Due to the careful planning of Soo Ming, our van was the first to arrive at Bab’s Dock. Literally 20 seconds after we arrived, the other vans began rolling into the tiny dirt parking lot. It’s a good thing we arrived first, because in order to get to the actual dock, they have one boat that travels back and forth transporting people to and from the dock…which is about a ten minute boat ride. The boat itself fit about 12 people in it, so the later your van came, the longer you had to wait.
The boat ride to the dock reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean. We were in a small boat, going through narrow canals that were surrounded by thin trees that stretched from one side of the canal, over top of us, and touched the other side. It was gorgeous in and of itself.
Ok. So, Bab’s Dock is difficult to explain but I’ll try my best. There is a long wooden dock floating on yellow containers that has sailboats & kayaks tied all along the sides of it. To the left of the dock, there is a volleyball net in the water…but the water is shallow for miles around, so everyone is able to stand! Once you reach the beginning of the dock, there is a tiny ramp leading up to an area covered with cushions and tables for guests to sit on. Hammocks are spread out randomly through the piece of land & to the right of the dock there is a playground made out of wood and tires. In the middle, there’s a round bar with stools all around it & then even further back is the house where the owner lives. Apparently the owner is a rich woman from Europe who originally made the resort for her & her family. 8 years later, she decided to turn it into a business. While at Bab’s Dock, it was hard to believe that I was still in Africa.
I played volleyball, read a book, ate the local lunch & relaxed with friends from the Mercy Ship. Having all the families there ended up being really fun because just watching the kids interact and attempt to catch fish with their buckets was entertaining. We headed back on the bumpy dirt road filled with rain puddles around 3:30, so that we could be back in time for dinner.
All in all, my day at Bab’s Dock was refreshing & much needed : )