tea tree apparently
On the boat ride on the way back we didn't fish (as was promised) so I feel that this is the most expensive boat trip I've been on and not great value for money to be honest. Much more expensive than Vietnam for a similar itinerary.
22:15 As we returned to dock, my driver was waiting for me and brought me back to Mushroom Point. I went to sit on the beach again, hoping for a sunset, which didn't come because it was too cloudy in the distance.
I had a mocha shake, read my book and watched the dusk settle upon the land and sea before going back to my dorm to shower and change. I had a chat with my mum then had chilli again and watched lord of the rings that they showed on the tv downstairs.
Today I have been mostly thinking about: My godson Jack who is 5 years old today, and having been to all his birthdays so far (I think! - or most of them!) I was sad not to be at this one, but I reckon he'll be having a lot of fun.
Best: the beach
Worst: I'll skip that today
Most beautiful: in fact one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen