06.01.2012 30 °C
Aonang is all about the beach and the long tailed water taxis so on our second day here we jumped on an all day tour to see some of the outlaying islands. The Ko Hung National Park was a 40 minute ride on flat seas, I can't get over how calm the water is here. At our first stop we grabbed a kayak and took it for a lap around the island and into the lagoon, I kept Natalie up front to make sure she was doing all the hard work. The tide was going out as we explored the lagoon and as it continued to get more shallow it was easy to see the starfish that covered the sandy bottom.
The upwind finish was a bit of a workout so we were ready for some lunch when we got back. Spicy stir fried chicken and steamed rice were on the menu followed by some fresh pineapple and watermelon. I think Nat was ready for a nap but I dragged her onto a trail I found, I was sure it would lead to adventure and probably buried treasure...or at least a beach with less tourists. We found a memorial for the 30 people that died on the island (Ko Hung) eight years ago in the tsunami and the pieces of a few boats that didn't make it either. We also found a huge monitor lizard (a little over 3 feet) that was hunting ants on a log. Later we would see him and a friend cleaning up the left over rice in the picnic area, our guide pointed at the smaller one and told me that he would go well with green curry. I started to wonder if we really did have chicken for lunch....
At this point we were starting to turn pink and ready for a nap but there was no rest for the wicked. We loaded up our boat again and headed to the next island in search of epic and untouched snorkeling spots. The second stop was anything but untouched, but I managed to grab a snorkel and get into the water ahead of the coconut oiled masses so that I could check out the reef in peace. The tide was still low so the reef was shallow and the water was pretty clear, it was amazing. The fish aren't shy and most of the time I was completely surrounded...bad day to not have a waterproof camera. The coral was in pretty good shape for the number of people that must trample it every year so it was well worth the swim.
Now we were definitely ready to head back, but Gill had other plans. One more stop with even better snorkeling and, for a change, no other boats in site. That was the gem of the day as the water was teeming with life of all shapes and colours. Good times had by all, a few beers and some food that night and an early ferry to Koh Lanta tomorrow.