Day three and another early start to get underway and maximise the day. More beautiful scenery along the way, with lots of jagged hilltops and islands on the horizon. The yacht is extremely stable, even in rough water, and so the steaming time is an easy undertaking and a good time to work or relax.
Our first destination was Ko Rok Nok, a scenic island, where the group split into two with six of us kayaking to shore to explore the island, and Sara and Fleur going off to do a dive. With Fleur and Sara disappearing off into the distance on the tender, one by one the rest of us hopped into kayaks and made our way to the shore.
Beautiful colours looking back at the yacht from Ko Rok Nok
It was very peaceful paddling in and as we approached the island the glass bottomed kayaks afforded us a view of the reef below. The island had white, white sand which contrasted with the lush rainforest that covered most of the land.
Pierre and I had been the first off the yacht and were first to shore, so I enjoyed a swim in the extremely warm water while waiting for the others to paddle in to shore, before snapping some pictures of them coming in.
Kirsten and Gaye arrive
Ben, the First Mate, had told us that the North beach of the island, where we were, was home to a Fisherman’s shrine and so finding the shrine was top of the list.
We wandered along the beach, and it didn’t take long to find the shrine which has definitely seen better days. Along with a host of phallic carvings, there were some more modern offerings including cans of beer, Coca Cola and even a defunct computer screen. Poor Ben looked quite underwhelmed!
Close up of the shrine
Walking back along the beach Gaye and I opted for a quick snorkel on the reef off the beach, and it was well worth it as there was a large variety of fish and all completely unafraid. I spent five minutes staring at a family of clown fish swimming in and out of their anemone home and as I turned round to swim off I found myself with a face full of about 20 other fish who were clearly just as fascinated with me as I was with the clown fish!
Time to head back to the boat and the weather had turned, with a squall coming in, and the crew drove us back to the yacht on the tender before returning to fetch the kayaks. Throughout this trip so far all the crew, both interior and deck, have been amazing and nothing has ever been too much trouble for them. Having been delivered back to the yacht, we ate another delicious lunch while the crew put everything away and made ready to move off. Captain Lawrie had made the decision to push on to our night anchorage of Ko Muk, which offered much more shelter from the weather.
Squall rolling in
Chocolate salted caramel tart for lunch
The aim on arriving at Ko Muk had been to visit the Emerald Caves, which apparently are bathed in an amazing green light thanks to the colour of the water, but unfortunately the tides were against us and we arrived close to sun down and with the tide completely full with no head room in the caves. Kirsten has visited the caves before and says they are spectacular so it sounds like they would be well worth working into a charter itinerary for guests to see.
With the decision made not to see the caves, and it raining quite heavily outside, we enjoyed a relaxing evening of watching a movie before yet another gourmet dinner from Chef Liz. The wind and rain had completely gone by dinner time, so we were able to eat outside. Thousands of fish had gathered by the aft underwater lights and made for yet another unforgettable sight. Hopefully even my basic camera phone managed to capture how beautiful it was.