Greg's detailed planning had included a dinner ready for us at tables on the patio. We enjoyed a vegetable soup followed by a beef dish, sweet and sour fish, greens, lots of rice... and ice cream! This resort is right on the beach; we could see floating bamboo rafts with huts in the shallow water at low tide and there was an occasional wader with a headlamp looking for shallow water night sea life. Our room is quite nice with a king-sized bed and huge marble-tiled shower; we slept well!
As there were no group plans for the morning, Dan and I quizzed Dee, who had already been out snorkeling, about what to see out there and what direction, then got Keith to come along with us to enjoy the water! It was quite shallow for a long way, then dropped off enough to see some different coral and small beautiful fish. We spent at least an hour in the water, including our moseying back to the shore where a bunch of young local boys wanted to ask Keith lots of questions (mostly “How old are you?” and “Where are you from?”).
It was quite enough for us before our planned group activity of Jet-skiing from one of the balsas! Two Jet-skis were rented and Dan and I were aboard for the first run! My first time, I urged Dan to start slowly... but,oh, well! We sped around the cove for a few minutes before relinquishing it for others to have a turn. Everyone who wanted to try had several turns, all had photos taken. On our second and third runs Dan progressively got used to the equipment and said he was proud of me for hanging on tight and not screaming when he got it up to full throttle; it really was great fun!
Sunday morning, we got up early, dressed quickly, and headed right outside to the patio to order breakfast. This time, it was two huge pancakes for Dan, eggs and hash browns for me, a bowl of meusli to share, along with the usual brewed coffee and mango juice! This resort has an excellent variety of dishes that should please natives and foreigners alike – delicious food! Gathering our snorkeling gear and towels, we collected on the beach to be “ferried out” by pedal-boat and banca (sp??) to the larger touring boat that would carry us to our morning destination. (It was really fun to see the ship captain ask a question of
After the hike, we made our way back down to the beach, into the water, to pull ourselves (via the blue rope) back to our boat to don more sunscreen, then our fins and masks for snorkeling. Dan had already been in the water a few minutes before I got in and he pointed out a starfish under where he was, so I fitted my goggles and airway, then located the bright blue starfish! Then I paddled off in search of other interesting sights. The coral here was differently shaped from what we'd seen the day before, and I was also rewarded with seeing a squid, as well as purple coral and quite a few different varieties of colorful fish. The time in the water was not long enough, but we had to get everyone back on the boat for our 90-minute return trip to Coral Beach Club for the lunch that would be waiting!
We had ordered our lunches at breakfast-time, and again Dan and I had decided to share one of the resort's generous selections, chicken pesto on spaghetti. Even though we were about an hour later than we were expected back at the resort, everything was ready for us, and delicious (and I still haven't had enough mango shakes yet)! After showers and packing up, we all loaded the Coaster Bus and headed for Taytay. Lots of scenery and conversation later, we arrived back at APNTS around 7:30 pm. Time to pick up a few groceries, get home to Camden House, unpack, read some e-mail and drop into bed!