So an early start up at 8 for breakfast and then the 2 night people, only 9 out of 28 all head off to cat ba islands which really is a little piece of paradise! The journey takes about 3hours but the boat part is very scenic going through the halong peaks and stopping off for rock climbing which I Decided just to watch as the rocks looked high and I didn’t want to injure myself only 1 week in! A few others do it, Rick does both sides and its the 2nd one which is harder as more shallow abd more rocks. All are ok just a bit scratched lol and Maria also jumps but does scratch her side and get covered in boat oil.
Arriving at the island its gorgeous and the clear blue skies really make a difference. So with a bungalow and 2 small beaches either side were have it all to ourselves to play volleyball and go out onto the bay paddling which I do for about an hour exploring the different areas and improving my kayaking skills. The evening is nice with dinner and few cocktails followed by some partying card games and football on the beach. It’s nearly a full moon which looks awesome on the sea but means it hides all the stars unless you search and go to certain part of the island. At the end of the night I have the option of staying in the bunk bed dorm room or outside in the hammock, which I choose as the room is so hot and how often do you get the chance to sleep outside! Another early start in the morning to head back to the junk boat to join the 1 nighters for cooking demonstration and sunbathing on the deck!
26th October 2015