Havelock island with its crystal aqua water is popular destination for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Over dinner, the resort host, told us about a boat going out to a private island for a snorkel trip the following morning. We had heard from other visitors about going snorkeling with larger groups of 30- 50 people and we were not sure how Varun would like that. This trip would have about 10 people, was leaving from the beach right off the resort and was a bit discounted as it was a semi private tour. What’s not to like about a trip to a virgin beach where you can snorkel from the beach and have a picnic lunch on?
The next morning, we scrambled to get ready for the trip. Sunscreen, toys, snacks, milk for Varun went into the tote bag and off we went.
We went in a covered motor boat as the sun is strong even in the early hours of 8:00 am. The water was calm except around the jetty area where the larger ferries caused some waves. We saw a traditional doongi boat going out around the same time.
We went past mangroves, smaller beaches and coves over prettiest shades of blue water – from aqua to turquoise to teal to sapphire. About 90 mins later, we were anchored on a small white sand beach.
A couple volunteered to play with Varun in the sand while Vipul and I went snorkeling. We didn’t have an underwater camera – so took a few pics from the boat and got a few pics from a couple who had a camera.
Clear warm water, beautiful purple and pink- brown corals, neon colored fishes, clams etc. We could see schools of tiny fish from the boat. It was amazing. The reef was a short walk from the beach but as not many people come this way, it was still pristine.
Varun was fascinated by the fishes but refused to come in the water. He was content playing in the sand and along the shore.
After snorkeling we had picnic under the shade of the trees – a lovely hamper packed by the resort with Indo-Chinese style paneer chilli and fried rice, chips, cold drinks, choco-wafers, juice and fresh fruits. No one wanted to come back – but the sun and the snorkel had tired us and all we wanted to do was sleep.
On the ride back, Varun dozed off in Vipul’s arms and woke up only when we reached the resort. I rained a bit over lunch and on the way back, but was over in a jiffy. We had a great morning snorkeling, shared a laugh with some cool people and chilled out. Exactly what the doctor prescribed!