We arrived at the boat at 9:05 and were soon ushered on board one of the boats. Gitti, Michael and I sat at the front of the boat, whilst Hermann sat at the rear. I chose to sit near the front, as I could see that there would be plenty of shade as we headed north and one is less likely to feel seasick when travelling near the bow. (I have had some awful experiences in the past!)
By the time we set sail at 9:30am, there were between 25 and 30 people on board, with some people having to stand for the 75-minute journey along the coast to a small rocky cove where we were to spend about four hours. We had to wade through the water to the beach, struggling over the pebbles both under the water and on the land.
The only noteworthy incident was when Michael watched from the water as a young guy started putting on HIS sandals! Michael shouted out to him, but the young guy just replied that it was OK, indicating that he was just borrowing them for a short time (to walk over the pebbles to the umbrella where the eskies of drinks were stored). (I didn’t mention that one could drink as much wine, water and soft drink as one wished.
I decided to wear my sandals in the water to make getting back on the boat a less painful experience. We all managed to find somewhere to sit for the slow journey back to Ulcinj. Just before we reached the Old Town, the two boats put down anchor for about 20 minutes to allow those who were keen enough to jump overboard for another dip before we returned to the wharf.
It was certainly a very hot walk back to the hotel. The temperature reached about 38C, but add to that about 50% humidity and the ‘apparent temperature’ was about 40C. As soon as we were back in our room, a cool shower was the first priority. We had purchased some bread and olives to go with the remaining cheese and meats which we ate together in our room with some cheap local wine. Our dinner was followed by a final walk around the buzzing town — after all, we needed to do a little more exercise to counterbalance our lazy day at the beach.