|the lovely Kokomo|
|This is the absolute BEST Immigration line I've ever been in.|
|Mark and Julie Board|
We brought out both main and jib sail and even brought out a seldom-used gennaker, but the winds were a bit too light to really get Kokomo going properly. We ended up relying on the iron sail (engine) to get us to Taranto, our first stop. Mark and Julie prefer to just day sail, so we were going to be hopping from one anchorage to the next. During the day passages, we find ourselves in the cockpit, under cover of a wide biminy behind the generous wheelhouse, chatting about our working days, friends, places we’ve been to or would like to go someday.
|a.k.a. Emerald Beach!|
Last night we made it to Ko Muk and decided to go to Emerald Beach on the island. What makes this beach unique is it can only be accessed through a dark, 80 metre-long tunnel that is wide enough for swimmers, kayaks or very small dinghies. Flashlights in hand and Kate and I in the water towing the dinghy (Julie wasn’t quite brave enough to get out and swim through an unknown cave), we felt very much like we were in an Indiana Jones movie as we made our way through the twisty, dark tunnel. We managed to find the pathway through and were treated to a secluded wander around the beach. As we were making our way out through the tunnel, there was the traffic of a tour group, all lifejacketed up and paddling nervously through the water the way we had just came. Thank goodness we went in before breakfast and had the place to ourselves – the rest of the day was likely to be busy in there!
We are now underway to Ko Phi Phi Don, where we will anchor tonight and likely go ashore for a look around. Cruising life is very much suiting Kate and me.
|3 kms? When the tsunami comes, you better be fit!|
|Lots of Kings Cup tenders ashore on Kata Beach|
|Dinner on Ko Lipe after a long ferry ride|
|Mile Zero of the Andaman Highway on Ko Lipe|
|Beach at Ko Lipe|
|Wheelhouse - snug place in a storm!|
|Proper bathroom - shower to the right|
|Alcohol leads to dance parties|
|properly sheltered cockpit|
|exploring Emerald Beach|
|Indiana and his sidekick get towed through the tunnel|
|out of the tunnel from Emerald Beach|
|Julie and Mark look out to Kokomo|