Today Morven and I went on a sea kayaking adventure around a couple islands and made it 3 km from the mainland of Shute Harbour to an island that isn’t an island, but is classified as a rock. We started off going through a turtle feeding zone, in shallow water with plenty of coral. As we headed out through a passage between islands there was a strong headwind. We went from averaging 5km/h to around 3km/h in this headwind. I saw a Long Neck Sea Turtle pop his head up.
As we came around into the more unprotected waters toward the final destination of the ‘rock’, we were in decent half metre waves with strong headwind. Morven was up front and the waves kept crashing over her kayak skirt, getting her appropriately wet. I enjoyed staying nice and dry at the back. We kayaked hard for 20 minutes to the rock formation, where we ploughed into the coral beach and were glad to have a rest. We climbed around the rocks for a bit, and ate some afternoon tea that the tour guide brought.
On the way back, we averaged 5 to 6 km/h without paddling because of the tail wind! We saw a little sea turtle of an unknown variety pop his head up and then swim away with an afterburner.
Tonight we went to Fish D’Vine, a restaurant that re-opened last night to VIP’s and regular customers after having to close shop due to fire damage. It is rated the best pick for dinner by our Lonely Planet book, so we were glad that they re-opened to the public just in time for us to dine there before the end of our holiday. Just before midday, I rang to book a table for two for 7:30. When we got there, they told us that they had no booking for us, and then asked if it was okay to sit in the Cafe area instead of the restaurant. There was no apology for stuffing up our booking, implying that they didn’t believe us. We shouldn’t have agreed to go to the Cafe area, but we did, and so they sat us down at a particular table. 5 minutes later some guy starts telling us that we’ve sat at his table. So we got up and went back to the greetings desk to explain what had happened, and that we’re willing to wait for a table to become available. Blow and behold, there was an available table for us all along! Great food, but the service needs to improve.
Tomorrow we’re going to visit both Daydream Island and Long Island.