Pepe's Island aka Ile Sepulture

Beez Neez
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Sun 16 Jun 2019 23:57
Pepe's Island aka Ile Sepulture, Salomon Islands 
 
 
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Where would you like to spuddle for a test drive. An instant answer - Pepe’s Island please. Off we went at five o’clock, wow, a manta ray basking just below the surface simple enjoying himself, wing tips appearing every few seconds before he headed for the gap between Fouquet and Yakamaka Islands to play in the current, perhaps with friends. We may try next week to drift snorkel in that gap – we have been told to go three hours after low water. We skirted a couple of blobs of reef, a sandbar with onshore waves and heading to the right, beached Baby Beez.
 
Pepe's Island
 
Pepe's Island aka Ile Sepulture.
 
Beez Neez by Ile Fouquet
 
Behind us, Beez Neez.
 
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To our right, Bear’s Island (aka Ile Jacobin, beyond is Boddam).
 
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Ready to explore.
 
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This chap was very shy.......
 
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.....this chap led the way.
 
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After looking at a lobster shell on the beach, Bear went right and I went left.
 
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I had all shapes and sizes of hermit crab and some very skittery ghost crabs.
 
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The shady side of this tiny island was the conference centre for hundreds of whelks, snails and crabs.
 
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Appraisal I thought, but clearly things got a ‘bit mucky’.
 
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This fella was a looker, very like the Sally Lightfoots we saw in Galapagos.
 
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At the far end, a reef spit to an even tinier islet.
 
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Waves crashing along the outer reefs.
 
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Made for a very ‘Pacific’ scene.
 
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This chap opened his claws, ready to take me on.
 
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Loads of scuttling under ledges, loads of these that look like they are wearing boxing gloves.
 
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We met up near where we had split up, paddled the last bit and saw a blue starfish. Then we very carefully followed the track of a big turtle......
 
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........the track led to a freshly made nest, beyond loads of baby coconut trees. Just like Ile Fouquet the trees are too dense to explore in the middle of the island so we contented ourselves with a quick swim and headed back to Beez for supper and a shower. A very good day, we will return here with snorkels and flippers before we leave. 
 
 
ALL IN ALL A SHEER JOY
                     CRABS IN PARADISE