All too soon, we had to rouse ourselves and get ready for another adventure, this time distinctly of the island variety, as we began with another drive across the lush landscapes of Nosy Be:
Our first destination for the day was Nosy Komba (noh_SEE KOHM-bah), seen here on approach:
Keep in mind, now, that our transportation for the day was boarded in the water, which was wonderfully warm. We simply removed our shoes and sandals and waded out, or waded in and then donned our footwear before wandering off. One of our first encounters on Nosy Komba was groups of children with painted faces and singing songs. This photo cost me about a thousand ariary (or roughly fifty cents U.S.), as that is how these singers make their living:
Nosy Komba is perhaps most famous for its lemur denizens, and there was certainly no shortage of them.
Though the lemurs certainly continued to make certain we knew who was supposed to be the center of attention:
We did take some time out to visit with some of the islands most venerable inhabitants, who made the chameleons look like absolute speed demons:
Soon, though, we set off for Nosy Tany Kely (only ever saw it written and never heard it pronounced), where we settled into this spot:
The water was warm to make immersion an act of instant relaxation. We went in and Kathy went snorkeling - the predominant activity - while I just sat in closer to shore. Eventually, though, curiosity got the better of me and I put on a mask and took a look at the under water view. Even close in to shore, the colorful fish and coral formations made me feel as if I was inside a National Geographic special or one of Jacques Cousteau's adventures. Just incredible!
Or more likely still, the view from our bungalow back on Nosy Be, whence we returned to spend the remainder of the in our romantic paradise...
In fact, I think this was the evening we went for a sunset swim in the infinity pool before sauntering over to the outdoor dining area to taste what Roger had prepared for us. Did I mention Anjiamarango Resort has an infinity pool? Or that the dining area was mere meters from the shore line and that we were serenaded by the surf at every meal? It does, and we were...