William’s family at Champagne Beach – Aug. 20, 2013

We’re anchored in the most beautiful bay on the NE side of Santo.  Champagne Beach got its name from the color of the beautiful beach.  We met William who owns all this land and he’s kept us quite busy.  We’re still traveling with Kathy and Nick on Impala.  We met William’s wife, Maureen, and hiked up the hill to the bat cave.  His five kids, aged almost 2, 3, 5, 9 and 11 are beautiful and oh so much fun.  The older kids scampered up the hill, along with his 74-year-old dad, while the rest of us huffed and puffed our way up his handmade steps and railing.  The cave was full of bats and soft squishy earth, most likely a build up of bat guano.

William has built a lovely bungalow he calls a homestay and very reasonably priced.

After a brief rest back at the boat we went out snorkeling the nearby reef.  The day before, William took us out to the little island to drift snorkel.  Water clarity is great the reefs are chock full of fish.

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