After the night out still woke up early so decided to head off early. We got a local minibus to Kandy. The hangover started on the bus I was very glad to get off. It was a long and hot walk with our bags down to the beach. I do not think we would of come if we had known how long the walk was, we booked in for two nights did not want to do that walk again straight away. We did little that day we had a Banda just on the beach so needed very little.
Next day we rented a canoe to paddle to a nearby island. We debated about taking the camera in the end we decided against it. There was a bit of a swell but we had no problems getting to the island. However when I tried to get out I capsized the canoe with Keeley inside she was not impressed. We collected our belongings before they floated off into the lake and managed to position the cano inbetween rocks where it could not get free. On the island we relected that leaving the camera behind had been a wise decision. It was a nice little island, I had a bit of a snorkel too nice but nothing I had not seen in Nkhata Bay. Two Israilies had who we had met in Nkhata bay came accross but on a pedlo so they could bring thier camera. That night I played a few games of pool before bed not looking forward to the walk.
In the morning at breakfast the owner came to tell us a car was leaving and that we could get a lift up the road. We jumped at the chance and ended up with a lift not just up the road but all the way to Nkhotakota. The guy was alreay giving a lift to a slightly annoying middle aged woman with a persecution conplex fortunatly she fell asleep mid journey. The driver was a Malawian business man who was an interesting person to speak to. He said vistors were like dew and should be treated well before they left. Malawi has a reputation as the friendliest country in Africa and I agree whole heartedly. As a consequence of the lift we were in Nkhotakota early. There was not much to see we did find a Livingstone mission, a nice church and a big tree under which Livingstone and some chiefs signed a treaty ending slavery. People seemed to stare at us more in Nkhotakota than any where else so far do not think a lot of tourists stop here.
In the morning we were back on local transport down to Salima. At Salima we got on an open sided mini bus to Senga bay. The bus drove straight past our first accomodation but luckly did stop at our second choice Cool Runnings. It was a very nice place and after a day away we back on the lakeside again. The rest of that day and the next we spent on the beach and around. We did venture as far as the market where we bought chips and salad in a plastic bag. Around Cool Runnings we were hassled alittle by little kids asking for money. It turned out a couple if girls a few days ago had been giving them money. Not a good thing to do as they were missing school in the hope that some tourist would give them some money. We had arranged a lift to Lilongwe the next day with the owner at five thirty in the morning.