What a beautiful place!! I hope these photos give you a snapshot of how beautiful the islands in the Whitsundays and along the Great Barrier Reef really are!
Snorkelling in Manta Ray Bay - this is located just off Hook Island and around from Hayman Island. See map below to get your bearings!
The most amazing sunset with a beautiful Sail boat on the horizon! so glad i got to capture this!
Sea Turtles!! there are so many of these around especially if you are up early in the morning you can just see the shells lying on the surface of the calm water- such a beautiful sight!
The most amazing coral i have seen in a long time! and so colourful.
Chalkies beach. Another very white sand beach just like Whitehaven!
Hamilton Island beach
Above and Below - the view from One Tree Hill lookout on Hamilton Island.
Above and below - Whitehaven Beach
Parrot fish while snorkelling!
Enjoy my Photos from my trip to the Big Island of Hawaii! Early next year i will be travelling back to Hawaii and going to the islands of Kauaii and Oahu! Cant wait - shopping and the beach it doesn't get much better than that!
Today I woke up feeling extremely excited!! After a traditional Chinese breakfast (Dumplings and all) I was all set to visit the Kinkakiji Temple ie the golden temple. This is the top rated tourist attraction in Kyoto and in the top ten for all of Japan. I decided to walk to the temple as Kyoto is not a big city and the maps and street signs do a good job at directing. It took around 3 hours to reach the temple but along the way I found a great little pet shop where I purchased a doggy tee shirt for my dog Ralph.I was so surprised at the variety of animals that the pet shop had. There was parrots, cocktails, ferrets(!), mice, porcuipines(!!) japanses fighting fish – ofcourse, all types of dogs, all types of cats and much much more. I have lots of photos of the animals in the gallery below!
Along the walk I also went into some supermarkets just to get a feel for their produce and products that they offered.
Upon arriving at the temple you knew you were in the right area as it suddenly turned from only locals roaming the streets to every man and there dog! I paid an entry fee of 400 yen equivalent to about 4.40 Australian. I have visitied the Taj Mahal in India and I have to say this is up there with that, not as good but still excellent. As soon as you come around the corner from the ticket office - its right there glowing in the middle of the lake. Pictures are below and I think they will speak for themselves!!!!
After this my plan was to go to a traditional Japanese Onsen. This is a bath there women and men are separated and there are various medicinal baths, spas and saunas for use. However on the way I stumbled across this sushi house – IT WAS THE BEST SUSHI EVER and not only was it good, you could press a button on the screen at your table and order the type of sushi you wanted and voila it came racing down like a race car along the top sushi rack right to your table. This was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
I then decided again to walk to the onsen and on the way I met the sweetest old Japanese man who was selling his famous sweets ( he had loads of awards in the front of the shop). I made a few purchases and thought this would make a nice present for the family back home – there own bit of Japan!!! When I knew I was close to the onsen I hoped in a cab as it was down a few backstreets that I could not work my way around on the map.
The Onsen - Beware – you do have to be fully naked!!! It was daunting at first as when I arrived all the older Japanese women were doing their bathing but they did give me a few pointers about how to operate in the baths!! This was an amazing experience but unfortunately I have no photos – that’s a given but I have the name of the onsen – Funokan Onsen – and it is close the the kinkakiji temple so it is a great idea to relax and unwind after visiting the temple.
Next on my list for today was to go back to Gion – the geisha district to explore it at night as apparently it comes to life at night time! As it was a Saturday night all the streets were filled with people everywhere and I even got to see a few more geishas wondering around!!!
To top off the evening we wondered down a few back streets in the heart of the geisha district near the gion theatre and found the most amazing resteraunt. Let me tell you this has to be in the top 2 meals I have had. Ever. It was a 9 course meal. Let the pictures explain below. I have also included a photo of the Buisness card as unfortunately I could not get the translation for the name in English. The owner was so sweet when every course came out he looked up the ingredients ie what fruit fish meat or vegetable was in the dish in a food encyclopedia that had photos so we knew what we were eating!! We even got to have sea urchin – something I didn’t think I would ever try!.
I haven't been everywhere, but its on my list. I am a self confessed travel junkie. I love snorkelling, scuba diving and fine dining. Follow my instagram account @moonstrucktraveller for my latest adventures around the globe.