Franz and Karin visit us on Ashika and we are charmed. When we had cut away our emergency anchor, the float Dois tied to it separated from the line in the high winds that night. Dois snorkeled the bay trying to locate it but it looked like it was a loss. It wasn’t anywhere we thought it would be. Franz put together a "search and recovery team" of himself and four girls (his daughters); teens aged 13 to 19 to form a search grid pattern on the bottom of the 50' deep anchorage. They located it, put a buoy on it, retrieved it with their dingy and delivered it to Ashika. The community of cruisers is beyond amazing.
On our 5th day in this wildly lovely place, we grab a chance to snorkel one of the reefs close to the boat. A giant turtle is too shy and moves quickly into the dark recesses of the ocean. The reef has blue coral with neon blue fish attending and lots of small angels and large blue green parrot fish. The wind subsides some more and Team Shang Du and Team Ashika arrange a dive expedition to a reef three miles from our anchorage. It is both fascinating and disturbing as we note the untouched reef called Entrance Island is dying. Large plate corals and what was often described by previous divers as colorful and dynamic reef life were lightly covered in algae and the reef fish were few. I was chased back to the dingy by a very pesky grey shark. It was pretty sad. It was like seeing global warming for the first time.