Lounging in Lagos

Trip Start Apr 16, 2010
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Trip End Aug 31, 2010


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Flag of Portugal  , Algarve,
Thursday, July 8, 2010

A late start to the morning in Lagos, but I was down in the centre of town at 11:30am ready to walk down to the beach for kayaking. The trip lasted almost 3 hours and in a tandem kayak we got to explore the caves and grottos of the Lagos coast. It was lucky that we were able to go because the water had been too choppy the last 4 days and even this morning, so the trips had had to be cancelled. We started at Batata beach and paddled along the east side of Lagos before heading round to the south side to see the larger, more formed caves. There was a great formation known as the elephant rock which really did take the form of an elephant’s head and trunk. There were a lot of little motor boats heading in the same direction as our kayaks but the advantage for us was that we not only got to see the openings of the grottos but we also got to paddle right into them. Inside we laid back in the kayaks and looked through the holes in the rock ceiling that have eroded over time. The only kayak casualty we had was a couple who toppled out of their boat after seeing a guy juggling bowling pins naked on a small beach in the distance. It was a really funny moment, made funnier when we passed him again on the way back snorkelling naked beside out kayaks. A little strenuous on the arms but we were rewarded with the views and a stop on a secluded beach for some swimming on the way back. Late in the afternoon the group got together down by the beach for a picnic which turned into a late night game of extreme Frisbee and football. We were playing right outside the Old Town Walls which looked so pretty as they lit up as darkness fell.
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