Moon landing

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
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Trip End Nov 20, 2011


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Gosh, the third day. We started off by landing on an island that could easily have been the set for the moon landings. Craters everywhere. Billy carefully explained the 3 types of volcanic rock found in this area. I only really remember his "ayayaya" type which collapses if you stand on it; another Billy classic. Good on entertainment, lousy on facts. From the top of the highest crater was a fantastic panoramic vista from which you could see numerous beaches and volcanoes. Beautiful.

From there we headed round to one of the beaches we'd spied from the crater top for a spot of snorkeling and penguin hunting. Onland, Billy had donned a very fetching blue bin liner on top of his clothes. This was his 'sweatsuit’ as he was determined to lose some kilos. If this was not amusing enough, another boat turned up and immediately he rearranged his outfit so that the bin liner was under his clothes. Always one of impeccable taste evidently. He rustled up and down the beach for a good 45 minutes while we explored underwater. There were a few penguins sun bathing on the rocks but as I was busy minding my own business, a little fellow came zipping right underneath me, only about a meter below.

After lunch it was time to head for some snorkeling with white tipped reef sharks. Awesome! We did a drift snorkel along a bit of coastline where there were around 20 sharks living in various caves. I got a little spooked when I was watching a juvenile and this enormous 3 meter long bull came up behind me. Our next excursion was to investigate the geological qualities of the land. Billy reckoned he spotted a humpback whale on the horizon so we all had a gander only to find moments later that Billy had disappeared. Quelle disastre! Hysterically he had hidden in a lava tunnel and popped out looking like an Umpalumpa. What a joker!
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