This morning I phoned up and booked the River Taxi over to Dunk Island for 11:00 with a return trip back at 16:30 for $30. Then once John and Louise got up and I told them that I had booked the trip over they both decided that they would also like to go over there today so I gave them my phone and they also booked the same taxi for the same times as me.
We walked down the beach a little together and we waited for the taxi to take us over to Dunk Island. The journey over only took around 30 mins and the sea was very calm and the sun was shining. We had already agreed to head around to Muggy Muggy Beach so that we could do some snorkelling but first I stopped at the cafe/shop and hired a snorkel, mask and some flippers.
Snorkelling on Muggy Muggy Beach was amazing and I was really glad that I had bought an underwater camera in Vietnam as it got its first real use in the sea today and captured some fairly good pictures, although there were no too many fish around today but it gives you a great idea of what it was like out there.
As I had some more time to kill before we had to catch the water taxi back to the mainland and John and Louise were going to do some sunbathing, I didn't want to so I decided to go off for a walk. I found the footpath and headed off on the track up to Mount Kootaloo (271m high) which was a 5.6km walk up from the beach. At the top of the mountain (big hill!!!!) was a lookout point and also the remains of an old World War II radar station (Number 27) which was nothing more than a plaque and part of the mechanism that was used to rotate the radar. I took a picture for you as I had taken the effort to walk up here and you can be as disappointed as I was but at least the view from up here was nice (see panoramic picture).
On the way down from Mount Kootaloo I came across the 9.2km circular walk around island and had to decide whether to walk anti-clockwise back the same way that I had already been or to do the clockwise track around the island the long way back to the jetty for the water taxi pick up. I looked at my watch and had an hour and a half to kill so I worked out that if I did the long walk quickly then I would just make it back in time for the boat.
The walk was fairly easy going and I managed to get back in time for the taxi and I also got the added bonus of seeing some wildlife along the track. Firstly I saw what I thought was a porcupine but I later found out that they are called "echidna". I also saw (and it made me jump) a wild boar and also many Brush Turkeys.
One thing that I later found out was that I had left my Oakley’s behind at the cafe while I was waiting for the taxi. At least they were not my Rayban’s and only cost me a couple dollars in Vietnam and that’s why I had bought them as I wouldn’t be too bothered if I lost or broke them.