So after our fantastic nice in Whangaroa, we drove back to Paihia so we could do the full day trip around the many islands in this beautiful bay. This time we had booked, so we had two places for Ms. Piez, close.
We started the tour following the dolphins, so some people could swim with them. These people were put on a net and then carried for some 10 minutes, until a nice spot was found, then off you go, try to follow the fastest dolphins ever…
For those staying on the boat it was quite fun, but I do not think that those in the water were of the same opinion. Then we continued until "hole in the rock" which is exactly that, a huge hole just enough wide to pass our big catamaran. There we saw a huge school of fish in front of the boat, swinging with the waves.
Back to the little islands we stop in a few of them to get an explanation of the story behind it. We had lunc h in Urupukapuka island were we went up to the lookup for excellent views, then back to the wharf and the little beach. I had a swim in these really nice waters, but dani considered that the 20*C was impossibly cold for him. Back to the boat, we continued our cruise with more explanations about the history of NZ and this area. At 16.15 we were back in Paihia and after an icecream and a walk around this lovely village, we headed south. Back to Tutukaka for the diving the following day at the Poor Nights Islands. This time I phoned and booked in advance, so everything should be fine for tomorrow.
We did not want to sleep again in the Holiday Park. It was ok but we preferred to get to know another place. So while dani was driving I was trying to read the guide and all the different pamphlets we have been piling in the car. I decided that Little Earth Lodge sounded nice and it was ranked very high in the BBH (90%) and it was also our guide pick. We got here at 18.30 and the place is beautiful. Set on a farm 4 km from town and next to Abbey Caves. The rooms are decorated with nice Japanese art and Balinese furnishing. So now we are going to have our dinner, noodles and fresh eggs from the chicken here!!
Dani has bought 2 and a half hours of internet, so we will be able to post this one and maybe check our emails!!