Well after being a terrible host and leaving visitors at home the great weather allowed for the opportunity to return to Fingal Head and take the boat out to Cook Island again – but this time with the guests! No diving this time, but an opportunity for our visitors to snorkel. They had a ball and their attempts at free diving led them to meet the turtles. The one thing I have learned over the two days visiting here that there are turtles galore.
While the visitors swam I soaked up the sun on the boat. They spent so much time snorkelling on the surface and diving down to see what they could see. The vis was good making it easy for the guys to explore what was below the ocean. After a while we decided it was time to head off to the other side of the Island so that Paul could do a bit of spear fishing and the lads could do their first ever bit of fishing. Once around the island it was a lot more exposed and the waters a little more choppy and the breeze a bit cooler. Paul went off to do his stuff while the boys learned how to bait up and cast out. All of this was of course a failed attempt, because no-one seemed to catch any fish! One of the boys began to turn a little green as the chop and swell rocked the boat, so the best way to resolve the issue of seasickness was to hop in the water, so they put on their masks and snorkels and jumped in.
I was sat on the boat keeping an eye on the water and the boys in the water as they explored, my role was to drive around and pick them up as they needed. Everyone seemed to be having fun, then one of the lads shouted “shark.” I have never seen someone swim quite so fast as he headed to the boat and almost launched himself into the boat, a bit like a seal, to catch his breath. Chances are it was a Grey Nurse Shark, apparently a very placid shark, but still it’s a shark and looks a bit scary! He had left his friend in the water, who when I picked him up said that he looked down three times and saw three different animals, perhaps it was a transformer!
Anyhow after all were back in the boat and accounted for we moved to another site, again an attempt to catch dinner but to no avail! It was time to begin heading back so we thought we would try fishing in the river on the way back to the boat ramp. Once back over the bar we anchored up and fishing lines were bait and cast. Dan caught his first fish and was very excited, but wasn’t game to take it off the hook, but this certainly hooked him and he cast again. The competition grew between the boys and all were determined! As they fished the sun began to set and the sky looked amazing, it was getting chilly only one more fish had been hooked so it was time to head home. But as usual it was via the fish shop, we headed to Kingscliffe, grabbed some food and a drink and sat at the ocean front looking out as we ate. The moon was almost full so each wave seemed to be lined with silver as they rolled in and crashed against the shore. It was getting cold and it was quiet, but quite the perfect ending to an amazing day that was filled with adventure and laughter!