After my 4 days of diving, I had 3 days of chilling out before we planned to leave for Krabi.
The day after our open water course finished me, Nath, Ole and Julien took a taxi-boat over to a small neighbouring island called Pulau Nang Yuan. We got there about 11ish after having brekkie at Big Blue 1 and
as soon as we got there we starting walking uphil towards a 'view point' that our instructer, Iain, told us about. There was a fair few steps so it was pretty tiring getting to the top but it wasn't that bad. When we got to the top it was well worth it, the view was incredibible. Especially as it was a hot day with nice clear blue skies, our new camera got some really good shots and was able to pick out the turquoise blues of the sea.
This view was from a huge rock that we climbed up on but then there were loads of other higher rocks which you could continue climbing to see an even better view. I did try to climb higher up but was wearing a dress and flip flops so found it more difficult than if i was in jeans and trainers! Thus I gave up. Nathan however continued to climb and accidently bashed his big toe against the rock he was climbing up! It started gushing with blood but he continued to climb and said he enjoyed the view. In all the excitement, he also dropped his new aviater sunglasses! Julien climbed down managed to find them (gawd knows how!) and the Ole provided some tissues from his bag for Nathans bloody toe so the day was saved :) ! As we descended back down the steps toward the beach, hoardes of tourists were passing us on the way
up so looks like we got there just in the nick of time.
All around the lower part of the island, a wooden pathway had been built to enable people to walk around the island. It was so picturesque. The higgledy piddgledy wooden path against the backdrop of deep blue sea was really beautiful and the sea lapped onto the rocks beneath the pathway was so clear. When we arrived on this island, we had to pay 100baht = £2 and all plastic bottles were confiscated, we were told no plastic bottles were allowed on the island. However as we were walking around the island on the wooden pathway, there was quite alot
of rubbish - some that had been washed ashore but also some which has obviously been left there by tourists/ locals. Seeing this made me so angry. This place was paradise, such clear waters, white sand, beautiful wilderness inland - I don't care how much money people have to pay to holiday here, you do not deserve it if you cannot respect the nature you have come to see and enjoy! There would be more places like Nang Yuan if people were more responsible and considerate toward the environment. Litter in oceans can really affect sealife too, endangered species like turtles who eat plastic bags because
they confuse them for jellyfish :(
After we got down from the 'view point' we got some photos posing with the paradise! Then mooched over to a bar there, got drinks and a plaster for Nathans toe then hit the beach. It wasn't very big and its such a small island that there is only 1 resort on there, that is all that is on the island. 1 resort full of Japanese people. Saw one girl walking over wooden pathway in heels... right! Also saw loads of Japanese adults paddling in the shallows wearing life jackets... again... right!
The beach which we bathed on was a thin sand bar which sea lapped on either side (so picturesque)! We were so hot from going up and down from the view point so we were so happy to dive straight into the sea! We all had our masks/ snorkels with us so we snorkled a bit in the shallows, saw these x2 awesome black fish that we initially mistook for tiny plastic bags! When Julien went to touch them, that was when we realised that they were fish! Ha! I also swam out to these cluster of rocks out in the shallows and climbed up for a photo opportunity. Whilst I was swimming around these rocks, I saw some cool rainbow fish and loads of others which appeared to be eating something in the sand. It was so cool. I couldn't believe I was seeing so many cool fish that close to the beach.
That day I also got sunburnt - lame! It was okay for 3/4 days then my back begin severely peeling! Nathan calls me 'scaley'.
After our day on Nang Yuan, I relaxed and passed time by catching up with emails and my journal. Tried to stay out of the sun due to my sunburn but it beckoned me back and I ended up sitting on the beach, in the shade in a t-shirt - cool!