Yesterday we said it was perfect but today the swimming was even more beautiful.
Swimtrekking- it just keeps getting better.
We had our briefing for the day at 8am after a breakfast of tropical fruit and for some of us eggs- for energy!
Into the two buses by 8.15. One slightly more comfortable than the other, so it was decided we’d mix it around a little tomorrow.
Good coffee was missed yesterday so on the way to the boats we stopped at the Tanna coffee house. The manager gave us a tour and we enjoyed a lovely coffee. Most of the coffee is grown on Tanna Island and 90% is exported – so look out for it particularly in Australia at the Oxfam shops. It tasty and the locals deserve support.
There was also essential oils production. They use mostly Sandalwood and combine it with other oils- ginger and lemongrass. I bought some delicious smelling soap with lemongrass lime and coconut. I’ll have to try not to eat it.
I also bought some oil for sore muscles! There won’t be enough for the number of sore muscles we’re going to have after our lovely long swims.
We continued onto the banana boats and headed off towards today’s destination Pele Island. Another new swim destination for Yves and the swimtrekking group.
Again we were met by the chief and welcomed but no dance of welcome. Just as well as we were keen to get going. The water looked gorgeous.
The curious children came down to see what we were up to but the village people didn’t turn out to welcome us. They have other tourists here from time to time.
And it’s no wonder. It’s a tropical paradise.
Into the water we went. Water temperature ✔️ perfect. Clarity of the water for vision ✔️beautiful. Excitement levels of swimmers 🏊🏻♀️ ✔️✔️✔️.
And off we went. Today everyone settled a little, swimming straighter lines, following the leader. I swam with Bec just at the back of the pack. ( ahead of Steve on his kickboard) We got into a nice steady rhythm and maintained a good pace. Until her goggles started to leak. Such a swimmers curse. Leaking goggles!
We all swam past our landing point because we felt so good!
Just over 2km later we pulled in for lunch.
Under the trees we sprawled on towels or red chairs. Lunch was provided by the lovely friendly village people. Grilled chicken, rice, salads delicious fruits. All tasty and much appreciated.
Spying the rather strange looking jumping , climbing, blow up contraption- the sort used in one of those Gladiator TV shows we set a few challenges. Fun and games started. The limber, focused, determined swimmers took on the challenge. Greg, John and Shean versus Kathy, Maryanne, Bec and Colleen.
Lots of laughs as they tumbled, rolled , pulled and climbed their way to the top! There’s always an accident and today it was Shean twisting his shoulder. Let’s hope he can still swim tomorrow.
A short, Carmel led yoga session on the beach followed by a nap under the trees reinvigorated us for the afternoon swim.
Off in the boats down the pretty coastline- into the water to swim back.
It was beautiful. We saw a giant turtle pass the boats and while swimming along saw a smaller turtle wizzing underneath us.
More excitement when Matthew our guide spotted a dugong. He was thrilled as he lives here and hadn’t ever seen one.
Back on the beach we packed up for the 20 min boat ride back to the buses on the main island.
This is the downtime of the day. During the hour long bus ride some sleep, some chat and I start writing.
We also see some spectacular views and an amazing sunset.
Now it’s into our Bures to freshen up for dinner. I’m enjoying the outdoor shower in our room. A great end to a great day!
We’ve enjoyed dinner at Cafe Villa just along from where we are staying. The fish curry was superb.
We really must try and get to bed early.
But Jenny massages, John’s cigars and the Scotch and Baileys are holding us back!