Island No. 8

The tide was getting high and the swell stronger.  As we were wading to the shore, I got caught in one big swell and almost lost my camera to it.   😮  Whew!  Gotta get that underwater casing soon.

Climbing those boulders would have been easy if I had worn my aqua socks, but instead I wore slippers and it keeps slipping off my feet so I went barefoot.

Chris, our divemaster went barefoot — he seemed fine!

Thought it would be a walk in the park but the boulders were rough (at least to my delicate soles   :-)) and hot from the sun.  I felt like I was walking on hot coals.  Seriously.  The soles of my feet hurt for 2 days, I think I got a 1st degree burn from it.   😯   It was all worth it though.

The gorgeousness of the entire island made it seemed all right.

A word of caution:  it can get a bit unnerving once you reach the top especially if you have a fear of heights like moi!  I made sure I stayed out of the edge… unlike my two friends here:

I tell you, it really is best to stay away from the edge! 😛

It looked inviting from our dive boat, the wonderful granite rock formation intrigued us no end.  It was a no-brainer, we had to take time off from our dive and head to this bay called island No. 8, also known as Donald Duck Bay, The Boulders and Shoe Bay (Ao Guerk in Thai).

All describing this prominent large boulder that seemingly stands upside down unsteadily balancing on its tip.  It could resemble the cartoon character or a boot, depending on which angle you see it from.  Our angle resembles neither – so I call it “The Boulders”. Going back to our dive boat though, we caught a glimpse of Donald but the water was splashing so much, I dared not take out my camera or I’d surely lose it this time.   😕

It is said that the rocks were formed around 65 million years ago from hot magma and polished to its actual shape today by the weather and the sea.

The picturesque bay is where the National Park office is located and is a favorite anchorage of the live-aboards.  And why not?

Scenic Sunday

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9 Responses to Island No. 8

  1. ewok1993 says:

    having so much fun reading about your adventures and seeing your photos.

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  2. cat says:

    Wow what an adventure! I enjoyed looking at your photos 🙂

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  3. carolyn Ford says:

    Wow! What a beautiful part of the world this is! Climbing around on rocks is such fun and such an ideal view of the water from the top. I think my feet would have liked the aqua socks too! No doubt, in fact…I like how you framed these photos. I can imagine the beauty beneath the surface of that water too…what an adventure!

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  4. What a fabulous adventure…but my hands felt sweaty when I saw the photo of your friend slipping over the edge.

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  5. Al says:

    Amazing. Your photos bring this right home, now I want to see this place for myself!

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  6. stanley says:

    what a great adventure that must have been!

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  7. wow! what a fabulous place!
    How did you take that ‘from the edge’ picture? Looks scary!
    And the granite rock formation reminds me this one. 🙂

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  8. noel says:

    aloha,

    I liked how you captured your photo of these gorgeous rocks, i’m guess thailand? thanks for sharing.

    help me decide on a photo for my scenic sunday on my sari blog, thanks

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  9. chiewilks says:

    what a perfect place to explore..i love all your photos..the scenic views can truly relieve stress

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