Last week we started our journey together around Lady Elliot Island. It took us three days till we finally stayed out of the water long enough to walk a complete loop around the island. Let’s carry on and see what else we shall find around the island.
28 second video.
As we jump in the water in the shallows this back and forth movement can almost give you motion sickness watching this video as we bobbed along in the waves with the tide pushing in and out from shore.
This is small school or shoal of squid swimming by.
The cemetery. Many islands have small cemeteries with ghost stories surrounding events of the past blending and interpreting fact or fiction, legend or reality. We will never know if Susanah was pushed or fell down the light house stairs.
Playing in the shadows.
Can you find the shark in this photo?
What about now?
Ok, you’ve got to be able to spot this wobbegong shark.
The word ‘wobbegong’ is believed to come from Aboriginal language meaning ‘shaggy beard’ as seen here around the sharks mouth.
After we watched this shark for a while we started swimming and turned around to have one last look just a few feet away from him. He was so well camouflaged neither me nor Chris could find him again and we were only a few feet away. So we had to swim back and answer our curiosity as to whether he had already swam away. He never moved, he was just that hard to find when not moving.
25 second video.
I only put twenty five seconds of this video up because nothing changes. The shark lays there trying to be as unnoticeable as possible and we just watch him. Before spending much time in the water, I had the knee jerk reaction of many land based people, “A shark, get out of the water as fast as you can.” The more time I’ve spent snorkelling and diving it really is the opposite. We were so lucky to get such amazing viewings of these wobbegons. They are very shy and try to not be noticed, a static reminder of how stereotypes can cause false assumptions and missed opportunities.
Walking around the lodging area on pathways made of washed up shells.
Another day we were out snorkelling till dusk.
Lady Elliot Island was one of the best things we’ve ever done and it was also one of the most expensive. When making this decision it came down to going to LEI for a week or the country of New Caledonia for four weeks. Long term and budget travel does not mean passing up on an amazing experience because of not wanting to pay for it. Certain activities, hobbies, adventures require one to plop some money down to have the experience. Long term travelling is about identifying the activities that are most important to you, the events that if you go home and have not done them, you will regret it. We could enjoy the luxury of Lady Elliot Island because we sacrificed and went weeks taking cold showers in the van. We made dinners rain or shine in the back of the van 99% of the time. The ability to be able to afford to travel, or to afford whatever hobbies you wish to pursue, is attainable to all of us, it’s simply a matter of choice and sacrifice. For us, the experience we had on Lady Elliot Island was worth every cold shower we ever choose to take.