We had a great trip to the island to see the monkeys. My wife and Keishya, the guide, each had single kayaks and I had our 2 boys, 9 and 11, with me in a longer kayak. The boys took turns paddling. The paddle out wasn't too bad. We had the wind in our faces but the water was pretty smooth. As we approached the island we could see starfish in places, and then the monkeys came into view. We saw one swimming and we paddled on by. As we got around a bend we saw 2 more swimming monkeys, as well as many on the shore watching us. We were able to get out of the kayaks into waist deep water to watch the monkeys for a while longer. At this point the wind was beginning to pick up and the seaward side of the island was getting rough. It was a group decision to head on back rather than circle the island. Going in with the wind behind us was a breeze. Keisha told us much about the monkeys and the research carried out on the island. As we were loading the kayaks back on the truck a researcher happened by they we were introduced to that was visiting from Germany.
We happened to be staying in a rental house just a few doors down from the Barefoot Travelers house. Keishya said if the boys wanted to use the kayak on the beach down by the house she would just paddle down there if we'd bring the truck back. We did and got to meet some guests checking in just arriving from Sweden. It was a great educational and fun trip. Not too strenuous, but you did get some exercise. Keishya was great with the kids and so easy to work with.
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