On Sunday we went on the infamous Tofo surf day out. The beginners sam and Marta started out with a lesson but quickly joined Ines, Anna and Kira who were struggling to catch waves without help. By the end, we were all professionals but exhausted and ready for lunch. We treated ourselves to Jenny’s amazing brownies and headed to sunset lodge for a sunset swim and frozen margs with Jay and his crew ❤️. We now know that sam is a die hard Sugababes groupie and we were treated to an impromptu performance on our journey home.
On Monday all slightly tired from the fun weekend, our alarms woke us at 5am for a day at Paindane for fisheries. As it was a national holiday, it was a quiet day and we finished logging before dinner. We educated ourselves with some fish ID while watching finding Dory to finish off the day.
Fisheries was quiet again on Tuesday but whale watching gave us over 500 sightings of whale behaviour.
On Wednesday, we had a mid week break and headed to Maxixe for our visa renewal. We were all excited about our new found love for bakers cookies and stocked up while enjoying our peanut butter and marmalade packed lunch. We got home with time to chill so decided to tackle the waves for a swim. Anna and Marta didn’t quite make it in while sam and Kira managed to swim responsibly and not get dragged out to sea. After a long day, we played cards to round off the day, with Anna’s tiredness causing her to finish with a lot more cards than she started with.
Thursday and Friday we caught up on our coral transects but the strong surge made this rather challenging and “we was proper flying” according to Marta. We saw an octopus on 4/4 dives, lots and lots of fish on the 5m transect and more Nudis yay! Marta has introduced a way new of getting off the boat, which involves folding in half like a deck chair, holding the rope and falling on her buddy (she is working on it).
We finished the week with Jay as our instructor for Chris’ last fun dive on an excursion to Manta reef coming across a giant frog fish, giant moray eels and a loggerhead turtle, and supposedly a shark (according to Chris).