Our first water adventure had us sailing on a tradional tall ship built over 70 years ago. During the day we were told all about the history of the ship. It's quite amazing to see something this old still earning a living for a whole bunch of people. With around 25 people plus crew this ship was certainly not too busy for us to kick back and relax .. until the crew asked to to help hoist the sails. It was worth the effort - once the big diesel engine is shut down she powered through the water with nothing but the wind getting us out to the islands.
|Derwent Hunter built in 1946|
|The Derwent Hunter today|
We first stopped at Black Island aka Bali Hai for some snorkelling. No sooner had we stopped and boarded the tender it started POURING with rain. The rain only lasted a short time. Soon enough we'd be in the water anyhow.
Once in the water snorkelling around the reef it didn't take long to find plenty of tropical fish of all shapes, sizes and colours. It's quite amazing to watch as they don't seem to be all that bothered by their human visitors. Of course the highlight of any snorkelling trip is finding a turtle. We managed to see a couple around the Island but nothing compared to the big guy we saw later.
After about an hour we headed back to the ship to move out to Langford Reef. You only need to venture a few metres from the exposed low tide sand to find huge numbers of tropical fish. We were also lucky enough to spend time with a huge flat backed turted. Judging by it's size it was estimated to be around 180 years old. And best of all, he had no problems at all with us floating all around him.
|Flat Back Sea Turtle|
|Nathan and Lauren checking out a Turtle|
|Derwent Hunter under sail - VERY COOL|
|All aboard the tender|
|TeamBray onboard the Derwent Hunter|
|TeamBray earning their lunch|