After getting up at 4, and doing my cleaning, I met Josh, Dan and the boys touring the Hogs Breath- there were actually three of them, Jordan, Mike and Mitch. We got on the ferry, and were comparing English and Australian slang terms- like how the word 'ganger' would be used to describe someone who would be called a 'minger' in England, and a 'bogan' is the equivalent of a 'chav'.
When we first arrived it was looking a bit miserable and grey, and it was raining slightly. Mike (or Mitch?) put on the Hogster suit (i.e. a pink fluffy pig outfit, given to them by the head office, which reportedly cost $7000 dollars to make) to film some footage. I think the guys are posting videos onto YouTube of their trip, so this will probably make it onto there. Josh had given them Hoggie dollars and frequent diner cards (i.e. discounts) to hand out whilst wearing it, but there wasn't really that many people to hand them out to, so they didn't bother which I think would probably have disappointed Josh if he knew.
With our voucher we could have hired sea kayaks as well as the snorkel and masks, but we spent the whole time snorkelling (I can't believe at first I was wondering how on earth you filled the time from 9.15 - 4 in between getting dropped off and picked up). I didn't see any turtles or sharks (and Jordan only saw one shark) but the coral and fish I did see were absolutely stunning. There was one particular species of fish that I really liked as it was really colourful and surprisingly large, but annoyingly I didn't look at the identification chart to find out what its name was, and I can't find it on Google. Apparently the coral off the nude beach was a good snorkelling spot, but we didn't get as far as that (and didn't walk to it either!). I had brought my picnic, but the others brought lunch at the bar that was on the island, and then we carried on snorkelling (around bird rock, although it was nicknamed bird s*** rock).
Jordan and Mitch wanted to go for a $40 south American style buffet, the ones where they walk around with meat skewers, for dinner, as they had already had their Cairns hogs breath meal yesterday, and they nearly talked me into it, although because it was only 5.11 pm and it opened at half past, it gave me enough time to realise that that was quite a lot of money to spend on a very meaty meal when I'm not that much of a meat eater. When I came back, Jake had made pasta for everyone anyway, so I had some of that. I had already suggested to Stacey we went to The Woolshed to claim our free meal (with the purchase of a drink), so I went anyway with her and our other roommate, aside from Bex, Vicky. I had chilli con carne, and it didn't seem to have much meat in it, but that suited me! It wasn't that great and I don't think I'll make the effort to come again!
We had a look around the night markets, as Stacey wanted to buy presents for people at home (she will be leaving soon). One stall was selling 'Placentra'- essence of baby sheep, and was also selling bottles of various other things like essence of kangaroo! Afterwards we went to Woolworths to try and get discounted stuff, but all the bakery items had already been taken, so me and Vicky shared some cookies.