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At least we can walk ashore!
The ship that we were on was anchored, the tide was running out, the anchor chain clutch slipped, the ship ran out along the achor chain, when it got to the end of the chain the weight of the vessel now moving at speed dragged the anchor, we spun around and beached on a coral reef and island!
You can just make out the French divers on the beach that are entering the water. They were flown in within 2 hours of the ship running aground and they inspected every square inch of the hull to ensure that the hull was not breached and we were not taking on water. This task took until 5 pm the next day!
The life boats were launched as a precaution but by this time media and television stations had choppers in the air filming the stricken ship while the passengers were playing all sorts of games and drinking duty free alcohol on board! there were even small pleasure craft overflowing with locals all coming out to have a look at this ocean liner that had run aground!!!!
local kids love having their photograph taken.
It does not matter what isolated country you travel to in teh world, the local kids love having their photograph taken. Just spending the time to say hello and make the feel special will make their day and give them something to remember for some time. Go that extra step and kick a footy with them and give them a couple of dollars to spend on themselves will probably make their year!
Kids get into the festivities.
Every day when the cruise ships are anchored in the bay, local villagers come to the waterfront (in front of the Hotel Kou-Bugny) and performance traditional dances. This proves a master stroke by them as the constant drum beat and chanting draws the crowns to watch. While this is happening the ladies set up stalls and begin to offer free samples of local cakes while they also sell drinks and hot meals of the local fare. This is a great experience and will entertain you for a good couple of hours.
My wife, Anne (R/H/S) and twin sister Sue.
Apart from the obvious, swimming, sunbathing and relaxing, the Isle of Pines would have to be one of the most spectacular and picturesque areas that the South Pacific has to offer. Kato and Kanumera Bays are spectacular in themselves and a walk around the shores of both bays should not be missed. There are plenty of photo opportunities to be had along the way and you can treat yourself to coffee and cake at one of the resorts at the end of these bays.
The main Bay on the Isle of Pines is called "KUTO BAY" and the jetty is the top of this bay. Beside the jetty you can hire an outrigger canoe with a guide who will sail you around the bay for approx 25 minutes for AUS$20.00.
Nemo and friends!
Kanumera Bay is a short five or ten minute walk from the jetty on the Isle of Pines. As you stroll along the road you will come across a small kiosk that is sparsely stocked with food and drinks and a single cubicle toilet that is shared by both male and female. You can hire snorkelling gear at a nearby resort or from your cruise ship, if you do not bring your own gear with you.
Anne snorkelling at "The Rock" - Kanumera Bay.
The Rock, Kanumera Bay, is a sacred area and ideal for snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. The sand is very white and extremely fine while the coral is bright and stocked with dozens of tropical fish varieties.
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