For the past two days we have been organising our onward trip (i.e booking a swimming with dolphins trip...sooooo excited!!!!), reading books in hammocks, swimming, eating good food and plenty of it. We have found that the island has an amazing ice cream shop which we have been sampling the delights of, though there was not enough time to sample the 30 flavours that they had.
Today we finally got off our lazy backsides to actually DO something. We went on a snorkelling trip to a few reefs about 20 minutes from the island. Thankfully fishing in this area is not permitted, which means that the marine life is incredible! We went with a company that had been recommended to us by someone and it paid off big time. We stopped in 4 places and were able to swim with all the same things as other tour companies (sting rays, nurse sharks, eagle rays and a host of incredibly colourful fish), but we also made a 5 unscheduled stop which made the $45 charge seem like a bargain.
Our guide noticed a fisherman dumping his leftover guts, heads etc to feed them to the fish etc. He is not usually there on a Sunday so we were seriously lucky as his food was attracting HUGE string rays, eagle rays and giant sea turtles!!! We were able to swim with them, and we were so close that we had to try and avoid them as they bumped into us...turtles are seriously gorgeous but I don't think that they are the brightest!! There was about 10 giant sting rays, one eagle ray and two turtles, and the bigger of the turtles was 4 or 5 feel long, it was insanely cool to swim with them in the wild! This was a once in a lifetime thing and has definitely gone to the top of the highlights chart.
After a days touring the reefs we sailed slowly back to the island with some crisps and fresh salsa in one hand and a rum punch in the other...talk about perfect!!