February 6, 2016
06.02.2016 - 06.02.2016 30 °C
We packed up this morning and said goodbye to Eric, who was going off on a dive to hopefully see Manta Rays. We went to the dock to wait for the ferry and were entertained by kids swimming off the dock. There were also fish in the water to watch. I saw my first cuttlefish, which is a strange looking fish. A guide caught a couple to use as bait for the dive trip. We also saw a school of eelfish, which travel en masse all the time.
The public ferry arrived and away we went. It took an hour to get to Mahibadhoo. There was a smaller boat waiting for us there to bring us to Omadhoo. We were met at the dock and brought to the Kuri Inn. On these islands they use two wheeled carts pulled or pushed by a man to carry luggage. It is so hot, I have difficulty imagining the condition we would be in if we had to transport our own luggage!
This is a much smaller guesthouse than the Ariston Inn. However, the ceilings in all the rooms are very ornate. Carved cornices and a central inset section - quite elaborate.
After having a drink and introductory chat with Ishmail, our host, we retired to our rooms until lunch. Everywhere we go, I have to explain my weird diet of no nightshades to the cook or waiter. I have had limited success with that, but at Ariston Inn the chef always had something that was safe for me, and judging by the meals here so far, it will be fine here as well.
We've been admiring the lines of the boats they build here, but we just realized today that the rudder design is so clever. The pilot uses one foot to control the rudder - it's very cool!
Don and Rob went off to check out the snorkeling around the island reef and a bit later, as the sun got lower, I walked around the island - doesn't take very long - and met up with them as they came in from snorkeling.
We had a good supper - apparently all the guests from the 3 guesthouses owned by Ishmael and his family come to this one for meals.
Ishmael has 6 brothers and 7 sisters, and most of them still live on this island.