Don and Lyle went for an early morning walk north to the bay past the point. Don had thought it might be a good snorkeling spot, but it didn't look very promising. As they were coming back along the beach they found 3 dead pelicans and a dead pufferfish. Don did get a photo of a gorgeous bird, the Black-throated Magpie Jay. Wish our magpies looked like this!
Black-Throated Magpie Jay
Donna had made arrangements to meet a friend for lunch, so Lyle, Don and I set off to visit Stone Island - which isn't really an island, just a peninsula which comes up from the south so you have to cross the harbour to reach it. We took the bus to the end of the line and with one wrong turn which was quickly sorted out, we found the ferry terminal, paid our fee, and were in the boat. Two cruise ships were in today and we were hoping to avoid any big crowds of tourists. The small ferry boat only takes 5 minutes to make the crossing. Then a short walk down the path and we were on the best beach we have seen for awhile. Very firm fine sand and it looked pretty empty when we arrived.
Lovely Stone Island beach
We found a beach restaurant for lunch and after lunch, the guys went swimming. Then they investigated renting a kayak to go out to a little island to try some snorkeling. They finally settled on one and away they went. I stayed at the restaurant, in the shade, and enjoyed the beach scene. Some young people playing beach volleyball, lots of hawkers going by, and a couple of twin boys (about 3 or 4) playing by the restaurant.
View from the restaurant
Hawker going by
When Don and Lyle came back, they reported they hadn't snorkeled at all - Lyle was very uncomfortable in the kayak and so they didn't stay out very long. We got the ferry boat back and managed to get the right bus home.
We went out for supper at the resort restaurant, it was seafood special night. Don and I had grilled tuna steak, with different sauces. There was a talented guitar player who did lots of old goldies for all the seniors there (which was most of the audience!) A very nice evening.