Up in Paihia hasn't been so bad. I managed to find something to do yesterday while Necha went on her dolphin cruise. I took a ferry across the bay to a little town called Russell. I hiked up to a monument called the Flagstaff. There was some really nice views up there too. I hiked down a little further and managed to find a secluded beach all to myself. It was very peaceful.
Today we went on a Cream Trip Cruise. This ship delivers cream (milk) and other things to the different islands in the Bay of Islands. We cruised along a whole lot of little islands. We stopped over at one island and got to go on a glass bottom submarine that was included in our trip. We got to see an eagle ray, some snapper and some other fish whose names I can't remember.
But the best of all was when we arrived at the Hole in the Rock. It was so cool! This giant rock in the middle of the Pacific that has a giant hole through it. I took lots of pictures. But then we started heading straight for it. Uh oh! Yah, we went through the hole. It was so awesome. The water out there was so blue. Almost a navy blue. It was really neat. I noticed as you got farther away from Paihia the waters were less murky and more clear and bright.