A short motor to North Cinque Islandtoday.lovely white beach,which we couldnt go ashore as no permit,AT 3000 Rupees a day,$75 A bit much.a warship came along and sent two dinghy loads of youths to play ashore. the 2hp outboard was a failure.would start,go 20 seconds,then stop.back to port blair to try and get them both working properly tomorrow.
went for a nice snorkel.fish average.visibility ok,not great.most coral dead,but lots of early regeneration.not as good as S E Asia pilot book says.but was lovely doing a long drift snorkel back to boat.lunch was leftover mutton magic,somewhat more tender today. the navy dinghies detoured on way back to warship to wave to our young crew.
then went around to "best anchorage " in andamans but too much swell,so ended up at CHIRYATAPU anchorage.major current and some swell,so a rolly night ahead.
we are meant to call port blair on hf radio twice a day with our position and movements-but unable to get through yet.
kkerry cooking stirfry vegetables for dinner.
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