Aka Island is one of the smaller islands in the Keramas. You can't take your car, and the only way to get there is by ferry. There are two kinds of ferry's; the slow kind (the big ferry) and the fast kind (the small ferry). As soon as TJ showed me the ferry we would be taking out I knew I was in for a "fun" ride. We boarded the fast ferry and sat in the very front so we would have an awesome view of the waves splashing up onto the windows. Unfortunately and unbeknownst to me, the front is the worst place to sit if you get sea sick...which I do...and I did. I pretty much threw up the entire time. I sat in between Mike who patted my back and Andy who fanned me for the entire hour long ferry ride. At one point I started feeling better and Mike being the generous guy that he is, offered me some licorice...resume puking :( But we eventually made it to Aka island...and all was well...and hey, I think I lost a pound or two ;)
Once we arrived at the port, we were picked up by someone from the bed and breakfast we would be staying at. They picked us up in their little (emphasis on the word little) Dihatsu truck and Parker and I sat up front while everyone else and the luggage managed to squeeze in the back. Luckily it was only a quick drive to the B&B.
The bed and breakfast we stayed at was called Kawai Dive Shop and was really eclectic. They had hip posters, fun Japanese drinks displayed, and a picturesque view of the ocean that was just steps away from their oversized balcony. Our rooms were traditional Japanese rooms with Futon's to sleep on, and we all shared a communal bathroom and shower. The owner of the bed and breakfast cooked breakfast and dinner for us, and to say it was delicious would be an understatement. They catch their own fish, and grow all their own vegetables and that's what they serve. Dinner was a 5 course meal with fish prepared several ways and lots of pasta and fresh veggies. Breakfast was homemade bread, yogurt and granola parfait, and some type of egg and Goya (the first time I have tried it and actually enjoyed it!). The best part about the food was that it was eaten on the balcony overlooking the ocean. Very relaxing and the perfect way to begin and end our days.
Our days were spent pretty much in exclusively in the water. Traditionally I try to avoid the ocean like the plague (I have an aversion to all things water and sand), but I decided that I needed to be more adventurous and fun...so I got right in there and did some "hardcore" snorkeling!! We saw sea turtles, sea snakes, lobsters, and every kind of tropical fish imaginable. It was so fun to float around with my family and experience all this beauty with them! Dominik was even snorkeling...I'm embarrassed to admit it, but he actually taught me a few techniques to improve my snorkeling :)
The few times we weren't in the water we were playing games, hanging out, and doing our ninja training (Dominik's idea), and just enjoying one another's company.
When it was time to head out, I was ecstatic to see that we would be taking the big ferry home. Just as a precaution though, Jana gave me a Zolfran...cant be too careful!! The only thing that made it easier to leave was to know that we still had two weeks left with family and a lot of things planned.