I mention to Kikura san and Daiki san that I would like to go snorkeling before the night tour the next day. They immediately draw up a detailed schedule with bus times, ferry times and hints. They send me to Ida Beach.
Amazing what you can do with an iPhone standing outside a combini late at night.
Next morning, I catch the bus and have a wonderful drive across the island. We have brief stop and I spy a buffalo carriage.
I arrive at a place, whose name I have forgotten, and take a ferry over to the beach.
It is a truly wonderful beach. So clean, the water is so clear. Very few people. I find a shaded place to lie down. I doze.
After a while I feel I should really go snorkeling. I take my fins from my bag and find they are broken.
I swim, I snorkel, it is wonderful.
I take the ferry back to the place whose name I cannot remember. The bus is waiting.
About 5 minutes into the trip I take off my sunhat and unwittingly dislodge my mask. The bus screeches to a stop. The driver who had been all smiles, gets up and tells me fiercely to come to him. He is very serious. I realize what is going on and put my mask back on apologizing ferociously. No messing with Covid regulations.
I get back to my guest house and prepare myself mentally for the night bird hunting. What a good day!