So yesterday was our last full day of doing nothing and I seem to be getting it down pat! It’s been an interesting time of sitting and watching the world go by, listening to the ocean lap against the shore. It began with a down pour of tropical rain that looked like it was set in for the day, but before long the cloud lifted. It doesn’t take long for the wet floor to become what feels like a smoldering bed of hot coals upon your feet, making standing still unbearable and the search for floor space in the shade a must if you want to move from place to place.
The heat of the sun once it breaks through is intense, I’ve watched as young people just lay for hours wondering about the distress signals that must be kicking off in their bodies because of the heat. Occasionally they get off the sun loungers and make their way to the ocean for what must feel like a moment of cool bliss.
People sit reading books, and the amount of smartphones that seem to be accessed is phenomenal, she says with an iPad on her lap! What on earth did we do before technology? The resort is generally very quiet, very peaceful, the noisiest part of the place is the ocean, a welcomed noise polluter. Talking of the ocean and her calling, we couldn’t resist a bit of a snorkel. My accessing the ocean becoming ever so much better, but still grace is lacking. Once on our way we are again greeted by another world, not knowing the exact location we had been snorkeling previously we entered a space that seemed completely new, the coral beds, the drop offs to the ocean bed, the fish all slightly different from the previous day, although our black and white striped friends are never far off, it’s almost like they are keeping an eye on you, ready to pose for the next photo you take.
i had a few mask issues, so after clearing and clearing and about 40mins it was time to head back to the shore and dry off, getting out of the ocean being far less graceful than entering. Mr Revthreads opted to do a dive, I opted to sit in the bar and chat with those already there, one from Australia, one from LA and one from New York, you have to love the stories shared from other travellers and their adventures.
After dinner people gathered to share Kava on the mat, a couple of people played guitar and others sang, the air is basically alive with happiness, pure and simple hapiness, nothing is complicated, it just is what it is!
Doing nothing is very tiring, the main problem is while you are tired you have not used up all your energy so trying to sleep also becomes tiring, so I figure that perhaps I am not a nothing kind of gal! After my fairly poor nights sleep it’s time today to do a little bit of nothing before we journey to our next destination on the Coral Coast. Again we will be on the beach, apparently it’s a bit of a busier place, Mr Revthreads has a shark dive booked, meanwhile I am wondering whether I do or don’t edging ever so slightly to being prepared to live with not coverting thy husbands shark dive and been content with staying dry that day!
Some hints, Octopus Resort has been fantastic, pure paradise, even when the rain fell and nothingness really crept in it was a good place to be. Our bure was a beach bure, they upgraded us for our wedding anniversary. The food has been great, not one but two vegetarian options. The menus are set for a couple of days, but the food is good quality. Nothing is cheap, but nothing is expensive, it is what it is and in my opinion worth every cent. The staff are amazing, all are locals to the island, happy, friendly and willing to help no questions asked. Make sure there is an ample supply of sunscreen, a willingness to do a little bit of nothing and an openness to new people and all will be well.