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Dipping

The ‘well rested’ didn’t exactly happen as planned, it seems the people in the campervan next door don’t understand the “no noise” after 10pm policy and continued to speak loudly and play music well after midnight. Luckily I’ll sleep through anything, but alas poor Wendy can’t and was in no condition to get up at 6.30 for the dolphins, so we slept through to our usual 8am.

 

We had intended to go on a 4x4 wildlife tour today but the company already had a full compliment of 6 people going, so we had to do something else. I did pick up a leaflet for Tiger Shark spotting, but it was 4x4 based and not from a boat so all the “Jaws” type adrenaline action wasn’t likely to happen.

 

If in doubt, just fall back on something you know.

That dolphin came close
Well it’s mainly sand around the beach, so no snorkelling. I don’t fancy diving out where the Tiger Sharks live. So kayaking it is then.

 

Things have gotten very relaxed since leaving Broome, we just paid our $35 for 3 hours, got pointed in the right direction for the wildlife and off we went. It’s a good job we weren’t just there for a cheap kayak, otherwise we could have had the thing in the back of a van and away before they’d known any different.

 

Once again Wendy continued with just dipping the paddles in the water, something she still denies so I took the opportunity to video her in the act…..let’s see her deny it now.

 

There was a strong wind at our back on the way to our destination, very nice and it hid the fact that Wendy wasn’t doing anything (my opinion).

Woo does have a neck, I promise
I’m sure there was plenty of life we’d missed on the way, but the marine life we did see was fantastic. For the first time ever we saw a dugong in the wild, we’ve searched for them many times (including the last time we were here) but never spotted one. This time we were just heading over a bit of sea grass when we noticed a lighter patch in the middle. It didn’t look like the usual suspects, turtle, shark or dolphin, then when it started swimming away from us you could see it was a dugong. I was still looking around when it came to the surface to breath, but Wendy saw it clearly. We also saw a couple of eagle rays - boy can they move when they think they’re being followed. Traditional stingrays could also be seen swimming away from our kayak, except these were larger than usual. The odd turtle would pop its head out of the water in front of us as well.

 

We beached the kayak at some red cliffs about 1 hour into our hire period, just after we’d passed a couple who had also hired a kayak that seemed to be getting very naughty in a cove (I’ll say no more).

They weren't very playful, lazy sods.
After a quick walkabout we got back in and headed home, that helpful wind was still blowing but this time right at us, it took us slightly longer to get back.

 

When we reached the resort there were 2 dolphins playing around the moored boats right in front of us, so we paddled over and followed them around until they decided they’d had enough and disappeared out into the blue. Whilst they were around Wendy and I did chuckle at a large German bloke in the water trying to get close enough to the dolphins for his wife who was onshore to get a picture. We’re not sure exactly what he was saying but he didn’t look happy and was probably stamping his feet under the water.

 

After lunch we went back to the beach for our next adventure, we did discuss hiring a kayak again but Wendy said she’d run out of steam.

Back towards the resort
We ended up hiring an electric peddle-o with a glass viewing section at the front, which was slow but pretty cool. This time we didn’t spot a dugong, but did see more eagle rays, blue spotted rays, turtles and a couple of shovel nosed rays.

mumabbott says:
Well i think Wendy has done enough paddling ..think its your turn Phil ...lol
watching with interest .love you xxx
Posted on: Mar 25, 2009
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Dipping
Dipping
That dolphin came close
That dolphin came close
Woo does have a neck, I promise
Woo does have a neck, I promise
They werent very playful, lazy so…
They weren't very playful, lazy s…
Back towards the resort
Back towards the resort
Breath
Breath
Electric powered leisure boat
Electric powered leisure boat
Get out the way you crazy turtle, …
Get out the way you crazy turtle,…
No we didnt run over it, this is …
No we didn't run over it, this is…
Introducing more water than she di…
Introducing more water than she d…
All I need now is a beer.
All I need now is a beer.
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Towards Monkey Mia from on the re…
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