Another tough day at the beach
Trip Start Dec 22, 2005
23Trip End Jan 29, 2006
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After breakfast, Suzanne & I joined with some of the other guests for an excursion to the Sawa-I-lau caves, a local sacred spot on an island just to the north of Nacula. The journey there was by a 20' boat. The trip was to take about 3 hours (hmm, a three hour tour, but the boat isn't named the Minnow so we should be alright, and the captain was a mighty sailin' man.) It was an enjoyable ride up the coast, watching some rather large waves breaking on the reef not to far left of us
We grabbed our snorkeling gear and followed the stone steps into the caves. You could either climb down a rusting ladder into the water or jump the 6-7', so we jumped in. The main chamber was about 100 ft high. The guide had us all follow him into a second cave which required you to swim under water for about 15-20ft. Once in this smaller cavern the guide told more folklore about the caves and had us sing a few songs here as it is supposed to bring good luck. Back out to the main cavern and the local boys were climbing up the wall of the cave and jumping off. A few of our group were able to climb up a short distance, although it was difficult as the rocks were quite slippery. Time to head back.
When we arrived back at the resort, the manager came over to Suzanne and I and told us some good news. Our backpacks were on their way up on the Yasawa Flyer and I would need to head out with the departing guests to the anchorage about 15 minutes away to retrieve the packs. Turns out our packs made it to NewZealand before we did. Hooray, clean clothes, (as what we had was starting to get a bit ripe) and best of all our wedding attire is back with us in time for the wedding in three days. Suzanne was a happy girl.
More snorkeling and some underwater photography with a few rums / beers rounded out the rest of the day. There was a hermit crab race after dinner. A circle was drawn in the sand and a pail of hermit crabs were placed in the centre and hoped that whatever crab you picked was the first to cross the edge of the circle. The winner got a few free beers. My crab was close but I lost by a claw.