Monday, 16 September 2013
16.09.2013 - 16.09.2013
We sailed into the bay at Kona at about 0600 and shortly after dropped our anchor. We have booked a ship's tour and have until 0915 to assemble for our tender trip to the pier. On arrival we were shepherded to a big green coach and were driven to the Sea-Horse Farm on the coast near the airport.
The aim of the farm is to grow domesticated seahorses that will be long lived creatures that will survive in captivity and will eat readily available dried shrimp. Wild caught seahorses die within weeks because they cannot adjust to captivity. The farm claims their cultivated seahorses has reduced the world-wide catch from over one million to about twenty thousand. The tour of the farm was interesting and informative and we were invited to immerse our hands and have a seahorse attach to our fingers. The coach captain was very friendly and a great character. There must be a school they attend as their jokes and patter have a degree of similarity.
When we returned to the pier we decided to walk briefly though the beachfront stalls and shops. Very hot and little breeze so we didn't go very far and returned to the pier and boarded the tender. Back on the ship we changed out of our 'go ashore' gear to something cooler.
Quick lunch and back to the cabin to start this epistle.
Right on time the ship weighed anchor and we proceeded to our next port, dawdling along at a mere 10 knots. Great dinner again and I've established a standard order for desserts, not only for me but the 90 YO who sits next to me. I have two scoops each of the two featured ice-creams and my mate has a half. He finds it easier than trying to decide for himself.
Tonight's entertainment was Danny McMaster who provided us with impressions of many famous people and a good few cartoon characters. He sang one song using almost a dozen voices without missing a beat. The image of the person being impersonated on the screen helped with the illusion. Fantastic quick-fire show that kept us all entertained.
Off to the Horizon Court to post this and then recharge my battery for tomorrow.
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Cheers ... Tony