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Four Island Tour

By Audrey

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We decided to book a snorkeling tour to four different islands. Our first stop was the Emerald Cave. This is how Taro described it: “We stopped at a mountain. There was a big hole in the mountain. It was a cave. We swam through it.” This is how I would describe it: “We stopped at a mountain. There was a big hole in the mountain. It was a cave. We swam through it for 80 freaking metres in the dark! What was I thinking? I just swam into a pitch black cave with my two kids, one of whom can't swim! This was such a bad idea! I am petrified!”

It all worked out great and I couldn't believe that both the boys just paddled their way through the cave with no fears. I wasn't sure whether Kiyoshi would even get into the water as we just docked the boat on a rock in 10m deep water. But, sure enough, he couldn't get is fins on fast enough and just jumped in. We emerged from the cave onto a mystical little beach surrounded by cliffs only accessible through the Emerald Cave. It was very cool.


The rest of the trip consisted of two snorkeling stops with a lunch break in the middle. Given that Taro had spent almost no time in the water with his goggles on, we had set our expectations low for the actual snorkeling portion of the trip, but it seemed that all he was lacking was a reason to put his face in the water. Once there were fish under his feet he was excitedly keeping his face down except to come up for an occasional rushed breath only to plunk his head back in to look at the fish some more.

The second snorkeling stop was better than the first especially when the fish were enticed with a bit of food thrown from the boat. Dave very graciously threw a few bananas bits around me just as I was getting used to the experience which lead to feeling like I was being eaten by piranhas with fish swarming me to eat the food that was floating around me. Again Taro was the super star with his enthusiasm and courage this time being swarmed by all the fish.


The day ended with another speedboat ride back to the hotel, followed by the usual naps and happy hour before dinner at Picasso. Here's a shots of the beautiful beach.


The evening show:

Mr. Noi and Chloe:

We decided to stick together for a few more days and explore Railay another beautiful area of Southern Thailand.


Posted by McNouye 16:12 Archived in Thailand

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Emerald cave is so cool! I'm sure all the pirate treasure is long gone, but wow it is neat! apperantly several boat loads of tourists were enjoying the cave when the tsunami struck, which they didn't notice inside the cave but swanm back out to find the boats gone. It was a couple of days before they were rescued.

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