Today is another ‘one thing after another’ days. We were supposed to get picked up at 8am to make it in time for our boat, but we saw the Tuk Tuk drive past and at 8.20 we realised they’d forgotten us. (The hotel manager managed to sort it out!)
We found out the ferry we got on the other day had broken so about 200 people piled onto a ferry with a capacity of 100- it was a bit like the titanic as there definitely weren’t enough life vests for everyone. Anyway, we set off and huge plumes of black smoke were coming from the engine, yet the driver carried on until the boat felt like it was going to explode; I kept having visions of you seeing us on BBC news like ‘British tourists killed by an overcapacitated boat’. The driver decided to reduce the speed to 20mph so it took almost 2 hours to get there when it should’ve taken 45 minutes – even the slow boat overtook us.
When we got there, it was barren except from a few hotels so Mr.Pessimistic said ‘for gods sake, I’ve wasted $20 coming to an island with nothing on it’.
Meanwhile, I took photos of the views, clearly grateful.
Then my genius idea of latching onto the back of a tour group to find a waterfall worked…
We killed time in the shade by going on the swings and buying overpriced fruit.
When it turned 4pm and the ferry hadn’t turned up, we started to worry. We walked to the end of the pier and found a ‘pirate’ ship telling us to get on. It transferred us to another pier and we had to get on a party boat as our ‘speedboat’ had broken down, great. We were sandwiched between a Chinese family who took endless photos and bellowed down our ears. Coupled with excruciatingly loud music, I went to the office when we docked ready to complain to find nobody was in, so I’m livid about that!
But, we enjoyed the nicest sunset with a bargain tea! Olly had an Oreo milkshake and 2 toasties and I had a chicken burger and a shandy for $4… (It was free beer but neither of us like it so I cheekily asked for mine with lemonade haha)
Love Al and Ol xxxxx