Up and checked out early as today moving onto Barefoot Kuata and want to get in the computer before the boat and get breakfast in – the traditional pancakes and maple syrup. Boat leaves at 9.30 and it is only a short boat ride of an hour so feels quick, especially as most of it is spent sorting out and booking the next few days accommodation.
As I get off the boat I bump into a girl I met on the kiwi bus doing the speed dating intro session the driver did, Michelle from Switzerland who is really nice and end up hanging out with during barefoot KUATA stay. There is also a guy from Norfolk originally, moved to California who is on our boat as a day tripper and he is a cool guy so end up spending most of time with him too.
The island is quite small but still much bigger than beachcomber as it has a mountain you can hike for a good lookout. The staff are very friendly and welcoming, withe resort itself being to a very high standard and good facilities.
As soon as we arrive they are doing a shark snorkel, which go along to check out as it is only $45 (£17). Taking about 20mins in the boat we head out to a set of waves in the ocean indicating that the reefs there. Immediately we see REEF SHARKS which are not aggressive and pay no attention to humans, if anything they are scared. Staying around the area we see about 4 sharks swimming in circles and keep returning. There is an open area with a centre rock that most seem interested in, maybe it has food like an octopus. A guide from the other boat shows me a moray eel and a mini cave you can swim under to see stuff by diving down a little bit. Again really friendly as he doesn’t need to do that as not my tour.
We are out there about 30mins and the Sharks get really close to us swimming right by. The guides take our cameras down to get close pics, which is good as a bit tricky swimming down as I’m so light. There are a few good snorkel divers here and in between seeing the Sharks I practice my snorkel diving, which isn’t too hard as long as you can hold your breathe and equalize as you go down all at the same time and don’t start breathing. The guides can go super deep to the bottom. There is some quite cool coral at the top of the reef to explore too, but main thing is the sharks. A very cool experience swimming with sharks and now good I’m not scared of them although not sure if I was in Oz I would be quite the same. next on the list is bull sharks so thats something to motivate me to do my full open water to do as they are deep 18-22m down..
18th May 2016
18th May 2016