First stop was Portland, where we spent 3 nights. This is a great town with lots of things to see and do! This is definitely a foodie destination!
On our walks we had a lot of interaction with the locals, women washing their clothes in the river, shepherds herding their sheep and goats; women working in the fields; women weaving rugs.
From Puerto Pollenca we wound through the olive tree dotted countryside on the smoothest of roads. Within 20 minutes we were engulfed by rocky mountains, twisting up past pine trees.
There were many Zebra crossings in the park, seeing them in the wild, their gentle mannerisms and beautiful colouring was an experience. We were also so fortunate to see a black rhino.
The Public Market is a must see experience especially the way I experienced it on a foodie tour. Our private guide cum chef, who shops there regularly, knew all the good stalls selling fresh produce.
After a great day enjoying the very relaxed Jamaican hospitality at Rick’s Café to watch the cliff diving, beach and rum with a little Bob Marley thrown in, it was time to re-board.
We stopped at a quaint little restaurant for lunch on the way, the view was incredible, vines of fresh fruit surrounded the property, and we were given fresh figs and grapes to try, amazing!
Mr. Son brews his own beer and is approx. 40cents per beer! Great to sample local dishes such as white rose dumplings, fried wontons, fresh spring rolls, Cao Lau. Communal dining.
Cycling the abandoned tunnels though the centre of a mountain with head torches for guidance is something you’d rarely have the opportunity to do anywhere in the world and it’s a memory you will never forget.
The snorkelling just out the front of the resort was a memorable experience with the island being surrounded by protected Marine Sanctuary boasting many colourful tropical fish.