On days when the sky is bright I like to use a brand of filter called singh ray. Its a nuetral density filter that is 4"x6" that I can hand hold in front of my lense. Its darker on the top and gets clear toward the bottom. This allows me to effectivly darken the bright sky but leave my subject bright.
Again the island was peaceful and quite. The temperture was pleasent and almost no wind blew. It was a nice day.