Monday 14th was a good day

Today was a good day.

We slept too late and left the house in a bit of a mad rush to pick up some lunch on our way to the harbour.

There is a natural hot spring on on of the islands off Torfino – it is quite the tourist spot and people take the 90 minute boat ride all year round to take a dip.

On a friend’s advice, we instead hired a seaplane to drop us off in the morning and pick us up later.

 
We’ve both been up in a few different light aircraft, but we’d never tried a seaplane – they fly much lower than I’d expected and the views are beyond spectacular.

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The springs themselves are a 40 minute hike through rainforest from where the seaplane ties up. Our hike involved a lot of time with some astonishingly photogenic dogs. Our pilot told us later that the dogs swim over from a First Nations village on a nearby island to beg scraps from tourists.

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The big advantage of the seaplane was that we had the whole spring to ourselves. It’s surprisingly small – there is room for maybe three people to be comfortable and a group of about ten people arrived as we were getting ready to leave. The rest of the day was spend exploring the island, catching our plane back, and finding a beach to watch the sunset from.

 

We should thank our pilot, Shaun, and the rest of the guys at http://www.atleoair.com/ for our wonderful trip!

 

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